Bio


I study population health sciences, with a focus on environmental epidemiology and global health. My research examines the impacts of extractive industries, such as drilling and mining, on children's and indigenous health in the U.S. and Latin America. I'm in a dual-degree program, pursuing a Ph.D. in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER) and a M.S. in Epidemiology. I'm co-advised by Mark Cullen, an occupational medicine physician at Stanford Medicine, and Marshall Burke, an environmental economist at Stanford Earth. I also work with the Center for Amazonian Scientific Innovation at Wake Forest University on the health and environmental impacts of artisanal gold mining and mercury contamination in the Peruvian Amazon. I have a Masters of Environmental Science (M.E.Sc.) and Graduate Certificate in Global Health from Yale University and a B.S. in Evolution and Ecology from the University of California, Davis. I'm a recipient of the Stanford Graduate Fellowship in Science & Engineering, Stanford Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education Doctoral Fellowship, Fox International Fellowship, and Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship.

Honors & Awards


  • Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (09/2016)
  • Stanford Graduate Fellow in Science & Engineering, Stanford University (09/2016)
  • Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Doctoral Fellow, Stanford University (09/2016)
  • Fox International Fellow, Yale University (09/2015)

Education & Certifications


  • M.E.Sc., Yale University, Environmental Science, Global Health Concentration (2015)
  • B.S., University of California, Davis, Evolution and Ecology (2011)

Stanford Advisors


Service, Volunteer and Community Work


  • Graduate Public Service Fellow, Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford University (September 2017 - Present)

    Location

    562 Salvatierra Walk, Stanford, CA

  • Volunteer Tutor, East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring (EPATT) (January 2017 - Present)

    Location

    Stanford, CA

  • Co-Coordinator, Frosh Scholars Program, El Centro Chicano y Latino, Stanford University (September 2017 - Present)

    Location

    514 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, CA

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


David studies population health sciences, with a focus on environmental epidemiology and global health. His research examines the impacts of extractive industries, such as drilling and mining, on children's and indigenous health in the U.S. an Latin America.

All Publications


  • Mineralization ratios of nitrogen and phosphorus from decomposing litter in temperate versus tropical forests GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY Marklein, A. R., Winbourne, J. B., Enders, S. K., Gonzalez, D. J., van Huysen, T. L., Izquierdo, J. E., Light, D. R., Liptzin, D., Miller, K. E., Morford, S. L., Norton, R. A., Houlton, B. Z. 2016; 25 (3): 335-346

    View details for DOI 10.1111/geb.12414

    View details for Web of Science ID 000371436200008

  • Indirect effects of global change accumulate to alter plant diversity but not ecosystem function in alpine tundra JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY Farrer, E. C., Ashton, I. W., Spasojevic, M. J., Fu, S., Gonzalez, D. J., Suding, K. N. 2015; 103 (2): 351-360