Dan joined the lab in the summer of 2012, after completing a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the
University of Kansas. Dan worked in the McCulley lab in the summer of 2011 as an undergraduate
assistant. During this time, he began work a pilot study investigating slug herbivory in the UK Climate
In pursuit of a masters degree, Dan will be investigating several aspects of grassland ecology, with a focus
on how grassland systems are/will respond to climate change. The largest portion of the project consists of
analyzing soil microbial communities across a temperature gradient in diverse grassland soils. Dan will also
be investigating responses of soil-to-atmosphere gas exchange to turf management practices. The final
portion of Dan's research is a continuation of the investigation of the response of slug herbivory to climate
change in a managed hayfield.
Outside of work, Dan enjoys pretending to be an engineer by tinkering with anything that can be taken
apart. He enjoys recreational shooting sports, and participates as frequently as finances allow. He is also an
avid Atlanta Falcons fan and a Kansas Jayhawks Basketball fan.