Daniel Roelke

Professor and Department Head
Department of Marine Biology

“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”
– Stewart Brand
+1 (409) 740.4750droelke@tamu.edu

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What in your life drew you to your current field of study?

A sump-pump well. Really. I grew up in an area where most homes had basements. Basements flood frequently and sump-pumps are household fixtures. More often than not, sump pumps wells have standing water, and where there is water there is life. My first time looking through a microscope, some Sears and Roebuck low magnification kit geared for kids, was water collected from the sump-pump well. I saw ciliate protozoa. How could this be? Somehow in this sampling cup of perfectly clear water these creatures thrived. I was hooked.

What do you hope your students gain from studying or working with you?

There are many things. I hope students adopt an approach to science that leverages theoretical and empirical methodologies. I hope their thinking spans multiple levels of biological organization. I hope they learn the value of unbridled curiosity. I hope they learn that leaping before you look is more fun with friends.

What are you passionate about in your personal life?

Easy answer here. Travels with family to exotic locations. This has been the stuff of dreams.


Ph.D. Biological/Chemical Oceanography, Texas A&M University, 1997
M.S. Biological/Chemical Oceanography, Texas A&M University, 1993
B.S. Biological Oceanography/Chemistry minor, Millersville University, 1989 

Licenses and Certificates:

1993 – Certificate of Flow and Imaging Cytometry.
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Boothbay Harbor, ME, USA. 
1988 – Licensed for Scuba Diving.
Y.M.C.A., Millersville, PA, USA.

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Daniel Roelke
Professor and Department Head
Department of Marine Biology

Phone: +1 (409) 740.4750
Fax: +1 (409) 740.5001‬

Ocean & Coastal Studies Bldg., Office 280D

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