» Dr. Catherine D. Clark
Professor, Associate Dean, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Schmid College of Science and Technology
Chemistry, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Dr. Catherine D. Clark
Office Location:
Hashinger Science Center 214
University of Kwazulu-Natal, Bachelor of Science
Boston University, Master of Arts
Boston University, Ph.D. in Chemistry
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Associate Dean, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences


General Chemistry (CHEM140/150)
Physical Chemistry (CHEM 340/441)

Research Interest

Aquatic chemistry, specifically the photochemistry of dissolved organic material in coastal and ocean waters and the sources, distribution and photochemical reactions of pollutants in local waters.




Boston University, Boston
Ph.D. 1996: Physical Chemistry
University of Natal, Durban, South Africa
B.S. 1990: Chemistry and Applied Chemistry


Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Chapman U., 2006-present
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Chapman U., 2000-2006
Assistant Scientist, Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry, U. of Miami, 1999-2000
Postdoctoral Fellow, Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry, U. of Miami, 1996-1999
Research Assistant, Chemistry Department, Boston University, 1993-1996
Teaching Fellow, Chemistry Department, Boston University, 1990-1993
Development Chemist, Unilever, Durban, South Africa, 1989-1990
Process Chemist, Johnshon Matthey, Rustenburg, South Africa, 1988-1989


Valerie T. Scudder Faculty Award, 2002
ONR Young Investigator, 2001-2004
Sugata Ray Award for Outstanding Graduate Student, 1995
Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1993, 1994


American Chemical Society
American Geophysical Union
American Society of Limnology and Oceanography

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
W.J. De Bruyn, C.D. Clark and L. Pagel, “Oxygenated Hydrocarbons in Coastal Waters”, Chapter 9 in Oceanography, In-Tech Open Access Publishing, ISBN 978-953-307-919-6 (2012).
W.J. De Bruyn, C. D. Clark, L. Pagel, C. Takahara, “The photoproduction of formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and acetone from dissolved organic matter in natural waters”. J. Photochemistry Photobiology A: Chemistry, 226, 16-22 (2011). (2.421/1)
W.J. De Bruyn, C.D. Clark, K. Ottelle, P. Aiona, “The photodegradation of phenanthrene as a function of natural water variables modeling fresh to marine environments.” Marine Pollution Bulletin, 64, 532-538 (2012). (2.503/1)
C.D. Clark, W. J. De Bruyn, C.M. Hirsch, P. Aiona, “Diel Cycles of Hydrogen Peroxide in Marine Bathing Waters in Southern California, USA: in situ Surf-zone Measurements”, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 60, 2284-2288 (2010).
C. D. Clark, W. J. De Bruyn, C. B. Hirsch, S. D. Jakubowski “Spatial and Temporal Measurements of Hydrogen Peroxide Concentrations in Recreational Marine Bathing Waters in Southern California” Water Research, 44, 2203-2210 (2010).
C.D. Clark, W. De Bruyn, J. Jones, “Photochemical Production of Hydrogen Peroxide in Size Fractionated Southern California Coastal Waters” Chemosphere, 76 141 (2009).