David’s experience includes time spent in nearly every role in the academic publishing process. As a former developmental and molecular biologist, David authored and peer reviewed papers, and later served as a journal Editor-in-Chief. After leaving the bench for a publishing career, David was the Executive Editor for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, where he created and edited new science books, and helped transform a 35-year laboratory manual print publishing program into a vibrant and successful online existence. As a Senior Publisher and later the Editorial Director for Journals Policy at Oxford University Press, David oversaw journal policy and contributed to strategy across OUP’s journals portfolio, drove technological innovation, and managed a suite of renowned society-owned journals.
David is an active leader in the scholarly communications community and has been elected to the boards of the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), the Association of American Publishers Professional and Scholarly Publishing division (AAP-PSP), and CHOR Inc., a not-for-profit public-private partnership to increase public access to research. David helped found Publishers for Progress, an ad hoc advocacy group for non-profit, research society, and university presses and also was a member of the Publishers Forum for the Friends of the National Library of Medicine. As the Executive Editor of the SSP’s long-running blog, The Scholarly Kitchen, David regularly writes about current issues in publishing and research.
David holds a bachelor of science degree from Tufts University, an MA, M.Phil. and a PhD in Genetics and Development from Columbia University, and did postdoctoral research in imaging and neural development at the California Institute of Technology.