David is from Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a BS in Ecology and Environmental Biology and a minor in Marine Science. There, he worked on freshwater and marine ecology, studying microplastics in freshwater lake biofilms and exploring the fitness and morphological consequences of scale predation within a young endemic species flock of Cyprinodon Pupfishes in the Bahamas. His work at USM explores how the openings of the Bonnet Carre Spillway effect the biomass and distribution of estuarine nekton in the Mississippi Sound. He hopes that his work will go on to inform both the sustainable operation of fisheries and the protection of aquatic ecosystems.
Science has taken David from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Wilderness in Minnesota to Tampa Bay, and even the Galapagos Islands. His hobbies include scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking, biking, and skiing. In the future, he hopes to find a job where he can blend his knowledge of Ecology with skills in GIS to study his favorite vertebrate group, fish.