Dan Madigan is a marine ecologist interested in the interaction between pelagic ecology, contaminant transfer in food webs, fisheries, and anthropogenic environmental change.
Dan earned a B.A. in biology from Dartmouth College in 2005 and a Ph.D. in biology from Stanford University in 2013. He has conducted fieldwork in Costa Rica, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Mexico, Alaska, Taiwan, and Japan. His dissertation research was based on elucidating the ecology and migratory dynamics of wide-ranging pelagic species such as tunas and sharks in the Pacific Ocean. His research has utilized stable isotope analysis, amino acid compound-specific stable isotope analysis, and Fukushima-derived radionuclides to assess trophic linkages in the California Current and the migratory dynamics of overfished Pacific bluefin tuna; his work using radionuclides in Pacific bluefin was awarded ASLO’s Lindeman award in 2014. From 2013-2015, Dan worked as an NSF Post-Doctoral Fellow, expanding his work to include mercury in collaboration with Stony Brook University, NOAA, and University of Hawaii.
As a HUCE Environmental Fellow, Dan will work with Elsie Sunderland of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and James McCarthy of the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. His work at HUCE will focus on understanding the impacts of changing contaminant levels in the environment on the overall health of global fisheries. Dan will be part of an inter-disciplinary team that also includes researchers at MIT and UBC to combine contaminant emissions, atmospheric and ocean transport, ocean ecology, and fisheries dynamics into a single “unified global model” that assesses the present and future effects of contaminants on global fisheries.