Coastal Carolina University
Daniel C. Abel is Professor of Marine Science at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC. He earned his Ph.D. in marine biology from the University of California San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography and was a postdoctoral fellow in marine biomedicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. His research focuses on the physiology and ecology of sharks and rays. He is co-author of the textbooks Environmental Issues: An Introduction to Sustainability, Environmental Issues in Oceanography, Environmental Oceanography, and Environmental Geology (forthcoming in 2013). He has been an environmental columnist, was founding director of CCU’s Sustainability Initiative from 2006 – 2012, and is currently vice-chair of the board of directors of the Dogwood Alliance, a forest protection non-profit. He has significant international teaching experience, which includes his annual Biology of Sharks course held at the Bimini Biological Field Station in the Bahamas for the last 15+ years. He taught Marine Biology and Biology of Sharks on the M/V Explorer with Semester at Sea in spring 2010 and summer 2012, and is a new member of the Institute for Shipboard Education’s Faculty and Staff Council. Dr. Abel is a Senior Fellow of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development. He resides in Pawley’s Island, SC.