Tom O'Shea is a Scientist Emeritus at the USGS Fort Collins Science Center.
Tom O'Shea 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.
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
Education and Certifications
Ph.D. Zoology, Northern Arizona University, 1977
M.S. Biological Sciences, Northern Arizona University, 1973
B.S. Zoology, Colorado State University 1970
Affiliations and Memberships*
American Society of Mammalogists
National Museums of Kenya
Florida Museum of Natural History
Museum of Southwestern Biology (University of New Mexico)
California Academy of Sciences
Colorado State University
University of Florida
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
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.
Science and Products
Science and Products
Non-USGS Publications**Helm, R.C., D.P. Costa, T.D. DeBruyn, T.J. O'Shea, R.S. Wells, and T.M. Williams. 2015. Overview of effects of oil on marine mammals. P. 455-484, in M. Fingas (ed.) Handbook of Oil Spill Science and Technology. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
Luis, A.D., T.J. O'Shea, D.T.S. Hayman, J.L.N. Wood, A.A. Cunningham, A. T. Gilbert, J.N. Mills, and C.T. Webb. 2015. Network analysis of host-virus communities in bats and rodents reveals determinants of cross-species transmission. Ecology Letters 18:1153-1162. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12491Marsh, H., T. O’Shea, and J. Reynolds. 2011. Ecology and conservation of the Sirenia: dugongs and manatees. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. 538 p.O’Shea, T.J. 2014. Family Trichechidae. P. 548-562 in D.E. Wilson and R.A. Mittermeier, eds. Handbook of Mammals of the World 4. Sea Mammals. Lynx Editions, Barcelona.Peel, A.J., J. R. C. Pulliam, A. D. Luis, R. K. Plowright, T. J. O’Shea, D. T. S. Hayman, J. L. N. Wood, C. T. Webb, and O. Restif. 2014. The effect of seasonal birth pulses on pathogen persistence in wild mammal populations. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences B 281: 20132962 (pages 1-9).Restif, O., Hayman, D.T.S., J.R.C. Pulliam, R.K. Plowright, D.B. George, A.D. Luis, A.A. Cunningham, R.A. Bowen, A.R. Fooks, T.J. O'Shea, J.L.N. Wood, and C.T. Webb. 2012. Model-guided fieldwork: practical guidelines for multidisciplinary research on wildlife ecological and epidemiological dynamics. Ecology Letters 15:1083-1094. DOI: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2012.01836.xSon, N.T., T.J. O’Shea, J.A. Gore, G. Csorba, V.T. Tu, T. Oshida, H. Endo, and M. Motokawa. 2016. Bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) of the southeastern Truong Son Mountains, Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam. Journal of Threatened Taxa 8:8953-8969. DOI: httpdx.dofi.org/10.11609/jot.27126.96.36.19953-8969Webber, Q.M.R., Brigham, R.M., Park, A.D., Gillam, E.H., O'Shea, T.J., and Willis, C.K.R. 2016, Social network characteristics and predicted pathogen transmission in summer colonies of female big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 70: 701-712. DOI: 10.1007/s00265-016-2093-3Woolf, A. and T. J. O'Shea. 1968. Two bighorn sheep-coyote encounters. Journal of Mammalogy 49: 770. DOI: 10.2307/1378747Woolf, A., T. J. O'Shea and D. L. Gilbert. 1970. Movements and behavior of bighorn sheep on summer ranges in Yellowstone National Park. Journal of Wildlife Management 34: 446-450. DOI: 10.2307/3799031
*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government
**Disclaimer: The views expressed in Non-USGS publications are those of the author and do not represent the views of the USGS, Department of the Interior, or the U.S. Government.