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Research Interests 

I am a biogeochemist and microbial ecologist with special interest in mercury. My group focuses on the microbial mercury methylation process in cultures, sediments and soils. Our research includes mercury fate and transport at multiple scales and in many types of environments, isolation and characterization of Hg-methylating microbes, the bioavailability of Hg for microbial methylation, and novel approaches to remediation of contaminated sites.  

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  • Gilmour, Cynthia, Bell, James Tyler, Soren, Ally Bullock, Riedel, Georgia, Riedel, Gerhardt, Kopec, A. D. and Bodaly, R. A. (2018). Distribution and biogeochemical controls on net methylmercury production in Penobscot River marshes and sediment. Science of The Total Environment, 640-641 , 555-569.
  • Hsu-Kim, Heileen, Eckley, Chris S., Achá, Dario, Feng, Xinbin, Gilmour, Cynthia C., Jonsson, Sofi and Mitchell, Carl P. J. (2018). Challenges and opportunities for managing aquatic mercury pollution in altered landscapes. Ambio, 47 (2) , 141-169.
  • Christensen, Geoff A., Somenahally, Anil C., Moberly, James G., Miller, Carrie M., King, Andrew J., Gilmour, Cynthia C., Brown, Steven D., Podar, Mircea, Brandt, Craig C., Brooks, Scott C., Palumbo, Anthony V., Wall, Judy D. and Elias, Dwayne A. (2018). Carbon Amendments Alter Microbial Community Structure and Net Mercury Methylation Potential in Sediments. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 84 (3) , UNSP e01049-17-UNSP e01049-17.
  • Sanders, James P., Andrade, Natasha A., Menzie, Charles A., Amos, C. B., Gilmour, Cynthia C., Henry, Elizabeth A., Brown, Steven S. and Ghosh, Upal. (2018). Persistent Reductions in the Bioavailability of PCBs at a Tidally Inundated Phragmites australis Marsh Amended with Activated Carbon. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 37 (9) , 2496-2505.
  • Gilmour, Cynthia C., Bullock, Allyson L., McBurney, Alyssa, Podar, Mircea and Elias, Dwayne A. (2018). Robust Mercury Methylation across Diverse Methanogenic Archaea . mBio, 9 (2)
  • Graham, Andrew M., Cameron-Burr, Keaton, Hajic, Hayley A., Lee, Connie, Msekela, Deborah and Gilmour, Cynthia C. (2017). Sulfurization of Dissolved Organic Matter Increases Hg-Sulfide-Dissolved Organic Matter Bioavailability to a Hg-Methylating Bacterium. Environmental science & technology, 51 (16) , 9080-9088.
  • Gilmour, Cynthia C., Bell, Tyler, Soren, Ally, Riedel, Georgia, Riedel, Gerhardt, Kopec, Dianne, Bodaly, Drew and Ghosh, Upal. (2017). Activated carbon thin-layer placement as an in situ mercury remediation tool in a Penobscot River salt marsh. The Science of the total environment, 621 , 839-848.
  • Christensen, Geoff A., Wymore, Ann M., King, Andrew J., Podar, Mircea, Hurt, Richard A., Santillan, Eugenio U., Soren, Ally, Brandt, Craig C., Brown, Steven D., Palumbo, Anthony V., Wall, Judy D., Gilmour, Cynthia C. and Elias, Dwayne A. (2016). Development and Validation of Broad-Range Qualitative and Clade-Specific Quantitative Molecular Probes for Assessing Mercury Methylation in the Environment. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 82 (19) , 6068-6078.
  • Podar, Mircea, Gilmour, Cynthia C., Brandt, Craig C., Soren, Allyson, Brown, Steven D., Crable, Bryan R., Palumbo, Anthony V., Somenahally, Anil C. and Elias, Dwayne A. (2015). Global prevalence and distribution of genes and microorganisms involved in mercury methylation . Science Advances, 1 (9)
  • Lamborg, Carl, Bowman, Katlin, Hammerschmidt, Chad, Gilmour, Cynthia C., Munson, Kathleen, Selin, Noelle and Tseng, Chun-Mao. (2014). MERCURY in the Anthropocene Ocean. Oceanography, 27 (1) , 76-87.
  • Orem, William, Carl Fitz, H., Krabbenhoft, David, Tate, Michael, Gilmour, Cynthia C. and Shafer, Mark. (2014). Modeling Sulfate Transport and Distribution and Methylmercury Production Associated with Aquifer Storage and Recovery Implementation in the Everglades Protection Area. Sustainability of Water Quality and Ecology, 3/4 , 33-46.
  • Brown, S. D., Hurt, R. A., Gilmour, Cynthia C. and Elias, D. A. (2013). Draft Genome Sequences for Three Mercury-Methylating, Sulfate-Reducing Bacteria . Genome Announcements, 1 (4) , e00618-13.
  • Gomez-Eyles, Jose, Yupanqui, Carmen, Beckingham, Barbara, Riedel, Georgia, Gilmour, Cynthia C. and Ghosh, Upal. (2013). Evaluation of biochars and activated carbons for in situ remediation of sediments impacted with organics, mercury, and methylmercury. Environmental science & technology, 47 (23) , 13721-13729.
  • Gilmour, Cynthia C., Podar, Mircea, Bullock, Allyson L., Graham, Andrew M., Brown, Steven D., Somenahally, Anil C., Johs, Alex, Hurt, Richard A., Bailey, Kathryn L. and Elias, Dwayne A. (2013). Mercury Methylation by Novel Microorganisms from New Environments . Environmental science & technology, 47 (20) , 11810-11820.
  • Graham, Andrew M., Aiken, George R. and Gilmour, Cynthia C. (2013). Effect of Dissolved Organic Matter Source and Character on Microbial Hg Methylation in Hg-S-DOM Solutions . Environmental science & technology, 47 (11) , 5746-5754.