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Office: Cohen Science Center

Room: Room 424

Phone: 5704082014

Email: christopher.dempsey@wilkes.edu

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Dr. Christopher M. Dempsey

Visiting Assistant Professor

Enviro Engineering and Earth Scienc


I am an aquatic ecologist that focuses on the study of nutrients and watershed hydrology. I use an ecosystem approach to understand watershed processes. My research incorporates both laboratory and field analyses as I am broadly interested in land use change and how it influences freshwater ecosystems.


  • Lehigh University
    Ph.D. in Environmental Science, 2013
    M.S in Environmental Science, 2010
  • Lycoming College
    B.S in Biology, 2007

Currently Teaching

  • Global Climate Change (EES 210)
  • Ocean Science (EES 230)
  • Freshwater Ecology (EES 341)
  • Biogeochemistry (EES 202)



Gillette B, Dempsey C, Bodzin A, Anastasio D, Sahagian D, Cirucci L. LETTERS. Science Scope [serial online]. March 2013;36(7):6-7. Available from: Education Research Complete, Ipswich, MA. Accessed May 16, 2013.

Dempsey, C., Morris, D., Osburn, C.L, and Peters, S.C. Studying DOC export in headwater catchments: storm events, spectral properties, and biolability.  Limnology and Oceanography.  (In Prep)

Dempsey, C., Morris, D., and Peters, S. 2013. Assessing changes in microbial respiration, BGE, and bacterial production with nutrient addition to batch cultures.  Freshwater Ecology. March.

Dempsey, C., Bodzin, A., Anastasio, D., Sahagian, D., and Cirruci, L.  2012. Investigating future climate scenarios: who will be affected by sea level rise?  Science Scope. Volume 36 (4).

Bodzin, A., Anastasio, D., Sahagian, D., Peffer, T., Dempsey, C. and Steelman-Couch, R.  Investigating climate change understandings of urban middle level students.  The Journal of Geoscience Education. (In Review, 05/2013)

Dempsey C., Bodzin, A., Anastasio, D., Sahagian, D., and Cirruci, L.  Reconstructing environmental change using lake varves as a climate proxy.  Science Scope. Volume 35 (7).




I am interested in the study of dissolved organic matter (DOM) in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.  Microbial communities utilize DOM as an energy source and serve as an important link at the base of food chain.  Fluorescence spectroscopy can be used as a tool to study changes in the composition of DOM.  The quality, composition, and age of DOM are important to our understanding of watershed processes.

Contact me if you are interested in research.


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