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Senior Scientist

Contact Info

111 Market Place, Suite 840

Research Interests

food systems, environmental science; environmental health science; food production; industrial animal production; CAFO; resilience; aquaculture; fisheries; fish; crustaceans; oysters; aquaponics; food waste; urban agriculture; microbiology; sustainability sciences; veterinary drugs; drug residues; antimicrobial resistance;
Experiences & Accomplishments
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Davidson College
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 & 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
Select Publications
Here are papers that are representative of my work in the past few years.
  • Love, D.C., Allison, E.H., Asche, F., Belton B., Cottrell R.S., Froehlich, H.E., Gephart, J.A. Hicks, C.C, Little, D.C., Nussbaumer, E.M., Pinto da Silva, P., Poulain, F., Rubio, A., Stoll, J.S., Tlusty, M.F., Thorne-Lyman, A.L., Troell, M., Zhang, W. Emerging COVID-19 impacts, responses, and lessons for building resilience in the seafood system. Global Food Security 100494
  • Love, D.C. Nussbaumer, E., Harding, J., Gephart, J.A., Anderson, J.L., Asche, F., Stoll, J.S., Thorne-Lyman, A.L., Bloem, M. Risks Shift Along Seafood Supply Chains. Global Food Security. 28:100476
  • Love, D.C., Turvey, C*, Harding, J., Young, R.*, Ramsing, R., Tlusty, M., Fry, J.P., Nguyen, L., Asche, F., Bloem, M., How nutritious and sustainable is fast food seafood? Am J Clin. Nutr (accepted Dec 2020,)
  • 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
  • Love, D.C., Asche, F., Conrad, Z., Young, R.*, Harding, J., Nussbaumer, E.M., Thorne-Lyman, A.L. and Neff, R., 2020. Food Sources and Expenditures for Seafood in the United States. Nutrients, 12(6), p.1810.
Longitudinal study of pathogen exposure and CAFO worker health