Daniel Cartamil, Ph.D. is an expert in marine biology, and currently holds a research position at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California. Dr. Cartamil received his BS in Biology from SUNY Oneonta, an MS in Marine Biology from CSU Long Beach, and a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where his doctoral research focused on the biology of top predators within the coastal ecosystem.

In 2005, Dr. Cartamil began working on desalination-related environmental issues with his then-mentor, the late Dr. Jeffrey B. Graham (a pioneer in the study of desalination-related environmental impacts). In 2009, he began his own consulting business, and has since provided consulting services for some of the most prestigious desalination organizations in the world, including Poseidon Water, RBF Consulting, the Watereuse Association Desalination Committee, the National Centre of Excellence in Desalination (Australia), and NSC Agua (Mexico). Dr. Cartamil’s services are primarily focused upon evaluating the impacts of desalination operations upon the marine environment, and Cartamil Environmental Consulting Services has provided content for the environmental impact assessment documents of many of southern California’s imminent desalination plants in Huntington Beach, Oceanside, and Carlsbad.

Cartamil Environmental Consulting operates under the guiding principle that desalination can (and must) be compatible with a healthy coastal ecosystem. In addition to working directly with the desalination industry, Dr. Cartamil strives to function as an effective intermediary between desalination operators, legislators, environmental groups, and the public, to promote an objective, science-based understanding of desalination-related environmental issues.

In addition to his many peer-reviewed marine biology publications, Dr. Cartamil is the second author on this important upcoming article:

  • Jenkins, D. Cartamil, et al. In review. Hydrodynamic Impacts on Marine Life Due to Brine Dilution Strategies for Seawater Desalination Plants. Environmental Science & Technology.