Applied Forest Science Coordinator
David is from southeastern Minnesota (Winona and Houston Counties) and has had a long involvement with forestry and watershed management in and around Minnesota. In addition to a PhD in Forest Biology, Ecology and Management/Forest Biometrics (University of Minnesota), David holds a MS in Geographic Information Systems Science (Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota) and a BA in Biology (Carleton College). David has worked with hydrology, wetlands, and watershed science since his MS program in the early 2000’s. However, it was a realization that forestry is a major factor involved with the vegetation management contributing to water quality outcomes in many of our watersheds that prompted his Doctoral studies. David’s experience includes National Wetland Inventory updates, leading the Driftless Area Initiative, developing the Forest Legacy Information System (USDA – Forest Service), and working as a Research Fellow and Research Assistant Professor for the University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources. Before joining the Minnesota Forest Resources Council, David worked as the Guideline Monitoring Program Consultant (MN DNR – Forestry) sampling and reporting on Forest Management Guideline implementation on timber harvest sites across the state. David’s professional interests include research related to forest management, forest productivity, forest sustainability and linkages to wildlife habitat and water quality outcomes.
Education & Certifications
• PhD. 2016, Natural Resource Science and Management - Forest Biology, Ecology and Management, University of Minnesota
• M.S. 2007, Geographic Information Systems Science – Natural Resource Management, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
• B.A. 1996, Biology, Carleton College
• Certificate of Achievement in Geographic Information Systems, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (2003)
• Certificate of Advanced Study in Spanish Language and Literature, Carleton College (1996)