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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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  • Breitburg, Denise L., Sanders, J. G., Gilmour, Cynthia C., Hatfield, C. A., Osman, Richard W., Riedel, Gerhardt, Seitzinger, S. P. and Sellner, Kevin G. (1999). Variability in responses to nutrients and trace metals, and transmission of stressor effects through an estuarine food web . Limnology and Oceanography, 44 , 837-863.
  • Cleckner, L., Gilmour, Cynthia C., Krabbenhoft, D., Garrison, P. and Hurley, J. (1999). Mercury methylation in periphyton of the Florida Everglades . Limnology and Oceanography, 44 , 1815-1825.
  • Benoit, J. M., Gilmour, Cynthia C., Mason, R. P., Riedel, Georgia S. and Riedel, Gerhardt F. (1998). Behavior of mercury in the Patuxent River Estuary, MD, USA . Biogeochemistry, 40 (2-3) , 249-265.
  • Gilmour, Cynthia C., Riedel, Georgia, Ederington, M. C., Bell, J. T., Benoit, J. M., Gill, G. A. and 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. and Hurley, J. P. (1998). Methylmercury dynamics in littoral sediments of a tempearte seepage lake . Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 55 , 835-844.
  • Bowie, G. L., Sanders, J. G., Riedel, Gerhardt, Gilmour, Cynthia C., Breitburg, Denise L., Cutter, G. A. and Porecella, D. B. (1996). Assessing selenium cycling and accumulation in aquatic ecosystems. Water, air, and soil pollution, 90 , 93-104.
  • Riedel, Gerhardt, Sanders, J. G. and Gilmour, Cynthia C. (1996). Uptake, transformation and impact of selenium in freshwater phytoplankton and bacterioplankton communities . Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 11 , 43-51.
  • Gilmour, Cynthia C. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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 .