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Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland

David is a visual-based social and health researcher pushing the boundaries of using audio-visual methodologies to explore and understand relationships between humans and the environment. His skillset and interests sit at the interface of the social dimensions of wildlife conservation, public health, audio-visual and qualitative research methods, and documentary film. Through his PhD, David worked in partnership with Inuit from the Nunatsiavut and NunatuKavut regions to document, analyse, and communicate their relationship with caribou. He co-conducted over 80 conversational filmed interviews with Inuit participants across 11 communities in Labrador, which make up the foundation of an Inuit-led, feature-length documentary film that David has been working on, called HERD (on CBC Gem starting August 2022). He also developed an innovative data analytical strategy that repurposes video-editing software for qualitative inquiry, which allowed him to explore these filmed interviews in-depth. Through this methodological approach he has published in high impact journals, including Global Environmental Change and the International Journal of Qualitative Methods. David is also the recipient of several awards, including a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship (2018), a National Geographic Wildlife Early Career Grant (2017), a Northern Scientific Training Program Grant (2017), and the University of Guelph’s Excellence in International Development Studies Prize recipient (2016). In addition to working with Inuit in Labrador, he has worked alongside a variety of communities in Malaysia, Kenya, Nepal, and Peru.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Memorial University of Newfoundland


  • 2021 
    University of Guelph, International Development & Public Health