Dan Cristol is a Chancellor Professor of Biology. He arrived at William & Mary in 1996, after earning a B.S. at Cornell University, a Ph.D. at Indiana University, and postdoctoral fellowships at Oxford University and University of California-Davis.
His research focuses on birds - how evolution has shaped them to feed efficiently, migrate accurately, and survive in the face of human disturbance of their habitats. Currently, he is studying mercury contamination in the Shenandoah River with a large number of undergraduate and Master's students. Professor Cristol teaches Ornithology, Animal Behavior, Introductory Biology and occasional seminars.