Dan Brumbaugh

Dr. Dan Brumbaugh, a research scientist at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the American Museum of Natural History, is a member of the RTI project, Bridging Reef Resilience Research and Conservation, and collaborates on the project, Coral Recruitment, Calcification & Bioerosion. With 25 years’ experience spanning the Caribbean, tropical Central and Western Pacific, and temperate Northeast Pacific, Dan has recently focused on (1) the design, monitoring, management, and valuation of marine protected areas (MPAs); (2) coastal and marine spatial planning and ecosystem-based management; and (3) processes of ecological and social resilience in coral reef ecosystems. His interests in these topics took root with his leadership of the NSF-funded Bahamas Biocomplexity Project, a widely recognized model of socio-ecological research that integrated aspects of oceanography, population genetics, marine ecology, and human cultural and economic dimensions in the study of how MPAs and MPA networks function for diverse objectives. In addition, he has collaborated on diverse media (e.g., newsletters, posters, educational guides and booklets, interactive simulation models, workshops, and symposia) and worked extensively with marine conservation practitioners to bring the best available science to decision making. Dan’s participation with various governing and advisory groups includes the Council of the Bahamas National Trust, the Advisory Council of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, the Marine Priority Biome group of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, and other conservation organizations and working groups.

Dan received his B.S. and B.A. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. He was also a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas, Austin, and in recent years, has taught courses at the University of Washington and Santa Clara University. Contact Dan