David holds a M.Sc. in forestry engineering, with a specialisation in Forest Management, from the Technical University of Madrid. After completing an internship in the European Forest Institute and getting working experience with consultant companies in Spain, David joined Forest Research in the UK as a research trainee before going on to start his PhD in Edinburgh Napier University. In 2016, David re-joined Forest Research as Research Assistant while finishing his PhD.
David's thesis "Potential of noble fir, Norway spruce, western red cedar and western hemlock grown for timber production in Great Britain" investigates the wood properties and merchantability of the four species in different growing regions in Great Britain. The thesis concludes that the four species have the potential to diversity the timber industry in Great Britain.