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David Kirchman

Maxwell P. and Mildred H. Harrington Professor

Research Interests

Microbial oceanography and microbial ecology; understanding links between function and structure in the carbon cycle; role of photoheterotrophic bacteria in the carbon cycle

My complete CV can be found here.

Here is a list of some publications from the Kirchman lab.

See also Processes in Microbial Ecology, second edition, a textbook published in 2018 by Oxford University Press

Books edited by Kirchman

Selected Service Activities

  • Chair, Division N, American Society of Microbiology (1990)
  • Editor of Limnology and Oceanography (1993-1998)
  • Chair of Gordon Conference on Marine Microbes (2010)
  • Program Director, Marine Biology/Biochemistry, College of Marine Studies, University of Delaware (1994-1998)
  • Associate Dean, College of Marine Studies (now College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment), University of Delaware (2001-2006)

Articles by Kirchman for a general scientific audience

Reviews by Kirchman of science books targeting a general audience

Contact Information

1044 College Drive
School of Marine Science and Policy
University of Delaware
Lewes, DE 19958
302-645-4007 (fax)





MAST 406 Technical Writing

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MAST 427 Marine Biology

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MAST 607 Writing scientific papers

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Processes in Microbial Ecology - Textbook

Microbial ecology is the study of interactions among microbes in natural environments and their roles in biogeochemical cycles, food web dynamics, and the evolution of life.


• Marine Ecology• Molecular Ecology• Physiological Ecology


CEOE School & Departments

School of Marine Science & Policy

Advancing the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.

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Department of Earth Sciences

Discovering how geological processes have operated over various time scales to create and influence the planet’s surface environments.

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Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences

Providing a unique spatial perspective that seeks to explain patterns of differences and commonality across the human and natural environment.

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College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment • 111 Robinson Hall • Newark, DE 19716 • USA • Phone: 302-831-8062
Geography and Spatial Sciences: 302-831-2294 • Earth Sciences: 302-831-2569 • Marine Science and Policy: 302-645-4212 • E-mail: ceoe-info@udel.edu

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