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Dan Herrera

I am an early-career urban ecologist studying wildlife in cities at
the University of Maryland (College Park). In addition to research,
I also work as a science communicator and illustrator by making
infographics, museum displays, project logos, and project handouts.

Research Interests


While many ecosystems are shrinking, there is one ecosystem that is rapidly growing and shows no sign of stopping - urban ecosystems. Cities may look devoid of nature, but in reality a host of plants, animals, and fungi inhabit urban areas. Despite cities existing for roughly 10,000 years, we have surprisingly little knowledge of urban ecology. By studying these systems, we can plan better cities going forward that foster biodiversity and minimize risks for humans and wildlife alike. 

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Animals move across landscapes. All movement takes time, and some movements (e.g. migration, dispersal, etc.) only occur at a specific time.  By studying how animals interact with space and time, we can better understand drivers of animal behaviors and natural phenomenon, and predict what they will look like in the future. 

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Science can be exhilarating, but many non-scientists have trouble understanding it. I use graphic illustrations, compelling maps, and still photography to help communicate scientific findings to people without a strong background in the subject area. Please reach out for a consultation if you wish to collaborate or need a commission. 

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Research Affiliations

present and past
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