David Owens

Professor Emeritus, College of Charleston

Address: Grice Marine Laboratory, 205 Fort Johnson Road
Phone: 843.425.2484
E-mail: owensd@cofc.edu


Ph.D., 1976, University of Arizona

Research Interests

  • Chelonian reproductive and conservation biology

Current and planned research projects

  • Conservation of sea turtles in the Indian Ocean


  • Meylan, A. B., Brost, B., Conrad, L.J., Denison, S. H., Flaherty, D. B., Gray, J. A., Hardy, R. F., Meylan, P. J., Schwenter, J. A., Tornwall, B., and Owens, D. W.. (2024). Feminization of a mixed-stock foraging aggregation of immature green turtles (Chelonia mydas), 1975-2018. Marine Biology 171:11. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00227-023-04320-2 
  • Arendt M.D. , Schwenter J.A. and Owens D.W. (2023). Climate-mediated population dynamics for the world’s most endangered sea turtle species. Sci. Rep. 2023; 1314444 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-023-41647-8
  • Arendt, M., Schwenter, J. A., Owens, D.W. and Valverde, R.A. (2021). Theoretical modeling and neritic monitoring of loggerhead Caretta caretta [Linnaeus, 1758] sea turtle sex ratio in the southeast United States do not substantiate fears of a male-limited population. Global Change Biology. 27(19) 4849-4859. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gcb.15808 
  • Hykle, D., Lwin, M. M. ,Tiwari, M. and Owens, D. W. (2020). In Qualified Praise of Captain F.D. Maxwell: A Precis of Maxwell’s 1904 report on the turtle-Banks of the Irrawaddy division of Burma (Myanmar). Herpetological Conservation and Biology 15(2):478–497.
  • Holloway, D., Day R. and Owens, D.W. (2019) Chapter 12. Environmental Toxicology. In: Ecology and Conservation of the Diamond-Backed Terrapin. (W. M. Roosenburg and V. S. Kennedy eds.) pp. 161-183. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.
  • Braun McNeill, J., Avens, L., Goodman, A. H., Goshe, L. R., Harms, C. A., & Owens, D. W. (2016). Female-bias in a long-term study of a species with temperature-dependent sex determination: Monitoring sex ratios for climate change research. PLoS ONE, 11, e0160911. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0160911 
  • 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. https://doi.org/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