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Daniel Price

Bachelor of Science in Geology
Class of 2022

“My major at WVU was geology, and here I am going out to the middle of the sea! My hope is to bring the wonders of our oceans to places like West Virginia and open up a whole new world to kids and adults alike.”

  • Scientists in Parks Interpretive Assistant Bryce Canyon National Park, National Park Service
  • 2023 Nautilus Live Science Communication Fellowship

Price graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s degree in geology in 2022. He went on to become a backcountry guide for WVU’s Adventure WV outdoor program and, later on, a Scientists in Parks intern at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. He spent the winter of 2022-2023 in the park providing interpretive programs, engaging with travelers from all around the world, and exploring the Southwest. His passion for science communication and curiosity for ocean science were the motivations for him to apply for the Nautilus Live Science Communication Fellowship.

"Growing up it was always my dream to be an astronaut and as such I based my interests around it. That passion for learning and discovery, the exchanging of new ideas that change how we see the world, is so important and pleasurable for me. I studied hard in high school and enrolled in college at West Virginia University (WVU) in 2018 because the school offered both aerospace engineering and geology. I started out as an engineering major then switched my sophomore year to geology. I wanted to combine my love of the outdoors and exploration and scientific curiosity into one focus. From then on I conducted undergraduate research in the geology department and participated in a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates. Originally set to travel to Greenland but was changed because of COVID-19, I traveled to the Rockies for field work on Precambrian bedrock that featured evidence of ancient earthquake ruptures. After graduating in 2022 I was recruited as an intern at Bryce Canyon National Park via the Scientists in Parks program run by AmeriCorps and the National Park Service. In this position, I found a calling as a science communicator, and it was this and the pursuit of discovery that drew me to OET. After a few years of continuing this journey of STEM education and professional experience, I plan to attend graduate school for oceanography or planetary science. Either path will be surely exciting!" Read Daniel's full Profile on

Graduate Daniel Price joins expedition team for groundbreaking STEAM initiative exploring deep-sea biology and geology in the Central Pacific Ocean

MARTINSBURG — West Virginia University graduate Daniel Price has been selected as a 2023 Science Communication Fellow and is currently sailing aboard Ocean Exploration Trust(OET)’s Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus. Daniel joins the team aboard E/V Nautilus for five weeks in May and June as he explores deep sea habitats near Kingman Reef and Palmyra Atoll...

Read about it in the Martinsburg Journal

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