Dan James - Fish and Wildlife Biologist
Dan James joined the Great Plains FWCO in 2011 as a Fish and Wildlife Biologist. After earning Bachelor's (1999) and Master's (2002) of Science degrees in Biology from the University of South Dakota, he worked as a fisheries biologist for more than five years before returning to academia to pursue and receive a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Fisheries Science from South Dakota State University in 2011.
Dan works primarily as a USFWS liaison to the US Air Force to provide assistance for scientific research, fish and wildlife management, invasive species management, and conservation of native, threatened, and endangered species. He also represents the USFWS on the pallid sturgeon Effects Analysis team and assists with the Pallid Sturgeon Population Assessment Program. In addition, Dan serves as lead biologist for tribal fisheries management assistance and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at South Dakota State University in Brookings. Finally, Dan works with the USFWS Aquatics Invasive Species program specializing in issues related to the diatom Didymosphenia geminata.