David Marlin studied physiology and computing at Stirling University in Scotland (UK) from 1978 to 1981. David then trained with rider and coach Judy Harvey (FBHS) and FE) International dressage judge.
He obtained his PhD from Loughborough University (the leading sports University in the UK) in 1989 after 4 years studying the responses of Thoroughbred racehorses to exercise and training at the world famous Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, UK. During this time he made some of the first studies in the world of horses running on high-speed treadmills.
He then worked for three years in Newmarket as an exercise physiologist for racehorse trainer Luca Cumani where Jockey Frankie Dettori was an apprentice. In the second year that David worked with Luca Cumani he had his first English Derby winner with Kahyasi, who broke the track record at Epsom. In 1991 he returned to work at the Animal Health Trust and undertook a programme of study into the effects of road and air transport on horses.
From 1993–1996 he undertook studies on thermoregulation and transport of horses in the build-up to the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games in conjunction with the FEI. He was also involved in advising the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG), the Hong Kong Jockey Club, International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the FEI on air-conditioning and cooling for horses at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
From 1990 until 2005 he worked as Senior Scientist and Head of Physiology at the Animal Health Trust.
His main areas of professional interest are exercise physiology, including nutrition, fitness training, thermoregulation, competition strategy, transport and respiratory disease.
He has worked as a consultant to the British Equestrian Teams since 1994 and has been a member of the World Class Performance Scientific Advisory Group chaired by John McEwen since its creation in 2006. He was also trainer for the British Endurance Team when they won the Silver Medal at the Endurance World Championships in Compiegne (France) in 2000 and has consulted to many teams and stables in the Middle East.
David’s recent projects have included a review of the effects of temperature on horses during transport for the British Government, an investigation of welfare in Endurance racing for the FEI, development of testing methods for equine protective leg boots and epidemiological investigations into factors associated with elite equine performance.
David currently works as an independent scientific consultant, runs a supplement company (Science Supplements) and is Chief Scientific Officer in a human medical device company. He holds the academic position of Adjunct Professor in Physiology at Oklahoma State University. He is the author of over 150 scientific papers and book chapters. David’s other affiliations and positions include past Chair of the International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology (ICEEP) and editor of Comparative Exercise Physiology. He is also co-author of Equine Exercise Physiology (Blackwell).