SWS: Dr. Carole Baldwin, Marine Biologist (NMNH)

Dr. Baldwin received her B.S. in Biology (Magna Cum Laude) in 1981, from James Madison University, her M.S. in Marine Biology in 1986 from the College of Charleston, and her Ph.D. in Marine Science in 1992 from the College of William and Mary, School of Marine Science

She has published over 60 scientific articles, and her work includes the discovery of more than two dozen new species of fishes from Belize, Curacao, Tobago, Saba Bank, Australia, Cook Islands, El Salvador and the Galapagos Islands.

Her current research is focused on re-analyzing species diversity of Caribbean reef fishes through a combination of genetic and traditional morphological investigation. This work has recently involved submersible diving to 1,000 ft. off Curacao in the southern Caribbean as part of DROP (Deep Reef Observation Project), a new Smithsonian marine research endeavor that Baldwin initiated in 2011.

In 2003 Dr. Baldwin was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame, and in 2006 she received the Ronald E. Carrier Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from James Madison University. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the National Aquarium and D.C Venue, a Council Member for the Biological Society of Washington, an Adjunct Faculty member at The George Washington University, a Research Associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, and a sectional editor for the scientific journal Zookeys. She has devoted much time to sharing her experiences as a marine biologist with students and the general public and is a positive role model for young girls considering careers in science. Dr. Baldwin is senior author of One Fish, Two Fish, Crawfish, Bluefish -- The Smithsonian Sustainable Seafood Cookbook (Smithsonian Books, 2003), a marine conservation project featuring educational information and recipes from professional chefs for U.S. seafood species fished or farmed in an environmentally sound manner.

More recently, Dr. Baldwin served as a curator of the Smithsonian's popular Sant Ocean Hall. Since 1992, Dr. Baldwin has worked as a Research Zoologist in the Division of Fishes at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. Dr. Carole Baldwin is a well-respected authority on marine biology, especially tropical-marine and deep-sea fishes. Her face will be familiar to any of you who have seen the Smithsonian 3-D IMAX film Galapagos, for which she was a scientific advisor and on-air talent.

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Dr. Baldwin in the Curasub submersible. Image

Dr. Baldwin (right) with Chef Jacques Pepin (center) and seafood cookbook co-author Julie Mounts (left).


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