David Johnson

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David Johnson

Carolyn Thomas

Professor of Chemistry & Environmental Science, Coordinator of the Center for Sustainable Development

Michigan State University
B.S. University of Michigan
M.S. University of Michigan
Ph.D. University of Michigan
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Email: djohnson@ferrum.edu
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!

Courses taught:

  • Chemistry:
    General Chemistry
    Analytical Chemistry
    Physical Chemistry
    Environmental Chemistry

    Environmental Science:
    Environmental Policy and Planning
    Environmental toxicology (with Dr. Todd Fredericksen)
    Aquatic Ecology

    Honors Seminar:
    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 Report). 1998

    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. 14. 1990.

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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