Dan is a leader in the field of marine science, particularly fisheries ecology. He has been recognized by the American Fisheries Society as an emerging leader, and led the UMaine Student Subunit to national recognition. He has published in multiple fisheries and aquatic science journals and conducted scientific peer reviews and award panels associated with researcher grant applications. He has worked collaboratively with both students and professionals from a wide range of backgrounds. Dan has been with Maine Sea Grant since 2018.