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Wallace completed his Ph.D. in Environmental Science/Ecology in 2005 from Drexel University. For a part of his dissertation research, Wallace obtained the first ever at-sea measurements of marine turtle metabolic rates, and tracked their diving physiology using archival electronic tagging. In addition, Wallace and colleagues developed the first hypothesis to explain the striking differences in size, reproductive output, and population status of Eastern Pacific versus North Atlantic leatherbacks.

Wallace has worked on sea turtle projects in the US, Mexico, and Costa Rica. His work focuses on physiological ecology, behavior, trophic ecology, and fisheries bycatch, all with conservation applications to sea turtles and marine systems.

Wallace is currently the Science Advisor to the Sea Turtle Flagship Program at Conservation International, and is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Division of Marine Science and Conservation, Duke University Marine Lab.

Science Advisor, Sea Turtle Flagship Program, Conservation International
Selected Publications

Wallace BP, Jones TT. What makes sea turtles go: a review of metabolic rates and their consequences. (J Expt Mar Bio Eco, published online 11 Feb 2008; doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2007.12.023)

Wallace BP, Heppell SS, Lewison RL, Kelez S, Crowder, LB. Reproductive values of loggerhead turtles in fisheries bycatch worldwide. (J Applied Ecology, in review)

Wallace BP, Sotherland PS, Santidrian Tomillo P, Reina RD, Spotila JR, Paladino FV (2007) Maternal investment in reproduction and its consequences in leatherback turtles. Oecologia152: 37-47.

Wallace BP, George RH. Alternative techniques for obtaining blood samples from leatherback turtles. Chelonian Conserv. Biol. 6: 147-149.

Wallace BP, Kilham SS, Paladino FV, Spotila JR (2006) Energy budget calculations indicate resource limitation in Eastern Pacific leatherback turtles. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 318: 263-270.

Wallace BP, Seminoff JA, Kilham SS, Spotila JR, Dutton PH (2006) Leatherback turtles as oceanographic indicators: Stable isotope analyses reveal a trophic dichotomy between ocean basins. Marine Biology, 149: 953-960.

Wallace BP, Sotherland PS, Bouchard SS, Santidrian Tomillo P, Reina RD, Spotila JR, Paladino FV. (2006) Egg components, egg size, and hatchling size in leatherback turtles. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A, 145: 524-532.

Wallace BP, Williams CL, Paladino FV, Morreale SJ, Lindstrom LT, Spotila JR (2005) Bioenergetics and diving activity of internesting leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) at Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas, Costa Rica. J. Exp. Biol. 208: 3873-3844.

Wallace BP, Sotherland PR, Spotila JR, Reina RD, Franks BR, Paladino FV (2004) Biotic and abiotic factors affect the nest environment of embryonic leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea). Physiol. Biochem. Zool. 77: 423-432.

Conservation International, Duke University