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Dr. Daniel Thornhill Appointed GEO RISE Acting Deputy Division Director

Dr. Daniel Thornhill, GEO RISE Acting Deputy Division Director, sits on boat in ocean.

Dr. Daniel Thornhill Appointed as GEO RISE Acting Deputy Division Director

February 12, 2024

Dr. Daniel Thornhill starts his position as Acting Deputy Division Director (DDD) for the Directorate for Geosciences’ (GEO) new Research Innovation, Synergies, and Integration (RISE) Division effective February 11, 2024.

Dr. Thornhill has ten years of research and research administration experience as an NSF Program Director for the Biological Oceanography Program in the Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE). In this role, he worked closely with colleagues across NSF and recently led the cross-NSF Directorate LTER program through their decadal program review and strategic planning effort. Dr. Thornhill has also been heavily involved in broadening participation activities at NSF, including at the OCE, GEO, cross-NSF, and senior leadership levels.

Dr. Thornhill recently completed the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership for a Democratic Society. He earned a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Georgia and a B.S. in Zoology and Environmental Biology from Michigan State University.

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