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Shaya Honarvar
Research Associate


Research Associate


Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Drexel University

M.Sc. in Ecology, University of Pennsylvania

B.S./M.Sc. in Biotechnology, Hogeschool van Utrecht, The Netherlands


My current research interests are:

    • Population dynamics of leatherback turtles on Bioko Island.
    • Health assessment of Leatherback turtles.
    • Physiological and ecological aspects of gas exchange by sea turtle eggs.
    • Integrating local communities into wildlife conservation.


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Ting, N., C. Astaras, G. Hearn, S. Honarvar, J. Corush, A. Burrell, N. Phillips, B. Morgan, E. Gadsby, R. Raaum, C. Roos. (2012). Genetic signatures of a demographic collapse in a large-bodied forest dwelling primate (Mandrillus leucophaeus). Ecology and Evolution 2, 550-561.

Honarvar, S., J. R. Spotila, and M. P. O'Connor. (2011). Microbial community structure in sand on two olive ridley arribada nesting beaches, Playa La Flor, Nicaragua and Playa Nancite, Costa Rica. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 409, 339-344.

Fitzgerald, D. B., E. Ordway, S. Honarvar, G. W. Hearn. (2011). Conservation Challenges confronting sea turtles nesting on Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 10, 177-180.

Honarvar, S., M. C. Brodsky, D. B. Fitzgerald, K. L. Rosenthal and G. W. Hearn. (2011). Changes in plasma chemistry and reproductive output of nesting leatherbacks. Herpetologica 67, 222-235.

Cronin, D. T., D. Bocuma Meñe, T. B. Butynski, J. M. E. Echube, G. W. Hearn, S. Honarvar, J. R. Owens, and C. P. Bohome. 2010. Opportunities Lost: The Rapidly Deteriorating Conservation Status of the Monkeys on Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea (2010). A Report to the Government of Equatorial Guinea by the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Worobey, M., P. Telfer, S. Souquiere, M. Hunter, C. A. Coleman, M. Makuwa, G. W. Hearn, S. Honarvar, P. Roques, C. Apetrei, M. Kazanji and P. A. Marx. (2010). Island Biogeography Reveals the Deep History of SIV. Science. 329, p. 1487

Witherington, B., K. Pendoley, G. W. Hearn, and S. Honarvar. (2009). Ancient mariners, ancient fuels: How sea turtles cope with our modern fossil fuel dependency. The State of the World Sea Turtles Report 4:38-41.

Honarvar, S., M. P. O'Connor, and J. R. Spotila. (2008) Density-dependent effect on hatching success of the olive ridley turtle, Lepidochelys olivacea. Oecologia 157:221-230.

Lattal, K. M., S. Honarvar, and T. Abel (2004) Effects of Post-session injections of anisomycin on the extinction of a spatial preference and on the acquisition of a spatial reversal preference. Behavioral Brain Research 153(2):327-339.

Honarvar, S., B.-K. Choi, and D. M. Schifferli (2003) Phase variation of the 987-like CS 18 fimbriae of human entertoxigenic Escherichia coli is regulated by site-specific recombinases. Molecular Microbiology 48(1):157-171.

Contact Information

Shaya Honarvar, Ph.D.
Drexel University
Department of Biology
3245 Chestnut St.
Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, Rm. 503
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Office: PISB 503
Phone: (215) 571-4175
Email: sh333@drexel.edu