Dan is a Mary Derrickson McCurdy Visiting Scholar at Duke University’s Marine Lab. His research focuses on the biological and physical characteristics of mesophotic coral ecosystems, and how these ecosystems may bolster the resilience of coral reefs in an uncertain future. More generally, Dan is interested in how metapopulations of animals and plants avoid extinction through population connectivity, or the exchange of individuals or larvae between sub-populations.

Dan received his doctorate in 2013 from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, and was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of the Virgin Islands’ Center for Marine and Environmental Studies from 2013-2016.

Dan is also an avid technical diver (heliox, rebreather) and takes too many photos in his free time.

This site is always under construction! Please check out Dan’s Curriculum Vitae for more information regarding his research, teaching and work experience.