David has a BSc, MSc(Hons), and PhD from the University of Waikato, New Zealand, where he specialised in spatial science, forestry science, and environmental modelling. His PhD research developed national forest productivity models and maps for New Zealand. Since his PhD completion in 2008, David has worked for the New Zealand Government organisations Scion Research and Landcare Research, before taking up a research fellowship position with Monash University in 2017.
His research speciality is spatial modelling, with expertise across a wide range of topics including forest productivity, forest disease spread, and invasive species. David’s career focus sets out to understand, model, and predict our natural environment spatially. More specifically, research includes investigating environmental issues related not only to the spread of invasive species, but also the spread of diseases under current and future climates. David has also worked on projects that link climate suitability, spread rates and host-impact for estimating the potential costs of invasive pests. David’s role with Melodie McGeoch’s Research Group brings together invasion biology, and biosecurity risk analysis in a collaborative project with the Invasive Species Council.