Thomas O'Shea, Ph.D.

Biography

Tom O'Shea is a Scientist Emeritus at the USGS Fort Collins Science Center (FORT). He has conducted research on bats, sirenians, and other mammals in the U.S., Africa, South and Central America, Asia, and Oceania. Dr. O'Shea is the author or co-author of about 140 scientific publications. He was formerly a researcher with the USGS, National Biological Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. His current research emphasis is on bats (after a long hiatus in marine mammal studies and federal research management), particularly topics related to diseases, population biology, natural history, and environmental contaminants. Past positions include Wildlife Biologist (Research), Branch Chief for Southwestern Ecosystems (FORT); Assistant Director, National Ecology Research Center, Fort Collins, Leader, Gainesville Florida Field Station, and Research Zoologist, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (USFWS). He has held courtesy and adjunct positions with the National Museums of Kenya, the Florida Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Southwestern Biology (University of New Mexico), the California Academy of Sciences, Colorado State University, University of Florida, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He has served on various advisory committees and commissions, and as an Associate Editor for Journal of Mammalogy, and Marine Mammal Science.

Education

  • Ph.D. Zoology, Northern Arizona University, 1977
  • M.S. Biological Sciences, Northern Arizona University, 1973
  • B.S. Zoology, Colorado State University 1970

Professional Experience

  • Scientist Emeritus, U.S. Geological Survey, Fort Collins Science Center 2009-present
  • Research Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Fort Collins Science Center 2001-2009
  • Branch Chief, U.S. Geological Survey, Fort Collins Science Center 1996-2001
  • Assistant Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/National Biological Survey, National Ecology Research Center/Midcontinent Ecological Science Center, Fort Collins 1992-1996
  • Research Wildlife Biologist, Sirenia Project Leader, Field Station Leader, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Fish and Wildlife Laboratory/National Ecology Research Center, Gainesville, Florida 1979-1992
  • Research Zoologist, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, Maryland 1977-1979

Affiliations

At various times Tom has held affiliations, courtesy, or adjunct positions with the National Museums of Kenya, the Florida Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Southwestern Biology (University of New Mexico), the California Academy of Sciences, Colorado State University, University of Florida, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and Wildlife-At-Risk (Vietnam). He has served on scientific committees of the American Society of Mammalogists, and on advisory committees of a number of national and international conservation organizations and agencies, including the Committee of Scientific Advisors to the US Marine Mammal Commission.