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Paula Henry, Ph.D.

Paula Henry is a research physiologist at the Eastern Ecological Science Center in Laurel, MD.

Her areas of research focus on sublethal and endocrine effects of environmental contaminant exposure on avian, amphibian and reptilian physiology and behaviors, and on anthropogenic factors affecting wildlife populations within estuarine and wetland habitats.  Her work seeks to integrate laboratory, pen, and field studies for evaluating relative sensitivities of wildlife exposed to environmental pollutants including metals, pesticides, agricultural additives, and industrial chemicals. Paula lead a multi-year USGS field survey and research study investigating declining terrapin populations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and continues to monitor box turtles on the Patuxent Wildlife part of a historical and long term population study   


  • Ph.D. in Marine Estuarine Environmental Science(Endpoint measurements for endocrine disrupting contaminant effects on wildlife)
  • M.S. in Zoology and Endocrinology (Effects of sublethal dietary levels of EPN (0-ethyl,0-4-nitrophenylphenylphosphonothioate) on growing mallard ducklings, Anas platyrhynchos), from the University of Maryland, College Park
  • B.A. (Le matin apres la mescaline) from Reed College in Portland Oregon. 


  • USGS Special Act Service Award, Time off Awards and Star Awards: 1998, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013
  • Scientific Achievement Award: Coauthor on Publication of Significance 1997. 
  • NBS Certificate of Appreciation, Quality Service Award, and Performance Award. 1994, 1995, 1996
  • Chesapeake and Potomac Regional Chapter, SETAC. Graduate Student Research Award 1996. 
  • USFWS Special Achievement Award and Quality Performance Award.  1989, 1991
  • USUHS – DoD Certificate of Outstanding Performance. 1986
  • USFWS and US EPA Graduate Student Research Assistantship 1982.

Advisory Committees:

  • Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods, DOI alternate: 2015
  • DOI One Health, USGS Contaminant representative: 2015
  • SETAC Chesapeake Potomac Regional Committee, Member: 1996-1998; 2000-present; Board of Directors 2012-2015; Vice-President 2015-present.
  • Diamondback Terrapin Working Group. Member: 2004-present; Chair for the Mid Atlantic Region: 2004-2007.
  • NE Partners in Amphibians and Reptiles Conservation Task Team, Amphibian and Reptile Diseases (Rana virus), Member: 2011-present.
  • Inter County Connector (ICC) Box Turtle Advisory Committee. Member: 2007-2009.
  • Strategic Environmental Research Program /Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (SERP/ESTP): USGS Science Representative: 2007-2008. 
  • USGS PWRC Animal Care and Use Committee.  Research representative: 1991-1993;2003-2005; Chair: 2005-2008.

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