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Dr. Donna J. Shaver

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Institution(s) / Organization(s):
U.S. National Park Service

Dr. Shaver is Chief of the Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery at Padre Island National Seashore, with the US National Park Service. She is the Texas Coordinator of the U.S. Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network and is a member of the Kempís Ridley Sea Turtle Recovery Team, Kempís Ridley Sea Turtle Working Group, and IUCN Species Survival Commissionís Marine Turtle Specialist Group. She specializes in sea turtle research and conservation, and her research focuses on movements and habitat use of adult Kempís ridley and juvenile green turtles, sea turtle nesting and strandings in Texas, population demographics for nesting Kempís ridley turtles in Texas, Kemp's ridley foraging ecology, and sex ratios and incubation temperatures for Kempís ridley. She has authored or co-authored more than 120 publications and reports dealing with sea turtles. Her conservation efforts have been recognized with awards from several organizations, including most recently the Harteís Heroes 2014 Legends of the Gulf Award, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2013 Endangered Species Recovery Champion Award for Agency Partner, and National Park Service Directorís Award for Natural Resource Research in 2012.

Ph.D. in Zoology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, U.S.A., 2000

M.S. in Biology, Texas A&I University, Kingsville, Texas, U.S.A., 1984

B.S. in Wildlife Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, U.S.A., 1981

Area of Expertise / Interest:
Sea Turtle Research and Preservation; Physiology and Behavior; Ecology; Population Biology; Endangered Species; Restoration

Preferred Language:   English

Mailing Address:
Padre Island National Seashore
U.S. National Park Service
P.O. Box 181300
Corpus Christi, TX 78480-1300
Telephone: +1 361-949-8173 x226
Fax: +1 361-949-9134

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Links to Projects or Publications:
Padre Island National Seashore
Sea turtle hatchling releases
Harte's Heroes
Migratory corridors of adult Kemp's ridley turtles in GOM
Reintroduction of Kemp's ridley sea turtle to Padre Island National Seashore, TX and its connection to head-starting
Foraging area fidelity for Kemp's ridleys in the GOM

Keywords:   Sea turtle, Endangered species, Conservation, Biology, Ecology, Harte's Heroes 2014, IUCN Species Survival Commission

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