Conservation Planning Specialist and Ornithologist in the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program (PNHP) at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC). His work includes mapping important habitats for rare species as PNHP Natural Heritage Areas, spatial analysis in GIS, avian ecology and monitoring, wildlife-habitat relationship studies, and conservation projects for Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN). Current and past projects include shale gas impacts assessments on forest interior birds, bird habitat relationships in the PA Wilds region, statewide high elevation wetlands bird surveys and monitoring, statewide grassland bird SGCN surveys, co-founding the Allegheny Bird Conservation Alliance, and collaborating on nanotag and Motus tracking studies of evening grosbeaks and Swainson’s thrush. David represents the Natural Heritage Program on the Pennsylvania Biological Survey (PABS) Ornithological Technical Committee. He also has been an active member of the Pennsylvania Ornithological Society (PSO) since 2012, leading field trips and serving on the PSO Field Trip and Conservation Committees. Similarly he has led a number of field trips for the Pittsburgh-based Three Rivers Birding Club and helps conduct Christmas Bird Counts each year.
Prior to joining WPC, David was the Important Bird Areas Coordinator for Audubon Maryland-DC, where he identified critical bird habitats, developed conservation strategies for IBAs, and conducted monitoring for at-risk bird populations. His projects included extensive marsh bird surveys in coastal areas of the Chesapeake Bay and Delmarva Peninsula, wintering waterfowl research, forest restoration bird monitoring, and targeted surveys of rare bird species. He has past experience working at Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center in Annville, PA and for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, District 8 (Clarion) conducting wildlife and habitat inventory and research. David has a M.S. in Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology from Frostburg State University and holds a B.S. in Biology from Messiah College.