ESS Seminar Series: Dr. David J.X. Gonzalez "Fuel to the Fire: Health, Justice, and Petroleum in a Changing California"

Thursday, November 17th, 2022
12:00 - 1:20 PM
Event Sponsor
Department of Earth System Science
Polya Hall
255 Panama Street, Stanford, CA 94305

Please join us Thursday, November 17th for our Autumn Seminar Series with our guest speaker: David J.X. Gonzalez, Ph.D. A special thanks to Professor Rob Jackson for bringing this speaker to us for this seminar.





12:00 - 1:20pm

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Polya Hall - Turing Auditorium (Room 111)


David J.X. Gonzalez, Ph.D

President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley

Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

(Incoming Assistant Professor, University of Washington School of Public Health)


Fuel to the Fire: Health, Justice, and Petroleum in a Changing California

Millions of people across the U.S. live in neighborhoods with oil and gas development. In this talk, Dr. Gonzalez will share recent findings on racial and socioeconomic disparities in the siting of oil and gas wells and how historical racist federal policies have contributed to environmental health inequities. As California lawmakers adopt new evidence-based policies to protect communities from hazards associated with oil and gas development, we'll also discuss how a changing climate may lead to further hazards from legacy abandoned oil and gas infrastructure.



Dr. González is a Ford Foundation and President’s Postdoctoral Fellows at UC Berkeley. He studies how pollution from extractive industries and climate-driven disasters affects reproductive health and contributes to health disparities. He teaches courses in public health and environmental justice and is currently serving on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Society for Epidemiologic Research. He is a graduate of the PhD in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER), received a MS in epidemiology from Stanford Medicine, a master's in environmental science from the Yale School of the Environment, and his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis.