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David Griffith

Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Spring 2014

  • Perspectives in Environmental Science (BIOL 1158)
  • Perspectives in Environmental Science (CHEM 1105)
  • Environmental Chemistry (CHEM 2050)
  • Perspectives in Environmental Science (ENVS 2201)
  • Environmental Chemistry (ENVS 2255)
  • Environmental Chemistry (EOS 2325)

David Griffith: Bowdoin College: Chemistry


  • Ph.D. Environmental Chemistry and Chemical Oceanography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (2013)
  • M.E.Sc. Environmental Science, Yale University (2007)
  • B.A. Chemistry, Bowdoin College (2000)

David Griffith received a B.A. in Chemistry from Bowdoin College in 2000. Since then, he has taught high school science and conducted research in fisheries policy, estuarine biogeochemistry, and marine carbon cycling. Most recently, his work has focused on the fate of estrogens in wastewater treatment plants and the coastal ocean.

D.R. Griffith, L. Wacker, P.M. Gschwend, and T.I. Eglinton. 2012. Carbon isotopic (13C and 14C) composition of synthetic estrogens and progestogens. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 26: 2619-2626, doi:10.1002/rcm.6385 

D.R. Griffith, A.P. McNichol, L. Xu, R. Macdonald, F.A. McLaughlin, K.A. Brown, and T.I. Eglinton. 2012. Carbon dynamics in the western Arctic Ocean: insights from full-depth carbon isotope profiles of DIC, DOC, and POC. Biogeosciences 9: 1217-1224, doi:10.5194/bg-9-1217-2012 (PDFPDF)

D.R. Griffith and P.A. Raymond. 2011. Multiple-source heterotrophy fueled by aged organic carbon in an urbanized estuary. Marine Chemistry 124: 14-22, doi:10.1016/j.marchem.2010.11.003

D.R. Griffith, W.R. Martin, and T.I. Eglinton. 2010. The radiocarbon age of organic carbon in marine surface sediments. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 74: 6788-6800, doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2010.09.001

D.R. Griffith, R.T. Barnes, and P.A. Raymond. 2009. Inputs of fossil carbon from wastewater treatment plants to U.S. rivers and oceans. Environmental Science & Technology 43: 5647-5651, doi:10.1021/es9004043


D. Levin, 2012. Follow the Carbon. Oceanus 49(3): 13.

D.R. Griffith, 2011. From sewers to the seafloor. Oceanus 49(1): 30-33. (PDFPDF)

N. Lubick, 2009. Recalibrating the human carbon footprint from wastewater. Environmental Science & Technology 43(15): 5552.