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Dan Riskin - The award-winning evolutionary biologist

Dan Riskin is a celebrated evolutionary biologist, who hails from Edmonton. Riskin nurtured his passion for science from a very early age, when he used to study about bats during his high school years. Riskin admitted that for a high school kid these neat animals were quite of surprise.


Riskin’s love for greens made him pursue B.Sc in Zoology at the University of Alberta and then he completed his Masters Degree in Biology at York University in Toronto.  Riskin pursued his PhD in Zoology at Cornell University, where he got the opportunity to travel from New Zealand to Trinidad, studying bats. After his PhD, Riskin completed his post doctorate studies at Brown University.


After spending years in pursuing his academic career, Dan Riskin showed interest in hosting a number of famous science programs on television to stimulate peoples’ interest in science. He hosted science programs like Evolve, Monsters Inside Me and Curiosity: The Questions of Life. In recent years, Dan Riskin has gained more reputation with regular appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He is considered as the smartest person on Canadian television and also the most educated one.

However, he considers his hosting of Daily Planet, a popular Canada’s daily science show as a landmark in his career. He is a fulltime co-host of the show, which 17th season hits off on August 29. Riskin’s main focus was how to make science more accessible through TV to common people. As new stories were coming up from the world of science, Riskin was thrilled to join Ziya Tong as a co-host and the Daily Planet team, as they brought the wonders of the world to the Canadians.

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