Professional summary

David works on the innovative use of technologies to deliver robust information on the status of wildlife and to understand the causes of biodiversity change. He is focused on closing the knowledge gap for insects due to increasing global attention on their decline and the vital role they play all ecosystems — as pests, food for birds and mammals, recycling nutrients, pollinating crops — and as indicators of climate change impacts. 

He has been the Head of the Biological Records Centre (BRC) since 2011. Since 1964, BRC has provided a national focus in the UK for species recording and works closely with the voluntary recording (citizen science) community and researchers.

Web tools and apps

iRecord for capturing, reviewing and sharing wildlife sightings

Mobile apps for recording wildlife

Automated Insect Monitoring (AMI) systems for biodiversity monitoring