About David

I have an active research and education program working on wetland and riparian ecosystems in many regions of the world. I specialize in ecohydrology, understanding the hydrological processes that drive wetland and floodplain formation and functioning. I do studies of vegetation composition and floristics, wetland hydrology, wetland restoration, as well as research targeted at management of landscapes dominated by an excess of water. I work on four continents, and have active research programs in the US, Canada, China, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Colombia, Poland and Slovakia. Much of my work is in national parks and we work closely with park managers to perform research essential for helping to guide their management actions. These collaboration among researchers in many countries and with resource managers broadens our scientific work and impact. I am most interested in training exceptional students to attain MS and PhD degrees and perform post-doctoral research that will prepare them for ecology and hydrology positions in academia, research, government and private practice.

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  • Wetland and riparian ecology, wetland vegetation, wetland restoration, wetland hydrology.


PhD, Biology - University of Colorado-Boulder
Boulder/Colorado , 1983

Awards, Honors, Grants

  • Warner College of Natural Resources Outstanding Mentorship Award, 2019
  • Society of Wetland Scientists Doug Wilcox Award for outstanding associate editor of Wetlands, 2018
  • Stewardship Award, Rocky Mountain National Park, US National Park Service, 2014
  • Excellence in Research Award, 2009

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