Dan L Perlman

Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies

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Email: perlman@brandeis.edu
Office: Rabb Graduate Center 347
Phone: 781-736-2687
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Ecology, conservation biology, and animal behavior. Pedagogical methods and innovations.


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


  • Harvard University
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Dan L Perlman

Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies


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 role as Associate Provost of Innovation in Education, I work with faculty and graduate students to explore ways that we can better help our students learn. In addition, a few 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)


  • 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.