Meet the Director

Dan Cristol is the Director of Undergraduate Research, a Chancellor Professor of Biology, has been the director of the William & Mary's premier merit scholarship program for 12 years, and a faculty member in the biology department for 21 years.  Before that, he was a research fellow or student at the University of California-Davis, Oxford University, Indiana University (PhD 1993), and Cornell University (BS 1985).  He specializes in studying bird ecology, especially migration, ecotoxicology and behavior, and most recently is focused intensely on the severe mercury pollution in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.Dan Cristol

Dan teaches Introductory Biology, Animal Behavior, and Ornithology, and of course has served on many college-wide committees.  He also has written a monthly column on birds in the Virginia Gazette for 175 straight months and is occasionally seen or heard in the national media commenting on bird-related conservation issues, for example his Op-Ed piece on white-tailed deer ruining songbird habitat ran in the New York Times in May, 2012. He has been on Nightline, Frontline, NPR, BBC, and most recently was featured in Audubon magazine. 

Dan has been married for 27 years to Rebecca Reimers.  They have two daughters, both named after birds, who attend Lafayette High School and William & Mary.