Jeffrey E Lovich, Ph.D.

As a Research Ecologist, Jeff is interested in the interactions of animals and their physical environment. Current research is focused on the ecology of turtles and tortoises and the effects of utility-scale renewable energy development (wind and solar) on wildlife, particularly in the Desert Southwest USA.


Research interests

Jeff has studied the ecology and systematics of turtles and other animals for over 30 years, discovering and naming four of the world’s 356 turtle species, including three in the United States and one in Japan. Other interests include the ecological impacts of invasive species, the ecology and distribution of relict species, and the impacts of human activities (including wind and solar energy development) on wildlife and ecological patterns and processes in the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts.

Selected achievements and professional experience

  • Fulbright Senior Specialist Award 2008 Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco.
  • Elected Fellow of The Linnean Society of London, the world's oldest active biological society.
  • Member IUCN (World Conservation Union), Species Survival Commission, Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group
  • Center Director USGS, Western Ecological Research Center (2002-2003)
  • Chief USGS, Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center (2003-2005)
  • Deputy Center Director USGS Southwest Biological Science Center (2005-2009)
  • Editor Chelonian Conservation and Biology
  • Editorial Board Current Herpetology


  • Turtles of the United States and Canada (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1994)
  • Biological Diversity: Problems and Challenges (Pennsylvania Academy of Science, 1994)
  • The State of the Colorado River Ecosystem in the Grand Canyon (U.S. Geological Survey, 2005)
  • Turtles of the United States and Canada, Second Edition (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009)
  • Turtles of the World (Princeton University Press, in press)


  • B.S. (1982) and M.S. degrees (1984) Biology, George Mason University
  • Ph.D. (1990) Ecology, University of Georgia, Institute of Ecology