Area of Expertise: Conservation Biology, Aquaculture
Shawna started her career in freshwater conservation at the State University of New York at Cobleskill, where she researched state-endangered Gilt Darters and the imperiled Paddlefish. Shawna was an intern with TNACI during the summer of 2014. She was responsible for raising Lake Sturgeon and Southern Appalachian Brook Trout and was then hired full-time as Science Coordinator in August 2015. She has since been promoted to Recovery Biologist after completing her master’s degree while working full time at TNACI. Shawna advances TNACI’s conservation science mission by leading field studies on threatened and endangered freshwater fish all over the Southeast. She also works with state, federal and other non-profit partners to help focus efforts to recover endangered species in the wild. On the side, she conducts headwater stream ecology research utilizing artificial stream systems in conjunction with Sewanee: University of the South.
Most Exciting Thing about Living in the South: Short Winters!
Favorite Freshwater Fish: It’s a tie between Laurel Dace and Blue Shiners
M.S., 2021, University of Tennessee Knoxville (Wildlife and Fisheries Science)
B.T., 2015, State University of New York at Cobleskill (Fisheries and Aquaculture)