Dan Distel received his B.S. in Biology from Cook College, Rutgers, University and Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD. He held postdoctoral appointments at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, MA at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, and at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. He held joint appointments, first as Assistant then as Associate Professor, in the School of Marine Science and the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Biology at the University of Maine, Orono. At present he is the Director of the Ocean Genome Legacy Center of New England Biolabs at Northeastern University and a Professor in the Department of Marine and Environmental Science.