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Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Richard C. Zimmerman

David Burdige

Office Phone: (757)683-4930
E-mail: dburdige@odu.edu
Office Location: OCNPS 439
Current Students: Zachary Howerton & Amy Pitts
Curriculum Vitae
Research Group
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Research Interests


Current Projects

  • Biogeochemistry
  • Aquatic chemistry
  • Geochemistry of marine sediments
  • Organic geochemistry
  • Chemical oceanography
  • Mathematical modeling of geochemical processes

An Interdisciplinary Investigation of Groundwater-Carbon Coupling in Large Peat Basins and its Relation to Climate Change

Tracing the Transformations of Organic Carbon in Marine Sediments Using Natural C Isotopes

The Role Of Submarine Groundwater Discharge In The Oceanic Nd Budget

Educational Background




Visiting Research Scientist

Southampton Oceanography Centre (U.K.)
1983 Oceanography, Ph.D.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

NASA Summer Course "Planetary Biology and Microbial Ecology"

NASA-Ames Research Center and Univesity of Santa Clara, CA


Chemistry, B.A. with Physics and Mathematics minors.

Swarthmore College

OEAS 441/442 - Ocean and Earth Sciences Field Study I and II


OEAS 410/510 - Chemical Oceanography


OEAS 613 - Geochemistry of Marine Sediments


OEAS 732/832 - Advanced Geochemistry of Marine Sediments



Selected Publications

(Click here for a link to a complete list of Dr. Burdige's publications and to obtain downloadable reprints and preprints of recent papers.)
Burdige, D.J. and T. Komada. 2011. Anaerobic oxidation of methane and the stoichiometry of remineralization processes in continental margin sediments. Limnol. Oceanogr. in press.
Burdige, D.J. 2011. Estuarine and coastal sediments - coupled biogeochemical cycling. in Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science, vol. 5 (R. Laane and J.J. Middelburg, eds.). Elsevier. in press.
Dierssen, H.M., Zimmerman, R.C., Drake, L.A. and Burdige, D. 2010. Benthic ecology from space: optics and net primary production across the Great Bahama Bank from seagrass and benthic algae. Marine Ecology Progress Series 411:1-15.
Burdige, D.J., Hu, X. and R.C. Zimmerman. 2010. The widespread occurrence of carbonate dissolution and reprecipitation in Bahamas Bank sediments. Am. J. Sci. 310:492-521.
Neuweiler, F., E.C. Turner, and D.J. Burdige. 2009. Early Neoproterozoic origin of the Metazoan phylum recorded in carbonate rock texture. Geology 35:475-478.
Burdige, D.J., X. Hu and R.C. Zimmerman. 2008. Rates of carbonate dissolution in permeable sediments estimated from pore water profiles: the role of seagrasses. Limnol. Oceanogr. 53:549-565.
Chanton, J. P., P. H. Glaser, L. S. Chasar, D. J. Burdige, M. E. Hines, D. I. Siegel, L. B. Tremblay, and W. T. Cooper. 2008. Radiocarbon evidence for the importance of surface vegetation on fermentation and methanogenesis in contrasting types of boreal peatlands. Global Biogeochem. Cycles 22:GB4022, doi:10.1029/2008GB003274.
Hu, X. and D.J. Burdige. 2007. Enriched stable carbon isotopes in the pore waters of carbonate sediments dominated by seagrasses: evidence for coupled carbonate dissolution and reprecipitation. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 71:129-144.
Johannesson, K.H. and D.J. Burdige. 2007. Balancing the global neodymium budget: Evaluating the role of groundwater. Earth Planet Sci. Letters 253:129-142.
Burdige, D.J. 2006. Geochemistry of Marine Sediments. Princeton Univ. Press.