David coordinates the ForestGEO network of large-scale forest monitoring plots in Africa. The African network includes forest plots in Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Nigeria, and a woodland savanna plot in Kenya. His personal research focuses on plant systematics and evolution. David uses a combination of morphological, molecular, ecological, and spatial data to explore species limits in plant groups with challenging taxonomy to understand their evolutionary history and biogeography. He is part of the Smithsonian’s global effort to understand the mechanisms that underlie forest change both in tropical and temperate ecosystems. His research focuses on plant systematics and evolution. He uses a combination of morphological, molecular, ecological and spatial data to explore plant groups with challenging taxonomy to understand their evolutionary history and biogeography.
David is based at the ForestGEO Headquarters at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., USA.
You can find his Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Bio here.
Interview with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute