I have more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and a textbook chapter, all linked below to an open access copy or author copy. My publications focus on ocean conservation policy, chondrichthyan feeding ecology and behavior, stakeholder knowledge and attitudes related to ocean conservation, and science outreach. My research has been cited over 2,000 times times, and I have an H-index of 23 and an i-10 index of 30.
I’ve published in some of the top journals in my field with some of the top researchers in my field, and several of my publications are the most-downloaded and/or most-shared publications in the history of their journals. Please see my Google Scholar profile.
Shiffman, D.S., Bangley, C., & Macdonald, C. (2023). “A prized Pacific shark”: the rise and fall (and rise again…?) of the world’s first ecolabel certified sustainable shark fishery.” Journal of Fish Biology. (Download here)
Shiffman, D. S. (2023). Potential for recovery of declining reef sharks. Science, 380(6650), 1104-1105. Open Access link:
Shiffman, D. S., Whitenack, L. B., & Ferry, L. A. (2023). Connecting Scientists With Students Using Social Media in an Undergraduate Science Course. Journal of Educational Technology Systems. (Download here)
Shiffman, D. S., et al. (2022). What Can Professional Scientific Societies Do to Improve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: A Case Study of the American Elasmobranch Society. In Frontiers in Education (p. 302). Frontiers.
Gow, E. A., Burant, J. B., Sutton, A. O., Freeman, N. E., Grahame, E. R., Fuirst, M., … & Shiffman, D. S. (2022). Popular press portrayal of issues surrounding free‐roaming domestic cats Felis catus. People and Nature, 4(1), 143-154.
Shiffman, D. S., Elliott, J. N., Macdonald, C. C., Wester, J. N., Polidoro, B. A., & Ferry, L. A. (2022). The next generation of conservation research and policy priorities for threatened and exploited chondrichthyan fishes in the United States: An expert solicitation approach. Conservation Science and Practice, 4(3), e12629.
Whitenack, L. B., Mickley, B. L., Saltzman, J., Kajiura, S. M., Macdonald, C. C., & Shiffman, D. S. (2022). A content analysis of 32 years of Shark Week documentaries. PloS one, 17(11), e0256842.
Wester, J., Turffs, D., Shiffman, D.S., & Macdonald, C. (2022). ‘A human values issue’: Actors, arguments, and regulatory change in the Florida land‐based shark fishery. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 32(12), 1953-1969.
Shiffman, D. S., Macdonald, C. C., Wester, J. N., Walsh, M. B., Chevalier, A., Kachelriess, D., & Friedman, K. J. (2021). Marine species conservation at CITES: How does media coverage inform or misinform?. Marine Policy, 134, 104813.
Shiffman, D. S., Macdonald, C. C., Wallace, S. S., & Dulvy, N. K. (2021). The role and value of science in shark conservation advocacy. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 16626.
Macdonald, C., Jerome, J., Pankow, C., Perni, N., Black, K., Shiffman, D.S., & Wester, J. (2021). First identification of probable nursery habitat for critically endangered great hammerhead Sphyrna mokarran on the Atlantic Coast of the United States. Conservation Science and Practice, 3(8), e418.
Ford, A. T., Ali, A. H., Colla, S. R., Cooke, S. J., Lamb, C. T., Pittman, J., Shiffman, D.S. … & Singh, N. J. (2021). Understanding and avoiding misplaced efforts in conservation. Facets, 6(1), 252-271.
Pankow, C. J., Macdonald, C. C., Shiffman, D. S., Wester, J., & Abel, D. (2021). Stable isotopic dynamics of juvenile elasmobranchs in a South Carolina nursery area. Southeastern Naturalist, 20(1), 92-104.
Shiffman, D. S. (2020). Marine Conservation: Reef Sharks Need Bigger Protected Areas. Current Biology, 30(3), R117-R118.
Shiffman, D. S., et al. (2020). Trends in chondrichthyan research: An analysis of three decades of conference abstracts. Copeia, 108(1), 122-131.
Shiffman, D. S. (2020). Recreational shark fishing in Florida: How research and strategic science communication helped to change policy. Conservation Science and Practice, 2(4), e174.
Shiffman, D. S., et al. (2020). Inaccurate and biased global media coverage underlies public misunderstanding of shark conservation threats and solutions. Iscience, 23(6), 101205.
Shiffman, DS, Kaufman, L, Heithaus, M, and Hammerschlag, N. (2019) Intraspecific differences in relative isotopic niche area and overlap of co-occurring sharks. Aquatic Ecology.
Dey, CJ, Yurkowski, DJ, Schuster, R, Shiffman, DS, and Bittick, SJ. (2018). Patterns of uncertainty in life-history and extinction risk for Arctic vertebrates. Arctic Science (LINK to open access paper).
Coristine, LE, Jacob, L, Schuster, R, Otto, SP, Baron, NE, Bennett, NJ, Bittick, SJ, Dey, C, Favaro, B, Ford, A, Nowlan, L, Orihel, D, Palen, WJ, Polfus, JL, Shiffman, DS, Venter, O, and Woodley, S. (2018). Informing Canada’s commitment to biodiversity conservation: a science-based framework to help guide protected areas designation through Target 1 and beyond. FACETS. (LINK to open access paper).
Shiffman, DS. (2018). Social media for fisheries science and management professionals: How to use it and why you should. Fisheries
Bird, C.,… Shiffman, DS, … and Trueman, C (70+ coauthors). A global perspective on the trophic geography of sharks. Nature Ecology and Evolution
Bangley, C, Paramore, L, Shiffman, DS, and Rulifson, R. (2018). Increased Abundance and Nursery Habitat Use of the Bull Shark (Carcharhinus leucas) in Response to a Changing Environment in a Warm-Temperate Estuary. Scientific Reports. (Link to open access paper).
Macdonald, C, Gallagher, AJ, Barnett, A, Brunnschweiler, J., Shiffman, DS, and Hammerschlag, N. Conservation potential of apex predator tourism. Biological Conservation
Shiffman, DS, and Hueter, R. (2017). A United States shark fin ban would undermine sustainable shark fisheries. Marine Policy.
Shiffman, DS, Macdonald, C, Ganz, HY, and Hammerschlag, N. (2017). Fishing practices and representations of shark conservation issues among users of a land-based shark angling online forum. Fisheries Research
Smith, NS, Cote, IM, Martinez-Esteves, L, Hind-Ozan, EJ, Quiros, AL, Johnson, N, Green, SJ, Cornick, L, Shiffman, DS, Malpica-Cruz, L, Besch, AG, and Shiel-Rolle, N. (2017). Diversity and inclusion in conservation: a proposal for a marine diversity network. Frontiers in Marine Science
Gallagher, AJ, Shiffman, DS, Byrnes, EE, Hammerschlag-Peyer, CM, and Hammerschlag, N. (2017). Patterns of resource use and isotopic niche overlap among three species of sharks occurring within a protected subtropical estuary. Aquatic ecology
Hammerschlag, N, Skubel, RA, Calich, H, Nelson, ER, Shiffman, DS, Wester, J, Macdonald, C, Cain, S, Jennings, L, Enchelmaier, A, and Gallagher, AJ. (2017). Nocturnal and crepuscular behavior in elasmobranchs: a review of movement, habitat use, foraging, and reproduction in the dark. Bulletin of Marine Science
Collins, K., Shiffman, DS, and Rock, J. (2016). How are scientists using social media in the workplace? PLOS ONE. (LINK to open access paper)
Shiffman, DS and Hammerschlag, N. (2016). Preferred conservation policies of shark researchers. Conservation Biology.
Shiffman, DS and Hammerschlag, N. (2016). Shark conservation and management policy: a review and primer for non-specialists. Animal Conservation (Featured on Cover) (Link to Open Access paper)
Thaler, AD and Shiffman, DS. (2015). Fish tales: combating fake science in popular media. Ocean and Coastal Management (International Marine Conservation Congress special issue) (LINK to open access paper)
Ferry, L., and Shiffman, D.S. (2014). The Value of Taxon-focused Science: 30 Years of Elasmobranchs in Biological Research and Outreach. Copeia
Shiffman D.S., Hammerschlag N. (2014). An assessment of the scale, practices, and conservation implications of Florida’s charterboat-based recreational shark fishery. Fisheries (Featured on cover)
Shiffman, D.S, Gallagher AJ, Wester, Macdonald C, Thaler AD, Cooke SJ, Hammerschlag N (2014). Trophy fishing for species threatened with extinction: a way forward building on a history of conservation Marine Policy, 50: 318-322
Shiffman, DS, Frazier, B, Kucklick, J, Abel, D, Brandes, J and Sancho, G. (2014). Feeding ecology of the sandbar shark (Carcharhinus plumbeus) in South Carolina estuaries revealed through δ13C and δ15N stable isotope analysis. Marine and Coastal Fisheries. (Link to open access paper) (One of the 5 most downloaded papers of 2014) (Featured study in Fisheries)
Gallagher AJ, Hammerschlag N, Shiffman DS, Giery ST (2014) Evolved for extinction: the cost and conservation implications of extreme specialization in hammerhead sharks. BioScience (Featured on cover)
ECM Parsons, DS Shiffman, ES Darling, N Spillman, and AJ Wright. (2013) How Twitter Literacy Can Benefit Conservation Scientists. Conservation Biology
Darling E, Shiffman D, Drew J, and Cote Isabelle (2013) The role of twitter in the life cycle of a scientific publication.Ideas in Ecology and Evolution
Shiffman, D.S (2012). Twitter as a tool for conservation outreach and education: what scientific conferences can do to promote live-tweeting. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences
Shiffman, D. S., Gallagher, A. J., Boyle, M. D., Hammerschlag-Peyer, C. M., and Hammerschlag, N. (2012). Stable isotope analysis as a tool for elasmobranch conservation research: a primer for non-specialists. Marine and Freshwater Research (Featured on Cover)
Thaler, A.D., K.A. Zelnio, A. Freitag, R. MacPherson, D.S. Shiffman, H. Bik, M.C. Goldstein, C. McClain (2012). Digital Environmentalism: Tools and strategies for the evolving online ecosystem. In D. Gallagher (ed.) Environmental Leadership: A Reference Handbook. SAGE