As an undergraduate, David Dudley studied biology, ecology and the romance languages before receiving his MS in Sustainble Systems in Pennsylvania. He then worked for an international environmental consulting firm studying the effects of contaminants on riparian systems. Dudley later conducted studies for the government on the effects of built environments on natural ecosystems. He went on teach Biology, Spanish and Japanese before co-founding a company that focuses on converting wastes into alternative fuels. Dudley gained insight into environmental issues through various travel experiences and completed a Permaculture Certification in Australia under David Holmgren. He appeared on a TV series on environmental education and continues to teach publicly.