After graduating with a Master’s of Science in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Daniel joined the Hawai‘i Groundwater and Geothermal Resources Center (HGGRC) in 2018.
Research interests include exploration, assessment, monitoring, and modeling of renewable energy and groundwater resources. Particular focus in these fields is given to the geochemistry and hydrogeology of groundwater and geothermal systems in Hawai‘i, as well as the viability of bringing such resources to development.
Daniel’s scientific interests also translate to research related to Hawai‘i’s renewable energy and environmental policies and economics, particularly related to emerging clean energy solutions and sustainability initiatives. Representative projects include a feasibility assessment of geothermal heat pumps for cooling applications in Hawai‘i, freshwater resource characterization in Hawaiian volcanic aquifers, statewide groundwater quality assessments, and tracking geochemical transformations of both shallow and deep groundwater.
Areas of expertise include hydrogeology, biogeochemistry, coastal geology, environmental science, and renewable energy.