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Dr. Sean Sterrett

Freshwater turtle and mussel surveys on Ichawaynochaway Creek.


  • Ph D University of Georgia 2014
  • MS University of Georgia 2009
  • BS Butler University 2003


I’m a wildlife ecologist that has worked extensively in aquatic ecosystems and with reptiles and amphibians. I finished a B.S. in Biology from Butler University and a M.S. and PhD. in Wildlife Ecology and Management from the University of Georgia. I joined the MA Coop Unit in 2017 and am currently focusing on a rangewide conservation initiative for the Brook Floater, a critically. imperiled freshwater mussel. Previously, I worked for the U.S.G.S. and the Northeast Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative.

Research Interests

I am a broadly trained ecologist and my primary goals are to develop and implement multi-faceted approaches to solve real-world conservation problems and to explore and understand how wildlife contributes to ecosystems.

Teaching Interests

I enjoy teaching at multiple levels and hope to incorporate teaching into my career. In the past, I've focused my instruction in the fields of Animal Behavior, Herpetology and Scientific Writing.

Research Publications

  • Sterrett, S., A. Roy, P. Hazelton, B. Watson, B. Swartz, T.R. Russ, L. Holst, M. Marchand, J. Wisniewski, M. Ashton, and B. Wicklow. 2018. Brook Floater Rapid Assessment Monitoring Protocol. U.S. Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Cooperator Science Series FWS/CSS-132-2018, Washington, D.C. Publisher Website | 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 11

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 69

Scientific Publications: 35

Presentations: 148


Contact Information

Tel: (317) 796 - 3634 Personal Web Site:

Links of Interest


Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
  2. Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. University of Massachusetts
  6. Wildlife Management Institute