Dan received his BS in Ecosystem Science and Policy as well as Biology at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. After completing his BS, he worked as the program coordinator and lab manager for a shark research program based out of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in Miami. In this role, Dan conducted research on the ecology of south Florida sharks and developed community awareness of these keystone predators.
Dan earned a Master’s degree at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, pursuing his interest in developing practical solutions to the challenges facing marine ecosystems.For his thesis work, he conducted an analysis of the economic viability and ecological sustainability of a proposed red abalone fishing cooperative, as part of an effort to support the development of community managed fisheries in the Santa Barbara region. Dan then worked as a research scientist with SFG, where his principal study areas included the development and performance of cooperative fisheries, the assessment of data-poor fisheries, and the use of bio-economic models in fisheries management.
Dan is now a PhD student and Sea Grant Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow at the Bren School, studying under Dr. Steve Gaines and Dr. Chris Costello.His research centers on integrating fisheries science, economics, and data science to create practical strategies for marine resource management. His current projects include developing methods for integrating human behavior into fisheries stock assessment,evaluating the effectiveness of marine conservation programs, and designing incentive-based solutions to overfishing.