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David Ginsburg

Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Environmental Studies

Contact Information
E-mail: dginsbur@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-8576
Office: SOS B15C

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Curriculum Vitae
USC Dornsife Environmental Studies Program
 

Education

Ph.D. Biology, University of Southern California, 2007
M.S. Biology, University of Guam, 1998
B.A. Biology, UC Santa Cruz, 1994
 

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Non-Tenure Track Appointments

Assistant Professor, Teaching, University of Southern California, 2012-  
Lecturer, University of Southern California, 2009-2012  
 

Visiting and Temporary Appointments

Research Associate in Invertebrate Zoology (Echinoderms), Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 2012-  
 

PostDoctoral Appointments

Knauss Marine Policy and Management Fellow, National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration, 2007-2008  
Postdoctoral Scholar, Environmental Microbiology, University of California Los Angeles, 2008-2009  
 

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

I am interested in the organization and dynamics of natural communities. My studies have incorporated multiple levels of biological analyses, from the whole organism to the level of individual genes, and bridge the fields of cell biology, physiology, chemistry, ecology, as well as environmental management and policy. Some of my recent projects have focused on the tracking of microbial contaminants and pathogens in coastal waters using real-time molecular techniques and the conservation and management of marine protected areas in Micronesia.
 

Funded Research

USC Funding

Office of Undergraduate Programs: Undergraduate Research Associates Program. The Natural History of Catalina Island Summer Internship Program: Internship program designed to immerse 4 undergraduates into hands-on, active learning environment with faculty and staff from ENST, Wrigley Institute, and Catalina Island Conservancy. , $6,400, 2012-2013  
Center for Scholarly Technology: Teaching with Technology Grant. Experiential Learning and Mobile Technology: Development of online course content and materials for students enrolled in ENST field courses to use in remote locations., $500, 2012-2013   
Dornsife Faculty Development Grant. Development of New Course Content and Situated Learning Activities for Guam and Palau Maymester Program: Funding to support development of policy network analysis and related experiential learning tools for undergraduate students enrolled in Summer 2014 ENST field course to Guam and Palau., $1,500, 2012-2013   
Office of the Provost: Fund for Innovative Undergraduate Teaching. Integrative Approaches to Investigating Environmental Water Quality and Water Rights: Case Studies and Field Experiences in California and China: Undergraduate teaching innovations will focus on the intersection between science and policy, and ultimately, will serve as platform for Summer 2013 ENST field course to Guangdong, China , $5,300, 2012-2013   
Center for Scholary Technology: Course Continuity in Crisis. Effects of Environmental Stressors on Student Learning Communities: Created two-week lesson plan that did not require students to meet in class, rather used active, online lectures and assignments in lieu of face-to-face class time, $5,000, 2011-2012   
Dornsife College Faculty Development Grant. Environmental monitoring of coastal surfgrass located in Blue Cavern Marine Protected Area: Funding to support environmental monitoring project for undergraduate students at USC Dornsife’s Wrigley Marine Science Center., $500, 2011-2012   
Office of Undergraduate Programs: Undergraduate Research Associates Program. The Natural History of Catalina Island Summer Internship Program: Internship program designed to immerse 4 undergraduates into collaborative learning environment with faculty and staff from ENST, Wrigley Institute, and Catalina Island Conservancy. , $4,500, 2011-2012   
 

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies
 

Publications

Journal Article

Mika, K. B., Ginsburg, D. W., Chang, C., Lee, C. M., Jay, J. A. (2013). Fecal indicator bacteria do not correspond with incidence of human-associated HF183 Bacteroides 16S rRNA genetic marker in urban Southern California watersheds. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution.
Applebaum, S. L., Ginsburg, D. W., Capron, C., Manahan, D. T. (2013). Expression of amino acid transporter genes in developmental stages and adult tissues of Antarctic echinoderms. Polar Biology. Vol. 36, pp. 1257-1267.
Ginsburg, D. W., Manahan, D. T. (2009). Developmental physiology of Antarctic sea stars with different life-history modes. Mar Biol. Vol. 156, pp. 2391–2402.
Ginsburg, D. W., Paul, V. J. (2001). Chemical defenses in the sea hare Aplysia parvula: importance of diet and sequestration of algal metabolites. Mar Ecol Prog Ser. Vol. 215, pp. 261-274.
Thacker, R. W., Ginsburg, D. W., Paul, V. J. (2001). Effect of nutrient enrichment on algal community structure. Coral Reefs. Vol. 19, pp. 318-329.
Matlock, D. B., Ginsburg, D. W., Paul, V. J. (1999). Spatial variability in secondary metabolite production by the tropical red alga Portieria hornemannii. Hydrobiologia. Vol. 398/399, pp. 267-273.
 

Newspaper

Haw, J. F., Ginsburg, D. W. (2011). Let Guam decide its own fate. Huffington Post. Guam Weblog
 

Technical Report

Amesbury, S. S., Ginsburg, D. W., Rongo, T., Kirkendale, L. A., Starmer, J. S. (1999). War-in-the-Pacific National Historical Park Marine Biological Survey. National Park Service.
 

Advisement

Other Advisement or Time Devoted to Students

Director, Environmental Studies Master’s Degree Program, 08/2009-  
 

Honors and Awards

USC Provost's Prize for Teaching with Technology, Spring 2013   
United States Antarctic Service Medal, 2002-2003   
Best Student Paper, 2nd Asian-Pacific Phycological Forum, Hong Kong, China, Spring 1999   
 

Service to the Profession

Professional Offices

Member, Board of Directors, Southern California Academy of Sciences, 2011-  
 

Professional Memberships

Southern California Academy of Sciences, 2011-  
American Academy of Underwater Sciences, 2010-  
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, 2002-  
Western Society of Naturalists, 1995-  
 
 
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