Dave is interested in understanding how best to protect rare and endangered vertebrates in and around tropical forests. From assessing the impacts of protected areas to evaluating the effects of human land use on forest-associated biodiversity, he plans to research the ways humans interact with threatened ecosystems. In the past, Dave has studied the influence of agriculture on reptile and amphibian assemblages in Costa Rica, as well as the effect of oil palm management on frog diversity and diet in Sumatra, Indonesia.
Before coming to UC Berkeley in Fall 2014, Dave earned a BA from Princeton University in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and has submitted his thesis for an MPhil in Biological Science (Zoology) from the University of Cambridge. He also spent a year interning as a Christian minister at Princeton, and hopes to draw from this experience as he strives to meet the interconnected needs of people and the environment.