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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 C., Henry, E. A. and Mitchell, R. (1992). Sulfate stimulation of mercury methylation in freshwater sediments. Environmental Science & Technology, 26 , 2281-2287.
  • Gilmour, Cynthia C. and Henry, E. A. (1991). Mercury methylation in aquatic systems affected by acid deposition. Environmental Pollution, 71 , 131-169.
  • Gilmour, Cynthia C., Riedel, Gerhardt and Kizer, D. (1991). Dynamics of the microbial food web in the Patuxent River: heterotrophic bacterioplankton. New perspectives in the Chesapeake system: a research and management partnership. Proceedings of a Conference, 4-6 December 1990, Baltimore, MD (309-318) Chesapeake Research Consortium .
  • Gilmour, Cynthia C., Leavitt, M. L. and Shiaris, M. P. (1990). Evidence against incorporation of exogenous thymidine by sulfate-reducing bacteria . Limnology and Oceanography, 35 , 1401-1409.
  • Gilmour, Cynthia C. and Tuttle, J. H. (1987). Anaerobic microbial methylation of inorganic tin in estuarine sediment. Microbial ecology, 14 , 233-242.
  • Gilmour, Cynthia C., Tuttle, J. H. and Means, J. C. (1986). Determination of picogram quantities of methyltins in sediment. Analytical Chemistry, 58 , 1848-1851.
  • Gilmour, Cynthia C., Tuttle, J. H. and Means, J. C. (1985). Tin methylation in sulfide bearing sediments. Marine and Estuarine Geochemistry (239-258) Lewis Publishers, Inc .
  • Jonas, R. B., Gilmour, Cynthia C., Stoner, D. L., Weir, M. M. and Tuttle, J. H. (1984). Comparison of methods to measure acute metal and organometal toxicity to natural aquatic microbial communities . Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 47 , 1005-1011.