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Carole BaldwinDr. Carole Baldwin (Photo by Kimberly Wright)

For Dr. Carole Baldwin, Galapagos incorporates many firsts; her first time in a feature film, her first dives in a submersible, and her first expedition to Galápagos.

She has held a Museum Specialist position in the Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes, at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History since 1992. Most of her previous research expeditions have been conducted in the Caribbean at the Smithsonian Institution’s research station in Belize, Central America, and she has worked in the Tonga Islands of the South Pacific.

Dr. Baldwin was born in South Carolina and developed an early love for the ocean while living near the seashore and exploring along the beaches. She studied at James Madison University (B.S. biology), the College of Charleston (M.S. Marine Biology), and the College of William and Mary (Ph.D. Marine Science). She has published over three dozen scientific papers, including descriptions of new fish species from Belize, Tobago, Cook Islands, and Australia. She is on the editorial board for Copeia - the journal of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, and the Steering Committee for the Caribbean Coral Reefs Ecosystems Program of the National Museum of Natural History. She has recently developed presentations entitled Fishes!, Bizarre Beginnings Beneath the Sea: A Little Fish Story, and Galapagos: Way Beyond Darwin. Dr. Baldwin has been featured in Smithsonian, Rodale Scuba Diving, and More Magazines, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Miami Herald, and on the ABC television special Planet Earth 2000.

As a systematic ichthyologist - someone who studies the diversity of and relationships among fishes - Dr. Baldwin’s research interests are focused on tropical-marine and deep-sea fishes. She seeks to understand genealogical relationships among fishes based on cladistic analyses of larval and adult morphology, the significance of morphological adaptations in planktonic fish larvae, early life history strategies of marine fishes, and patterns of biogeography.

 


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