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Research Assistant Professor
Department of BiologyUniversity of New Mexico

Faculty Affiliations
Museum of Southwestern Biology and the Latin American and Iberian Institute, UNM

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Postdoctoral Fellowships
University of New Mexico, 2011
Texas A&M University, 2007-2010
University of South Carolina, 2005-2007

Education
Arizona State University, Ph.D., 2005
University of South Carolina, M.S., 1998
Presbyterian College, B.S., 1993

 

Peer-reviewed Publications

2011-2015
26) Hanna, A. H., E. W. Carson, G. P. Garrett, and J. R. Gold. In Press. Conservation genetics of six species of genus Dionda (Cyprinidae) in the southwestern United States. Monographs of the Western North American Naturalist.

25) Carson, E. W., A. H. Hanna, G. P. Garrett, and J. R. Gold. In Press. Conservation genetics of cyprinid fishes in the upper Nueces River basin in Central Texas. Southwestern Naturalist.

24) Hershler, R., J. Landye, H-P. Liu, M. De la Maza-Benignos, P. Ornelas, and E. W. Carson. 2014. New species and records of Chihuahuan Desert springsnails, with a new combination for Tryonia brunei. Western North American Naturalist 71:47-65.

23) Carson, E. W., M. De la Maza-Benignos, Ma. de L. Lozano-Vilano, L. Vela-Valladares, I. Banda-Villanueva, and T. F. Turner. 2014. Conservation genetic assessment of the critically endangered Julimes pupfish, Cyprinodon julimes. Conservation Genetics 15:483-488. DOI:10.1007/s10592-013-0548-x.

22) Carson, E. W., B. W. Bumguardner, M. Fisher, E. Saillant, and J. R. Gold. 2014. Spatial and temporal variation in recovery of hatchery-released red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) in stock-enhancement of Texas bays and estuaries. Fisheries Research 151:191-198.

21) Dowling, T. E., T. F. Turner, E. W. Carson, M. J. Saltzgiver, D. Adams, B. Kesner, and P. C. Marsh.2014. Time-series analysis reveals genetic responses to intensive management of razorback sucker (Xyrauchen texanus). Evolutionary Applications 7:339-354. DOI:10.1111/eva.12125

20) Carson, E. W., H. Espinosa-Pérez, and V. Souza. 2013. Low mitochondrial DNA sequence variation in the microendemic Cuatro Ciénegas platyfish Xiphophorus gordoni. Western North American Naturalist 73:224-229.

19) Carson, E. W., R. R. Beasley, K. L. Jones, S. L. Lance, M. de L. Lozano-Vilano, L. Vela-Valladares, I. Banda-Villanueva, T. F. Turner, and M. De la Maza-Benignos. 2013. Development of polymorphic microsatellite markers for the microendemic pupfishes Cyprinodon julimes and C. pachycephalus. Conservation Genetics Resources 5:853-856.

18) Hanna, A. H., K. W. Conway, E. W. Carson, G. P. Garrett, and J. R. Gold. 2013. Conservation genetics of an undescribed species of Dionda (Teleostei: Cyprinidae) in the Rio Grande drainage in western Texas. Southwestern Naturalist 58:35-40.

17) Vidal, R. R., E. W. Carson, and J. R. Gold. 2012. Population structure in Chilean hake (Merluccius gayi) along the western (Pacific) coast of South America as revealed by mitochondrial DNA sequences. Journal of Fish Biology 81:1763-1772.

16) Osborne, M. J., E. W. Carson, and T. F. Turner. 2012. Genetic monitoring and complex population dynamics: insights from a 12-year study of the Rio Grande silvery minnow. Evolutionary Applications 5:553-574.

15) Carson, E. W., M. Tobler, W. L. Minckley, R. J. Ainsworth, and T. E. Dowling. 2012. Relationships between spatio-temporal environmental and genetic variation reveal an important influence of exogenous selection in a pupfish hybrid zone. Molecular Ecology 21:1209-1222.

14) Carson, E. W. 2011. Low but stable frequency of xanthic phenotypes in a population of the twoline pupfish Cyprinodon bifasciatus. American Midland Naturalist 166:462-466.

13) Carson, E. W., E. Saillant, M. A. Renshaw, N. J. Cummings, J. R. Gold. 2011. Population structure, long-term connectivity, and effective size of mutton snapper (Lutjanus analis) in the Caribbean Sea and Florida Keys. Fishery Bulletin 109:416-428.

2006-2010
12) Carson, E. W., A. H. Hanna, G. P. Garrett, J. R. Gibson, and J. R. Gold.  2010. Conservation genetics of cyprinid fishes (genus Dionda) in southwestern North America. II. Expansion of the known range of the manantial roundnose minnow, Dionda argentosa. Southwestern Naturalist 55:576-581.

11) Tobler, M., and E. W. Carson. 2010. Environmental variation, hybridization, and phenotypic diversification in Cuatro Ciénegas pupfishes. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 23:1475-1489.

10) Carson, E. W., S. Karlsson, E. Saillant, and J. R. Gold. 2009. Genetic studies of hatchery supplemented populations of red drum in four Texas bays. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 29:1502-1510.

9) Carson, E. W. 2009. Threatened fishes of the world: Cyprinodon atrorus Miller 1968 (Cyprinodontidae). Environmental Biology of Fishes 86:425-426.

8) Carson, E. W. 2009. Threatened fishes of the world: Cyprinodon bifasciatus Miller 1968 (Cyprinodontidae). Environmental Biology of Fishes 86:445-446.

7) Renshaw, M. A., E. W. Carson, A. H. Hanna, C. E. Rexroad III, T. J. Krabbenhoft, and J. R. Gold. 2009. Microsatellite markers for species of the genus Dionda (Cyprinidae) from the American southwest. Conservation Genetics 10:1569-1575.

6) Carson, E. W., J. J. Elser, and T. E. Dowling. 2008. Importance of exogenous selection in a fish hybrid zone: insights from reciprocal transplant experiments. Copeia 2008:794-800.

5) Carson, E. W., and T. E. Dowling. 2006. Influence of hydrogeographic history and hybridization on the distribution of genetic variation in the pupfishes Cyprinodon atrorus and C. bifasciatus. Molecular Ecology 15:667-679.

2000-2005
4) Echelle, A. A., E. W. Carson, A. F. Echelle, R. A. Van Den Bussche, T. E. Dowling, and A. Meyer. 2005. Historical biogeography of the New World pupfish genus Cyprinodon (Teleostei: Cyprinodontidae). Copeia 2005:320-339.

3) Elser, J. J., J. H. Schampel, M. Kyle, J. Watts, E. W. Carson, T. E. Dowling, C. Tang, and P. Roopnarine. 2005. Response of grazing snails to phosphorus enrichment of modern stromatolitic microbial communities. Freshwater Biology 50:1826-1835.

2) Hilbish, T. J., E. W. Carson, J. R. Plante, L. A. Weaver, and M. R. Gilg. 2002. Distribution of Mytilus edulis, M. galloprovincialis, and their hybrids in open-coast populations of mussels in southwestern England. Marine Biology 140:137-142.

1) Miquelis, A., J-F Martin, E. W. Carson, G. Brun, and A. Gilles. 2000. Performance of 18S rDNA helix E23 for phylogenetic relationships within and between the Rotifera–Acanthocephala clades. Comptes Rendus de l’Académie des Sciences. Série III, Sciences de la Vie, Paris/ Life Sciences 323:925-941.

Non-peer-reviewed Publications

3) De la Maza-Benignos, M., L. Vela-Valladares, M.L. Lozano-Vilano, M.E. García-Ramírez, J. Zapata-López, A.J. Contreras-Balderas and E.W. Carson. 2014. The potential of holistic approaches to conservation of desert springs: a case study of El Pandeño Spring and its microendemic pupfish Cyprinodon julimes in the Chihuahuan Desert at Julimes, Chihuahua, Mexico. In: M. De la Maza-Benignos, Ma. de Lourdes Lozano-Vilano, and E.W. Carson (eds.) Conservation of desert wetlands and their biotas, Special Publications, Museum of Southwestern Biology, Pronatura Noreste, and Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. Vol 1.

2) De la Maza-Benignos M., J. A. Rodriguez-Pineda, A. De la Mora-Covarrubias, E. W. Carson, M. Quiñones-Martínez, P. Lavín-Murcio, L. Vela-Valladares, Ma de L. Lozano-Vilano, H. Parra-Gallo, A. Macías-Duarte, T. Lebgue-Keleng, E. Pando-Pando, M. Pando-Pando, M. Andazola-González, A. Anchondo-Najera, G. Quintana-Martínez, J. Zapata-López, I. A. Banda-Villanueva, H. J. Ibarrola-Reyes. 2012. Planes de Manejo y Programa de Monitoreo de Signos Vitales para las Áreas de Manantiales de la UMA El Pandeño; y San Diego de Alcalá en el Desierto Chihuahuense (Management plans and monitoring program of “vital signs” of the spring areas of UMA-El Padeño and San Diego de Alcalá in the Chihuahuan Desert). Vol 1. Pronatura Noreste, A. C. (Editor). Amigos del Pandeño, A. C. 162 pp.

1) Carson, E. W., T. Dowling, L. E. Eguiarte, J. Elser, A. Escalante, J. Farmer, F. Garcia-Pichel, P. Roopnarine, V. Souza, C. Tang, and B. Wade. 2004. Cuatro Cienegas: a living lab for the study of present and past biospheres. In Under the desert: the mysterious waters of Cuatro Cienegas (Badino G., T. Bernabei, A. De Vito, I. Giulivo, and G. Savino, editors). Grafiche Tintoretto, Italy. Pages 88-95. ISBN:88-901469-0-7.

Grants

2014-2015: Assessment of population genetic variation and population genetic structure of coral reef fishes of the Marianas Archipelago. Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council. $115,910.

2014-2014: Conservation of the Carbonera Pupfish: sustainable development, community outreach, and monitoring of endemic and refuge populations of Cyprinodon fontinalis in the Desierto de Samalayuca basin, Chihuahua, México. The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund award, co-PI with Pronatura Noreste, A.C. $12,000.

2014-2014: Rio Grande silvery minnow genetics assessment and monitoring. Bureau of Reclamation.  Co-PIs Megan J. Osborne and Thomas F. Turner$166,450.

2014-2014: Mitochondrial DNA variation in the pupfishes of Chihuahua, México. Desert Fishes Council Conservation Award. $980.

2013-2014: Feasibility, design, and establishment of a refuge population for the critically endangered Carbonera pupfish, Cyprinodon fontinalis. Desert Fishes Council Conservation Award, with co-grantee Mauricio De la Maza-Benignos, Pronatura Noreste, A.C.  $5000.

2012-2013: Model-based monitoring of fragmentation in Rio Grande Silvery Minnow: relationships of fish passage to genetic variation, hatchery supplementation, and self-sustainability of Hybognathus amarus. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Co-PIs Megan J. Osborne and Thomas F. Turner$113,773

2012-2013: Microsatellite development and analysis of genetic diversity and effective population size in the Julimes pupfish, Cyprinodon julimes. Pronatura Noreste, A.C., Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. $4,500.

2011-2012: World Wildlife Fund, Mexico: Evolutionary and conservation genetics of endemic and native fishes of the Cuatro Ciénegas basin, Mexico. $82,042

2009-2010: Bartoszek Fund for Basic Biological Science: Pilot funds for investigation of ecomorphology and evolutionary relationships in southeast Asian loaches. Shared with Dr. Michi Tobler, Texas A&M University, $1500.

Technical Reports
Carson, E. W. January 2013. Genetic diversity, inbreeding effective population size, and long-term genetic monitoring recommendations for the critically endangered Julimes pupfish, Cyprinodon julimes. Contracted by Pronatura Noreste, A.C., Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico.

Carson, E. W. January 2013. Genetic diversity, inbreeding effective population size, and long-term genetic monitoring recommendations for the endangered bighead pupfish, Cyprinodon pachycephalus. Contracted by Pronatura Noreste, A.C., Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico.

Carson, E. W. October 2011. Status of the Rio Churince system, Cuatro Cienegas, Mexico. Contracted by Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and World Wildlife Fund, México. 

Carson, E. W. August 2011. Status of the Rio Churince system, Cuatro Cienegas, Mexico. Contracted by Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and World Wildlife Fund, México. 

Carson, E. W. June 2011. Vital signs report for pupfishes (genus Cyprinodon) of the Rio Conchos basin, Chihuahua, Mexico, including preliminary environment, habitat, and population data, and initial sampling of specimens for conservation genetic analyses. Contracted by World Wildlife Fund, México. 

Carson, E. W. February 2011. Status of the Rio Churince system, Cuatro Ciénegas, Mexico. Contracted by Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and World Wildlife Fund, México. 

Invited Symposia
Carson, E. W., and T. E. Dowling. 2002. Hybridization between Cyprinodon bifasciatus and C. atrorus: history, patterns, and dynamics. Symposium in honor of James E. Deacon and W.L. Minckley. Annual meeting of the Desert Fishes Council, Death Valley, California.

Carson, E.W., and T.E. Dowling. 2001. Evolutionary and conservation biology of the pupfishes (Cyprinodon), a symposium honoring Robert R. Miller. Annual meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania.

Select Oral Presentations and Posters
De la Maza-Benignos, M., Ma. L. Lozano-Vilano, L. Vela-Vallardes, and I. Banda-Villanueva, and E. W. Carson. 2013. Race against time: establishing a refuge population for the Carbonera pupfish, Cyprinodon fontinalis (Poster). 45th annual meeting of the Desert Fishes Council, Flagstaff, Arizona.

Carson, E. W., Ma. L. Lozano-Vilano, L. Vela-Vallardes, and I. Banda-Villanueva, T. F. Turner, and M. De la Maza Benignos. 2013. Genetic diversity and effective population size of the critically endangered Julimes pupfish, Cyprinodon julimes. 93rd annual meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Albuquerque, NM.

De la Maza Benignos, M., E. W. Carson, Ma. L. Lozano-Vilano, L. Vela-Vallardes, and I. Banda-Villanueva. 2013. The Cyprinodon julimes experiment: a case study for development of a broadly effective conservation model in Mexico (Poster). 93rd annual meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Albuquerque, NM.

Carson, E. W., M. De la Maza Benignos, Ma. L. Lozano-Vilano, L. Vela-Vallardes, and I. Banda-Villanueva. 2012. Pupfishes of Chihuahua, how do your springs flow? 44th annual meeting of the Desert Fishes Council, Death Valley, California.

Carson, E. W. 2011. Dead spring flowing: witnessing loss of the Churince system. 43rd annual meeting of the Desert Fishes Council, Hermosillo, Mexico.

Carson, E.W., W.J. Remshardt, S.R. Davenport, R.K. Dudley, S.P. Platania, and A. Monié. Native fish conservation, and management in the Upper/Middle Rio Grande basin, Pecos River, Canadian River, Tularosa and Guzman basins, New Mexico during 2011. 43rd annual meeting of the Desert Fishes Council, Hermosillo, Mexico.

Carson, E. W., S. Karlsson, E. Saillant, and J. R. Gold. 2009. Genetic studies of hatchery supplemented populations of red drum in four Texas bays. 2009 meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Portland, Oregon.

Carson, E. W., D. A. Etnier, and T. E. Dowling. 2004. Phylogeography of Campostoma: insights from mitochondrial and nuclear gene phylogenies. 2004 meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Norman, Oklahoma.

Carson, E.W., and T.E. Dowling. 2002. A spatio-temporal analysis of hybridization between two pupfish species endemic to Cuatro Ciénegas, Mexico: the relationship between environmental and genetic variation across an extreme environmental gradient. 2002 meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, University of Missouri- KC, Kansas City, Missouri.

Carson, E.W. 2002. How environmentally divergent are Cyprinodon bifasciatus and C. atrorus? Experimental evidence and implications for hybridization. 34th annual meeting of the Desert Fishes Council, San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Carson, E.W., and T.E. Dowling. 1999. Contrasting patterns mitochondrial and nuclear gene introgression in two pupfish species, Cyprinodon bifasciatus and C. atrorus, endemic to the Cuatro Ciénegas basin, Coahuila, Mexico. 1999 meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania.

Carson, E.W. 1999. Population genetic structure of two pupfish species, Cyprinodon bifasciatus and C. atrorus, endemic to the Cuatro Ciénegas basin, Coahuila, México. 31st annual meeting of the Desert Fishes Council, Ciudad Victoria, Mexico.

Contributions to Peer-review
Conservation Genetics, Copeia, Ecology of Freshwater Fish, Environmental Biology of Fishes, Evolutionary Ecology, Fishery Bulletin, Genetica, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology, Journal of Fish Biology, Marine Ecology Progress Series, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, North American Journal of Fisheries Management, and Northeastern Naturalist, Pan-American Journal of Aquatic Sciences, PlosOne.

Judging of Graduate Student Contributions
Biology Department Student Scholarship Committee, University of New Mexico, Spring 2013.

ASIH Stoye Genetics, Development and Morphology Award, 93rd annual meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Albuquerque, NM, July 10-15, 2013.

Teaching Experience
Marine Fisheries, Texas A&M University w/ Dr. Davis S. Portnoy, Spring 2009 and Spring 2010.

Biology 188 Laboratory, Arizona State University. Teaching assistant, Spring-Fall 2004

Molecular Genetic Techniques, Arizona State University. Teaching assistant, Fall 1999.

Biology 100 Laboratory, Arizona State University. Teaching assistant, Fall 1998.

Biology 102 Laboratory, University of South Carolina. Teaching assistant, Spring 1997-Spring 1998.

Biology 101 Laboratory, University of South Carolina. Teaching assistant, Fall 1996.

Research Assistantships
1999- 2003. NASA Astrobiology Institute Grant “Evolution in microbe based ecosystems: Desert springs as analogues for the early development and stabilization of ecological systems.”

1998-1999. US Bureau of Reclamation Grant “Conservation genetics of endangered suckers of the Klamath region: mitochondrial DNA.”

Awards and Committees
Carl Hubbs Award for Best Student Paper. 2002. Annual Desert Fishes Council meeting, San Luis Potosi, SLP, Mexico.

Graduate Student Representative. Spring 2002. Biology Department search committee for Assistant Professor in Bioinformatics, Arizona State University, Tempe.

Conservation Committee for Cuatro Ciénegas. 2002-present. Desert Fishes Council.

Memberships
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
Desert Fishes Council
Society for the Study of Evolution
Southwestern Association of Naturalists
Western North American Naturalist
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