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Daniel H Monson, Ph.D.

Dan is a Research Wildlife Biologist with the Alaska Science Center and sea otter research lead within the Nearshore Marine Ecosystem Research Program. His work focuses on sea otter ecology and conservation including developing metrics of sea otter population status and exploring drivers of variation in sea otter foraging and demographic patterns.

Professional Experience

  • 1995 - Present                 Research Wildlife Biologist, USGS, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska

  • 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999  Biologist, University of Minnesota, Antarctic Research Program, McMurdo, Antarctica

  • 1992 - 1995                    Graduate Research Assistant, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California

  • 1992 - 1995                    Statistical Assistant, NBS, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska

  • 1987 - 1992                    Biological Technician, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska

  • 1985 - 1987                    Research Assistant, University of Minnesota, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Jamestown, North Dakota

  • 1983 - 1985                    Biological Technician, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Kawishawi Field Station, Ely, Minnesota

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D.  2009   University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

  • M.S.  1995    University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA    Marine Science

  • B.S.  1983      Luther College, Decorah, IA   Biology

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • The Wildlife Society

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science

  • Ecological Society of America

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government