Environmental Studies Program
Department Chair:
MD Rumi Shammin

Administrative Assistant:
Bev Burgess

Department Email:

Phone: 440 7758747
Fax: 440 7758946

A.J. Lewis Center for Environmental Studies
122 Elm Street
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Carl McDaniel

Carl McDaniel

Visiting Professor of Environmental Studies

Contact Information


AJ Lewis Center
Carl McDaniel

Educational Background

  • PhD, Biology, Wesleyan University, Middleton, CT
  • MS, Biology, Wesleyan University, Middleton, CT
  • BS, Chemistry-Biology, Oberlin College

Carl McDaniel taught biology at the U.S. 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 emeritus 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 three books, Paradise for Sale, coauthored with economist John M. Gowdy (California University Press, 2000), Wisdom for a Livable Planet (Trinity University Press, 2005) and Trail Magic, Creating a Positive Energy Home (2011). He has developed and taught endocrinology, developmental biology, developmental genetics, environmental biology, a half dozen interdisciplinary courses in environmental science. He also taught Introductory Biology for 33 years.