David Shafer, LM Office of Site Operations Director

David Shafer, LM Technical Director

As of July 18, 2021, Dr. David Shafer was promoted to the position of Technical Director of LM from Deputy Director of Field Operations. In his new position, David will focus on incorporating results of science and technology development into LM’s long-term surveillance and maintenance efforts and other activities; enhance its collaborations with laboratories, universities, and other agencies; and oversee LM’s international programs. He works out of the LM Operations Center at Westminster, Colorado.

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.