Paula Rivadeneira

Paula Rivadeneira
Assistant Specialist
Assistant Professor
Building/Room: 
Yuma Agricultural Center
Address: 

Yuma Agricultural Center
6425 W 8th St
85364-9623 Yuma, AZ

Office Phone: 
(928) 919-2611
Fax: 
(928) 782-1940

Apr 2013 – May 2014. Postdoctoral Researcher University of California, Davis Davis CA

Aug 2001 – Dec 2006. PhD in Biological Sciences, Auburn University, Auburn AL
Dissertation: The Physiological Effects of Relocation on Gopher Tortoises

Aug 1988 – May 1992. BA in Psychology and Spanish (double major) New York University, New York NY

2006  Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

2006  Margaret McNeal Arant Memorial Award

2005  Gaige Fund Award, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

2003  Henri Seibert Student Award, Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles

2003  Linnaeus Fund Turtle Research Award, Chelonian Research Foundation

2002  J. Larry Landers Student Research Award, Gopher Tortoise Council

Jun 2014 –present. Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist in Food Safety and Wildlife, Yuma Agricultural Center  University of Arizona, Tucson , Yuma AZ

Apr 2013 – May 2014. Postdoctoral Researcher for the Western Center for Food Safety University of California, Davis, Davis CA

Jun 2008 – Mar 2013. Adjunct Faculty Nevada State College, Henderson NV

Jan 2009 – Nov 2011. Conservation Center Program ManagerSan Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, Las Vegas NV

Feb 2008 – Feb 2009. Principal ScientistSWCA Environmental Consultants,  Las Vegas NV

Mar 2008 – Jun 2008. Field Researcher Kiva Biological Consulting, Mojave Desert CA

Jan 2007 – Jan 2008. Project Coordinator Great Basin Institute, Las Vegas NV

Aug 2001 – Dec 2006. Field and Lab Researcher Auburn University, Auburn AL

Aug 2001 – Dec 2006. Graduate Teaching Assistant – Anatomy and Physiology, Auburn University, Auburn AL

Invited Lectures

Nov 2013. Assessing the risk of transfer of enteric zoonotic pathogens from domestic and wild animals to leafy green produce fields in the southwest desert, California Association of Pest Control Advisors continuing education course, El Centro, CA

Oct 2013. Assessing the risk of transfer of enteric zoonotic pathogens from domestic and wild animals to leafy green produce fields in the southwest desert, California Association of Pest Control Advisors continuing education course, La Quinta, CA

April 2012. Biological Sampling Techniques, Nevada State College guest lecture, Henderson, NV

Nov 2011. Increasing the Science-Based Role of Zoos in the Recovery of Desert Tortoises, The Wildlife Society annual conference, The Big Island, Hawaii

July 2011. Desert Tortoise Life History, Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, Las Vegas, NV

June 2011. Women in Science and Medicine Panel, National Education for Women (NEW) Leadership Summer Institute, Nevada State College, Henderson, NV

Aug 2010. A Tortoise Isn’t Just Any Old Turtle.  Galápagos Volunteer Group, San Diego Zoo, Escondido, CA

Aug 2010. Slow Friends in the Mojave Desert: How the San Diego Zoo is Helping to Save the Threatened Desert Tortoise.  Amani Point Lecture, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido, CA

July 2010. Slow Friends in the Mojave Desert: How the San Diego Zoo is Helping to Save the Threatened Desert Tortoise.  Aardvarks Group, San Diego Zoo, San Diego, CA

Mar 2010. Desert Tortoise Biology, Physiology, and Captive Care. US Fish and Wildlife Service, Line Distance Sampling Program, Las Vegas, NV

Sep 2009. A Sneak Peak Behind the Scenes of the Best Kept Secret in Las Vegas, the DTCC, REI, Henderson, NV

June 2009. The Desert Tortoise Conservation Center: Giving Desert Tortoises a Fighting Chance. National Parks Conservation Association, Through The Lens Program, Barstow, CA

May 2009. How a City Girl Became a Desert Rat and Joined the San Diego Zoo to Help Give Desert Tortoises a Fighting Chance. Tortoise Group, Las Vegas, NV

Mar 2009. Desert Tortoise Biology. US Fish and Wildlife Service, Line Distance Sampling Program

Feb 2009. How a City Girl Became a Desert Rat and Joined the San Diego Zoo to Help Give Desert Tortoises a Fighting Chance. San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research, Escondido, CA

Oct 2006. The Physiological Effects of Relocation on Gopher Tortoises.  Smithsonian Institution’s Conservation and Research Center, Front Royal, VA

Peer Reviewed Publications

Kahn, Paula F., Craig Guyer, and Mary T. Mendonça. 2007. Handling, Blood Sampling, and Temporary Captivity Do Not Affect Plasma Corticosterone or Movement Patterns of Gopher Tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus). Copeia (3) pp. 614-621

 

Invited Popular Articles

Kahn, Paula F. 2010.  Is Your Tortoise Healthy? Tortoise Group Newsletter, Aug 2010, p.5.

Kahn, Paula F. 2010.  The Desert Tortoise Conservation Center. Tortoise Group Newsletter, vol XXIII, no. 1, p.5.

Kahn, Paula F. 2010.  Shelling Out Conservation: Desert Tortoises. ZooView, April 2010, p.1-2.

Kahn, Paula F. 2010.  Shelling Out Conservation: Desert Tortoises. ZooNooz, June 2010, p.14-15.