Dr. Daniel B. Botkin

Daniel Botkin

Title: Professor Emeritus of Biology
Company: University of California, Santa Barbara
Location: New York, New York, United States

Dr. Daniel B. Botkin, Professor Emeritus of Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the fields of biology, climate change and environmental conservation.

A highly acclaimed figure in the scientific field, Dr. Botkin has more than 50 years of professional excellence in his areas of expertise. Recognized as a professor emeritus of biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, since 2004, he served as an adjunct professor in the department of biology at the University of Miami since 2013. Throughout his tenure, Dr. Botkin contributed his time and expertise as a biologist, environmental scientist, musician, and author, and he is credited with aiding the conservation of such animals as African elephants, bowhead whales, and salmon. Alongside his field work, he has delved into ecological and environmental computer modeling, using simulations to forecast climate patterns and ecological trends. In addition, he has been instrumental in helping NASA establish a program to study the effects of global warming from space.

Dr. Botkin has traveled extensively to share his knowledge with students, committing his time as a distinguished visiting scholar at Green Mountain College in Vermont in 2008, a distinguished visiting scientist at the Long Beach Aquarium in California in 2008, an Astor Lecturer at the University of Oxford in England in 2007, a distinguished visiting professor at Michigan State University in 2004, and a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana from 2003 to 2004. To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Botkin sought a formal education, receiving a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rochester in 1959, a Master of Arts from the University of Wisconsin in 1962, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in 1968.

In addition to his bountiful work as a scientist, Dr. Botkin has contributed to numerous publications, most recently coauthoring the book “What Makes Us One” in 2016. Notably, his textbook “Environmental Science: Earth as a Living Planet” is widely used in college classrooms and is currently in its ninth edition. He has also served as author, coauthor, and editor to several other works and has penned several hundred articles to professional journals and magazines, lectured in speaking engagements and conferences, and hosted workshops pertaining to his fields of interest. In addition, he has recently gotten back in touch with his musical roots as a folk musician, launching CDs and DVDs regarding the origins of folk music and its effect on the people.

A science advisor to the film “Power to the People,” distributed by PBS in 2014, Dr. Botkin was a member of the National Advisory Board of the Stetson Kennedy Trust from 2006 to 2010, a trustee of the American Folklife Center with the Library of Congress from 2004 to 2009, and on the board of directors of the Environmental Literacy Council in Washington, DC, from 2003 to 2006. He is a former commissioner of the U.S. Department of State to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization from 2002 to 2006, a Peace Corps volunteer, and founder of The Center for the Study of the Environment.

In recognition of his exceptional accomplishments, Dr. Botkin has been honored with several accolades throughout his career. He was the recipient of the John C. Pritzlaff Conservation Award from the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden in 2012, the Astor Lectureship Award from the University of Oxford in 2007, the Texty Award from the Textbook and Academic Authors Association in 2004, and the Fernow Prize for International Forestry in 1995. He was inducted into the Environmental Hall of Fame by California Polytechnic State University in 1995 and he was named an Annual Distinguished Visiting Scientist by Green Mountain College in 2008. Furthermore, he won First Prize by the Mitchell International Prize for Sustainable Development in 1991.

Dr. Botkin was named a fellow of the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i, from 1985 to 1987, The Bellagio Center of the Rockefeller Foundation in 1985, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, from 1977 to 1978. He is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sigma Xi, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, the Ecological Society of America, the Authors Guild, and the Text and Academic Authors Association. He has received grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional grants he has received include from the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the W. Alton Jones Foundation, the World Wildlife Fund, and SOHIO Alaska Corporation.

The proud father of two children, Dr. Botkin enjoys folk singing, playing music, taking photography, and hiking in his spare time. He has been named a Worldwide Humanitarian and Lifetime Achiever by Worldwide Branding and Marquis Who’s Who. Additionally, he has been inducted into several editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in the World.

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