Professor of Chemistry & Environmental Science, Coordinator of the Center for Sustainable
Michigan State University
B.S. University of Michigan
M.S. University of Michigan
Ph.D. University of Michigan
View my Curriculum Vitae
Office phone: (540) 365-4364
Personal web page: http://www2.ferrum.edu/caws/
Office: Room 224 Garber Hall
Teaching at Ferrum since: 1979
I was trained as an environmental chemist and much of my experience is related to
water quality, but I’m interested in a broad range of issues related to sustainability.
I find both the natural world and human culture endlessly fascinating and favor the
continued existence of both. To help in this regard, I designed and built a passive
solar home and have lived there with my wife, Jenny, for 25 years. I have also traveled
in Europe, Africa and China and enjoy swapping travel stories. So, if you’re on campus
for a visit, please stop by my office to share a few ideas!
Environmental Policy and Planning
Environmental toxicology (with Dr. Todd Fredericksen)
Religion and Science (with Dr. David Howell)
- Annual report on water quality in Smith Mountain Lake (each year since 1987)
Yan-fen Fang, Ying-ping Huang, De-fu Liu, Yang Huang, Wei Guo, and David Johnson,
“Photocatalytic degradation of the dye sulforhodamine-B: A comparative study of different
light sources”, Journal of Environmental Science, Chinese Academy of Science, Vol.
19, No. 1. 2007.
D.S. Cherry, R.J. Currie, H.A. Latimer, J. Cairns, Jr., R.B. Diz, D. Gallagher, D.M.
Johnson, M.M. Yeager, “Leading Creek (Ohio) Improvement Plan -Southern Coal Company,
Meigs Mine Number 31”. 1999
K.G. Wooden, R. Cocke, E. Collins, Jr., and D. M. Johnson, “Alternative Water Systems
and Watershed Model for Non-Point Source Pollution Assessment and Demonstration” (Final
Aaron Corkum and David M. Johnson, "Mercury in Fish from Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia",
The Virginia Journal of Science, Vol. 42, No. 1. 1991.
Vanessa J. Wotring, David M. Johnson and Leonidas G. Bachas,"Polymeric Membrane Anion-Selective
Electrodes Based on Diquaternary Ammonium Salts", Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 62, No.
Research & Projects:
- I continue to be involved with water quality monitoring on two area reservoirs, Smith
Mountain Lake and Claytor Lake, and with efforts to reduce inputs of nonpoint source
pollution to streams and rivers. As a senior scientist at MapTech, Inc., I am part
of a water quality monitoring project in collaboration with the Changjiang (Yangtze)
Water Resources Commission in Wuhan China. I am also working on an exchange program
with Three Gorges University in Yichang, China.
On the sustainable development front, I am involved with several projects related
to sustainable development with emphases on green economic development, local food
production, and energy conservation/renewable energy options for battling climate
change. I am presently working to get our new Environmental Planning and Development
major off to a strong start and on plans for a Center for Sustainability.
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