David Griffith

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Specialty: Analytical and Environmental Chemistry


  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • M.E.Sc., Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
  • B.A., Bowdoin College


Professional Interests

My research is focused on understanding the chemical processes that control the fate of estrogens in aquatic environments using a variety of analytical techniques, including UV-visible spectroscopy, kinetics experiments, and high-resolution mass spectrometry.

Personal Interests

Biking, fishing, hiking, cooking, and making music

Grants and Awards

National Science Foundation (NSF-CBET) Research Grant: “RUI: Characterizing the Sources, Fates, and Transformation Products of Conjugated, Free, and Halogenated Estrogens in a Sewage-Impacted River” (Principal Investigator), 2016-2019 ($325,157).


(* indicates undergraduate student)

Milstead, R.P.*, K.T. Nance*, K.S. Tarnas*, K.E. Egelhofer*, and D.R. Griffith. 2018. Photochemical degradation of halogenated estrogens under natural solar irradiance. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts 20: 1350-1360, doi:10.1039/C8EM00275D (featured article on the inside front cover) 

Griffith, D.R., M.C. Kido Soule, T.I. Eglinton, E.B. Kujawinski, and P.M. Gschwend. 2016. Steroidal estrogen sources in a sewage-impacted coastal ocean. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts 18: 981-991, doi:10.1039/C6EM00127K (2016 Emerging Investigators issue; chosen as the featured cover article)

Griffith, D.R., M.C. Kido Soule, H. Matsufuji, T.I. Eglinton, E.B. Kujawinski, and P.M. Gschwend. 2014. Measuring free, conjugated, and halogenated estrogens in secondary treated wastewater effluent. Environmental Science & Technology 48: 2569-2578, doi:10.1021/es402809u

Shah, S.R., D.R. Griffith, V. Galy, A.P. McNichol, and T.I. Eglinton. 2013. Prominent bacterial heterotrophy and sources of 13C-depleted fatty acids to the interior Canada Basin. Biogeosciences 10: 7065-7080, doi:10.5194/bg-10-7065-2013

Griffith, D.R., L. Wacker, P.M. Gschwend, and T.I. Eglinton. 2012. Carbon isotopic (13C and 14C) composition of synthetic estrogens and progestogens. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 26: 2619-2626, doi:10.1002/rcm.6385

Griffith, D.R., A.P. McNichol, L. Xu, R. Macdonald, F.A. McLaughlin, K.A. Brown, and T.I. Eglinton. 2012. Carbon dynamics in the western Arctic Ocean: insights from full-depth carbon isotope profiles of DIC, DOC, and POC. Biogeosciences 9: 1217-1224, doi:10.5194/bg-9-1217-2012

Griffith, D.R. and P.A. Raymond. 2011. Multiple-source heterotrophy fueled by aged organic carbon in an urbanized estuary. Marine Chemistry 124: 14-22, doi:10.1016/j.marchem.2010.11.003

Griffith, D.R., W.R. Martin, and T.I. Eglinton. 2010. The radiocarbon age of organic carbon in marine surface sediments. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 74: 6788-6800, doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2010.09.001

Griffith, D.R., R.T. Barnes, and P.A. Raymond. 2009. Inputs of fossil carbon from wastewater treatment plants to U.S. rivers and oceans. Environmental Science & Technology 43: 5647-5651, doi:10.1021/es9004043

Griffith, D.R. 2008. Ownership and Incentives: a response to Ban et al. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 6(10): 521-522, doi:10.1890/1540-9295-6.10.521.b

Griffith, D.R. 2008. The ecological implications of individual fishing quotas and harvest cooperatives. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 6(4): 191-198, doi:10.1890/050060