David is originally from Upstate New York where he attended Paul Smiths College. He earned an Associate Degree in Forestry. David subsequently moved to South Carolina to work in the forest industry.
Over the past three decades, David moved through the ranks from field technician to forester. He worked in Forest Research for Westvaco for over a decade on studies related to many aspects of forest management, biometrics, genetics and ecosystems, where he gained an expertise in native plant taxonomy and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
He also worked on a cooperative project between Westvaco and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) surveying company land for Threatened and Endangered Species and habitats, and on a special project for WestRock growing cold-tolerant Eucalyptus as a hardwood fiber source in the Southeast US.
David and his wife, Liz, reside in Summerville. They have a son who recently graduated from University of Memphis and a daughter, a senior in the Nursing program at Clemson. David joined the Center as Forester I in the Forestry Department in April 2017.