I'm a doctoral candidate in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources specializing in environmental health sciences. I study how pollution from extractive industries affects reproductive health and contributes to health disparities. I apply interdisciplinary methods from epidemiology, econometrics, and decision science, and conduct field work and population-level studies in California and Peru. My work is supported by the Stanford Graduate Fellowship, the DARE Doctoral Fellowship, and the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship.

Honors & Awards

  • Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence (DARE) Doctoral Fellowship, Stanford University (2019)
  • Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2016)
  • Stanford Graduate Fellowship in Science & Engineering, Stanford University (2016)
  • Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Doctoral Fellowship, Stanford University (2016)
  • Fox International Fellowship, 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 is a doctoral candidate at Stanford University in environmental health sciences. He studies how pollution from extractive industries affects reproductive health and contributes to health disparities.

2018-19 Courses

All Publications

  • Treaty Does Not Stop Illicit Mercury Trade in South America Gonzalez, D. J. Yale Global. 2018
  • CLINICAL IMPACT OF MERCURY TOXICITY AMONG INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF THE PERUVIAN AMAZON Giffin, L., Kucharski, K., Myers, K., Sanders, J., Sanchez, J., Silman, A., Vega, C., Gonzalez, D., Fernandez, L. AMER SOC TROP MED & HYGIENE. 2018: 161–62
  • 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