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David C. Love, PhD

  • Associate Scientist

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room W7009
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2007
MSPH, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2004


My background is public health microbiology, and the current focus of my work is the public health and environmental impacts of aquaculture and other types of food animal production. I am also engaged in a wide range of public health topics on food production, recreational bathing and waterborne exposures, and environmental virology. 

My interest in aquaculture began as an oyster and clam gardener growing up on a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia.   Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, I was a postdoctoral fellow with Kara Nelson, working at the interface of engineering and micriobiology, in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California Berkeley.  My graduate research was with Mark Sobsey in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I am a graduate of Davidson College. 

  • environmental microbiology, public health microbiology, aquaculture, food production, shellfish
  • Greiner, A., Lagasse, L., Neff, R., Love, D.C., Chase, R., Sokol, N., Smith, K.C. 2012 Reassuring or risky? The presentation of seafood safety in the aftermath of the British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon Oil spill. American Journal of Public Health. (accepted)

  • Torkelson, A., da Silva, A., Love, D., Kim, J.-Y., Alper, J., Coox, B., Dahm, J., Kozodoy, P., Maboudian, R., Nelson, K. 2012. Investigation of Quaternary Ammonium Silane (QAS)-coated Sand Filter for the Removal of Bacteria and Viruses from Drinking Water. Journal of Applied Microbiology (in press)

  • Bashore, C.J., Lane, H.A., Paynter, K.T., Naylor, M., Harding, J.R., Love, D.C. 2012. Analysis of marine police citations and judicial decisions for illegal harvesting of oysters (Crassostrea virginica, Gmelin 1791) in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay, United States from 1959 to 2010. Journal of Shellfish Research (in press)

  • Love, D.C., Hawes, M., Harding, J. 2012. State-level recreational fishing regulations and fish consumption advisories in the United States: identifying opportunities for improved inter-agency collaboration. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (in press)

  • Sassoubre, L.M. Love, D.C., Silverman, A.I. Nelson, K.L., Boehm, A.B. 2012. Comparison of enterovirus and adenovirus concentration and enumeration methods in seawater from Southern California, USA and Baja Malibu, Mexico. Journal of Water and Health. (in press)