Dr. Peter Daniel received his Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition from the University of Maine at Orono in 1986. He was a postdoctoral research scientist at Georgia State University until 1992, when he joined the biology faculty at Hofstra University where he currently serves as the chair of the department. For much of his academic career he researched how chemosensory stimuli drives behaviors in decapod crustaceans including crabs and lobsters. More recently his lab has been studying how animals without a central nervous system (starfish) can perform directed behaviors such as righting behavior. And since 2012, he has been monitoring efforts to reintroduce native brook trout to the Beaver Brook waterway and to reestablish a river herring spawning run there.