Dan is researching how nitrogen derived from the roots of pea-barley forage mixtures contributes the N budget of double-cropping systems. He is specifically interested in quantifying rhizodeposition, and the microbially-mediated turnover of this pool of N.
As an agroecologist-in-training, he is motivated by the role of research in agroecology in promoting ecologically sustainable agricultural practices. As ecological sustainability is determined by political economy, he is also motivated by activists working to build equity, democracy, and resilience into our political and economic institutions, food-related and otherwise.
He is also a musician, activist, and stubbornly amateur naturalist.