Victor Carmona

Director of Sustainability
Associate Professor of Biology

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Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Life Science
Room: 314
Phone: 313-993-1182
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Areas of Expertise:
Tropical Biology and Conservation
Population Biology
Community Ecology
Landscape Ecology
Insect Biology
Plant Biology

Degrees

  • Fulbright Specialist (2021-25), Multiple-Country Program
  • Fulbright Flex Scholar (2016-18), Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo en Salud (CENSALUD), Universidad de El Salvador
  • Fulbright Scholar (2012-13), Escuela de Biologia, Universidad de El Salvador
  • Postdoctoral Fellow (2005-7), Biology Department, Occidental College, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (2005), University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
  • B.S. in Chemistry (1995), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., (Minors: Biochemistry and Philosophy)

Biography

Victor Carmona gives a keynote in the Architecture and Engineering Annual Research Conference (CONIA) at the [Jesuit] Central American University in El Salvador. His speech was on adapting drone-imagery in ecological research.Victor Carmona is an associate professor in the Biology department at University of Detroit Mercy, director of Sustainability for University’s College of Engineering and Science and a research associate with the Center for Eco-Health Research at the University of El Salvador.

Dr. Carmona served as a Fulbright Scholar (2012-13) and Fulbright Flex Scholar (2015-18), and currently serves as a Fulbright Specialist (2021-23). Additionally, Dr. Carmona maintains collaborative research programs in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Mexico and the U.S., and his research students have successfully launched international collaborations through the Fulbright Student Program and Engineers without Borders.

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    Areas of Research

    Dr. Carmona is a field biologist interested in the ecology and evolutionary biology of interspecific interactions; specifically, how they vary with respect to the local biotic/abiotic environment and how the resulting mosaic of conditional outcomes can affect community structure (e.g. species diversity) as well as ecosystem function (e.g. ecosystem services). As a teacher and scholar, Dr. Carmona’s general interests are in the ecology mutualisms, stable isotope ecology, plant-defense chemistry, sexual dimorphisms in mutualistic species, invasive species, Chagas vector ecology, metagenomics and UAV/drones. Dr. Carmona is bilingual and bicultural in both English and Spanish, has served three times as a Fulbright Scholar, and has diverse field-research experience in Australia, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru and the United States.

    As director for Sustainability for the College of Engineering and Science, Dr. Carmona is principally responsible for coordinating integrative research collaborations; specifically, by linking novel research explorations from the Science departments and linking them to innovative applications in the Engineering departments. Dr. Carmona’s position has allowed him to adaptively manage research innovation and entrepreneurship in dynamic learning environments, especially since scientists like to explore variation to better characterize unknown systems (e.g. Type I error), while engineers like to reduce variation to better control the quality of outcomes in known/characterized systems (e.g. Type II error). Dr. Carmona’s mentoring role as a faculty member in the Biology department has further allowed him to engage students —including high school, undergraduate and graduate — in integrative research experiences as well as engage local community partners by means of an outreach-model that advances environmental justice.

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    Courses Taught

    • General Biology Lab I
    • General Biology Lab II
    • Technological Disobedience: the Art and Science of Innovation
    • Ecology & Environmental Justice
    • Introduction to Ecology
    • Evolutionary Biology
    • Biostatistics
    • Tropical Ecology
    • Biology Research
    • Integrative Ecology for Engineers