Associate Dean of the Graduate School
Randolph Hall, 66 George St.
Charleston, SC 29424
Grice Marine Laboratory
205 Fort Johnson Rd.
Charleston, SC 29412
Ph.D., 1976, University of Arizona
Research emphasis: Chelonian reproductive and conservation biology, endocrine physiology and physiological ecology
Current and planned research projects:
- male sea turtle reproductive biology and seasonality
- diamondback terrapin reproductive ecology and toxicology
- global warming and its influence on sex ratios of turtle populations
- application of sound biological understanding to conservation questions in vertebrates
- Blanvillain G, A. Pearse, A. Segars, D. Rostal, A. Richards and D.W. Owens. 2008. Comparing methods for the assessment of reproductive activity in adult male loggerhead sea turtles Caretta Caretta at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Endangered Species Research. 6:75-85.
- Braun-McNeill, J., S.P. Epperly, D.W. Owens, L. Avens, E. Williams and C. A. Harms. (2007) Seasonal reliability of testosterone radioimmunoassay (RIA) for predicting sex ratios of juvenile loggerhead (Caretta caretta) turtles. Herpetologica. 63:275-284.
- Blanvillain G, J.A. Schwenter , R. D. Day, D. Point , S. J. Christopher, W. A. Roumillat and D.W. Owens. (2007) Diamondback terrapins, Malaclemys terrapin, as a sentinel species for monitoring mercury pollution of estuarine systems in South Carolina and Georgia, USA. Environmental Tox. and Chem., Vol. 26, No. 1441-1450.
- Hamann, Mark, C. Limpus and D. Owens. 2003. Chapter 5: Reproductive Cycles of Males and Females. In: The Biology of Sea Turtles: Volume II. Eds. P. Lutz, J. Musick and J. Wyneken. CRC Press. Boca Raton, FL. pp135-161.
- Hopkins-Murphy, S., T. Murphy and D.W. Owens. 2003. Ecology of immature loggerheads on the foraging grounds and adults in internesting habitat in the eastern United States. In: Loggerhead Sea Turtles. Eds. A. Bolten and B. Witherington. Smithsonian Inst. Press. P 79-92.