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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 Spring 2023
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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 equitable wildlife conservation. In his time at Trinity College, David's research is exploring cultural dimensions of the declining lobster fishery in Connecticut, socio-ecological factors associated with bearded pig distributions in Borneo, and pathways for bipartisan climate policy in the United States. 

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 is radically committed to partnering with others to promote equity and diversity in society and academia, and seeks to break structural injustices in his teaching, research, and mentorship.