Wrathall’s work focuses primarily on environmental disturbance, regime shifts and human migration, but also resource politics and narco-trafficking in Central America. He is currently a project manager for the Gibika Project on social resilience in Bangladesh, in collaboration International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), supported by the Munich Re Foundation.
David is investigating the impact of droughts, seasonal flooding and tropical storms on livelihood systems and migration in Bangladesh, and as part of this research is partnered with ICCCAD, Flowminder and Grameenphone to study climate change and human mobility using mobile phone data.
Previously, David was a research fellow at the University of California Santa Cruz, Department of Environmental Studies, studying the effect of shifting water regimes linked to glacier recession on migration in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru. His doctoral research focused on catastrophic flooding and migration from Garifuna villages along the North Coast of Honduras.
His work and research on these topics began in Honduras with Peace Corps and Habitat for Humanity in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch.