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.

Skills & Expertise
Social Science
Human Dimensions
Group processes
Culture, collective action, and conflict

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Shoreline, WA 98177
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2016 - 2018

The Nature of Americans

Investigated and co-authored The Nature of Americans, a multi-year effort to understand and connect Americans and nature. This is the largest study of its kind, investigating how American children and adults think about, value, and interact with the natural world. The project draws from surveys, interviews, and focus groups with nearly 12,000 Americans.

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PhD in Sociology

Earned a doctorate in sociology from University of Notre Dame. Research included cross-sectional and longitudinal data analysis, focus groups, interviews, and ethnographic field work. Coursework focused on culture, collective behavior, and statistics.

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2016 - 2017

Red River Discovery Project

The South Central Climate Science Center wanted an on-the-ground look at issues in the Red River basin related to climate change. Social scientists at DJ Case conducted a review of newspapers and documents from the past two decades, then conducted telephone and in-person interviews with over 40 organizations across the basin. Findings were mapped to show users where issues are occurring. 

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