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Research Professor

David Love, PhD, MSPH, is an expert in food systems and sustainability. His work focuses on the environmental, social, health, and food system issues related to aquaculture and fisheries.

Contact Info

Research Interests

food systems; supply chains; environmental science; industrial animal production; resilience; aquaculture; fisheries; food waste; urban agriculture; microbiology; sustainability sciences; antimicrobial resistance

Experiences & Accomplishments
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Davidson College

Dr. Love's expertise is food systems and sustainability. Most of his work is with the fisheries and aquaculture sectors. He also works on environmental health topics including antimicrobial resistance, microplastics, food waste, and agriculture.

Dr. Love was a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Kara Nelson from 2008-2009 in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley. His graduate research with Dr. Mark Sobsey from 2002-2007 in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the UNC Chapel Hill. He has a BS in Biology from Davidson College.

He currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina and visits JHU and Baltimore regularly. 

Honors & Awards

Co-Editor in Chief of Current Environmental Health Reports

JHSPH Excellence in Teaching Award: 2016-2019,2022-2023

Select Publications

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

  • Scroggins, R.E., Fry, J.P., Brown, M.T., Neff, R.A., Asche, F., Anderson, J.L. and Love, D.C., 2022. Renewable energy in fisheries and aquaculture: Case studies from the United States. Journal of Cleaner Production, p.134153.

  • Love, D.C., Thorne-Lyman, A.L., Conrad, Z., Gephart, J.A., Asche, F., Godo-Solo, D., McDowell, A., Nussbaumer, E.M. and Bloem, M.W., 2022. Affordability influences nutritional quality of seafood consumption among income and race/ethnicity groups in the United States. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

  • Asche, F., Yang, B., Gephart, J.A., Smith, M.D., Anderson, J.L., Camp, E.V., Garlock, T.M., Love, D.C., Oglend, A. and Straume, H.M., 2022. China’s seafood imports—Not for domestic consumption?. Science, 375(6579), pp.386-388

  • Love, D.C. Fry, J.P., Cabello, F., Good, C.M., Lunestad, B.T. 2019. Veterinary Drug Use in United States Net Pen Salmon Aquaculture: Implications for Drug Use Policy. Aquaculture 518, 734820

  • Viglia, S., Brown, M.T., Love, D.C., Fry, J., Neff, R.A. and Hilborn, R., 2022. Wild caught Alaska sockeye salmon: A case study of the food energy water nexus for a sustainable wild catch fishery. Journal of Cleaner Production, 369, p.133263.

Longitudinal study of pathogen exposure and CAFO worker health