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 John Waldman

 Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
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​Dr. John Waldman, a professor of biology at Queens College, is fascinated by waters, international and otherwise.

Waldman’s primary research interests include the ecology, evolution, and conservation biology of temperate North American fishes, especially the species that migrate between fresh and salt water. In recent years, he has been involved in projects ranging from the nearby (Bronx River fish passage, the environmental resilience of Jamaica Bay), to the regional (migrations and stock identification of Atlantic coast striped bass), to the national and international (conservation and restoration of sturgeons and shads, the fish of Mongolia).

Over many years of research, Waldman has traveled all over the world. In 1997 he led a 10-day investigation down Ukraine’s Dnieper River that was supported by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. In 1998, he assisted one of his colleague’s fish researches in Japan. Waldman was also on the governing committee and spoke at the 5th International Symposium in Iran in 2005. In March 2014 he traveled with a team convened by Whole Foods to examine sustainable fisheries in Norway.

In addition, Waldman has ongoing international interests in the conservation of sturgeon and other freshwater-sea migratory fishes and dam removals and other forms of river restoration. He also remains involved with environmental issues in Mongolia and is guiding an undergraduate student to complete a genetics study of fish in its Lake Hovsgol-Eg-Ur watershed—a product of a nearly month-long expedition in 2011 reported in the CUNY Decade of Science.
​Waldman also has given invited talks and conference presentations in Iceland, England, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Turkey, and Mongolia, and in 2012 spent a month working on a book at Lake Como, Italy, on a Rockefeller Bellagio Fellowship.

Waldman has a strong CUNY background: he received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from CUNY’s Lehman College and a Master’s degree in Marine and Environmental Sciences from Long Island University. In 1986, he completed his Ph.D. in the Joint Program in Evolutionary Biology between the Graduate School of the City University of New York and the American Museum of Natural History .

Waldman is a member of many societies, including the Society for Conservation Biology, and is a life member of both the American Fisheries Society, and Trout Unlimited. In his career he has published approximately 90 journal articles and book chapters, and a number of edited volumes and book including, most recently Running Silver: Restoring Atlantic Rivers and their Great Fish Migrations. Waldman serves as an advisor and mentor for both graduate and undergraduate students.
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