Darwin received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1985 from Northwest Missouri State University in secondary agriculture education (teaching vocational agriculture and FFA Advisor.) Besides teaching high school, he has worked for Iowa State University in several different capacities, each position heavily weighted to utilizing technology.
His most recent position with USDA before joining the Lawrence Lab involved the implementation of a VMware virtual infrastructure with multiple terabytes of attached storage. Rackmount and blade servers, provided the computational power for Oracle, Postgres, and MySQL databases; Dokuwiki and WordPress content management systems, that utilize both commercial (Windows, Mac, RedHat Enterprise Linux) and open-source operating system (OS) (CentOS). In the Lawrence-Dill Lab, he does just about anything that needs action: organizing international meetings, arranging seminar speakers, interface with the North American Plant Phenotyping Network (NAPPN)
Darwin likes to engage with technology and is always open to new challenges. Woodworking and serious D.I.Y. home projects are always on top of his list of ways to occupy his time. A couple of years back he picked up the art of sand etching and has been creating personalized awards and gifts for colleagues, friends, and family. In 2008 he and his family built (not contracted out, but BUILT) their home in rural Cambridge, Iowa, and finished a large detached garage.