Assistant Professor

Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology

Fields of Expertise

Ecology, Fish and Wildlife, Limnology, Watershed Science

Areas of Interest

Freshwater ecology, Food webs, Disease ecology, Invasive species


Dan received a BS degree from Oregon State University in 2009, a PhD from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2015, and was a postdoc at Oregon State University from 2015 to 2018. His research interests focus on the ecology and conservation of freshwater ecosystems. Current projects focus on: 1) Parasite ecology, including drivers of disease risk and the roles of parasites in community dynamics, food webs, and ecosystem processes; 2) Causes and consequences of aquatic species invasions, with a focus on how invasion outcomes are influenced by other forms of environmental change; 3) Trophic interactions in freshwater streams, especially factors driving variation in the strength of species interactions and the resulting consequences for communities; 4) Structure and functioning of high elevation aquatic ecosystems in the context of climate change; and 5) Effects of urbanization of aquatic ecosystem properties and community structure.