Daniel C. Abel
Professor, Marine Science
Ph.D., University of Califoria San Diego (UCSD) Scripps Institution of Oceanography
M.S., College of Charleston
Research and Teaching Interests
Daniel Abel's scholarship is focused on three major areas: ecology of sharks in South Carolina waters, physiology and anatomical adaptations of deepwater sharks, and creating effective pedagogical strategies and tools for teaching sustainability, environmental issues, and marine environmental issues using critical thinking, effective communication, and simple math. His teaching interests are 100 percent focused on making students autodidacts who know how to live sustainably on the planet and are equipped to play major roles in reversing anthropogenic climate change and biodiversity loss.
Areas of Expertise
- Physiological ecology of sharks
- Environmental science
- Informal environmental education
Abel, D.C. and R.D. Grubbs. In Press (summer 2020). Shark Biology and Conservation: Essentials for Enthusiasts, Educators, and Students. Johns Hopkins University Press.
Larsen, M.E., D.C. Abel, D.P. Crane, et al. 2019. Unique osmoregulatory morphology in primitive sharks: an intermediate state between holocephalan and derived shark secretory morphology. Journal of Fish Biology 95(5): 1331-41. doi.org/10.1111/jfb.14139
Martin, K.L., D.C. Abel, D.P. Crane, . Hammerschlag and E.J Burge. 2019. Blacktip shark Carcharhinus limbatus presence at fishing piers in South Carolina: fidelity and environmental drivers. Journal of Fish Biology 94(3): 469-480. doi/full/10.1111/jfb.13917
Keller, B.A., J.S. Finger, S.H. Gruber, D.C. Abel and T.L. Guttridge. 2017. The effects of familiarity on the social interactions of juvenile lemon sharks, Negaprion brevirostris. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 489, 24-31. doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2017.01.004