An authority on marine biology who specializes in tropical-marine and deep-sea fishes.
Carole was born in South Carolina and developed an early love for the ocean while living near the seashore and exploring the beaches and tide pools. She earned a BS in Biology at James Madison University and a MS in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston, before receiving her Ph.D. in Marine Science from the College of William and Mary. A summer job as a research assistant working with larval fishes at the Charleston Marine Lab led Carole to her first job at the Smithsonian Institution. She has worked in the Division of Fishes at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History as a research biologist since 1992.
Carole has published over four dozen scientific articles and has discovered new species of fishes in Belize, Tobago, Cook Islands, Australia, El Salvador and the Galápagos Islands. She is devoted to sharing her experiences as a marine biologist with school students and the general public and is a positive role model for young girls considering careers in science.
She serves as Secretary of The Biological Society of Washington and on the advisory board for the Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems Program. In 2001, her website was selected as a Hot New Site by USA Today. In 2003, she was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame. 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.
Dr. Carole Baldwin put her scientific expertise to the test on a six-week expedition to explore the Earth's last great frontier - following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin to explore the deep sea and coastal environments around the Galapagos Islands. Read an excerpt from Carole's journey diary.
Dr. Carole Baldwin
Galápagos Island iguanas.