Daniel J. Bisaccio Lecturer in Education

Dan Bisaccio's on-going research with the Smithsonian Institution's Biodiversity & Monitoring Program involves secondary and college students with authentic field research opportunities at several tropical sites in Central and South America as well as the South Pacific. His work has been recognized by the United Nations Environmental Program (Convention on Biological Diversity) where he is an active contributor to their international biological diversity education outreach committee and has presented, with his students, pedagogical as well as biological research at United Nations Conferences on Biological Diversity (Montreal, CA – May, 2007; May, 2008 -Bonn, Germany).
Dan has been the recipient of many national, state, regional teaching awards – including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching as well as authoring several articles on educational pedagogy and practice. Currently, he is the Director of Science Education and Lecturer for the graduate school of education at Brown University.

Brown Affiliations

Research Areas

scholarly work

* Vulnerability of a tropical ecosystem to hurricane disturbance: simultaneous responses of complex biostructure; AMBIO – Spring 2009

research statement

"HabitatNet: Connecting Community, Education, & Ecosystems through Biodiversity Field Research Projects"

Using the Smithsonian Institution's Man and Biosphere (SI/MAB) permanent biodiversity research protocols, high school and college students from North America, Latin America, and Caribbean islands have been collaborating and collecting biological research data at field sites in New Hampshire, Mexico, and Caribbean for the past ten years. The overall goals of HabitatNet are to (1) develop conservation biological literacy and cross-cultural partnerships with students by giving them an opportunity to learn field methods and applications while collecting and interpreting biological diversity data and (2) establish baseline biological diversity data at the various field sites. Over five hundred students have been involved with this project thus far. Annual field reports are written and submitted to the Smithsonian Institution and local NGO conservation agencies by the student participants.