Joseph Pfaller, Ph.D.
Joe started working with sea turtles at the age of 15 while volunteering on the Caretta Research Project (CRP), a non-profit organization decided to studying and protecting loggerhead turtles nesting on the Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge (near Savannah, GA). He completed his B.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Florida and M.S. at Florida State University, while serving as an intern and Research Director of CRP and a Research Associate of the Queensland EPA in Australia. In 2020, Joe joined the Marine Turtle Specialist Group as a Co-Editor for the North Atlantic and Wider Caribbean Regional Report.
Joe's research on sea turtles has ranged from evaluating methodological biases associated with estimating population demographic rates to understanding the ecological roles that sea turtles play as hosts to epibiota to testing the sensory mechanisms that attract sea turtles to ocean plastics. Within the sea turtle community, Joe has worked with academics, state and federal wildlife managers, NGO and non-profit researchers, and private consultants from both national and international organizations.
Joe joined NOAA SEFSC as the Sea Turtle Branch Chief in August 2022.
See Joe's scientific publications here.