Dan Stinnett is a biology instructor in the general education curriculum. An adjunct instructor since 2008, he teaches environmental science.
Dan has a Master of Science degree in renewable natural resources from the University of Nevada, Reno. He also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan., in 1971.
The ecology of California quail on irrigated farmlands is Dan's area of expertise. He has also studied ecosystem impacts from construction projects, habitat restoration on privately owned lands, and riparian and intermittent stream ecosystems.
He has extensive industry experience, including jobs as a:
- fisheries technician with the Kansas Parks and Wildlife Department in El Dorado, Kan.
- range conservationist with the Bureau of Land Management in Montrose, Colo.
- fish and wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Tulsa, Okla.
- private lands biologist, regional private lands coordinator and ecosystem biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Ft. Snelling, Minn.
- field supervisor with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Ecological Services Field Office in the Twin Cities
Dan retired after 30 years as a fish and wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
His published works include:
- Eugene D. Fleharty, M. E. Krause, Dan P. Stinnett. 1973. "Body Composition, Energy Content, and Lipid Cycles of Four Species of Rodents." Journal of Mammalogy, Vol. 54, No. 2, pp. 426-438.
- Dan P. Stinnett, Donald A. Klebenow. 1986. "Habitat Use of Irrigated Lands by California Quail in Nevada." The Journal of Wildlife Management, Vol. 50, No. 3, pp. 368-372.
- Stinnett, D.P., R.D. Smith, and S.W. Conrady. 1987. "Riparian Areas of Western Oklahoma." U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Tulsa, Okla.
Regarding his teaching philosophy, Dan says, "I provide students with information about their environment and encourage them to:
- Gain a basic understanding of natural resources on a local, regional and global scale.
- Have knowledge of current environmental issues.
- Use their education to help shape a sustainable environment for themselves and future generations.
Dan points to his students as the best part of his job as a DCTC instructor.
A former marathon runner, Dan's interests include managing a family farm in eastern Kansas and participating in such outdoor activities as backpacking, hunting and
fishing. He served as a soccer coach for 14 years and as a referee/mentor for six years.
He also enjoys watching his children contribute to a better society.