We are very excited to introduce the newest member of the REEF Team, Dr. Dan Greenberg. Dan will be working with REEF as a Research Associate for the next several months. He started work earlier this year to leverage REEF’s extensive Volunteer Fish Survey Project dataset, to estimate population trajectories and trends in abundance over space and time for various fish and invertebrate species. Prior to joining the REEF team, Dan was doing similar work as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Dan is exploring how the Volunteer Fish Survey Project can fill in crucial data gaps for biodiversity science and applied ecology. One such example is his recent analysis of Goliath Grouper data collected by REEF volunteers in Florida to help inform whether a reopening of that fishery is warranted. (See www.REEF.org/goliath for more information). He is also wrapping up an analysis that compares REEF data from the Florida Keys with data collected by government researchers at NOAA as part of a systematic long-term monitoring program. Next, he will explore patterns that the REEF data show for the flora and fauna of the temperate waters of the Salish Sea in Washington and British Columbia.

Dan will be discussing his work at REEF Fest in October, where he is part of our amazing lineup of seminar speakers. Click here to see the full REEF Fest seminar schedule.

Originally from Ontario, he completed his undergraduate degree in wildlife biology at the University of Guelph and his Ph.D. at Simon Fraser University. Before turning his focus to fishes, Dan's research focused on terrestrial systems. His graduate research focused on understanding how contemporary biodiversity is poised to change in human-dominated ecosystems, and how species' evolutionary histories contribute to their present fate in this world. He has been involved in a variety of research projects across taxa and ecosystems, ranging from climate change ecophysiology in amphibians to leading biodiversity surveys in the relict church forests of Ethiopia.

To read more about the entire REEF Team, visit www.REEF.org/reef-staff-bios.