At OMSI’s Meet-a-Scientist Day. Photo by Raquel Stewart, OMSI, 2019.

My name is Daniel Watkins. I am a graduate student in atmospheric science at Oregon State University, where I do research on the Arctic climate system using climate models and weather balloon data. Prior to coming to Corvallis, I studied mathematics at Drexel University and at BYU-Idaho.

When I’m not wrestling with model output and getting frustrated with the bugs I’ve written into my code, you can find me… well, that formulation won’t work very well cause I have too many hobbies and side projects. These include: making collage art, making collage comics, making regular comics, playing and teaching guitar, songwriting, making music videos, writing about science, going on hikes, cycling, reading, playing board games, and hanging out with my wife and kids.

As of December 2018, I’m a host on Inspiration Dissemination, a science radio show and podcast at Oregon State University. Also as of December 2018, I’m a Science Communication Fellow at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.


Writing for Inspiration Dissemination
02/09/2019: Fitness for Life: Sport psychology and the motivations behind healthy lifestyles
02/02/2019: Swimming with Salmon(ids)
11/10/2019: You don’t look your age
6/09/2019: Perceptions of Trust
4/21/2019: Repair, don’t replace: developing a new treatment for lower back pain
3/17/2019: Magnet blocks, connect the dots, and the world of modern mathematics
2/17/2019: Feather collections and stressed-out owls
12/09/2018: Applying medical anthropology: a history of stress in Puerto Rico and its impacts on birth outcomes

Writing for the Corvallis Advocate
08/24/2016: OSU Harnesses Personal Computers for Climate Research
08/31/2016: Oregon State Scientist Awarded Tasty $3 Million Grant
08/31/2016 The Macks’ Latest EP Offers Best of PDX, Corvallis
07/20/2016 Corvallis’ Dumb Luck Offers Something of Substance

Writing for the Daily Barometer
03/10/2016: M. Ward’s new album, “More Rain” is reminiscent of 60’s melodies
05/11/2016: Radiohead return with haunting new single and video

Mons La Hire (guitar / vocals / songwriting)
Ida Jane and the Weekend Gardeners (producer / recording engineer / backing tracks)

That’s Not Math (Collage comics with Anthony Heatherly)
Fine Art America storefront
Artwork on Instagram