Daniel Carter completed his doctoral studies in political science from the University of Tennessee in 2008 using case studies to better understand the challenges of rural growth in Tennessee and what role local, state, and federal agencies play in the process. He has worked as a project management consultant for the Tennessee Wildlife Federation providing information to local community groups and governments about land-use changes in the South Cumberland Plateau and their long-term impacts to wildlife. He has also collaborated with the National Wildlife Federation to educate hunters and anglers on energy and climate related issues.
Since January 2009, Dr. Carter has been working with the Landscape Analysis Lab as an advisor on the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Implementation Support Project for the Southeast Tennessee Development District and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. With expertise in local government planning, economic development, and their relationship to environmental issues such as water quality and conservation, Dr. Carter is guiding efforts to characterize potential future sources of E. coli in the watershed.