Joe is a Ph.D. candidate in Ecology at the Duke University Marine Lab. His interests are in using ecological theory to inform conservation problems and interactions between humans and wildlife. Joe's current research examines an interaction between longline fisheries and several toothed whale species that remove catch directly from fishing gear, a phenomenon known as depredation. He is addressing this problem using several complementary approaches including animal movement/foraging ecology, spatial analysis, and a social-economic approach to explore impacts on the fishing industry and possible policy implications. Joe also has strong interests in teaching – he currently teaches a masters-level course in Fisheries Biogeography and Ecology and developed and co-led a 1-year Bass Connections course at Duke for masters and undergraduate students on Human-Wildlife Conflict at Sea.
Before beginning his studies at Duke Joe completed B.A. degrees in Biology and Psychology at St. Louis University and an M.Sc. degree at Illinois State University where he studied the behavioral ecology of invasive, container-dwelling mosquitos. He also worked as a commercial fisheries observer for the National Marine Fisheries Service on longline vessels in Hawaii and trawl vessels in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska, and as a college instructor / outdoor educator for study abroad courses in several different countries.