As a family growing up in the Finger Lakes region of New York, free time was spent in the outdoors. Dave’s mother, an earth science and biology teacher turned weekend hikes into informative lessons. The beautiful gorges, lakes and forests made a lasting impression.
At university, he studied of Geology and Ecology and joined the Outdoors Club and began leading caving, rock climbing and winter camping trips with fellow students. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Geology from Binghamton University in 2005, he set out to explore the world.
During summer seasons he worked as an alpine mountain guide for various Outward Bound schools. In the off-seasons he used travels abroad to South America and Asia to pursue a growing interest in visual storytelling. Inspired by learning first hand, his travels have drawn him to over 85 countries on six continents.
His passion for wild places and specifically forests led him to help create the Cornell Tree Climbing Institute which aims to promote forest conservation efforts through collaboration with scientists and research projects. He has led over 20 expeditions to at-risk forests in Central America, California, Madagascar and the Republic of Georgia.
His photography and filmmaking work have appeared on PBS Nature, Nat Geo Kids, Outside Magazine and in many online publications. Identifying with the concept of “Tenacity in Pursuit,” his work aims to inspire and motivate one’s curiosity about our one planet. Always excited and ready for the next location, challenge or project, he enjoys his work as part of the Lindblad-National Geographic Expedition Staff.