David Perault, PhD
Degrees and Certifications
- BA in Environmental Sciences
University of Virginia
- MS in Fisheries and Wildlife
Utah State University
- PhD in Zoology
University of Oklahoma
Prior to arriving at Lynchburg College, I spent several years completing my graduate research assessing the effects of landscape heterogeneity on species biodiversity in the Pacific Northwest. For my previous position at the University of Oklahoma, I worked on the Oklahoma Gap Analysis Project, modeling animal distributions across the state based on geographic ranges and habitat requirements. I also taught in the Geography Department. Before attending graduate school, I worked for the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service as both a Biological and a Forestry Technician.
My research interests revolve around quantifying natural landscape patterns, assessing human impacts on those patterns, and studying how such impacts affect natural processes. I use many tools, primarily Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing, along with field data, to make these assessments. Ultimately, results can be incorporated into natural resource management strategies.
I teach a variety of Environmental Science courses, including the Intro course, GIS, Environmental Hydrology, Environmental Geology, Meteorology, and Remote Sensing. I am also advising several students on their internships and environmental research projects.
I enjoy kayaking, skiing, and hiking. More leisurely interests include chess, cooking, reading, and listening to classical music.