About Dr. Daniel B. Botkin
Dr. Daniel B. Botkin is a scientist who studies life from a planetary perspective, a biologist who has helped solve major environmental issues, and a writer about nature.
Extensive Experience Dealing with Major Environmental Problems
- Conservation of African elephants, bowhead whales, and salmon;
- Forest ecosystems;
- Global environmental issues, including satellite remote sensing, biodiversity;
- Environmentally sound energy sources;
- Ecological and environmental computer modeling.
- Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
- University of California, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology; Chairman, Environmental Studies Program
- George Mason University, Director of Program on Global Change.
- Research scientist, Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory.
- Widely used, prizewinning college science text, Environmental Science: Earth as a Living Planet (with coauthor, geologist Edward Keller..
- 16 published books, including scientific, popular, nonfiction and fiction, most recently: a novel, Tsavo: Oddball Researchers Use Data and Guns to Save African Elephants; Nonfiction,including: 25 Myths that are Destroying the Environment; The Moon in the Nautilus Shell; and Powering the Future: A Scientist’s Guide to Energy Independence. Best known for landmark book Discordant Harmonies: A New Ecology for the 21st Century.
- Several hundred articles in professional journals and popular magazines and newspaper op-eds.
- More than 45 years of research on possible effects of climate change on biodiversity.
- Developed the first successful computer ecosystem model, JABOWA still in worldwide use in more than 50 versions.
- Did extensive field research in wilderness areas, in forests from Alaska to Michigan to Siberia and in African plains.
- Was one of the first ecologists to investigate possible ecological effects of climate change (starting in 1968).
- Conducted extensive scientific studies of endangered species.
- Used historical information to recover wildlife population sizes and sea ice changes.
- Put forth innovative ideas, including challenges to popular myths about nature.
Environmental Problems Solved
- Led development of the National Science Foundation’s Long-Term Ecological Research Program.
- Initiated NASA’s use of satellite remote sensing to study ecology from space.
- Directed 5-year study on forests and salmon for the state of Oregon.
- Advised Taiwan top-level government on applying modern ecological concepts to solve environmental problems.
- Directed many studies in California and offered solutions to environmental problems, such as leakage from a major toxic-waste facility, use of vegetation within the city of Los Angeles, water withdrawal’s effect on Mono Lake’s ecosystem, and how to save the condor from extinction.
- Consulted for law firms and corporations about how to deal with endangered species and long-term toxic pollutants.
Explorers Club, New York; Cosmos Club, Washington, DC; Fellow, AAAS; Sigma Xi; American Inst. of Biological Sciences; Authors Guild; Teachers and Academic Textbook Assn; Commissioner, U.S. UNESCO Commission.
- International Association of Top Professional awarded the Top Environmental Scientist for the 2020 decade
- Marquis Who’s Who Top Professional Representing the Sciences and Environmental Conservation
- International Association of Top Professional awarded the Top Environmental Scientist of 2019
- Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, John C. Pritzlaff Conservation Award for career contributions in the conservation of nature
- Oxford University Astor Lectureship
- Bernhard Eduard Fernow Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Forestry
- Mitchell International Prize for Sustainable Development
- Environmental Hall of Fame, California Polytechnic Inst., Pomona.
- Textbook and Academic Authors Association, Award, Best Biological Sciences Textbook
- Distinguished visiting professor: University of Notre Dame; University of Montana; Green Mountain College
- Annual distinguished visiting scientist, Long Beach Aquarium