Dan is from Gunnison, double majoring in Environmental Studies and Biology, with an emphasis in Environmental Biology & Ecology.
Dan recently received the 2014 Jim Olterman Scholarship from the Colorado Chapter of the Wildlife Society. The statewide award recognizes highly engaged and academically successful undergraduate students in wildlife biology. He also earned a three-year, renewable scholarship from Trout Unlimited. In his time at Western, Dan served as a teaching assistant for Biology, tutored other students and was vice president of the Tri Beta Biological Honor Society. Dan and Western professor Patrick Magee partnered for the past three years with Colorado Parks and Wildlife on a Thornton Biology Undergraduate Research Project to determine ambient noise levels and sources of anthropogenic noise in the Gunnison Basin around sage-grouse leks, which are groups of males seeking mates. Dan presented these results at the Colorado Chapter of the Wildlife Society annual meeting, after working with multiple professors from the University of California. He is now working with Magee on a paper for publication. Dan graduates with a 3.8 GPA and has accepted a graduate position at Oregon State University in their Environmental Ethics program.