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David F. Parkhurst

Professor Emeritus

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1970
M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1968
B.S., University of Colorado, 1965

Professional Experience

  • School of Public and Environmental Affairs, 1973-2005
  • New York City Department of Environmental Protection, 1993-1995
  • CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Physics, 1970-1973
  • University of Wisconsin, 1967-1970
  • Institute of Arctic & Alpine Research, 1962-1966

Awards, Honors & Certifications

  • AAAS EPA Environmental Science & Engineering Fellowship, 1982
  • Dean's Teaching Award, School of Public & Environmental Affairs, 1982
  • Fulbright Grant to Australia, 1966
  • Tau Beta Pi & Sigma Tau, honorary engineering fraternities, 1964

Professional Interests
Physiological plant ecology, including transfers of carbon dioxide and water between leaves and atmosphere and among the cells within leaves, both in relation to leaf structure. Mathematics and statistics applied to environmental issues; examples include analysis of concentrations of indicator bacteria at swimming beaches, and correct interpretation of statistical hypothesis tests in decision making

Selected Publications

  • D.F. Parkhurst, G.F. Craun, and J.A. Soller. 2007. “Conceptual bases for relating illness risk to indicator concentrations”. In L.J. Wymer, (ed.), Statistical Framework for Recreational Water Quality Criteria and Monitoring. pp. 19-44. Wylie, New York.
  • Yeager RL, Parkhurst DF, Henshel DS. 2007. "Graphical methods for exploratory analysis of complex data sets." Bioscience 57: 673-679.
  • D.F. Parkhurst. 2006. Introduction to Applied Mathematics for Environmental Science. Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, New York 317 pp.
  • D. F. Parkhurst, K. P. Brenner, A. P. Dufour, and L. J. Wymer. (2005). “Indicator bacteria at five swimming beaches—analysis using random forests.” Water Research, 39(7): 1354-1360.