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David J.X. ​González, PhD, MS, MESc

Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
David González is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences whose research focuses on how pollution from extractive industries and climate-driven disasters affects public health. His research also examines structural factors that contribute to health disparities.


David González is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Dr. González has interdisciplinary training as an epidemiologist and environmental scientist, which he applies to investigate the environmental and public health impacts of extractive industries and climate-driven disasters. His research centers environmental justice and health disparities, with the aim of informing evidence-based interventions to improve health and address persistent inequities.

Dr. González has recently focused on the health impacts of oil and gas development and wildfire smoke, using population-level data and community-engaged methods. He is the Principal Investigator of the EQUIS Lab.

Research Interests

  • Air pollution and perinatal health
  • Climate change and health
  • Structural racism and environmental hazards
  • Community-engaged research in epidemiology and environmental health sciences
  • Diversity and inclusion in the sciences


  • PhD – Environment and Resources
    Stanford University
  • MS – Epidemiology and Clinical Research
    Stanford University
  • MESc – Environmental Science
    Yale University
  • BS – Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity
    University of California, Davis