Mentor Profile: Professor John Waldman

Professor John Waldman, Biology, Queens College.  Professor John Waldman, works on the ecology and evolution of anadromous fishes, historical ecology, and urban waterways; he is an expert on the environment and management of New York’s harbor. Before joining Queens College, he worked for 20 years at the Hudson River Foundation for Science and Environmental Research. Waldman’s recent books include Heartbeats in the Muck: A Dramatic Look at the History, Sea Life, and Environment of New York Harbor and The Dance of the Flying Gurnards: America’s Coastal Curiosities and Beachside Wonders. Professor Waldman is one of the key leaders of The Institute to Nurture New York’s Nature at Queens College and one of the organizers of BioBlitz which surveys thousands of acres within the federally protected Gateway National Recreation Area, which straddles New York and New Jersey. (For information on the BioBlitz, see http://nbii-nin.ciesin.columbia.edu/jamaicabay/index.html)