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Daniel Hernandez

Daniel Hernandez

  • Associate Professor of Biology, Biology

Education & Professional History

University of Kansas, BS; University of Minnesota, PhD.

At Carleton since 2009.

Languages Spoken

Highlights & Recent Activity

For current highlights, follow the Carleton Ecology Lab on Twitter @Eco_Carls

Recent Publications (undergraduate co-authors are marked with an asterisk)

"BioScience Talks" podcast of Hernández and Zavaleta describing our research on N pollution and listed species declines.

Recent Presentations

  • Dan Hernández presented at the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Ecology, Evolution and Behavior Department at the University of Minnesota.
  • Eco_Carls lab member Roger Faust presented his research at the 2017 conference of the Society for the Advancement of Chicano/Hispanic and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) in Salt Lake City, UT.

*Faust, R., T. Dodge, M. McKone, D.L. Hernández. 2017. Mammalian herbivores differentially affect light availability and species richness in restored prairie.

  • Dan Hernández participated in two sessions at the 2017 SACNAS Conference: "Conservation Science in the Anthropocene" and "Getting Beyond the Classroom: Pursuing Opportunities in Conservation and Environmental Careers".
  • Dan Hernández gave a talk at the 2017 Ecological Society of America annual conference in Portland, OR: Experimental community assembly with and without dominant grasses in tallgrass prairie: biotic and abiotic effects on litter decomposition.
  • Dan Hernández gave a talk at a SF Bay Area Carleton Alumni gathering in Berkeley, CA: Managing impacts of nitrogen pollution to threatened species and ecosystems.
  • Dan Hernández gave a talk in the 2017 Northfield COWS series (Conversations On the Wonders of Science): Fixing Nitrogen: can we feed humanity without destroying the planet?
  • Eco_Carls lab member Emma Velis presented her research and received an award of excellence at the annual conference of MOSES (Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service):

*Velis, E., D.L. Hernández, A. Wills. 2017. Investigating the effects of compost tea on nutrient cycling on an organic blueberry farm. MOSES Organic Farming Conference, La Crosse, WI.

  • Dan Hernández contributed to an organized session, "Land, Water and Wildlife: Tackling Conservation Challenges through Creative Science" at the 2016 SACNAS Conference in Long Beach, CA.
  • Dan Hernández and Mark McKone each gave presentations on research from the Carleton Arboretum at the 2016 Ecological Society of America conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. "Experimental community assembly with and without dominant grasses in tallgrass prairie."
  • Eco_Carls lab member Delaney Vail presented her research at the annual conference of MOSES (Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service):

*Vail, D., D.L. Hernández, A. Wills. 2016. Compost tea has no effect on leaf chemistry or soil microbial activity in two varieties of organic blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum).

  • Eco_Carls lab member Cam Shorb presented his research at the annual conference of the Minnesota Chapter of the Wildlife Society:

*Shorb, C., *L. Freymiller, D.L. Hernández. 2016. Differential responses of prairie rodents to edge effects from recreational trails.

Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

Ecological Society of America (ESA)

Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

Courses Taught This Year

As Listed on Department Faculty Pages


Dr. Hernandez is an ecosystem ecologist researching the effects of changes in plant communities (from disturbance, herbivory, and loss of biodiversity) on carbon and nutrient cycling in savannas and grasslands. Current research includes investigating the consequences of nitrogen deposition and cattle grazing on serpentine grasslands in California and the role of mammalian herbivores in the structure and function of restored prairies in the Arb. He teaches courses on Ecosystems Ecology, Global Change Biology, Grassland Ecology, and Introductory Biology.

Profile updated November 11, 2017

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