Kimberly Reich


Kimberly Reich
Director, Sea Life Facility
Assistant Research Scientist

Galveston Campus
Bld# 3029, Office 254

(409) 740-4718
(409) 740-4717 Fax

Marine Biology



Sea turtle biology and conservation, nutritional ecology and stable isotope analyses; sea turtle life history including habitat use, foraging strategies, ontogenetic shifts, and migratory pathways.

B.S., (Biology), Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, FL, 1998
M.S., (Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences), Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2001
Ph.D., (Zoology), University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2009

Courses Taught

Recent Publications
Arthur, K., Reich, K. J., Wallace, B., and J. Seminoff (2011) Second Annual Workshop on Stable Isotope Analysis in Marine Turtle Research - ISTS30 Goa, India. Marine Turtle Newsletter.

Bjorndal K. A., K. J. Reich, and A. B. Bolten (2010) Effects of long-term tissue sample collection on the growth and survival of hatchling and juvenile loggerhead turtles. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 88:271-273.

Reich, K. J., K. A. Bjorndal, M. G Frick. B. E. Witherington, C. Johnson, and A. B. Bolten (2010) Polymodal foraging in adult female loggerheads (Caretta caretta) Marine Biology 157:113–121.

Vander Zanden, H., K. A. Bjorndal, K. J. Reich, and A. B. Bolten. (2010) Individual specialists in a generalist population:  results from a long-term stable isotope series. Biology Letters, 6: 711-714.

Barrow, L., K. A. Bjorndal, and K. J. Reich (2008) Effects of preservation method on stable carbon and nitrogen isotope values. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 81:688-693.

Bjorndal, K. A., T. Clovis, K. J. Reich, G. Alkins, P. J. Eliazar, and A. B. Bolten (2008) Juvenile hawksbill tagged in the Bahamas nests in Tobago. Marine Turtle Newsletter 122:10-11.

Pfaller, J. B., M. G. Frick, K. J Reich, K. L. Williams, and K. A. Bjorndal (2008) Carapace epibionts of loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) nesting at Canaveral National Seashore, Florida Journal of Natural History 42:1095-1102.

Reich, K. J., K. A. Bjorndal, and C. Martínez del Rio (2008) Effects of growth and tissue type on the kinetics of 13C and 15N incorporation in a rapidly growing ectotherm. Oecologia 155:651-663.

Reich, K. J., K. A. Bjorndal, and A. B. Bolten (2007) The “lost years” of green turtles: using stable isotopes to study cryptic lifestages. Biology Letters 3:712-714.
(This paper was highlighted in the journal Nature and featured in the New York Times, Science Daily, and on National Public Radio)

Pfaller, J. B., K. A. Bjorndal, K. J. Reich, K. L. Williams, and M. G. Frick (2006) Distribution patterns of epibionts on the carapace of loggerhead turtles, Caretta caretta. Journal of the Marine Biology Association of the U.K. Biodiversity Records, published online 5381:1-4.

Reich, K. J., and G. A. J. Worthy (2006) An isotopic assessment of the feeding habits of free-ranging manatees. Marine Ecology Progress Series 322:303-309.