Dr. Daniel B. Botkin, Professor Emeritus of Biology for UC Santa Barbara, previous Faculty for Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; Former Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami, and former Chairman for the University of California’s Environmental Studies Program, was recently selected as the Most Influential Environmental Scientist of the Year for 2022 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP).
While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) is an honor, choosing the Top 20 Most Influential Members of the Year comes with great purpose, admiration, and respect. These members inspire others, show gratitude, bring people together and have helped people feel connected to one another. With their service they have displayed innovative leadership practices, pushed others towards success, and made sure their voice left an impact. Dr. Botkin has superior performance in his field, he is passionate about his work and holds high morals and integrity in all he does. IAOTP will honor him for this distinction at their Annual Awards Gala being held at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas this December.
Dr. Botkin has certainly proven himself as an extraordinary professional, pioneer and expert in the field of Environmental Science. He has over 5 decades of professional experience in Biology and researching the possible effects of climate change on biodiversity. Dr. Botkin is a dynamic, results-driven leader who has demonstrated success not only as a Biologist and Ecologist, but with every position he has ever held.
His impressive repertoire of other roles has included serving as the previous Chairman of the English Department of the newly formed Mindanao State University (among seven faculty members in the department, all American Peace Corps Volunteers), Dr. Botkin taught English and introductory physics. He is credited for writing and creating the first successful multispecies computer ecology called JABOWA, with two scientists from IBM Thomas J. Watson Laboratories back in 1970. Dr. Botkin helped establish and has led the National Science Foundation’s Long-Term Ecological Research Program and he initiated NASA’s use of satellite remote sensing to study ecology from space. As an international voice in the scientific community, Dr. Botkin has also advised the government of Taiwan in solving environmental problems. For his studies on endangered species, Dr. Botkin has traveled the globe in order to complete his extensive field research in various wilderness areas including Alaska, California, Michigan, as well as in other nations including the Soviet Union’s Siberia and the African Plains in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and South Africa. This research involved helping to save endangered species, ranging from California condors to African Elephants and to Bowhead Whales. He used historical information to recover wildlife population sizes and sea ice changes. He is regarded by his peers as one of the world’s most influential and best Ecologists and Biologists of his time.
Before his career in Environmental Scientist began, Dr. Botkin received his BA in Physics from the University of Rochester, his Master’s in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin, and his Ph.D. in Biology from Rutgers University.
Throughout his remarkable career, Dr. Botkin has received numerous awards and accolades and has been recognized worldwide for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession. This year he will be broadcasted on the Reuters Building in Times Square, NYC and is being considered for induction into the notable IAOTP Hall of Fame. In 2019 he graced the front cover of TIP (Top Industry Professionals) Magazine and was interviewed on TIP Radio. He was chosen as the Male Visionary of the Year for 2021 and the International Hero of Environmental Science. He received awards as the Top Environmental Scientist of the Decade, Top Environmental Scientist of the Year and for the Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) and was featured in the Wall Street Journal. In 2019 he was the recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award given by Marquis Who’s Who and has been featured in numerous publications including Marquis Who’s Who. He is a recognized Fellow of the American Institute of Biological Sciences and Teachers and Academic Textbook Association. In 2012, he received the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, John C. Pritzlaff Conservation Award and in 2004 selected to receive the Texty Award for Best Biological Sciences Textbook from the Textbook and Academic Authors Association. He was also the recipient of the Bernhard Eduard Fernow Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Forestry; Mitchell International Prize for Sustainable Development; and inducted into the Environmental Hall of Fame. Dr. Botkin founded a nonprofit corporation named, “The Center for the Study of the Environment,” and he is an esteemed member of several prominent organizations including the Explorers Club, Cosmos Club, AAAS, Sigma Xi, American Institute of Biological Sciences, Ecological Society of America, Advisory Council to the Urban Ecosystems Journal, Trustee of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, and Commissioner for the US National Commission for UNESCO, just to name a few.
In addition to his successful career, Dr. Botkin is a sought-after speaker, presenter, lecturer, journalist, and published author. Some of his most recent publications include his first novel “Tsavo: Oddball Researchers Use Data and Guns to Save African Elephants”; and 16 nonfiction books, including: “Twenty-five Myths that are Destroying the Environment,” “Environment Science: Earth as a Living Planet, (9 editions),” “Discordant Harmonies: A New Ecology for the 21st Century; Strange Encounters, Adventures of a Renegade Naturalist; “Powering the Future: A Scientist’s Guide to Energy Independence” and “Essential Environmental Science, 1st Edition.” As an invited speaker at numerous conferences and institutions, he was named a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Green Mountain College, Annual Distinguished Visiting Scientist with the Long Beach Aquarium, and Astor Lecturer at Oxford University, Great Britain. Dr. Botkin has been continually praised for his unique perspective to his subject. His books and lectures examine the effects our cultural legacy has had on determining what we believe to be scientific solutions and in addition he discusses the roles of scientists, businessmen, stakeholders and government agencies have when reaching new approaches to environmental issues.
Looking back, Dr. Botkin attributes his success to his education, mentors he has had along the way, and his endless passion for helping the environment. He says his work is very gratifying and hopes that others will consider a career in Biology and Environmental Science. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, photography, and playing folk music guitar. For the future, he hopes that his research and continuous efforts will enlighten and inspire people to serve and protect the environment and animals.
For more information on Dr. Botkin please visit: www.danielbbotkin.com
Watch his video: https://youtu.be/U8vPsbfzF1Y
Watch his TIP Radio interview: https://youtu.be/10uWFqNbQpw
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