David  Perkey

Ph.D. Student

Email: [[dwperkey]]
Phone: (804) 684-7754
Office: Byrd Hall 201A
Department: Physical Sciences

Education
  • North Carolina State University, M.S./ Marine Geology, 2003

  • University of South Carolina, B.S./ Marine Science, 1999

Honors and Awards
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude, University of South Carolina 1999.

  • Member of Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key National Honor Societies.

  • University of South Carolina Academic Scholarship, 1995-1999.

  • University of South Carolina Honor Roll, 1995-1999.

Professional Experience

9/2006 - Present Research Associate
Coastal Processes/Morphology Laboratory
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Gloucester Point, VA

Process geophysical data using various software programs; Perform grain-size separations on various sediments; Perform elemental analysis of various sediments; Maintain a database of experimental data; Order necessary chemicals and supplies to keep the research laboratory functional.


8/2004 - 8/2006 Research Associate
Radio Carbon and Organic Geochemistry Laboratory
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Gloucester Point, VA

Collect, prepare and process DIC, DOC, and POC samples; Operate vacuum lines; Plan and conduct scientific fieldwork on land and at sea; Perform grain-size separations on various sediments; Perform basic maintenance on laboratory instruments and equipment; Maintain a database of experimental data; Order necessary chemicals and supplies to keep the research laboratory functional; Oversee and assist students who are working and doing research in the laboratory.


9/2003 - 6/2004 Lab Technician/Manager
Marine Sediments and Organic Geochemistry Laboratory
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC

Conduct experiments and operate scientific equipment (elemental analyzer, surface area analyzer, X-ray diffractometer) used to analyze the grain-size, mineralogy, surface area, and organic carbon associated with various marine, estuarine and terrestrial sediments; Perform basic maintenance on laboratory instruments and equipment; Maintain a database of experimental data; Order necessary chemicals and supplies to keep the research laboratory functional; Oversee and assist students who are working and doing research in the laboratory.


5/2003 - 9/2003 Staff Geologist
MACTEC Engineering and Consulting, Inc.
Raleigh, NC.

Performed Phase I Environmental Site Assessments; Installed and collected samples from environmental monitoring wells; Wrote technical environmental reports.


8/1999 - 5/2003 Teaching/Research Assistant
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC

Teaching Assistant:
Instructed introductory level geology labs; Instructed introductory level oceanography labs; Planned and supervised field trip activities.
Research Assistant:
Performed experimental design for thesis research; Operated various scientific instruments including an elemental analyzer, mass spectrometer, surface area analyzer, and X-Ray diffractometer; Conducted fieldwork on land and at sea in northern California.


2/1997 - 8/1999 Research Assistant
Organic Geochemistry Laboratory
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC

Carried out various analyses of marine and estuarine sediments; Operated an elemental analyzer, mass spectrometer, gas chromatogram, and surface area analyzer; Assisted with sample collection and fieldwork on land and at sea in the Gulf of Mexico and Winyah Bay, S.C.


Summer 1997 Environmental Health and Safety Lab Auditor
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV

Filed and maintained MSDS records for chemicals throughout the university; Performed safety audits on numerous labs throughout the university; Performed small-scale chemical and bio-hazard waste pick-ups and transports.

Skills

Proficient with MS Windows, MS Office Suite and Sigma Plot; Familiar with Arcview and Jade software; Experienced at operating CHN elemental analyzers, particle surface area analyzers, X-ray diffractometers, and vacuum lines; Familiar with operating gas chromatograms and mass spectrometers; Experienced at performing grain-size analyses of soils and sediment; Experienced at deploying various equipment at sea: box corers, piston corers, multi corers, Niskin bottles and CTD's; 40hr HAZWOPER training; Heartsaver AED (CPR/AED) training.

Teaching Experience
  • Introductory Physical Geology Labs, 7 semesters experience, North Carolina State Univ.

  • Introductory Oceanography Labs, 1 semester experience, North Carolina State Univ.

  • Historical Geology, assisted with labs and filed trips, 1 semester experience, North Carolina State Univ.

  • Student athlete tutor for geology, 1 summer session, North Carolina State Univ.

Publications
  • Leithold, E. L.; Perkey, D.W.; Blair, N. E.; Creamer, T. N. 2005. Sedimentation and carbon burial on the northern California continental shelf: the signatures of land-use change. Continental Shelf Research, v. 25, is. 3, p. 349-371

  • Goni, M.A.; Teixera, M.J.; Perkey, D.W. 2003. Sources and distribution of organic matter in a river-dominated estuary (Winyah Bay, S.C., USA). Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 57, 1023-1048.

  • Blair, N.E.; Leithold, E.L.; Ford, S.L.; Peeler, K.A.;Holmes, J.C.; Perkey, D.W. 2003. The persistence of memory; the fate of ancient sedimentary organic carbon in a modern sedimentary system. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 67, 63-73.

  • Teixeira, M.J.; Perkey, D.W.; Goni, M.A. 2000. Sources and characterization of organic matter in Winyah Bay, South Carolina. In: Geological Society of America Southeastern Section, 49th Annual Meeting, 32, pgs. 77.