Fishing with Dolphins

Eating a dolphin-assisted meal in Brazil on Slate.


Bun Lai of Miya’s Sushi and Joe Roman forage for invasive species on Long Island Sound (A. Hetherington)

Joe Roman is a conservation biologist and researcher at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont and a Hrdy Visiting Fellow at Harvard University. His research, focusing on endangered species conservation and marine ecology, has appeared in ScienceProceedings of the National Academy of ScienceTrends in Ecology and Evolution, and many other journals. Joe has received a Fulbright Fellowship in Brazil to research invertebrate conservation, a McCurdy Fellowship at the Duke University Marine Lab to examine the ecological role of whales in the oceans, and a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship to study the influence of biodiversity on human well-being.

Joe Roman is editor ’n’ chef of, a website dedicated to fighting invasive species one bite at a time.  He is also the author of Listed: Dispatches from America’s Endangered Species Act, winner of the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award. He recently taught a class at Duke on how consumers can make ethical decisions on the fish they eat; he and his graduate students determined that the best way to promote sustainable seafood is through efforts made by chefs. He has written for AudubonNew ScientistThe New York TimesSlate, and other publications.

He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2003 in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and his Master’s degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida. Born and raised in New York, Joe considers King Kong as an early conservation influence.

Curriculum vitae

Member, Society of Environmental Journalists