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Daniel Gillon

Email Address:
Address: 9702 Linden Ave N.
City: Seattle
State/Providence: WA
Zip Code: 98103
Country: USA
Phone Number: 301-641-8355
Date Posted: 8/23/2017


Seeking challenging, high-impact work in aquaculture or fisheries. Areas of academic interest include selective breeding and genetics in aquaculture, impacts of changing oceans on shellfish and reef fish fisheries, and rights-based management of commercial fisheries. I am particularly interested in the use of selective breeding and molecular tools to improve the aquaculture of bivalve shellfish. I bring extensive experience in data analysis, writing, business development, and project management, bolstered by a relentless work ethic and deep intellectual curiosity. Willing to explore opportunities in business operations and development.


2014-Present University of Washington, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, Seattle, WA M.S. Candidate. Research focus on artificial selection and adaptation of Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas, to climate change conditions. Cumulative GPA: 3.85. Relevant Coursework: Conservation Genetics, Applied Linear Regression Statistics, Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, Proposal Writing. Advisor: Carolyn Friedman. 2007-2011 Duke University, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Durham, NC Biology Major (B.S. w/ Distinction), Environmental Science and Policy Minor, Marine Conservation Leadership Cert. Cumulative GPA: 3.2. Relevant Coursework: Marine Ecology, Molecular Biology & Genetics, Conservation Biology & Policy, Evolutionary Biology, GIS and Geospatial Analysis, Marine Policy, Field Methods in Ecology. Advisor: Richard Forward.


05/14-Present Friedman Laboratory, University of Washington School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, Seattle, WA Graduate Research Assistant • Investigate potential for acclimation or adaptation to ocean acidification in Pacific oyster. • Apply quantitative genetic analyses to estimate heritability of growth and survivorship at elevated pCO2 in pedigreed oyster lines. • Identify high-performing genetic oyster lines for distribution to regional shellfish industry stakeholders. • Lead effort to implement student-run commercial shellfish farm on Hood Canal, WA ( including successful raise of >$60,000 for startup costs and preliminary work. 11/11-11/13 Environmental Defense Fund, Austin, TX Research Associate – Gulf & Southeast Oceans Program • Provide research and management support for EDF’s work in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic regions. Primary focus on achieving fishery management reform through rights-based tools. • Identify and analyze science, policy and market data on fisheries of interest. • Outreach to industry stakeholders, government and other NGOs. • Independent research on management of domestic and global shark fisheries. • Demonstrated ability to rapidly identify and communicate key information from complex science and policy literature. • Participated in research cruise to Cuba in 2013 to supervise fishery-independent survey of coral reef fish communities in Jardines de la Reina ecosystem. • Represented EDF in strategic coordination workshops for Deepwater Horizon legal settlement funds. 1/10-6/11 Wray Laboratory, Duke University Department of Biology, Durham, NC Research Independent Study Senior Honors thesis: “Gene flow and local adaptation to climate change in two populations of the green sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis.” Advisor: Greg Wray. • Conducted DNA analyses on several sea urchin populations using PCR, gel electrophoresis, and DNA sequencing. • Used results to infer degree of urchin population connectivity to demonstrate potential for local adaptation to ocean acidification. 6/10-8/10 Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL REU Intern - Marine Microbiology Program “Effects of exposure to Deepwater Horizon crude oil and dispersant on settlement and survival of Florida Keys coral larvae.” Advisor: Kim Ritchie • Studied effects of exposure to crude oil and dispersant from Deepwater Horizon spill on ability of larvae from two reef-building coral species to settle and metamorphose. • Conducted surveys and sampling of marine life in the eastern Gulf of Mexico using SCUBA as part of an oil spill baseline study. • Preliminary investigation of changes in symbiotic bacterial community structure resulting from exposure to toxicants. OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE 1/14-1/17 Roost, San Francisco, CA Co-Founder/Advisor • Conceived and developed business model for “sharing economy” startup focused on monetization of unused personal space for renting as storage – • Led strategy development resulting in initial seed capital raise. • Served as strategic advisor on marketing and business development during period of exponential growth (>$2 million raised). 6/11-10/11 Dragon Creek Oyster Co. Alexandria, VA Oyster farm hand, Sales Associate • Assisted in all aspects of off-bottom culture of C. virginica, including siting, seed selection, maintenance, harvest and sales. • Assisted in commercial crab harvest as needed. • Direct sales of oyster, crab, and other seafood products to chefs in Washington, DC Metropolitan area.


PUBLICATIONS Goodbody-Gringley G, Wetzel DL, Gillon D, Pulster E, Miller A, et al. (2013) Toxicity of Deepwater Horizon Source Oil and the Chemical Dispersant, Corexit® 9500, to Coral Larvae. PLoS ONE 8(1): e45574. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0045574

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