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Dan Cristol

Dan Cristol has been a professor in the biology department at the College of William & Mary for 19 years. Before that he was a research fellow or student at University of California-Davis, Oxford University, Indiana University (PhD), and Cornell University (BS). He specializes in studying birds, especially migration, toxicology and behavior. He has studied local sparrow migrations for many years, as well as the severe mercury pollution in the Shenandoah Valley.

Professor Cristol teaches Introductory Biology, Animal Behavior, and Ornithology, and is the director of the prestigious 1693 Scholars Program at the college. Dan also has written monthly columns on birds in the Virginia Gazette for 137 straight months and is occasionally seen or heard in the national media commenting on bird-related conservation issues.

Dan has been married for 25 years to Rebecca Reimers, a local jewelry artist who recently started a new business as a personal and business coach. They have two daughters, both named after birds, who attend Berkeley Middle and Lafayette High School and are outstanding swimmers with the Williamsburg Aquatic Club.