Biography

Dan is an independent editor, an award-winning writer, and an editorial consultant. He is currently a contributing editor at  Discover magazine, where he has worked as a senior editor. His writing has appeared in print or online in Discover, Popular Science, Smithsonian, New Scientist, Audubon, Nature Conservancy magazine, Reader's Digest, Women's Health and many other publications. He was a long-time contributing correspondent for Science magazine, and he is the coauthor, with Paul Epstein, MD, of Harvard Medical School, of Changing Planet, Changing Health, the first book on the human health impacts of climate change.

Dan specializes in putting a human face on groundbreaking stories about science, technology, health and sustainability. His writing has appeared in Discover, Popular Science, New Scientist, Audubon, Nature Conservancy magazine, Reader's Digest, Women's Health and many other publications. He was also a long-time contributing correspondent for Science magazine.

Dan’s stories have won several honors. His profile of an obsessive builder of robotic human heads appeared in an issue of Popular Science that helped the publication win a National Magazine Award for General Excellence. The same article also won an Outstanding Article Award for magazine profile writing from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. His story on human-robot arm wrestling was anthologized in The Best of Technology Writing 2006. In 2002, with support from the Fund for Investigative Journalism, he uncovered how the Bush administration had begun stacking science advisory committees to get the answers they wanted — and produced a series of stories that helped trigger a Congressional investigation.

Before launching his journalism career, Dan earned a doctorate in biology from The Johns Hopkins University and conducted research in microbiology and biochemistry. He earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1999. Dan is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Society of Environmental Journalists and the National Association of Science Writers. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, biking and t’ai chi. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.