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Kent Carpenter

  • Kent Carpenter
  • Professor
  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • 3121a Physical Sciences Bldg Ii
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-4197
  • kcarpent@odu.edu
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  • Education

    University Of Hawaii, 1985
    Major: Zoology
    Degree: Ph. D.
    Florida Institute of Technology, 1975
    Major: Biology
    Degree: B.S.
  • Research Interests

    I am primarily interested in marine conservation biology, the systematics and evolution of marine fishes, and marine biogeography. My research in marine conservation biology centers on the assessment of extinction risk using the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List Criteria. For this purpose, I have assumed the role of Manager of the IUCN Global Marine Species Assessment (GMSA).The GMSA is completing the first global review of every marine vertebrate species, and of selected marine invertebrates and plants, to determine their conservation status and extinction risk. The project involves compiling and analyzing relevant data on approximately 20,000 marine species. As a de facto member of the IUCN Species Programme, I am manager of their Marine Biodiversity Unit. In systematics I have a wide range of interests including alpha taxonomy of fishes, phylogenetic inference, and theory of classification. I prefer to use both morphological and molecular characters for reciprocal illumination in phylogenetic inference. I am most interested in sparoid (porgies, emperor snappers, and threadfin breams), lutjanoid (snappers and fusiliers), haemuloid (grunts), and carangoid (jacks) fishes. My marine biogeographic interests concentrate on the origins of biodiversity in the Indo-West Pacific, with a special interest in the Philippines and the wider Coral Triangle. This has led to studies in comparative marine phylogeography and an NSF funded Partnerships for International Research and Education project (www.sci.odu.edu/impa/ctpire.html) . This project has led me to become interested in the use of Next Generation Sequencing and Advanced Genomics to understand fine-scale population genetic structure and marine connectivity that will be useful for marine conservation purposes. In addition, I intend to use these new methods to investigate adaptive genomics and anthropogenic induced eco-evolutionary processes.
  • 2011: Fellow, California Academy of Sciences
  • 2011: Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, Fulbright
  • 2001: Research Associate, Division of Fishes, Department of Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
  • 2000: Research Collaborator, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
  • 1999: Visiting Scientist Award, Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N.
  • 1998: Visiting Scientist Award, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
  • 1997: Delta Sigma Lambda Favorite Professor
  • 1981: Conference Travel Grant, Graduate Student Organization, University of Hawaii
  • 1979: 4.0 GPA at graduation for Graduate School (40 hours structured course work), University of Hawaii, Honolulu
  • 1979: East-West Center Degree Participant Grant
  • 1975: High Honors, (Magna Cum Laude) B.S., Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), Melbourne, Florida
  • 1972: Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    Documenting Diversity in the Apex of the Coral Triangle: Inventory of Philippine Marine Biodiversity
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: 2013 - 2016
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    Thomas W. Haas Foundation for Marine Conservation
    Sponsoring Organization: Thomas W. Haas Foundation
    Date: 2013 - 2014
    Awarding Organization: Other
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    Determining the effects of cultured pearl farming on shorefish biodiversity in lagoon environments of French Polynesia
    Sponsoring Organization: National Geographic Waitt Grant
    Date: 2012 - 2013
    Awarding Organization: Other
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    Thomas W. Haas Foundation for Marine Conservation
    Sponsoring Organization: Thomas W. Haas Foundation
    Date: 2012 - 2013
    Awarding Organization: Other
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    Catalyzing New International Collaborations: Broadening PIRE Success in Southeast Asia to Test Hypotheses of the Origins of Coral Triangle and Sunda Shelf Marine Biodiversity and Build Collaborations in Vietnam and Thailand
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation, Planning Visit
    Date: 2011 - 2013
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    Global Marine Species Assessment Extension
    Sponsoring Organization: The World Conservation Union (IUCN) and Conservation International
    Date: 2010 - 2013
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    GMSA Assessment of Habitat Forming Bivalves
    Sponsoring Organization: ODURF/Project Code 514331
    Date: 2011 - 2012
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    Assembling the Euteleost Tree of Life
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: 2008 - 2012
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    PIRE: Origins of High Marine Biodiversity in the Indo-Malay-Philippine Archipelago: Transforming a Biodiversity Hotspot into a Research and Education Hotspot
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: 2007 - 2012
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    Global Marine Species Assessment
    Sponsoring Organization: The World Conservation Union (IUCN) and Conservation International
    Date: 2007 - 2011
    Awarding Organization: Other
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    Global Marine Species Assessment
    Sponsoring Organization: The World Conservation Union (IUCN) and Conservation International
    Date: 2005 - 2006
    Awarding Organization: Other
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    Revision of FAO identification guide for the Eastern Central Atlantic
    Sponsoring Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    Date: 2004 - 2005
    Awarding Organization: Other
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    Marine Protected Area (MPA) Gap Analysis: Caribbean GIS Database
    Sponsoring Organization: The World Conservation Union (IUCN)
    Date: 2004 - 2004
    Awarding Organization: Other
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    Species Identification Field Guide to Angola
    Sponsoring Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    Date: 2003 - 2004
    Awarding Organization: Other
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    Chesapeake Bay Monitoring Program - Zooplankton Monitoring Component
    Sponsoring Organization: Va. Dept. of Environmental Quality
    Date: January, 2003 - December, 2003
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    Update of status and trends in water quality and living resources in the Virginia Cheseapeake Bay through 2002
    Sponsoring Organization: Va. Dept. of Environmental Quality
    Date: 2003 - 2003
    Awarding Organization: Local
    Investigators:Dauer, D.; Marshall, H.; Carpenter, K. E.; Donat, J. R.
    Chesapeake Bay Monitoring Program - Zooplankton Monitoring Component
    Sponsoring Organization: Va. Dept. Env. Quality
    Date: January, 2002 - December, 2002
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    FAO of the United Nations project to revise the Species Identification Guide to Living Marine Resources of the Eastern Central Atlantic
    Sponsoring Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Amendment .
    Date: 2002 - 2002
    Awarding Organization: Other
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    Species Identification Guide to Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Atlantic
    Sponsoring Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Amendment.
    Date: 2002 - 2002
    Awarding Organization: Other
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    Update of status and trends in water quality and living resources in the Virginia Cheseapeake Bay through 2001
    Sponsoring Organization: Va. Dept. of Environmental Quality
    Date: 2002 - 2002
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Dauer, D.; Marshall, H.; Carpenter, K. E.; Donat, J. R.
    Chesapeake Bay Monitoring Program - Zooplankton Monitoring Component
    Sponsoring Organization: Va. Dept. of Environmental Quality
    Date: January, 2001 - December, 2001
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    Species Identification Guide to Living Marine Resources of the Eastern Central Atlantic
    Sponsoring Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    Date: 2001 - 2001
    Awarding Organization: Other
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    Update of status and trends in water quality and living resources in the Virginia Cheseapeake Bay through 2000
    Sponsoring Organization: Va. Dept. of Environmental Quality
    Date: 2001 - 2001
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Dauer, D.; Marshall, H.; Carpenter, K. E.; Donat, J. R.
    FAO of the United Nations project to revise the Species Identification Guide to Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Atlantic
    Sponsoring Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    Date: 2000 - 2001
    Awarding Organization: Other
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    Chesapeake Bay Monitoring Program - Zooplankton Monitoring Component
    Sponsoring Organization: Va. Dept. Env. Quality
    Date: January, 2000 - December, 2000
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    Plankton Field Sampling Coordination
    Sponsoring Organization: Va. Dept. of Environmental Quality
    Date: 2000 - 2000
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    Plankton split sampling program
    Sponsoring Organization: Va. Dept. of Environmental Quality
    Date: 2000 - 2000
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.; Marshall, H.
    Update of status and trends in water quality and living resources in the Virginia Cheseapeake Bay through 1999
    Sponsoring Organization: Va. Dept. of Environmental Quality
    Date: 2000 - 2000
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Dauer, D.; Lane, M.; Marshall, H.; Carpenter, K. E.
    Zooplankton Data Analysis
    Sponsoring Organization: Va. Dept. of Environmental Quality
    Date: 2000 - 2000
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    Chesapeake Bay Monitoring Program - Zooplankton Monitoring Component
    Sponsoring Organization: Va. Dept. of Environmental Quality
    Date: January, 1999 - December, 1999
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    Plankton sampling Enhancement
    Sponsoring Organization: Va. Dept. of Environmental Quality
    Date: 1999 - 1999
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.; Marshall, H.
    Chesapeake Bay Monitoring Program - Zooplankton Monitoring Component
    Sponsoring Organization: Va. Dept. of Environmental Quality
    Date: January, 1998 - December, 1998
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    Field guide to the living marine resources of Namibia
    Sponsoring Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    Date: 1998 - 1998
    Awarding Organization: Other
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    Plankton split sampling for the Maryland and Virginia monitoring programs
    Sponsoring Organization: Va. Dept. of Environmental Quality
    Date: 1998 - 1998
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    Update of status and trends in water quality and living resources in the Virginia Cheseapeake Bay through 1998
    Sponsoring Organization: Va. Dept. of Environmental Quality
    Date: 1998 - 1998
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Dauer, D.; Marshall, H.; Carpenter, K. E.; Messing, A.
    Chesapeake Bay Monitoring Program - Zooplankton Monitoring Component
    Sponsoring Organization: Va. Dept. of Environmental Quality
    Date: January, 1997 - December, 1997
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    Development of a Real-Time Data Interpretation System for Special Reports and Presentations for the Chesapeake Bay Program
    Sponsoring Organization: Va. Dept. Of Enviro. Quality
    Date: 1997 - 1997
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Dauer, D.; Alden,; Carpenter, K. E.; Marshall, H.
    Participation in Conference Calls and Meetings in Support of the 1997 Reevaluation
    Sponsoring Organization: Va. Dept. Of Enviro. Quality
    Date: 1997 - 1997
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Dauer, D.; Alden,; Carpenter, K. E.; Marshall, H.
    Representation of Virginia Monitoring Program at Chesapeake Bay Program Subcommittee and workshop Meetings
    Sponsoring Organization: Va. Dept. Of Enviro. Quality
    Date: 1997 - 1997
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Dauer, D.; A,; Carpenter, K. E.; Jones,; Marshall, H.; ,; Messing,; Lane, M.
    Development of a Uniform Bay-Wide Zooplankton Diversity Index
    Sponsoring Organization: Va. Dept. of Environmental Quality
    Date: July, 1997 - October, 1997
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    Implement Collection of Zooplankton Community Ash Free Dry Weight Biomass Estimates
    Sponsoring Organization: Va. Dept. Of Environ. Quality
    Date: July, 1997 - October, 1997
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Carpenter, K. E.
    Chesapeake Bay Monitoring Program - Plankton Monitoring Component
    Sponsoring Organization: Va. Dept. of Environmental Quality
    Date: January, 1996 - December, 1996
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Marshall, H.; Alden, R.; Carpenter, K. E.