I study environmental health sciences with a focus on ambient air pollution and reproductive health. I'm pursuing a PhD in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER), where I'm co-advised by Mark Cullen from Stanford Medicine and Marshall Burke from Stanford Earth. I'm supported by the Stanford Graduate Fellowship in Science & Engineering and the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. I also work with El Centro Chicano y Latino to coordinate the Frosh Scholars Program, which supports Latinx-identified first-year undergraduates. I grew up in Nipomo, California, and I enjoy spending time with friends, food, books, and nature.

Honors & Awards

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


    562 Salvatierra Walk, Stanford, CA

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


    Stanford, CA

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


    514 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, CA

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

David studies environmental health sciences, with a focus on ambient air pollution and reproductive health.

2018-19 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