Sherah McDaniel is a team leader for the 2020 National Coastal Condition Assessment and a graduate research assistant at EIH. She is pursuing a master's in environmental science-biology at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. McDaniel will be focusing on the bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Galveston Bay for her master's thesis project.
McDaniel graduated from West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) with a B.S. in environmental science and a B.S. in biology in May 2012. As an undergraduate at WTAMU, McDaniel assisted in research investigating the potential for herbicides to trigger harmful alga (Prymnesium parvum) blooms. Since graduating, she has continued working with her advisers from WTAMU and a team of scientist to create a multi-media bioaccumulation model for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's (TCEQ) Protective Concentration Level Database by creating matrix designs for chemicals and receptors. In addition to the Protective Concentration Level Database, she has assisted in the completion of quantitative ecological risk assessments for litigation support in accordance with strict TCEQ and with Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality standards. In 2013, McDaniel as completed internships at two institutions involving marine mammal population surveys/monitoring: (1) the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Fla., and (2) Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University in Fort Pierce, Fla. During these internships, she performed boat-based photographic identification population surveys involving the collection of behavioral, biological, environmental, and ecological data of bottlenose dolphins.