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David C. Love, PhD

  • Associate Scientist

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111 Market Place
Suite 840
Baltimore, Maryland 21202



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


Dave’s work focuses on aquaculture and fisheries and the environmental, social, health and food system issues related to those industries. He also engages in a wide range of food-related topics including food waste, veterinary drugs and drug residues in foods, antimicrobial resistance, and CAFO worker and community health. In 2012 he founded a research and teaching farm at the Cylburn Arboretum in Baltimore and oversaw the facility from 2012 to 2015. The farm is now called the Food System Lab, and is a place where students of all ages learn about urban agriculture. The Food System Lab is a member of the Farm Alliance of Baltimore and sells produce at the Waverly Farmers Market.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins Dave was a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Kara Nelson, working at the interface of engineering and microbiology, in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California Berkeley. His doctoral and MSPH graduate research in microbiology was with Dr. Mark Sobsey in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has a BS in Biology from Davidson College.

Dave currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina. You may follow him at Twitter at @davelove1.

Honors and Awards

JHSPH Excellence in Teaching Award: Summer Institute 2016, 2017

National Estuarine Research Reserve Graduate Research Fellowship, 2006-2007

National Water Research Institute Graduate Fellowship, 2005-2007

  • food systems, environmental science
  • environmental health science
  • food production
  • industrial animal production
  • CAFO
  • aquaculture
  • fisheries
  • fish
  • crustaceans
  • oysters
  • aquaponics
  • food waste
  • urban agriculture
  • microbiology
  • sustainability sciences
  • veterinary drugs
  • drug residues
  • antimicrobial resistance

Here are papers that are representative of my work in the past few years.

  • Love, D.C. Pinto da Silva, P., Olson, J., Fry, J.P., Clay, P.M., 2017. Fisheries, food, and health in the USA: the importance of aligning fisheries and health policies. Agriculture & Food Security 6:16
  • Love, D.C., Gorski I., Fry, J.P. 2017 An Analysis of Nearly One Billion Dollars of Aquaculture Grants Made by the US Federal Government from 1990 to 2015 Journal of the World Aquaculture Society DOI:10.1111/jwas.12425
  • Fry, J.P., Love, D.C., MacDonald, G.K., West, P.C., Engstrom, P.M., Nachman, K.E., Lawrence, R.S. 2016. Environmental health impacts of feeding crops to farmed fish. Environment International 91:201-2014
  • Love, D.C., Fry, J.P., Milli, M.C., Neff, R.A., 2015. Wasted seafood in the United States: Quantifying loss from production to consumption and moving toward solutions. Global Environmental Change 35:116–124
  • Nachman KE, Love, DC, Baron PA, Nigra AE, Murko M, Raber G et al. 2017. Nitarsone, inorganic arsenic, and other arsenic species in turkey meat: A U.S.-based market basket sample and risk assessment. Environ Health Perspect. 125 (3), 363