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O2 probe

Measuring dissolved oxygen in Bering Sea sediments (photo: Chris Linder)


David H. Shull


Department of Environmental Sciences
Huxley College of the Environment
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225-9181
Office: 360-650-3690
Fax: 360-650-7284




Background Information

David Shull received degrees in oceanography from the University of Washington (B.S.) and the University of Connecticut (M.S.), and a degree in environmental science from the University of Massachusetts Boston (Ph.D., 2000).  Afterward, he was a research associate at the University of Maine's Darling Marine Center and an assistant professor of biology at Gordon College before coming to Western in 2004.  Dr. Shull studies invertebrate communities in estuaries and continental shelf sediments.  He is particularly interested in the roles that benthic organisms play in the function of coastal ecosystems.  He has studied the effects of benthic organisms on the fate of contaminants in coastal waters, the role of deposit feeders in the initiation of harmful algal blooms (red tide), and the effects of tube-building organisms on concentrations of methyl mercury in sediments.  Currently he is studying how benthic organisms affect nutrient cycling in the shelf sediments of the Bering Sea and the interaction between eelgrass (Zostera spp.) and hydrogen sulfide in sediment pore water.

(core of Boston Harbor Sediment)