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Biography

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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Publications

  • Gilmour, Cynthia C. ; Riedel, Georgia ; Ederington, M. C. ; Bell, J. T. ; Benoit, J. M. ; Gill, G. A. ; Stordal, M. C. (1998). Methylmercury concentrations and production rates across a trophic gradient in the northern Everglades . Biogeochemistry, 40 , 327-345.
  • Krabbenhoft, D. P. ; Gilmour, Cynthia C. ; Benoit, J. M. ; Babiarz, C. L. ; Andren, A. W. ; Hurley, J. P. (1998). Methylmercury dynamics in littoral sediments of a tempearte seepage lake . Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 55 , 835-844.
  • Gilmour, Cynthia C. ; Bloom, N. S. (1995). Case study of mercury and methylmercury dynamics and speciation in a Hg-contaminated sewage treatment plant. Water, air, and soil pollution, 80 , 799-803.
  • Gilmour, Cynthia C. ; Riedel, Georgia. (1995). Measurement of Hg methylation in sediments using high specific-activity 203Hg and ambient incubation. Water, air, and soil pollution, 80 , 747-756.
  • Henry, E. A. ; Dodge-Murphy, L. J. ; Bigham, G. N. ; Klein, S. M. ; Gilmour, Cynthia C. (1995). Total mercury and methylmercury mass balance in an alkaline, hypereutrophic urban lake (Onondaga Lake, N. Y.). Water, air, and soil pollution, 80 , 509-518.
  • Horwitz, R. J. ; Ruppel, B. ; Wisniewski, S. ; Hermanson, M. ; Gilmour, Cynthia C. (1995). Mercury concentration in freshwater fishes in New Jersey. Water, air, and soil pollution, 80 , 885-888.
  • Watras, C. J. ; Bloom, N. S. ; Claas, S. A. ; Morrison, K. A. ; Gilmour, Cynthia C. ; Craig, S. R. (1995). Methymercury production in the anoxic hypolimnion of a dimictic seepage lake. Water, air, and soil pollution, 80 , 735-745.
  • Henry, E. A. ; Devereux, R. ; Maki, J. S. ; Gilmour, Cynthia C. ; Woese, C. R. ; Mandelco, L. ; Schauder, R. ; Remsen, C. C. ; Mitchell, R. (1994). Characterization of a new thermophilic sulfate-reducing bacterium, Thermodesulfovibrio yellowstonii gen. nov. and sp. nov.: Its phylogenetic relationship to Thermodesulfobacterium commune and their origins deep within the bacterial domain. Archives of Microbiology, 161 , 62-69.
  • Sanders, R. W. ; Gilmour, Cynthia C. (1994). Accumulation of selenium in a model freshwater food web . Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 60 , 2677-2683.
  • Gilmour, Cynthia C. (1992). Effect of acid rain on microbial processes in soil and water. Environmental Microbiology (33-57) Wiley-Liss, Inc .
  • Gilmour, Cynthia C. ; Henry, E. A. ; Mitchell, R. (1992). Sulfate stimulation of mercury methylation in freshwater sediments. Environmental Science & Technology, 26 , 2281-2287.
  • Gilmour, Cynthia C. ; Henry, E. A. (1991). Mercury methylation in aquatic systems affected by acid deposition. Environmental Pollution, 71 , 131-169.
  • Gilmour, Cynthia C. ; Leavitt, M. L. ; Shiaris, M. P. (1990). Evidence against incorporation of exogenous thymidine by sulfate-reducing bacteria . Limnology and Oceanography, 35 , 1401-1409.
  • Gilmour, Cynthia C. ; Tuttle, J. H. (1987). Anaerobic microbial methylation of inorganic tin in estuarine sediment. Microbial ecology, 14 , 233-242.
  • Gilmour, Cynthia C. ; Tuttle, J. H. ; Means, J. C. (1986). Determination of picogram quantities of methyltins in sediment. Analytical Chemistry, 58 , 1848-1851.

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