Dr. Roldan Valverde


Professor of Biology


Dr. Roldan ValverdePh.D., Texas A&M University, 1996


Office: 424A Biology Building (lab: 419)

Phone: (985) 549-3029

Email:roldan.valverde at selu.edu

Office Hours: by appointment


Teaching Expertise: Animal Physiology, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Comparative Endocrinology,Environmental Physiology

Links:  https://conserveturtles.org/ rvalverde/index.html


Research Interests:

The Valverde lab is based in the Department of Biology at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana. Research in the Valverde lab focuses on the biology and conservation of sea turtles. The lab collaborates with the Sea Turtle Conservancy to conduct studies mainly in the Greater Caribbean, particularly in Costa Rica and Panama. Currently, the Valverde lab is conducting research on the stress, reproductive, and foraging physiology of sea turtles. The Valverde lab uses integrative and comparative approaches to achieve its research goals. The techniques involved in these studies may include molecular cloning and gene expression, but mainly involve the measurement of steroid hormones and humoral signals associated with foraging and reproduction.
Regarding conservation work, the Valverde lab is currently assisting the STC to monitor the second world largest nesting population of Green sea turtles in Tortuguero, Costa Rica, as well as Leatherback and Hawksbill nesting populations in the Bocas del Toro region, Panama. Finally, fostering international collaborative programs, especially with Latin American institutions, is an important component of the research effort led by the Valverde lab.