Research Area(s)

Marine turtle ecology and conservation biology, including population dynamics, diet, movements, and threats, and implications for protected species policy

BACKGROUND

Erin Seney is an Assistant Research Scientist and non-teaching faculty member in the Department of Biology. She holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of Virginia, an M.S. in Marine Science from the College of William and Mary, a Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Texas A&M University, and a professional certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from George Mason University. Following completion of her Ph.D., Dr. Seney held an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship comprised of placements at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation. More recently, she has run her own consulting business and has been contracted by the federal government and aquarium research programs.

Dr. Seney’s areas of expertise include marine turtle movement and diet research, conservation biology, fisheries, and policy. She has conducted marine turtle research and nesting, in-water, stranding, and rehabilitation activities in Virginia, Texas, and Florida and developed a satellite transmitter attachment method for small neritic Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. Dr. Seney has authored and co-authored publications on marine turtle diet, movement, and stock assessment; implications of climate change on Endangered Species Act decisions; and fishery bycatch. She is currently a member of the University’s Marine Turtle Research Group and contributes to long-term monitoring and research at central Florida nesting beaches and in-water habitats.