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David C. Love, PhD

  • Associate Scientist

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room W7010
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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


My work focuses on aquaculture and fisheries and the environmental, social, health, and food system issues related to those industries. I also engage 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 I founded a research and teaching farm at the Cylburn Arboretum and oversaw the facility from 2012-2015. 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 I was a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. 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 PhD 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. I have a BS in Biology from Davidson College .

  • 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 a few 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
  • Love, D.C, Halden, R.U., Davis, M.F., Nachman, K.E. 2012. Feather meal: a previously unrecognized route for reentry into the food supply of multiple pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) Env. Sci. and Technol. 46(7):3795-3803