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Dr. Jim Daniels

Jim Daniels, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology


Phone Number: (334) 833-4470
Office and/or Address: Bellingrath Hall, Room 301


  • Ph.D., University of North Dakota
  • M.S., Biology, University of Alabama, Huntsville
  • B.S., Biology, University of Alabama, Huntsville


Dr. Jim Daniels is a broadly trained plant ecologist who has worked in such disparate places as the montane cloud forests of Costa Rica; the sewers of Philadelphia, Penn.; and in a cutting edge genetics laboratory. With more than 10 years of teaching experience, Dr. Daniels has taught numerous courses, including ecology, population biology, conservation biology, plant morphology and systematics, plant taxonomy, genetics, human anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, quantitative ecology, environmental science, earth science, general biology, botany, and zoology. He was honored with the Dr. and Mrs. John N. Todd III Award for Excellence in Teaching at Huntingdon in 2009.  A native of North Alabama, Dr. Daniels is extremely happy to be in Montgomery … the home of ALAGA Syrup.

Personal Interests

  • Family
  • Military history
  • Alabama football
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking

Research Interests

  • Genetic diversity and gene flow in tropical montane cloud forest trees
  • Biological consequences of climate change

Affiliations and Memberships

  • Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation
  • Society for Conservation Biology
  • Ecological Society of America

Significant Publications

  • Lawton, R.O., and J.D. Daniels. “The Northern Highland Evergreen Cloud Forest.” Costa Rican Ecosystems. Eds. Maarten Kappelle and Luis Gomez. (in prep)
  • Daniels, J.D. “Density, Frond Production, and Age Structure of Geonoma edulis (Arecaceae) in a Costa Rican Cloud Forest.” (in prep)


“The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant, ‘What good is it?’”—Aldo Leopold


Academics, Biology

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