Profile: David Carr

Dr. David L. Carr, Associate Professor of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. David explores human-environment interactions where the stakes in sustainable development are unusually high for both environmental integrity and human health and development.

David Carr grew up in New Hampshire and Maine and spent several years abroad in Spain, Guatemala, Chile, Ecuador, and Italy. He received his PhD in Geography at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2002, and completed a post-doc in the Department of Biostatistics in the UNC School of Public Health in 2004. David studies population and human health links to natural systems, focusing on rapidly shifting dynamics in regional and international migration, fertility, mortality and morbidity, and the relations of these to socio-economic and political processes across local, national and world regional scales. Recent interdisciplinary synergies with great promise include work with colleagues at UCSB and internationally. He will continue developing ongoing investigations with colleagues at Johns Hopkins School of Health (Maryland, USA) and the Carolina Population Center on disease, health, and land-use land-cover change (LUCC) in the Amazon rainforest; at Columbia and the University of Puerto Rico on biofuels, urbanization, and LUCC in Latin America; and at World Wildlife Fund on population, health and conservation in ecological hot spots in Asia and Africa. David is editor with BL Turner and Neil Adger on a forthcoming book with promise for substantial distribution and impact, Handbook of Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, to be published by Sage as part of the Handbook of Social Science Series.

Methodologically, David plans to continue to compliment his strengths in survey design, demographic indicators, multi-level statistical modeling, and mixed methods approaches to expand his integration of spatial modeling, remote sensing, and GIS applications in collaboration with colleagues at UCSB and elsewhere.

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Updated: January 2009