My name is Dan Killam. I’m originally from Southern California, but now I am a postdoctoral researcher and Zuckerman Fellow at University of Haifa, studying the effects of climate change and potential tsunami events on bittersweet clams found on the Israeli coast. I recently completed a PhD in Paleobiology in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Santa Cruz, working with Matthew Clapham to study the ecological and physiological history of bivalves. My work straddles biology and earth science, using stable isotope geochemistry of fossil and modern specimens, ecological modeling and historical data to better understand how invertebrates lived in the past, and how that is relevant to understanding their present ecological stresses.
When I’m not working, I’m obsessed with politics, technology, social justice, music, film, my pet hermit crab, gardening (mostly succulents and carnivorous plants), video games, electric cars, scuba diving, hiking, bird/fish watching, and coffee.