Bio


I study environmental epidemiology, with a focus on ambient air pollution and population health. My work examines the intersections between social and environmental determinants of health through observational studies and community engaged research. I'm pursuing a PhD in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER), where 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'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 and El Colegio de México (09/2015)

Education & Certifications


  • MS, Stanford University, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, Global Health Concentration (2018)
  • MESc, Yale University, Environmental Science, Global Health Concentration (2015)
  • BS, University of California at Davis, Evolution and Ecology, with Honors (2011)

Stanford Advisors


Service, Volunteer and Community Work


  • Graduate Public Service Fellow, Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford University (September 2017 - June 2018)

    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 environmental epidemiology, with a focus on ambient air pollution and population health. His work examines the intersections between social and environmental determinants of health through observational studies and community engaged research.

2017-18 Courses


All Publications


  • Treaty Does Not Stop Illicit Mercury Trade in South America Gonzalez, D. J. Yale Global. 2018
  • 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