Dave’s Background

Professional Goals

I’ve worked as a stream ecologist for over 40 years and find that the science still fascinates me.  I learn something about every stream or river that I work in.  My professional goals primarily are about advancing the science of stream ecology, whether that’s as a contractor working on a restoration project or teaching aquatic insect taxonomy or ecology to students.  

Prior to starting Penrose Environmental I worked with Watershed Science and prior to that in the NCSU Water Quality Group.


Professional Activities

  • Council of Scientific Society Presidents – 2016 Executive Board Chair
  • Society for Freshwater Science – President 2012/13
  • Special Master for Ecology – mountain-top mining litigation.
  • Fulbright Scholarship – Kathmandu University, Nepal 2015
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville – Adjunct position to teach Aquatic Insect Ecology
  • Ecosystem Enhancement Program – Science Advisory Board.



  • State of North Carolina – Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
  • Society for Freshwater Science – Distinguished Service and Environmental Stewardship Awards


Non-professional Interests

  • Avid Reader and book collector
  • Bird watching
  • Hiking
  • Fly-fishing
  • Gardening