Biography

Joe Roman is a conservation biologist, author, and fellow at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics and a McCurdy Visiting Scholar at the Duke University Marine Lab. He is the author of “Whale and Listed: Dispatches from America’s Endangered Species Act,” winner of the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award. Roman’s research has appeared in Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, and other journals, and he has written for many publications including The New York Times, Slate, Audubon, and New Scientist.

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In 2010 the United States government supported a proposal by Monaco that would have imposed a ban on the international trade of Atlantic bluefin tuna under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).1 The proposal recognized the cold fact that these prized tuna populations have been fished to …

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The diagnosis for the planet is clear. While a great many problems require more research, the focus of future research should expand dramatically to maintain and restore biodiversity rather than focus on, as coral reef biologist Nancy Knowlton has said, “further refining the obituary of nature.” Part of conserving biological diversity is …

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“If we refuse to take into account the full cost of our fossil fuel addiction—if we don’t factor in the environmental costs and national security costs and true economic costs—we will have missed our best chance to seize a clean energy future.” –President Barack Obama, Carnegie Mellon University, June 2, 2010 The continuing oil spill […]

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For hundreds of years, it wasn’t uncommon for farmers in Europe to till their land and plant their crops only to see the soil wash away by year’s end. Before they started all over again, many had to carry the lost soil back up to the fields. Piles of dirt overflowed oxcarts or burdened the […]

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In 2008, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in the UK announced a final call to find the slender-billed curlew, a one-time resident of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, last seen in 1999. Meanwhile, scientists in Australia pronounced the white lemuroid possum extinct; a native of mountain forests in Queensland, the […]

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