David Hastings Professor

is a marine geochemist and chemical oceanographer

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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. .

David Hastings Professor retired from teaching at Eckerd College, a small liberal arts college in St Petersburg, FL. He likes to sing, hike, swim, canoe and kayak, and is passionate about homemade lemon sorbet.

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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.

Recent News

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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August 21, 2020

Dr. David Hastings Reveals Impact of Microplastic Particles Found in Tampa Bay Waters

Dr. David Hastings recently retired from Eckerd College, reveals the impact of billions of microplastic particles recently identified in Tampa Bay, Florida. Four billion microplastic particles were estimated to exist in Florida’s Tampa Bay late last year. A marine science expert, Professor David Hastings, provides insight into the impact of such particles, both in the Tampa Bay […]

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