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Daniel E Winkler, Ph.D.

Daniel is a plant ecophysiologist and evolutionary ecologist studying how populations respond to global climate change. He is a Research Ecologist with USGS and works with the BLM's Native Plant Program where he studies adaptive traits of native plants. He also conducts research throughout the desert southwest and in alpine areas of Colorado, Mexico, and Japan. 

Daniel aims to identify solutions and strategies to enhance conservation efforts and equip managers with the tools necessary to respond to global climate change. His research bridges ecological experimentation with modern restoration, molecular, and ecophysiological methods to understand native plant adaptation primarily in arid and semi-arid dryland ecosystems. Daniel also studies the evolutionary ecology of invasive species and their impacts in protected systems, including lands managed by the NPS, BLM, USFWS, and USFS. Congruent with his studies in global change, Daniel is also interested in the social dimensions of decision-making in management and conservation.

Professional Experience

  • Research Ecologist, United States Geological Survey, Southwest Biological Science Center, Moab, Utah, and Tucson, Arizona, 2017 - present

  • Fellow, National Park Service Young Leader in Climate Change, Saguaro National Park and Sonoran Desert Network, Arizona, 2015

  • Research Fellow, Water UCI Initiative, University of California, Irvine, 2014 - 2015

  • Fellow, NSF East Asia Pacific Summer Institute, Hokkaido University and Daisetsuzan National Park, Japan, 2014

  • Biological Science Technician, NPS Sonoran Desert Network, Tucson, Arizona, 2010 - 2011

  • Conservation and Land Management Intern, Bureau of Land Management, Vernal Field Office, Utah, 2009

  • Student Conservation Association Intern, Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona, 2008

  • Research Fellow, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, Colorado, 2008

  • Biological Anthropology Intern, American Museum of National History, New York, 2007

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D., Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, 2017- University of California, Irvine
    Advised by Travis E. Huxman

  • M.S., Environmental Systems, 2013 - University of California, Merced
    Advised by Lara M. Kueppers

  • B.A., Biological Anthropology, 2008 - New York University

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