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David’s research focuses on identifying linkages between marine protected area (MPA) governance, human well-being, and ecosystem health. The SESYNC Pursuit with which he is affiliated, Solving the Mystery of MPA Performance, brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers and data from MPAs from around the world to identify key trends between MPAs and their social and ecological impacts. This work, spearheaded by the World Wildlife Fund, aims to inform marine conservation policy and strengthen a culture of evaluation in the conservation sector.
David recently completed his PhD titled “The economic value of reef fishes to the fishing and dive tourism industries in the Caribbean.” This research was part of the Future of Reefs (FORCE) project, which involved an international team of researchers from over 20 institutions in the Caribbean, Europe, USA, and Australia. David worked within the social science team, gathering data on the dependency of Caribbean coastal communities on coral reef resources and the constraints to effective reef management. David completed his MSc in Natural Resource Management at the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES), University of the West Indies in Barbados and BSc at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada.
David is also a joint SESYNC/Luc Hoffmann Institute post-doctoral fellow.