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Selina Heppell


Associate Professor
Dept. Fisheries and Wildlife

Oregon State University

Ph.D., Duke University
Zoology, 1998

Research Expertise

Marine Ecology
Population Modeling
Quantitative Approaches
Conservation Biology
Sea Turtles




Dr. Selina Heppell is a professor and marine fisheries ecologist at Oregon State University. Her expertise is in population modeling, studying how animal populations respond to disturbances in their environments, developing quantitative tools to measure those responses, and applying that knowledge to recovery planning for endangered species. Dr. Heppell's research is currently focused in three areas: developing quantitative assessment methods that federal agencies can use to measure impacts on threatened or endangered species; assessing the relative impacts of natural and human-caused stressors on sea turtle populations in the Atlantic and Pacific; and examining the role of maternal effects on offspring quality in fishes, which may lead to new management strategies to assure protection of older, highly fecund female fish in harvested populations.

Dr. Heppell is Chair of the Ecosystem Management Subcommittee for the Science and Statistical Committee of the Pacific Fishery Management Council, a member of the Science and Technical Advisory Committee for Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council, and a member of the Marine Turtle Specialists Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. She serves as a Science Advisory Board member for the Oregon Coastal Ocean Observing System, and Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea (COMPASS). She was an Aldo Leopold Environmental Leadership Program Fellow in 2006, and is currently serving on a National Research Council Ocean Studies Board panel to examine assessment models for sea turtles.


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Recent Selected Publcations

Snover, M.L. and S.S. Heppell. 2009. Application of diffusion approximation for risk assessments of sea turtle populations. Ecological Applications 19(3): 774 - 785.

Gunderson, D.R., A.M. Parma, R. Hilborn, J.M. Cope, D.L. Fluharty, M.L. Miller, R.D. Vetter, H.G. Greene, and S.S. Heppell. 2008. The challenge of managing temperate rocky reef resources. Fisheries 33: 172-179.

Wallace, B.P., S.S. Heppell, R.L. Lewison, S. Kelez, and L.B. Crowder. 2008. Reproductive values of loggerhead turtles in fisheries bycatch worldwide. Journal of Applied Ecology 45: 1076-1085.

Heppell, S.S. 2007. Life history analysis of green sturgeon, Acipenser medirostris. Environmental Biology of Fishes 79: 357-368.

Heppell, S.S., S.A. Heppell, F. Coleman, and C. Koenig. 2006. A model to assess conservation strategies for a protogynous fish. Ecological Applications16: 238-249.

Gerber, L.R., S.S. Heppell, F. Ballantyne, and E. Sala. 2005. The role of dispersal and demography in determining the efficacy of marine reserves. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 62: 863-871.

Gerber, L. and S.S. Heppell. 2004. The use of demographic sensitivity analysis in marine species conservation planning. Biological Conservation 120: 121-128.

Heppell, S.S., H. Caswell and L.B. Crowder. 2000. Life histories and elasticity patterns: perturbation analysis for species with minimal demographic data. Ecology 81(3): 654-665.

Heppell, S. S. 1998. An application of life history theory and population model analysis to turtle conservation. Copeia 1998(2): 367-375.

Heppell, S.S. and L.B. Crowder. 1996. Analysis of a fisheries model for harvest of hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata). Conservation Biology 10(3): 874-880.

Heppell, S.S., D.T. Crouse, and L.B. Crowder. 1996. A model evaluation of headstarting as a management tool for long-lived turtles. Ecological Applications 6(2): 556-565.

Heppell, S. S., J.R. Walters, and L.B. Crowder. 1994. Evaluating management alternatives for red-cockaded woodpeckers: a modeling approach. Journal of Wildlife Management 58(3): 479-487.