Dr. Kent Carpenter is a professor and eminent scholar in biological sciences at Old Dominion University, where he has been a faculty member since 1996. He also has managed the Marine Biodiversity Unit of the Global Species Programme of The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) since 2005. His primary research interests are marine conservation biology, systematics and evolution of bony fishes, ecology of coral reefs, and marine biogeography and phylogeography of the Indo-West Pacific.
Dr. Carpenter completed undergraduate studies in Marine Biology at the Florida Institute of Technology and graduate studies in Marine Zoology at the University of Hawaii. He was a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer and post-doctoral research associate in the Philippines, a marine scientist at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research and a Senior Fisheries Research Officer of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, Italy.
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