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Paula F. P. Henry

USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Beltsville Laboratory

c/o BARC East, Building 308

10300 Baltimore Ave

Beltsville, MD 20705


Telephone: 301-497-5728

Fax: 301-497-5624


Research Physiologist

Primary Responsibilities: 
Conducts scientific research addressing issues related to environmental stressors, contaminant exposure, and population viability.  Investigates the effects of chronic and sublethal exposure of environmental contaminants on a variety of "non traditional" wildlife models; the relative sensitivity of various avian, amphibian, and reptilian species to exposure to endocrine disruptors and agricultural pesticides, and to declines in habitat and water quality; and the application of physiological and behavioral indices as biomarkers for exposure and/or effect.  Recent activities include developing inquiry-based environmental education outreach programs for middle school, high school, and college students. Chair of the PWRC Animal Care and Use Commmittee and of the Mid-Atlantic Diamondback Terrapin Working Group.

B.A.Reed College; 1977.

M.S. University of Maryland, 1985; Zoology/Endocrinology.

Ph.D. University of Maryland, 2002; Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences.

Areas of Expertise/Interest:
Avian wildlife physiology and behavior; environmental contaminants; endocrinology; herpetology, animal welfare


Friends of Patuxent Wildlife Research Center award: 2004, 2006
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Star Award:2000

Scientific Achievement Award: 1997

SETAC CPRC Graduate Student Research Award: 1996

Active Projects: 
Comparative demography and life history of the diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin terrapin) in the Chesapeake Bay

Eastern box turtle population on the Patuxent Wildlife Research Refuge

Food resource and habitat partitioning by the Northern diamondback terrapins in the Chesapeake Bay.


Ferebee, K. and PFP Henry. In Press.  Movements and distribution of Terrapene carolina in a large urban area, Rock Creek National Park, Washington D.C.  Herpetological Conservation volume III (2007).

Ottinger, MA, MJ Quinn JR., E Lavoie, MA Abdelnabi, N Thompson, J Hazelton, M McKernan, J Wu, P Henry, C Viglietti-Panzica, and G Panzica. 2005.  Neuroendocrine and behavioral consequences of embryonic exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals.  Pages 271-284 In Dawson and Sharp (eds.). Functional Avian Endocrinology, Narosa Publishing House, New Delhi, India. 447pp.

Henry, PFP. 2003.  The Eastern box turtle at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center for 1940s to the present.  Experimental Gerontology 38:773-776.

Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Science Brief for Managers: The Diamondback terrapin in the Chesapeake Bay.  PWRC2002-01; updated 2003.

McGary, S., PFP. Henry, and M A Ottinger.  2001.  Impact of vinclozolin on reproductive behavior and endocrinology in Japanese quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica). Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry:20(11):2487-2493.

Hatfield, JS, PFP Henry, GH Olsen, MM Paul, and RS Hammerschlag. 2001.  Failure of tetracycline as a biomarker in battch-marking juvenile frogs.  J. Wildlife Diseases 37:318-323.

Ottinger, MA., MA Abdelnabi, P Henry, S McGary, N Thompson, and JM Wu. 2001.  Neuroendocrine and behavioral implications of endocrine disrupting chemicals in quail.  Hormones and Behavior 40:234-247.

Henry, PFP. 2000.  Aspects of amphibian anatomy and physiology.  Pages 71-110. In Sparling, Linder, Bishop (eds.) Ecotoxicology of Amphibians and Reptiles. Technical Publications Series. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Pensacola, FL. 876 pp. 

Hall, RJ, PFP Henry, and CM. Bunck. 1999.  Fifty-year trends in a box turtle population in Maryland. Biological  Conservation 88:165-172.

Hall, RJ and PFP Henry. 1992.  Assessing effects of pesticides on amphibians and reptiles: status and needs.  Herpetological Journal 2:65-71.

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