Daniel T. Blumstein Ph.D.

Daniel T. Blumstein, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at UCLA and UCLA's Institute of the Environment & Sustainability. He co-directs UCLA’s Evolutionary Medicine Program. Between 2009 and 2016 he was the Chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Dan is a Research Scientist and the President of the Board of Trustees at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, in Gothic, Colorado, where he conducts long-term marmot research. 

Dan received his undergraduate degrees in Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology (Magna Cum Laude), and in Environmental Conservation (Cum Laude) at The University of Colorado, Boulder. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Animal Behavior at the University of California Davis, and was a DAAD post-doctoral fellow at the University of Marburg (Germany), an NIH-NRSA at the University of Kansas, and an Australian Postdoctoral Fellow at Macquarie University (Australia). He has studied animal behavior and conservation biology in Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, French Polynesia, Germany, Kenya, New Zealand, Pakistan, Russia, and the United States. He was a Fulbright Fellow (to Pakistan) and is an elected Fellow of the Society of Biology and the Animal Behavior Society. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the UCLA Faculty Gold Shield Award for extraordinary accomplishment in undergraduate teaching and research, and the Animal Behavior Society’s Quest Award for seminal contributions to the study of behavior. His work has been supported by the NSF, the NIH, the National Geographic Society, the Australian Research Council, as well as by private organizations.

Dan has written or edited eight books—most recently The Nature of Fear: Survival Lessons from the Wild (Harvard University Press, 2020)—and over 400 scholarly publications. He is the founding Editor in Chief of Frontiers in Conservation Science. He was an Editor of the journal Animal Behaviour, and Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health. Currently, he is an Associate Editor of the Quarterly Review of Biology, and is (or was) on the Editorial Boards of Behavioral Ecology, Biology Letters, and Ethology. A major thrust of his research works to integrate different fields and apply ecological, evolutionary, and behavioral principles to applied questions. He spends his summers studying yellow-bellied marmot behavior and ecology at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory where he leads one of the world’s longest-running studies of wild mammals.

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