Daniel Donato, Ph.D.

Daniel Donato, Ph.D.

Natural Resource Scientist
Washington Department of Natural Resources
Affiliate Assistant Professor, University of Washington

Dr. Daniel Donato is a Natural Resource Scientist for the Washington Department of Natural resources. He has led large-scale research and monitoring studies pertaining to forest wildlife habitat across Washington, and has 15 years of experience training and supervising field crews.

What do you enjoy most/what do you find most interesting about your research topic?

I am fascinated by what I call “mayhem in the forest” – disturbances like wildfire, windstorms, insect outbreaks, and volcanoes – and how forests develop over time in the presence of these events. I am especially interested in the different pathways forest stands take toward old-growth conditions.

How does citizen science support your research?

It’s essential to our project, in that it makes it possible to collect such a large dataset of acoustic recordings for this large landscape experiment.

What is one of your favorite moments in the field?

There are too many to pick from, but having a one-on-one close encounter with a mountain lion on the remote slopes of Mount Adams was pretty high on the list... once my heart started up again.

  • Ph.D. in Forest Science, Oregon State University (U.S.)
  • B.S. in Forest Ecosystems, University of Washington (U.S.)
  • B.S. in Oceanography, University of Washington (U.S.)
Back to all Scientists
Dr. Daniel Donato
Dr. Daniel Donato

Sign up for the Earthwatch Newsletter

Keep informed on Earthwatch news and updates! Please fill out the form to receive our newsletter.