Department Head and Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science
VP for Academy Science, ANS
David Velinsky, PhD, is Head of the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science at Drexel University and Vice President of Academy Science at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. He obtained a BS Degree from the Florida Institute of Technology in Oceanography with a minor in Chemistry and was awarded his PhD degree from Old Dominion University in Chemical Oceanography.
For his doctorate, Velinsky studied the cycling of trace elements in coastal marshes of the Delaware Estuary for his dissertation. He then continued his studies as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the College of Marine Studies, University of Delaware and at the Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington. He used stable isotopes to study nutrient sources in anoxic environments around the world (e.g., Black Sea and Framvaren Fjord, Norway).
Velinsky is currently studying the movement and cycling of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus in estuarine and freshwater environments in the mid-Atlantic region. A focus of his work are aspects of water quality and wetland ecosystem services in the Delaware and Barnegat Bays. Velinsky is the author of 50 peer-reviewed publications and has delivered more than 70 presentations at local, national and international scientific meetings. He is a member of the Toxics Advisory Committee at the Delaware River Basin Commission and a member of the Science Advisory Board for the State of New Jersey.