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David B. Campbell

(703) 292-5093
(703) 292-9046
E 11479
Program Director
Program Director

Program Responsibilities:
Advanced Technological Education (ATE)
Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12)


David Campbell grew up in Newport, Rhode Island, and spent a great deal of time in and on the ocean, sparking his interest in marine biology.  He received his B.S. in Zoology at the University of Rhode Island, and spent the following year as a dock worker unloading commercial fishing trawlers.  He then enrolled in the Florida Institute of Technology and received a M.S. in marine biology.  His Master's thesis led to the discovery and naming of a new species of sea star, Echinaster graminicola.  David returned to the University of Rhode Island for his Ph.D. in biological sciences.  Although sticking with echinoderms, his research interests shifted away from systematics and moved to behavioral ecology, particularly foraging behavior and predator-prey interactions.  His first position after receiving the Ph.D. was to teach coral reef ecology for the School for Field Studies in the US Virgin Islands.  This was followed by a visiting assistant professor position in the Zoology Dept. at the University of New Hampshire that lasted three years.  It was while at UNH that David started teaching field marine science courses for the Shoals Marine Laboratory, and he continued to do so for the next 20 summers.  He also served as an EMT with the local ambulance corps and the hyperbaric recompression chamber at UNH.  David then settled in at Rider University for 15 years, where he served as chair of the Biology Dept. and helped to institute the University's marine biology and environmental science majors.  David has been a Program Director in the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings at the National Science Foundation since 2001.  He works with several programs in the Education Directorate, including Discovery Research K-12, Advanced Technology Education, Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers, and Climate Change Education Partnerships. He serves on two cross-directorate working groups:  Environmental Research and Education, and Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water systems.  In addition, David serves on federal interagency working groups that focus on ocean and environmental education.