David Ford

Malacologist/Aquatic Ecologist

Mr. Ford has conducted numerous fish and unionid surveys throughout Texas since beginning his Master’s work in 2011. He received his MS degree in Biology from the University of Texas at Tyler in May 2013. Prior to joining EcoAnalysts (ECO), Mr. Ford worked as a malacologist and environmental scientist for various firms across Texas. He has worked on aquatic organisms, focusing primarily on unionids across Texas, and has surveyed at various locations within multiple river basins across the state. Since joining ECO in 2016 he has surveyed for unionids in multiple locations across numerous states. He has experience planning and leading teams to conduct unionid surveys in various habitats, including construction sites and other hazardous locations. He has authored and co-authored various reports assessing unionid distributions and the potential impacts of construction and river modifications on existing mussel communities, with a particular focus on threatened species. In addition, Mr. Ford has authored several peer-reviewed scientific papers, and helped author a book chapter on unionids.  

Education  

MASTER OF SCIENCE, BIOLOGY, 2013
University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, Texas
Thesis: Ground-Truthing MAXENT in East Texas Rivers  

LIBERAL ARTS, CONCENTRATION IN SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY, MINOR IN CHEMISTRY, 2008
Louisiana Scholars’ College, Natchitoches, Louisiana
Thesis: The Effects of Combat on Courtship and Reproduction in the snake Pantherophis guttata