Staff Profiles

Dan Brumbaugh

Visiting Scientist

(831) 480-5157
  • Education

      • University of Washington, Ph.D., 1996
      • Stanford University, B.S., 1987
      • Stanford University, B.A., 1987
  • Research Interests

    Research Interests

      Dr. Dan Brumbaugh’s interests currently focus on (1) the design, monitoring, management, and valuation of marine protected areas (MPAs); (2) broader coastal and marine spatial planning and ecosystem-based management; and (3) processes of ecological and social resilience in marine and coastal systems, with an emphasis on coral reef ecosystems. Although his field experience spans 25 years across the Caribbean, tropical Central and Western Pacific, and temperate Northeast Pacific (Baja California to Washington state), his current research and conservation interests largely took root with his conceptualization and leadership of the NSF-funded Bahamas Biocomplexity Project (BBP), 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. As with the BBP, Dr. Brumbaugh especially enjoys projects that bring together and integrate diverse perspectives from the natural and social sciences, and ones that bridge strategic science with on-the-ground applications for improved natural resource management. He has collaborated on diverse media (e.g., newsletters, posters, educational guides and booklets, and interactive simulation models) and worked extensively with marine conservation practitioners to bring the best available science to decision making. Dr. Brumbaugh’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 many other conservation organizations and working groups. He was the principal content designer and coordinator of the CBC’s 2002 Symposium “Sustaining Seascapes: The Science and Policy of Marine Resource Management.” In addition to conservation science and its applications in decision-making and management, Dan is interested in marine evolutionary biology, especially studies of how marine organisms adapt to their local environments and how they evolve over time and across geographies.

      Before working at the Museum, Dr. Brumbaugh was a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas, Austin. Currently, he is also an Adjunct Research Scientist in Columbia University’s Department of Ecology, Evolutionary, and Environmental Biology (E3B), a Research Associate at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), and a California Council on Science and Technology Policy Fellow. He has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses at UCSC, Santa Clara University, and the University of Washington.

  • Publications