Dr. David Shafer is the director of the LM Office of Site Operations (OSO), which is responsible for long-term surveillance and maintenance at more than 90 sites in the United States and the territory of Puerto Rico. He joined LM in 2011, first serving as the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act /Nevada Offsites Environment Team lead and the Grand Junction, Colorado, office manager. He previously served LM as acting director of OSO, and the Asset Management Team lead. Dr. Shafer joined the DOE Headquarters office in 2016 when he became the director of the LM Office of Business Operations.
Before joining LM, Shafer spent 12 years working as associate research professor at the Desert Research Institute (DRI)—the nonprofit environmental research division of the Nevada System of Higher Education. He conducted research for DOE, the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Science Foundation, and others. He also performed work for DRI in China and Australia.
Shafer previously worked with DOE from 1989 to 1998, for the former Office of Environmental Restoration, Southwest Area Programs of Environmental Management. He was also the vadose zone program manager for two years at the Hanford, Washington, site.
Shafer served on the faculty of Colgate University (1984 and 1985), and was 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.