TerrAqua Environmental Science and Policy, LLC
Dan co-founded TerrAqua Environmental Science and Policy, LLC, an environmental consulting firm, 25 years ago; he has been an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland University College Graduate Program in Environmental Management since 2006; and has been a senior associate with Ocean Associates, Inc., a NOAA Fisheries contractor, for the past decade. Dan, a former Knauss Marine Policy Fellow, worked for NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Navy, and has worked on sustainable development issues, and on the fate, transport and risk of environmental contaminants in aquatic ecosystems. He has also developed aquaculture and agriculture studies and projects for small, distressed maritime and other traditional communities, focusing on cultural, environmental and economic preservation.
A commercial oyster grower in Chincoteague, VA, and past president of the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association, Dan is an activist for shellfish and shellfish habitat restoration. He finds oyster farming, which he’s done for the past dozen years, especially gratifying—it is environmentally restorative, not merely neutral, and generates revenues. He educates customers about oyster culture, ecology, and restoration, and encourages them to recycle shells, which eventually become new wild oyster reefs.