Daniel grew up in Monterey, CA where he spent countless days running in the sand and gazing out into the ocean, amazed by its vastness. These childhood memories sparked his love for water, birds, and fish. Wanting to explore the country, he headed off to the
University of Pennsylvania where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Earth Science, with the goal of approaching habitat restoration in a holistic sense.
Since graduating, Daniel has spent various seasons in California and the Pacific Northwest working with shorebirds, songbirds, seabirds, and salmonids along with water quality research. Daniel is an experienced boater and— before joining the VICE Lab as a Junior Research Specialist— was working with the National Park Service providing technical support and assistance to the comprehensive aquatics program at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area. In the future, Daniel wants to pursue a higher degree in Hydrology and is interested in using his previous wildlife and fish experience along with hydrologic data to evaluate hydrologic resources for ecological restoration and preservation of ecosystem services. In his spare time Daniel enjoys all outdoor and cooking adventuring as well as board games, reading, and napping.