Dr. Daniel Escher
Director of Research
Daniel uses data and social theory to help agencies, non-profits, and companies engage diverse people in conservation. He is experienced collecting and analyzing qualitative data from interviews, focus groups, and ethnography. He also uses classic and innovative statistical techniques to examine and visualize cross-sectional and longitudinal quantitative data, including text. Through teaching, lecturing, and facilitating discussions in groups from six to 200 people, he has first-hand understanding of group dynamics and processes. Since joining DJ Case in 2016, he has co-led the Nature of Americans project, a multi-year effort to understand and connect Americans and nature, funded by The Disney Company, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Yale University, and many others. In addition, he has helped to facilitate the World Wildlife Fund’s Rio Grande / Rio Bravo Binational Forum, working with WWF and Coca-Cola, and has linked on-the-ground observations in the Red River Basin with recommendations for future research for the U.S. Geological Survey.
Daniel uses literate statistical programming (aka reproducible research), working in R, R Markdown, and LaTeX to minimize reporting errors and increase fiscal efficiencies for clients.
Daniel has dual bachelor’s degrees from University of Washington (International Studies with College Honors, Spanish); a master’s of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary; and a PhD in sociology from University of Notre Dame.