Carl N. McDaniel
Professor of Biology, Rensselaer

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Carl N. McDaniel on Nauru

Professor McDaniel received his undergraduate degree in chemistry-biology at Oberlin College and his Master’s and PhD in biology from Wesleyan University in Middleton, CT. He taught biology at the US Naval Academy and did postdoctoral work at Yale University with Ian Sussex in plant developmental biology before taking a biology faculty position at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he is professor of biology.

He has been a Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor at Carleton College and a CSIRO McMaster Fellow in Canberra, Australia. McDaniel was the founding director of Rensselaer’s undergraduate degree program in environmental science and served eight years in that capacity.

McDaniel has published over 60 scientific articles on animal and plant development and ecological economics, and written two books, Paradise for Sale, co-authored with economist John M. Gowdy (California University Press, 2000) and Wisdom for a Livable Planet (Trinity University Press, 2005). He has developed and taught endocrinology, developmental biology, developmental genetics, environmental biology, a half dozen interdisciplinary courses in environmental science. His last major project at Rensselaer was as a key developer of a new biology course created for all Rensselaer undergraduates.

McDaniel retired and became Professor Emeritus in 2008 and moved to Oberlin, OH, where he is a Visiting Professor at Oberlin College. There, he and his wife helped build Trail Magic, their home that runs on sunshine and is the subject of his third book, Trail Magic: Creating a Positive Energy Home.


Carl N. McDaniel, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Rensselaer Polytecnic Institute
Science Center 2C38
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180-3590