James R. Carey

Dr. James R. Carey

Position Title
Distinguished Professor of Entomology


Complete CV (click here; July 20, 2019)

Video resume (click here; 2/21/14)


Short Biosketch

JAMES R. CAREY is Distinguished Professor of Entomology at the University of California, Davis and senior scholar in the Center for the Economics and Demography of Aging at UC Berkeley with research interests in insect biodemography, mortality dynamics, and insect invasion biology. Professor Carey received his BS and MS degrees from Iowa State University (1973; 1975) and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley (1980). He is a fellow of four professional societies including the Entomological Society of America, the AAAS, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Gerontological Society of America. He is former director (2003-13) of a 11-university consortium funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIH/P01) on the evolutionary ecology of lifespan. He is a co-author of the forthcoming book Biodemography: An Introduction to Concepts and Methods (Carey, J. R. and D. Roach. 2020; Princeton University Press) and author of three previous books including “Demography for Biologists (Oxford University Press 1993), Longevity (Princeton University Press, 2003), and Longevity Records: Life Spans of Mammals, Birds, Amphibians and Reptiles (Odense, 2000) and over 250 journal articles and book chapters. He teaches an upper division undergraduate course titled "Longevity" fall quarter and summer session that is based on biodemographic concepts in both non-human species and humans. He also offers seminars and workshops on best practices in visualization concepts and presentation strategies including a week course every year to PhD fellows in Kampala, Uganda enrolled in the 9-university Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA).

Biodemography (book preview): Due out December 2019

Biodemography book forward and TOC

Selected recent papers:

Zhao, Z.-H., C. Hui, R. E. Plant, M. Su, T. E. Carpenter, N. T. Papadopoulos, Z. Li, and J. R. Carey. 2019. 'Life table invasion models: Spatial progression and species-specific partitioning', Ecology, e02682 (click here).

Carey, J. R. 2019. 'Aging in the wild, residual demography and discovery of a stationary population identity.' in R. Sears, R. Lee and O. Burger (eds.), Human Evolutionary Demography (Open Book Publishers: Cambridge).

Carey, J. R., and J. W. Vaupel. 2019. 'Biodemography.' in D. Poston and M. Micklin (eds.), Handbook of Population (Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers: New York).

Rao, A. S. R. S, and J. R. Carey. 2019. 'Chapter 11: Behavior of stationary population identity in two-dimensions: Age and proportion of population truncated in follow-up.' in A. S. R. S Rao (ed.), Handbook of Statistics Vol. 40 (Elsevier LTC).

Gerofotis, C. D., N. A. Kouloussis, C. Koukougiannidou, N. T. Papadopoulos, P. Damos, D. S. Koveos, and J. R. Carey. 2019. 'Age, sex, adult and larval diet shape starvation resistance in the Mediterranean fruit fly: an ecological and gerontological perspective', Scientific Reports, 9: 10704. (click here)

Carey, J. R., S. Silverman, and A. S. R. S Rao. 2018. 'Chapter 5: The life table population identity: Discovery, formulations, proof, extensions and applications.' in A. S. R. S Rao (ed.), Handbook of Statistics: Integrated population biology and modeling Vol. 39 (Elsevier LTC) (click here).

Links to selected presentations:

Best practices: Visualization concepts and presentation strategies (San Antonio, 8/19/18)

Departmental talk: African Odyssey: Wildlife adventures, natural wonders, and indigenous people (UCD, 5/22/19)

Plenary talk (Entomology Congress): Insect biodemography: A 21st century guided tour (9/26/16)

One minute: Carey's Equality (12/20/17)