Daryl was employed as a specialist scientist in the Florisbad Quaternary Research Department, a satellite of the National Museum.
Daryl recieved a PhD degree from the University of Cape Town (2006), an MSc from the same institute (2003), and BSc and BSc Honours degrees from the Rand Afrikaans University (now the University of Johannesburg; 1998 and 2001, respectively).
He has completed three postdoctoral fellowships, including a European Union Marie Curie fellowship (2009 to 2011) and DeutscheForschungsGemeinschaft fellowship (2011 to 2013), both hosted at the University of Zürich, Switzerland. He is a past recipient of the Royal Society of South Africa’s Meiring Naude Medal (2008), and was a C1 rated NRF scientist whilst employed at the National Museum. Daryl is an animal ecologist specializing in understanding the role of diet in the evolution of terrestrial vertebrate communities.