University of Northern Iowa

Carl Thurman

University of Northern Iowa
Universidade de Sâo Paulo, Brazil

Dr. Thurman was a 2009 US-Brasil Fulbright Scholar, the UNI Distinguished Professor for 2006-07 and a recipient of the 2006 Superior Achievement in Research award from the College of Natural Sciences. After receiving pre-doctoral training in Texas, Florida, Mississippi, Massachusetts and Minnesota, he has postdoctoral experience in Ohio, Missouri, Nebraska and South Carolina. The focus of his research is the physiology of the cell membrane and the ecology of tropical marine organisms. His membrane studies have made contributions to understanding diseases such as glaucoma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, renovascular hypertension, polycystic kidney disease and renal tubular acidosis. After working along the east coast of the US as well as Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Colombia, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, the Bahamas and Brasil, he is an authority on the littoral communities of the western Atlantic between Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Laguna, Santa Catarina, Brasil. His current collaboration with scientists and students at the Universidade de Sâo Paulo along the coast of Brasil is supported by the National Research Council of Brasil (CNPq) , the Scientific Foundation of São Paulo (FAFESP) and the Global Regional Environmental Research Centre (GRERC) at the University of Iowa. In addition to promoting international experiences for students, Carl’s two sons, Chad and Joel, live in Reykjavik, Iceland, and Barcelona, Spain. For pleasures, his hobbies include, but are not limited to, architectural photography and Scandinavian philately.