For Dr. Carole Baldwin, Galapagos incorporates many firsts: her first time in a feature film, her first dive in a submersible, and her first expeditions to Galápagos.

Dr. Baldwin was born in South Carolina and developed an early love for the ocean while living near the seashore and exploring along the beaches and amongst tidal pools. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at James Madison University and a Masters of Science in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston, in South Carolina, before receiving her Ph.D. in Marine Science from the College of William and Mary's School of Marine Science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point.

A summer job as a research assistant working with larval fishes at the Charleston Marine Lab led Dr. Baldwin to the beginning of her career with a position at the Smithsonian Institution. Since then, she has published over two dozen articles concerning her specialties, and is a member of many prominent scientific societies, as well as being on the editorial board of Copeia-the journal of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Dr. Baldwin is also on the Steering Committee of the Caribbean Coral Reefs Ecosystems Program of the National Museum of Natural History. In 1997, she developed a N.M.N.H. Senate of Scientists' Spotlight on Research Series presentation, "Bizarre Beginnings Beneath the Sea: A Little Fish Story." [back]