Joe Levine, Ph.D.


Joe Levine’s dissertation research, conducted between Harvard University and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, focused on the evolution of color vision in aquatic animals. He has taught introductory biology, marine biology, neurobiology, and physiology at Boston College, and a field course in coral reef biology at the Boston University Marine Program. His research has been published in journals ranging from Science to Scientific American, and his popular scientific writing has appeared in several trade books, as well as in magazines such as Smithsonian and Natural History.

Following a Macy Fellowship in Science Broadcast Journalism at WGBH in 1986, Joe dedicated his life to improving science education and public understanding of science. He has produced science features for NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” and helped launch Discovery Channel’s “Discover Magazine.” He has served as scientific advisor to NOVA for programs including “Judgment Day”, and as Science Editor on two PBS series: “The Secret of Life,” “The Evolution Project,” and the OMNI-MAX films “Cocos: Island of Sharks” and “Coral Reef Adventure.”

With Kenneth Miller, Joe co-authors Biology (Pearson Education), the most widely-used high school biology program in the United States. He has conducted professional development seminars for teachers across the United States, and in Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the US. Virgin Islands, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Joe currently serves on the Board of Visitors of OTS, on the Board of Overseers of MBL, and has recently joined the  Board of Directors of the Museum Institute for Teaching Science.  

Joe also supports Mil Milagros (“A Thousand Miracles”) dedicated to improving the health and nutrition of children in Guatemala, and serves as an ambassador for EcoLogic, which works to empower rural and indigenous peoples to restore and protect tropical ecosystems in Central America and Mexico.


Teaching, communication, and public education