David Kanter's research examines the interconnected challenges of nitrogen pollution, food security and sustainable development. Particular focus is on the scientific, socioeconomic and legal dimensions of returning to a safe planetary boundary for nitrogen; and balancing the multiple, often competing objectives of sustainable agriculture – from environmental protection to human wellbeing. He uses an interdisciplinary set of research methods to investigate these issues, from Earth Systems and economic time series modeling to expert elicitation and legal analysis. Prior to NYU, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at The Earth Institute at Columbia University. He received his bachelor's degree in chemistry and law (2009) from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom and his master's degree (2012) and Ph.D. (2014) in science, technology and environmental policy from Princeton University.