David Lopez-Carr

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David Lopez-Carr

OccupationProfessor of geography
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of California at Santa Barbara
University of California Global Health Institute
Broom Center for Demography

David Lopez-Carr is[when?] a Professor of Geography at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he directs the Human-Environment Dynamics Lab (HED) and is an affiliate professor in Global and International Studies and Latin American & Iberian Studies (LAIS). Lopez-Carr also leads the population, health, and environment research group for the Broom Center for Demography and co-directs the Planetary Health Center of Expertise at the University of California Global Health Institute.[1][2]


Lopez-Carr had a rural upbringing in New Hampshire and Maine. He graduated from Orono High School and studied abroad for a year in La Palma del Condado, Huelva, Spain. After attending Bates College in 1993 and a brief stint as a legislative assistant for former US Senate Majority Leader, George Mitchell, Lopez-Carr worked in Ecuador on a Fulbright grant. There he worked as a tour guide in the Ecuadorian Amazon and as a Spanish and English translator of Latin American history, poetry and environmental law. He went on to become a graduate researcher with the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina, where he earned a PhD in geography in 2002, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in biostatistics.[citation needed]

Lopez-Carr speaks six languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, and Q'eqchi'. He is married to fellow geographer Anna Lopez-Carr, with whom he has a one son.[citation needed]


His current[when?] research focuses on links among population, health, rural development, agriculture, and marine and forest resource use and conservation.[citation needed] He has ongoing projects in Latin America, Africa, and Asia and has collaborated with conservation and development organizations including WWF, CI, TNC, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He was a lead author on the “Land” and ‘’Drivers’’ chapters for the United Nations Environment Program’s (UNEP) Global Environmental Outlook (Geo-5) published as the UN’s position statement for the Rio de Janeiro 2012 World Summit.[citation needed]

Professional appointments[edit]

  • Professor, Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Co-director, University of California Global Health Institute Planetary Health Center of Expertise (PHCOE)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Department of Geography, San Diego State University
  • Director: Population and Environment Research Area, Leonard and Gretchan Broom Center for Demography
  • Affiliate Faculty, Global and International Studies; Interdisciplinary Program in Marine Sciences
  • Associate Investigator, Santa Barbara Channel (SBC) and Moorea Coral Reef (MCR) Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTER). 2007–present. LTER.

Selected awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ "David López-Carr Named AAAS Fellow". The UCSB Current.
  2. ^ "Geography Professor Named AAAS Fellow". The Daily Nexus.