About Dan Distel

Dr. Daniel Distel received his BS in Biology from Rutgers University, NJ and his PhD in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD. He is currently the Director of the Ocean Genome Legacy Center (OGL), a nonprofit marine research facility and genome bank located at Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center. Dr. Distel studies the evolution, physiological ecology, genomics, and metabolism of marine bacteria and bacteria-animal symbioses, with a focus on symbioses between bacteria and bivalve mollusks. Most recently, Dr. Distel and his colleagues have described two new species of shipworms, with unique symbionts, digestive strategies and habitats. As Director of OGL, Dr. Distel and his team operate the nation’s first marine-dedicated public access DNA bank and research laboratory. Dr. Distel’s longstanding interest in genomic biodiversity conservation, and in the promotion of marine genomic research, aligns with OGL’s mission of exploring and preserving the threatened biological diversity of the sea. “We know that species are disappearing from the oceans at an alarming rate, and so much of what’s underwater remains a mystery to us; it would be a shame if all of that biological diversity that we know is out there would disappear before we even had a chance to name all those species.” – Dr. Distel


Mailing Address:

MSC (Marine Science Center), Nahant, MA 01908


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