David Marler has actively investigated and researched the UFO subject since 1990. He joined the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) in 1990 as a field investigator trainee. Since then, he has served as field investigator, state section director, as well as Illinois state director. During his time with MUFON, Marler conducted numerous investigations into alleged UFO sightings and related experiences. He has discussed the subject of UFOs on numerous radio and TV news programs over the years. He has also lectured on the subject to numerous school and adult audiences including at the university level.
Marler has assisted the History, Learning, Discovery, Science, and Smithsonian channels as well as numerous independent UFO documentary productions from various countries over the years. He received the Lucius O. Farish Award in 2016 for excellence in UFO-related research and education. In October 2022, he received the UFO Congress’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.
Marler has one of the largest historical UFO archives of books, journals, magazines, newspapers, microfilms, audio recordings, and case files from around the world that covers the last 75+ years. With this he has been examining the detailed history of UFO sighting reports and related patterns. In his book, Triangular UFOs: An Estimate of the Situation, he provides a comprehensive analysis of triangular-shaped UFOs and written a rich narrative of their history.
In November of 2020, he became curator of the world’s single-largest historical collection of UFO case files in the world, among them the historic NICAP and CUFOS case files in addition to J. Allen Hynek’s original Project Blue Book files. Due to his role as curator for these files, he was invited to serve on the CUFOS Board as its official Archivist.
Marler received his BS degree in psychology from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He received his certification in hypnotherapy from Mottin and Johnson Institute of Hypnosis in St. Louis, Missouri. He assisted in diagnosing and treating patients who suffered from various sleep disorders for several years at a major St. Louis-based medical facility. He also worked for a global medical equipment company for 13 years. Marler currently works in hospital administration for a large New Mexico-based hospital network and resides in the Albuquerque, New Mexico, area with his wife and two daughters.