My name is Dan Killam. I’m originally from Southern California, but for the past four years I’ve been working on my PhD in Paleobiology in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Santa Cruz. I work 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 crabs, gardening (mostly succulents and carnivorous plants), video games, electric cars, scuba diving, hiking, bird/fish watching, and coffee.