David De La Mater III

David studies the ways that environmental conditions influence the form of organisms and their function in the systems they inhabit, often using biogeographic theory as a lens through which to interrogate this problem. For his PhD research, David is using salt marsh communities as a system in which to investigate this topic. He hopes to use the insights gleaned from his research to help inform conservation efforts.

David joined the lab in 2018. He is co-advised by Justin Wright. He currently holds an M.S. in Biology, obtained in 2018 from The College of William & Mary as well as a B.S. in Ecology, obtained in 2016 from SUNY Plattsburgh State University. Before entering academia, David proudly served in the US Army for 8 years.