University of Vermont

Joe Roman

Joe Roman

Research Associate Professor / Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

Phone: 802-656-0517 / 617-312-2241
Office: Johnson House, 617 Main Street
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Areas of Interest

Biodiversity and ecosystem services, biological invasions, marine population genetics, and marine ecology

Joe Roman is a conservation biologist, author, and Fellow in the Gund Institute. His broad research interests span endangered species policy, marine mammals, and biodiversity and human health. Joe teaches marine ecology and graduate workshops (ateliers) on emerging problems of conservation interest, such as marine spatial planning and the disease ecology of bats. Joe came to the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics as an Environmental Policy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. During his AAAS fellowship, he helped start an interdisciplinary program on Biodiversity and Human Health at the US Environmental Protection Agency. The recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to Brazil, Joe is a McCurdy Visiting Scholar at the Duke University Marine Lab in 2013-14.

Joe is the author of Listed: Dispatches from America's Endangered Species Act (Harvard University Press, 2011), the recipient of the 2012 Rachel Carson Environment Book Award, and Whale (Reaktion 2006), a cultural and population history of whales and whaling. His science and nature writing has appeared in The New York Times, New Scientist, Audubon, Conservation, among other. His research has been covered by the Associated Press, National Public Radio, The New YorkerThe New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and other outlets. Joe has also completed work related to invasive species genetics and heads a public online forum, Eat the Invaders.

Instructional Programs

Environmental Sciences
Wildlife and Fisheries Biology


PhD, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
MA, Wildlife Ecology/Conservation, University of Florida

Selected Publications

Roman, J., J. Estes, L. Morrisette, C. Smith, D. Costa, J. McCarthy, J. B. Nation, S. Nicol, A. Pershing, and V. Smetacek. 2014. Whales as marine ecosystem engineers. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12:377-385.

Thomas, T. M., M. C. Granatosky, J. R. Bourque, K. L. Krysko, P. E. Moler, T. Gamble, E. Suarez, E. Leone, and J. Roman. 2014. Taxonomic assessment of alligator snapping turtles (Chelydridae: Macrochelys), with the description of two new species from the southeastern United States. Zootaxa 3786: 141-165.

Roman, J. 2011. Listed: Dispatches from America's Endangered Species Act. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. 368pp.

Pringle, J., J. E. Byers, A. Blakeslee, and J. Roman. 2011. An upstream retention zone drives downstream diversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108: 15288-15293.

Jacquet, J., I. Boyd, J. T. Carlton, H. Fox, A. E. Johnson, L. Mee, J. Roman, M. Spaulding, and W. J. Sutherland. 2011. Scanning the Oceans for Solutions. Solutions 2(1): 46-55.

Roman, J. and J. J. McCarthy. 2010. The whale pump: marine mammals enhance primary productivity in a coastal basin. PLoS ONE 5(10):e13255.

Roman, J., P. E. Ehrlich, R. Pringle, J. A. Avise. 2010. Facing extinction: Nine steps to save biodiversity, Solutions 1 (1):32-45.

Roman, J., T. Croner, L. Forcier, W. Raap, W. Jackson. 2010. Perennial agriculture: Roots of sustainability. Solutions 1(3):23-26.

Pongsiri, M. J.,* J. Roman,* V. O. Ezenwa, T. L. Goldberg, H. S. Koren, S. C. Newbold, R. S. Ostfeld, S. K. Pattanayak, D. J. Salkeld. 2009. Biodiversity loss impacts global disease ecology, Bioscience 59:945-954 (*co-lead authors).

Roman, J., and J. Darling. 2007. Paradox lost: genetic variation and the success of aquatic invasions. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 22:454-464.

Roman, J. 2006. Whale. London: Reaktion.