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David Shafer

Director, Office of Business Operations


Dr. David Shafer joined the Office of Legacy Management in 2011. He has served as the UMTRCA/Nevada Offsites Environment Team Lead, the Acting Director of the Office of Site Operations, and as the Asset Management Team Lead, prior to becoming the Director of the Office of Business Operations in 2016. Before joining LM, he spent 12 years working as an associate research professor at the Desert Research Institute (DRI)—the nonprofit environmental research division of the Nevada System of Higher Education—performing research for federal agencies including DOE, the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Science Foundation, among others. He also conducted work for DRI in China and Australia.

David worked previously with DOE from 1989 to 1998, primarily for what was then the Office of Environmental Restoration, Southwest Area Programs of Environmental Management. For 2 years he was the Vadose Zone Program Manager at the Hanford Site. His other federal work experience was as a seasonal ranger for the National Park Service from 1981 to 1988. He earned his doctorate degree in geosciences and quaternary sciences at the University of Arizona in 1989.