BS, Marine Science and Mathematics; minor, Chemistry: Eckerd College, 1998
PhD, Biology: Florida International University, 2004
Shawn Clem, PhD, is the Director of Conservation and leads Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary’s land stewardship and research teams. Dr. Clem is a community ecologist with more than twenty years of experience conducting research and describing the ecology, hydrology, and impacts from environmental stressors on our region. She has worked on research projects throughout the Greater Everglades from Everglades National Park and the Florida Keys to Big Cypress National Preserve and the Picayune Strand.
Helping establish the Western Everglades Research Center in 2013, Dr. Clem is focused on using science to guide land stewardship activities and answering critical questions to maximize conservation and restoration efforts. Under her direction, Audubon’s conservation team is focused on managing the Sanctuary’s native flora and fauna communities, seeking hydrologic restoration for Sanctuary wetlands, restoring marsh and wet prairie habitat, using Wood Storks as a metric for regional conservation success, and engaging with partners to advance conservation within the boundaries of Corkscrew, throughout the Western Everglades, and beyond.
Dr. Clem is the founder and leader of the annual Corkscrew Watershed Science Forum, a Trustee with the CREW Land & Water Trust, and adjunct graduate faculty at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU).