David started constructing reefs in 1991 and studying the effectiveness of different materials and structures. He has been a consultant on Reef Ball projects around the world since becoming the authorised Australian Reef Ball contractor in 1997. He holds a degree in Oceanographic Technology from Florida Institute of Technology in the USA and an MSc in Environmental Management from Griffith University in Queensland. He trained under A/Professor Lee Harris, who is recognised as a world leader in submerged breakwater design.
David started his career as a commercial diver, then scuba instructor. He has since worked as a marine consultant on artificial reef and other projects in the USA, the Middle East, South East Asia, the Caribbean, Cyprus and Australia. He has managed large and diverse projects, from a UN funded study of the impact of the first Gulf War on surrounding coral reefs, establishing a fishing resource in a mining area in North Sulawesi to enhancement of estuaries using Reef Balls.
His main interests include promoting 'better design below the waterline' in coastal developments, restoration of impacted reefs and other environments, and the use of innovative technologies such as underwater webcams to enhance monitoring and understanding of underwater systems.
David has worked with NGOs, government agencies, research institutes and universities, major consultancies and industry and has been on the management committee of a number of environmental and community organisations. He has produced a wide range of publications on environmental topics and is an experienced presenter and trainer.