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Joe Roman

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Joe Roman is a conservation biologist, academic, and author of the books Whale[1] and Listed: Dispatches from America's Endangered Species Act.[2] His conservation research includes studies of the historical population size of whales,[3] the role of cetaceans in the nitrogen cycle,[4] the relationship between biodiversity and disease, and the genetics of invasions.[5] He is the founding editor of "Eat the Invaders", a website dedicated to controlling invasive species by eating them.

Roman is a research associate professor in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and a Fellow at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont.[6] He earned an AB with Honors in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University in 1985[7] and an MA in wildlife ecology and conservation from the University of Florida.[6] Roman was awarded his PhD from Harvard's Department Organismic and Evolutionary Biology in 2003; his dissertation was titled Tracking Anthropogenic Change in the North Atlantic Ocean with Genetic Tools.[8] During his PhD, he co-authored, with Stephen Palumbi, a paper for the journal Science that presented evidence that whale populations had been considerably larger prior to whaling than had previously been thought.[3][8] By 2009, he was working with the Gund Institute with a Science and Technology Policy Fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science,[6] and also beginning a collaboration with the United States Environmental Protection Agency looking at loss of biodiversity.[9] He had a Fulbright Fellowship at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Brazil in 2012, and he was the 2014–15[10] Sarah and Daniel Hrdy Visiting Fellow in Conservation Biology at Harvard.[11] Born in Queens, New York, Roman lives in Vermont.


His book Listed won the 2012 Rachel Carson Environment Book Award from the Society of Environmental Journalists.[12]

Journal articles

  • Roman, Joe; Kraska, James (2016). "Reboot Gitmo for U.S.–Cuba research diplomacy" (PDF). Science. 351 (6279): 1258–1260. doi:10.1126/science.aad4247. PMID 26989232.
  • Blakeslee, A. M. H.; McKenzie, C. H.; Darling, J. A.; Byers, J. E.; Pringle, J. M.; Roman, J. (2010). "A hitchhiker's guide to the Maritimes: Anthropogenic transport facilitates long-distance dispersal of an invasive marine crab to Newfoundland". Diversity and Distributions. 16 (6): 879–891. doi:10.1111/j.1472-4642.2010.00703.x.
  • Echelle, A. A.; Hackler, J. C.; Lack, J. B.; Ballard, S. R.; Roman, J.; Fox, S. F.; Leslie, D. M.; Van Den Bussche, R. A. (2010). "Conservation genetics of the alligator snapping turtle: cytonuclear evidence of range-wide bottleneck effects and unusually pronounced geographic structure". Conservation Genetics. 11 (4): 1375–1387. doi:10.1007/s10592-009-9966-1.
  • Roman, Joe; Darling, John A. (2007). "Paradox Lost: Genetic Diversity and the Success of Aquatic Invasions". Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 22 (9): 454–464. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2007.07.002. PMID 17673331.
  • Roman, Joseph; Santhuff, Steven D.; Moler, Paul E.; Bowen, Brian W. (1999). "Population structure and cryptic evolutionary units in the alligator snapping turtle" (PDF). Conservation Biology. 13 (1): 135–142. doi:10.1046/j.1523-1739.1999.98007.x.

Popular articles

  • “Vulnerable Species in the Crosshairs,” with Ya-Wei Li, The New York Times, July 26, 2018.
  • “Can the Plover Save New York?” Slate, August 23, 2013.
  • "Where Bright Lights and Night Life Are Nature's Doing." The Sunday New York Times, March 6, 2005.
  • "A Place Where All the Snowflakes Are Still Different." The New York Times, January 2, 2004.


  1. ^ a b Roman, Joe (2006). Whale. Reaktion Books. ISBN 9781861895059.
  2. ^ a b Roman, Joe (2011). Listed: Dispatches from America's Endangered Species Act. Harvard University Press. ISBN 9780674061279.
  3. ^ a b Roman, Joe; Palumbi, Stephen R. (2003). "Whales before whaling in the North Atlantic" (PDF). Science. 301 (5632): 508–510. CiteSeerX doi:10.1126/science.1084524. PMID 12881568.
  4. ^ Roman, Joe; McCarthy, James J. (2010). "The Whale Pump: Marine Mammals Enhance Primary Productivity in a Coastal Basin". PLoS ONE. 5 (10): e13255. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013255. PMC 2952594. PMID 20949007.
  5. ^ Roman, Joe; Darling, John A. (2007). "Paradox Lost: Genetic Diversity and the Success of Aquatic Invasions". Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 22 (9): 454–464. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2007.07.002. PMID 17673331.
  6. ^ a b c "Joe Roman – Fellow". Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, The University of Vermont. 2017. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  7. ^ "Harvard University library record: Notes to accompany Sun drift". Harvard University Library. 1985. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Harvard University library record: Tracking anthropogenic change in the North Atlantic Ocean with genetic tools". Harvard University Library. 2003. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  9. ^ Pongsiri, Montira J.; Roman, Joe; Ezenwa, Vanessa O.; Goldberg, Tony L.; Koren, Hillel S.; Newbold, Stephen C.; Ostfeld, Richard S.; Pattanayak, Subhrendu K.; Salkeld, Daniel J. (2009). "Biodiversity loss affects global disease ecology" (PDF). BioScience. 59 (11): 945–954. doi:10.1525/bio.2009.59.11.6.
  10. ^ "Joe Roman Awarded 2014-2015 Hrdy Visiting Fellowship". (Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology). Harvard University. July 29, 2014. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  11. ^ "The Sarah and Daniel Hrdy Visiting Fellowship in Conservation Biology at Harvard University". (Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology). Harvard University. 2017. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  12. ^ "Winners: SEJ 11th Annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment". Society of Environmental Journalists. October 17, 2012. Retrieved July 15, 2017.

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