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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. He is also a research associate at the New England Aquarium.
Joe is the author of Listed: Dispatches from America's Endangered Species Act (Harvard University Press, 2011), the history and economics of endangered species conservation, 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 others. His research has been covered by the Associated Press, National Public Radio, The 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.
PhD, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
MA, Wildlife Ecology/Conservation, University of Florida
Biodiversity and ecosystem services, biological invasions, marine population genetics, and marine ecology
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.
Rocha, L. A., D. R. Robertson, J. Roman, and B. W. Bowen. 2005. Ecological speciation in tropical reef fishes. Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences, 272:573-579.
Roman, J., and S. R. Palumbi. 2003. Whales before whaling in the North Atlantic. Science 301:508-510.