Dan L Perlman

Professor of Environmental Studies and of The Heller School for Social Policy and Management

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Contact

Email: perlman@brandeis.edu
Office: Rabb Graduate Center 347
Phone: 781-736-2687
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Expertise

Ecology, conservation biology, and animal behavior. Pedagogical methods and innovations.

Courses

  • BIOL 134b - Topics in Ecology
  • ENVS 2a - Fundamentals of Environmental Challenges
  • HS 228b - Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Development

Degrees

  • Harvard University
    Ph.D.
  • Yale University
    B.A.

Dan L Perlman

Professor of Environmental Studies and of The Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Profile

My work in biology has ranged from studying colony founding behaviors among tropical ants to helping regional conservation groups throughout the US West set priorities for land and species protection. I have also long been interested in studying human learning, and in my previous role as Associate Provost of Innovation in Education, I worked with faculty and graduate students to explore ways that we can better help our students learn. In addition, several years ago, I developed a Web site that freely distributes teaching materials I developed for ecology and environmental studies (www.EcoLibrary.org).

Awards and Honors

  • Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Brandeis University. (2006)
  • Student Union Teaching Award, Brandeis University (2005)
  • Student Union Teaching Award, Brandeis University (2004)
  • Phi Beta Kappa Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Harvard University (1996)
  • Fulbright Scholar, Costa Rica: "Colony Founding among Azteca Ants" (1987 - 1989)

Scholarship

  • Perlman, Dan L. "Views of a Conservation Biologist." Nature-Friendly Land Use Practices at Multiple Scales. Ed. McElfish, J. and Kihslinger, R.L.. Washington D.C.: Environmental Law Institute, 2009
  • Perlman, Dan L (co-authored with James R. Morris). What the IPCC Said: A Citizens' Guide to the IPCC Summary for Policymakers. Island Press. Washington, DC: 2007.
  • Perlman, Dan L & Milder, J.C.. Practical Ecology for Planners, Developers, and Citizens. Island Press, 2005.
  • Perlman, Dan L & Wilson, E.O.. Conserving Earth's Biodiversity. Island Press, 2000.
  • Perlman, Dan L & Adelson, G.. Biodiversity: Exploring Values and Priorities in Conservation. Blackwell Science, 1997.