David J. Burdige

Professor and Eminent Scholar, Department of Ocean and Earth Sciences, Old Dominion University


Welcome to my web page ….

Here you can get information about research in my lab, a list of my publications (with downloadable pdf’s in many cases), and all sorts of other interesting stuff.  Enjoy!



Collecting sediment cores in the Antarctic

Dr. Burdige is a Professor and Eminent Scholar in the Department of Ocean and Earth Sciences, where he has been a faculty member since 1985. He also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.  He received a B.A. (with Honors) in chemistry from Swarthmore College in 1978, and a Ph.D. in oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego in 1983.  He is an internationally-known expert in marine geochemistry, and he has spent much of his career studying biogeochemical processes in marine and estuarine sediments and their resulting effects on the cycling of carbon, nitrogen, and trace metals such as iron, manganese and copper.  He has also been involved in related studies of carbon cycling in high latitude (boreal) peatlands.  He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed papers, and in 2006 he authored the book Geochemistry of Marine Sediments, published by Princeton Univ. Press.  He is co-Editor in Chief of the journal Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science and an associate editor for the journal Aquatic Geochemistry.  In 2016 he was awarded the Antarctic Service Medal of the United States of America “in recognition of valuable contributions to exploration and scientific achievement under the US Antarctic Program.”  That same year he was also elected a Fellow of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) in recognition of his contributions in the field of oceanography and service to the society.

In addition to his research efforts, he teach classes in chemical oceanography, environmental geochemistry, marine sediment geochemistry, and global environmental change.  This includes a course for non-science majors more specifically focused on global climate change, which can be used by undergraduates at ODU to satisfy the natural science general education requirement.

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