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David Parker bio
David Parker

David Parker, Ph.D.

Professor of Environmental Science

Office: Agriculture and Natural Sciences Building, Room 321
Email: dparker@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-3872

Professional Profile

Dr. Parker is a registered Professional Engineer with 29 years of experience working for private industry, government, and academia. Dr. Parker began his academic career at WTAMU in 1997 after working for nine years as a civil/environmental engineer on a variety of engineering design, permitting, remediation, and construction management projects across the United States. From 2010 to 2012, he served as Research Leader at the USDA’s Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska. In 2012, he returned to WTAMU as the Director of the new WTAMU Core Research Laboratory.
Dr. Parker is an expert in odor and air quality measurement and mitigation at agricultural and industrial facilities. He collaborates with research scientists throughout the world, and has traveled and conducted research in Africa, Australia, Costa Rica, Canada and Mexico. Dr. Parker serves as an expert witness in odor nuisance lawsuits.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Parker currently teaches courses in Soils and the Environment; Numerical Methods in Environmental Science; Research Methods in Environmental Science; Fundamentals of Air Quality; and Fundamentals of Environmental Science. Dr. Parker is a 26-yr member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. He is the Director of the WTAMU Core Research Laboratory, where he assists faculty and outside clients with research design and laboratory analyses including odor testing, air quality analyses, and soil, water, and forage testing.

Research and Creative Activity

Dr. Parker has more than 230 total publications, including 72 refereed journal articles and 132 conference proceedings. He was the recipient of the 2014 WTAMU ‘Intellectual Contributions Award’ at both the college and university-wide levels. His air quality team awards include the 2010 ‘Notable Technology Development Award’ presented by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer, the 2010 Texas Environmental Excellence Award in Agriculture, and the 2008 Texas A&M Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence. He has received two ASABE Superior Paper Awards, and has attracted more than $2 million in research and equipment grants from the USDA, National Science Foundation, and various private entities.

Personal Sketch

Dr. Parker lives near Canyon with his wife of 27 years. They are active members of Washington Avenue Christian Church, and have two daughters and a son-in-law who graduated from WTAMU. Dr. Parker likes to share his faith and assist with agricultural projects on mission trips to Africa and Mexico. He fulfills his need for speed by racing mountain bikes and playing the banjo.