My contributions to research have been recognized by the US Immigration Service as an Outstanding Researcher due to my peer-reviewed publications in biodiversity, human health and artificial intelligence (ResearchGate, Scholar, LinkedIn). I myself have a Ph.D. in Ecosystem Dynamics. I have worked with the World Health Organisation, School of Tropical Medicine UNSW, Australian Parks and Wildlife, Land and Natural Resources services, as well as the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California San Diego.

David is an Adjunct Researcher with the Centre for Intelligent Systems (CQU) which conducts outcome driven and theoretical research into the application of complex intelligent systems to such areas as environmental management of fire, road safety, and pavement maintenance.