His research: Dave studies the evolutionary history of the nearshore marine environment around the Pacific Rim. "I am fascinated with plate tectonics in the Pacific Rim," he says. Because of the tectonic activity, the nearshore marine habitat has changed a lot over the past 25 million years, affecting the evolution of the organisms that have lived there.
His path to science: "I'm one of those kids who knew at 8 or 9 years old that I wanted to be a marine biologist." However, Dave didn't follow the typical path towards a career in marine biology. Along the way, Dave spent six years in the military and started a family. Only then did he begin college. While in school, Dave volunteered at the California Academy of Sciences, where he started doing research on mollusks. Dave got a Ph.D. at UC Santa Cruz, and then came to Berkeley, continuing his research on the inhabitants of the Pacific Rim.
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