Daniel Newell McLane is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Sociology. Daniel earned his Ph.D. in Sociology at Colorado State University where he also taught for four years. In addition to a Ph.D. he also holds a M.A. in International Affairs from American University and an M.A. in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from the United Nations’ University for Peace in Costa Rica. Daniel currently conducts research in Latin America and the United States focusing on critical examinations of sustainable development with a special focus on community sovereignty. Additionally he conducts research on the differential impacts of climate change on communities in the Global South. Daniel has recently published on theoretical tools that seek to better understand competing concepts of, and "connections" to, nature. His work is informed by a political ecological orientation that stresses differential harms and benefits of environmental policies as these harms and benefits are distributed along existing lines of stratification. He is currently co-authoring a monograph examining the sociology of disasters in a global context.