Dr. David Shafer is the Deputy Director of LM for Site Operations and oversees teams responsible for long-term surveillance and maintenance at 100 sites in the United States and the territory of Puerto Rico. LM Site Operations is conducting transition activities at sites that will eventually become the responsibility of LM to manage, including as many as 10 in the next three years. He also leads LM’s participation in multi-agency work on addressing Defense-Related Uranium Mines and coordinates LM’s international activities. He works out of the LM Westminster, Colorado, office.
Shafer joined LM in 2011, first as the supervisor of the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act /Nevada Offsites Environment Team and the Grand Junction, Colorado, office manager. He has also been the supervisor of the Asset Management Team, and the director of the Office of Business Operations.
Before joining LM, Shafer was an associate research professor at the Desert Research Institute (DRI)—the nonprofit environmental research division of the Nevada System of Higher Education. At DRI, he managed a research program in partnership with DOE and established and managed the Center for Environmental Remediation and Monitoring. In addition to his research for DOE, he also developed research projects and programs for the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Science Foundation, and universities and national labs in China and Australia.
His work experience includes a previous stint with DOE from 1989 to 1998 in the former Office of Environmental Restoration, Southwest Area Programs of Environmental Management, and two years as the vadose zone program manager at the Hanford Site in Washington state. He was on the faculty of Colgate University (1984 and 1985) and was a seasonal ranger for the U.S. National Park Service from 1981 to 1988. He earned his doctorate degree in geosciences and quaternary sciences at the University of Arizona in 1989.