David Waring

📍   Trumansburg, NY
✉️   dave@davidwaring.net
🌐   davidwaring.net🚆   righttrack.io
 @dwaring87 @right-track


CUNY Lehman • May 2017
Advanced Certificate, Geographic Information Science (GISc)
Capstone Project: Species Distribution Modeling of Centaurea stoebe

Fordham University • May 2012
MS, Department of Biological Sciences (Ecology Section)
Thesis: The effects of urbanization on the invasive plant Alliaria petiolata (Garlic Mustard)

SUNY Geneseo • May 2009
BS, Biology with Computer Science Minor
Cum Laude


Research Support Specialist • October 2018 - Present
Cornell University • Ithaca, NY
Data curator and software developer for The Triticeae Toolbox, a USDA-funded open-access breeding database for small grains breeders in the US. T3 is based off of breedbase, an open-source breeding database, which we frequently contribute back to.

Android & Web Developer • December 2010 – Present
I’m the sole developer of a suite of popular commuter train apps for Android and the Web. This is a set of open-source train schedule apps that combine static and real-time data from a number of sources.

Temporary Grounds Worker • April 2018 - October 2018
Cornell University • Ithaca, NY
As a member of the Cornell Grounds Crew, I helped with general landscaping and maintenance of Cornell's Ithaca campus. General duties included weeding, planting, mulching, and lawn care.

Forestry Technician • May 2015 – May 2017
Prospect Park Alliance • Brooklyn, NY
As part of the Natural Resources Crew, I removed invasive plants and trees using manual and mechanical methods and assisted with the ecological restoration of native woodlands, including erosion control and replanting of native herbs, shrubs and trees.

Research Analyst & Lab Manager • February 2013 – March 2015
Stony Brook University • Stony Brook, NY
I assisted with the organization, supervision, execution, and data analysis of a large-scale invasive plant survey across New York State.

Exotic Plant Management Intern • April 2012 – July 2012
National Park Service • Moab, UT
I worked with the exotic plant management team of the National Park Service’s Southeast Utah Group as part of the Student Conservation Association. I was responsible for identifying exotic plant species along with proper treatment, including manual removal and herbicide application.

Graduate Assistant • August 2009 – August 2011
Fordham University • Bronx, NY
I assisted with the preparation of and taught two sections of Fordham University’s Introductory Biology Lab for undergraduates.

Summer Research Assistant • May – August of 2006 – 2009
Long Island Horticultural Research Extension Center • Riverhead, NY
I was a Summer Research Assistant for a plant pathologist at Cornell University’s LIHREC. I was responsible for field work including the setup and maintenance of field crops, plant pathogen data collection and organizing the tasks of other research assistants.

Awards & Grants

  • Andrew M. Greller Graduate Student Research Award for Conservation of Local Flora and Ecosystems, Torrey Botanical Society (2011)
  • Presidential Scholarship, Fordham University (2009 – 2011)

Relevant Coursework


  • Plant Diversity (Fall 2007)
  • Plant Physiology (Spring 2008)
  • Animal Behavior (Fall 2008)
  • Invasion Ecology Seminar (Spring 2009) Environmental Management (Spring 2009)


  • Population Biology (Fall 2009)
  • Community Ecology (Spring 2010)
  • Ecosystems Ecology (Fall 2010)
  • Ecological Methods (Fall 2010)
  • Principles of GIS (Spring 2011)
  • Biostatistics & Biometry (2010 & 2014)
  • Data Acquisition & Methods in GISc (Fall 2015)
  • Geostatistics (Spring 2016)
  • Web Mapping (Summer 2016)

Software Development

Right Track
Originally created as a set of Android Apps, Right Track has been rewritten as a Progressive Web App (PWA), providing access to scheduled train times combined with real-time status information from a number of different sources. Currently available for NYC-area commuter train lines.

An open source command line interface originally written in Python and rewritten in JavaScript for the Remember the Milk online task manager.

Mapping Projects

Rogers Center Maps
A full recreation of the trail maps for all of the units of the NYS DEC's Rogers Center in Sherburne, NY. This included collecting GPS tracks of hiking trails and combining those with existing GIS data sources to create user-friendly recreational maps.

Prospect Park Map
An updated recreational map of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park to include trails and other features that were previously not mapped.

Manorville Hills County Park Map
I created GIS data from a number of sources (such as GPS tracking, USGS DOQQs and DEMs, and older maps) for a new trail system at a recently opened Suffolk County Park and used this data to generate a set of trail maps.