Julia is responsible for the HPLC analysis of phytoplankton pigments in Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study (BATS) samples, and is a core member of the seagoing BATS team. Julia is interested in phytoplankton community shifts in response to environmental parameters and the corresponding impact of these changes on marine biogeochemistry.

Julia received a H.B.Sc. degree in Environmental Science from the University of Western Ontario in Canada after she undertook research looking at algal community shifts over time using lake sediment cores and pigment analysis. She subsequently received a Masters in Biology (M.Sc.) from the same university, following an examination of the physiological responses of a species of harmful algae to changes in ocean biochemistry such as ocean acidification and eutrophication.