David Owens

Professor Emeritus, College of Charleston

Address: Grice Marine Laboratory, 205 Fort Johnson Road
Phone: 843.953.9176
E-mail: owensd@cofc.edu


Ph.D., 1976, University of Arizona

Research Interests

  • Chelonian reproductive and conservation biology, endocrine physiology and physiological ecology

Current and planned research projects

  • Will be serving a Fulbright Fellowship to Mawlamyine University in Burma 2015-2016


  • Fisher LR, Godfrey MH, Owens DW (2014) Incubation Temperature Effects on Hatchling Performance in the Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta). PLoS ONE 9(12): e114880. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0114880
  • Owens, D.W. and G. Blanvillain. 2013. Captive Breeding in Sea Turtles. An Important Success Story. In. Reproduction of Marine Life, Birth of New Life! Investigating the Mysteries of Reproduction. Proceedings of Symposium. Editor: Keiichi Sato pp 23-40. https://churashima.okinawa/sp/userfiles/files/page/ocrc/23-40_owens_and_blanvillain_edit.pdf
  • Arendt,  Michael D, J. D. Whitaker, J. A. Schwenter,  D. W. Owens,  A. L. Segars,  G.Blanvillain, J. I. Byrd, J. M. Quattro, P. P. Maier, and  M. A. Roberts.   2012. Catch rates and demographics of loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) captured from the Charleston, South Carolina, shipping channel during the period of mandatory use of turtle excluder devices (TEDs). Fish. Bull. 110:98–109.
  • Arendt, M.D., A.L. Segars, J.I. Byrd, J. Boynton, J.D. Whitaker, L. Parker, D. Owens,G. Blanvillain, J. Quattro, and M. Roberts. 2012. Seasonal distribution patterns of juvenile loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) following capture from a shipping channel in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. Marine Biology. 159(1):127–139.
  • Blanvillain, G, D. Owens and G. Kuchling (2010) Hormones and Reproductive Cycles in Turtles., In "Hormones and Reproduction of Vertebrates, Vol. #3. (D. O. Norris and K. H. Lopez, eds.), pp. 277-303, San Diego, Elsevier.
  • Pease, A., G. Blanvillain,  D. Rostal, D. Owens and A. Segars. 2010. Ultrasound imaging of the inguinal region of adult Male Loggerhead Sea Turtles (Caretta caretta). J.  Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 41(1): 69–76.
  • Blanvillain G, A. Pearse, A. Segars, D. Rostal, A. Richards and D.W. Owens. 2008. Comparing methods for the assessment of reproductive activity in adult male loggerhead sea turtles Caretta Caretta at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Endangered Species Research. 6:75-85.
  • Braun-McNeill, J., S.P. Epperly, D.W. Owens, L. Avens, E. Williams and C. A. Harms. (2007) Seasonal reliability of testosterone radioimmunoassay (RIA) for predicting sex ratios of juvenile loggerhead (Caretta caretta) turtles. Herpetologica. 63:275-284.