Joel Carlin

Faculty

Associate Professor in Biology and Environmental Studies

Dr. Joel Carlin is a marine biologist, biogeographer and geneticist for the Department of Biology and the Environmental Studies Program.  His research interests involve phylogeography and conservation genetics, particularly in benthic fishes.  Currently Dr. Carlin is investigating the genetic impacts of offshore petroleum drilling and mapping reproduction and migration in a commercially valuable marine fish.  Past projects include evaluating habitat and water quality in Minnesota and uncovering the evolutionary history of fishes and amphibians.  Dr. Carlin's research sponsors student experiences working with Minnesota fish hatcheries and on U.S. marine research vessels in the Gulf of Mexico.  He has mentored undergraduate projects on evaluating lake health by mapping aquatic plants, studies of inbreeding in rare fish, the ecotoxicology of herbicides and species formation in tropical plants.

In addition to his regular courses, Dr. Carlin's teaching interests include marine biology, ichthyology, international biodiversity, the ecopolitics of food, herpetology and bioethics.  He has guest lectured on fisheries economics, creationism, human evolution and the biological underpinnings of sex, gender and race.  Dr. Carlin is involved in developing the sister city relationship between Saint Peter and Petatlan Mexico, including environmental consultancy and education.  Professionally, he is an active participant in the American Fisheries Society and is on the advisory council for Ecologists Without Borders.  Until recently he served as a grant reviewer for the North Pacific Research Board, which distributed research funding from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill court settlements.

Originally from Indiana, Dr. Carlin received his B.S. in marine biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a M.S. in zoology from Louisiana State University, where he studied salamander evolution in the southeastern U.S. Joel then became a marine biologist for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources for three years, where he worked on stock identification in the newly developed wreckfish fishery. He then received a Ph.D. in fisheries from the University of Florida for his work on the systematics and population genetics of groupers, a diverse subfamily of commercially valuable tropical fishes.  Joel taught Biology and Environmental Studies for three years at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.  While there he and Umatilla tribal biologists worked on the conservation of a small, rare streamfish, the margined sculpin.

Dr. Carlin's personal interests include career mentorship for environmental students, Asian religious traditions (esp. Taoism and Buddhism), travel, animation (both classic cartoons and anime) and music (particularly rap, hiphop and Afropop).

Education

B.Sc. Marine Biology, Univ. North Carolina Wilmington; M.Sc. Zoology, Louisiana State Univ.; Ph.D. Fisheries, Univ. Florida


Courses Taught

Past
Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
BIO-102Organismal Biology72013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, and 2007/SP
BIO-102Organismal Biology Lab72013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, and 2007/SP
BIO-101Principles of Biology72012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2007/FA, and 2006/FA
BIO-385Evolution62013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, and 2008/SP
BIO-392Biology Research52012/FA, 2012/SP, and 2011/FA
BIO-397Honors Thesis32012/FA, 2012/SP, and 2011/FA
BIO-383Aquatic Biology Lab32011/FA, 2009/FA, and 2007/FA
BIO-383Aquatic Biology32011/FA, 2009/FA, and 2007/FA
BIO-245Conservation Biology32010/FA, 2009/FA, and 2008/FA
BIO-245Conservation Biology Lab32010/FA, 2009/FA, and 2008/FA
BIO-101Principles Lab32007/FA and 2006/FA
BIO-146Ecuador & Galapagos22011/JN and 2009/JN
BIO-344ST:Our Global Ocean12012/FA
CHE-344ST:Our Global Ocean12012/FA
PHY-344AT:Our Global Ocean12012/FA
GEO-344ST:Our Global Ocean12012/FA
BIO-100Biology Explorations12008/FA
BIO-100Biology Explorations Lab12008/FA
BIO-121Wolf Conservation12008/JN