David Hastings, Retired Professor at Eckerd College

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David Hastings Professor is a marine geochemist and chemical oceanographer. He landed on the shores of Tampa Bay in 2000 to teach marine science, environmental science, and chemistry at Eckerd College. David Hastings Professor started this adventure studying chemistry at Princeton University and received his Ph.D. in chemical oceanography from the University of Washington.

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His primary research interest is paleoclimatology, understanding the history of past climate changes as revealed in ocean sediments. David Hastings Professor also studies the impact of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on ocean sediments and microplastics in the marine environment.

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November 17, 2022

Salary Ranges and Career Opportunities for Marine Scientists

Salary ranges for marine scientists vary considerably. Depending on the location, experience, and skill level, a marine scientist can earn from $46,000 to $111,000 annually. This article will discuss the earning potential of marine scientists and provide information about career options. Listed below are the average salaries for marine scientists and the range of possible […]

Does Marine Biology Require Math?
October 28, 2022

Does Marine Biology Require Math?

The answer to the question, “Does marine biology require math?” depends on your goals. Some marine scientists have a background in math. Others don’t. They must be willing to work hard, read books, watch videos, or take math courses online. Whatever your reasons for wanting to study marine biology, math will play a significant role […]

September 16, 2020

David Hastings Professor and Marine Science Expert Discusses How Alternative Energy Sources are Competing with Fossil Fuel

“It’s a common and dated misconception that fossil fuels are somehow cheaper than renewable sources of energy,” says David Hastings, professor and marine science expert. “That may have been true a decade ago when alternative technology was still developing, but there are now electrical power plants using wind and solar power that are less expensive […]

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September 4, 2020

David Hastings Professor and Marine Scientist Explains How We Can Lessen Our Contribution to Climate Change

As our planet warms, extreme weather including hurricanes, wildfires, and extreme heat are becoming more intense. Sea levels are rising at a rapid rate while prolonged drought puts pressure on food crops and land-based ecosystems. As a result of this rapid environmental change, numerous species of plants and animals are being driven to extinction. “It’s […]

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