Daniel Dawson

Director, Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve (Valentine Camp and the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory), Natural Reserve System


1978 M.S. Chemical Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California
1975 B.S. Chemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara

Professional Experience:
1980 - present;  Director of Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve which includes the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory and Valentine Camp. Responsible for all aspects of development and operation including administration, planning, regulatory compliance, construction, resource management, restoration, personnel, purchasing, and fundraising for two field research stations and ecological reserves including extensive housing, laboratory facilities, office and computer facilities, natural habitat, roads, trails, a snow study area, and experimental streams

Recent Projects:

Secured a $1.4M facilities grant from the CA Wildlife Conservation Board.

Served as  Project Manager and PI on a major NSF-funded laboratory renovation

Renegotiated a new 30-year lease for SNARL with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Negotiated with the NSF-funded National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). to establish the Core Aquatic Site and STREON site for NEON Domain 17 at SNARL. This is a thirty year commitment to SNARL from NSF and the only NEON site in UC.

Established “The Valentine Reserve Fund” a donor group in support of the Reserve with both recurring gifts (>$120K/yr) and major gifts.

Secured permanent corporate funding for the VESR Outdoor Science Education Program

Developed and implemented a forest management plan for Valentine Camp

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Contact Information




Office Location: 

1st Floor, Headquarters Building, SNARL

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Mailing Address: 

Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory 1016 Mt. Morrison Road Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 USA