Board President and Vice Chair
Dan graduated with honors in Environmental Biology and Environmental Conservation from the University of Colorado Boulder and received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Animal Behavior at the University of California Davis. He had postdoctoral fellowships in Germany, Kansas and Australia before joining UCLA as a faculty member in 2001 where he is currently a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (he was Department Chair for seven years) and in the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. He worked at RMBL as a postdoc and took over day-to-day management of the long-term marmot project in 2001. His research incorporates many students and he has co-authored papers with nearly 200 undergraduates. He has received major teaching and research awards both from UCLA and the Animal Behavior Society, and he is a Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society. He has been an editor or on the editorial boards of a variety of scholarly journals and is currently a member of the Faculty of 1000. Dan served on the RMBL board between 2004 and 2008 and was the Secretary in 2007 and 2008.