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David J. Kurz
Thomas McKenna Meredith '48 Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Science
Phone: (860) 297-4249 Office Location: McCook 123
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Trinity College faculty member since 2021 View office hours for Fall 2021
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Degrees:
Ph.D., Univ. of California, Berkeley
M.Phil., Univ. of Cambridge
A.B., Princeton Univ.

David is a multidisciplinary environmental scientist studying the effects of global change on linked social and ecological systems. In particular, he studies socio-ecological processes such as land-use change, hunting, and shifts in wildlife distributions. In his time at Trinity College, David will explore cultural dimensions of the declining lobster fishery in Connecticut and socio-ecological factors associated with bearded pig distributions in Borneo.

In his teaching and mentorship, David emphasizes connection and experiential learning through a variety of contexts, including real-world design projects, research programs, and ecological fieldwork. He values a holistic learning environment in which students are seen as people, challenged as thinkers, and equipped as innovators.

David carried out his undergraduate thesis with Professor David Wilcove on the impacts of tropical agriculture on reptile and amphibian communities in Costa Rica. For his MPhil research in Indonesia, David worked with Dr. William Foster on oil palm management for frog diversity. For his PhD work, with Professor Justin Brashares and Professor Matthew Potts, David studied links between Indigenous hunting communities and bearded pigs in Malaysian Borneo. In 2021, he joined the Trinity community as a postdoctoral fellow in environmental science.