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David Lopez-Carr, PhD

Planetary Health

David Lopez-Carr is a Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Director of Human-Environment Dynamics Lab (HED), and lead of the population, health, and environment research group for the Broom Center for Demography. Dr. Lopez-Carr has lived, worked, and traveled in over 70 countries and speak Spanish, as well as some Portuguese, Italian, French, and very rudimentary Q'eqchí Maya. His research focuses on links among population, health, rural development, agriculture, and marine and forest resource use and conservation through ongoing projects in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. He has authored over 130 scientific publications and along with colleagues and students has secured several millions of dollars in funding from over 50 fellowships, grants, and awards from NASA, NSF, NIH, the Mellon and Fulbright Foundations, and numerous other sources. He is a Fellow of the NAS' Kavli Frontiers of Science and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Lopez-Carr is a former Associate Director for the UCGHI Center of Expertise on Migration and Health and former Director of UC Santa Barbara's Latin American and Iberian Studies, where he was awarded outstanding graduate mentor. During 2015-15, He chaired the UC Faculty Senate Committee on Affirmative Action, Equity, and Diversity (UCAAD) and remains on several related committees in which he has helped author various plans, proposals and responses regarding policy as it relates to diversity and equity in higher education across the UCs.