Staff Profile
Cynthia Gilmour Photo


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.  

Google Scholar page





  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gilmour, Cynthia C., Riedel, Georgia S., Riedel, Gerhardt, Kwon, Seokjoon, Landis, Richard, Brown, Steven S., Menzie, Charles A. and Ghosh, Upal. (2013). Activated Carbon Mitigates Mercury and Methylmercury Bioavailability in Contaminated Sediments. Environmental science & technology, 47 (22) , 13001-13010.
  • 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.
  • Driscoll, Charles T., Chen, Celia Y., Hammerschmidt, Chad R., Mason, Robert P., Gilmour, Cynthia C., Sunderland, Elsie M., Greenfield, Ben K., Buckman, Kate L. and Lamborg, Carl H. (2012). Nutrient supply and mercury dynamics in marine ecosystems: A conceptual model. Environmental research, 119 (November) , 118-131.
  • Mitchell, Carl P. J., Jordan, Thomas E., Heyes, Andrew and Gilmour, Cynthia C. (2012). Tidal exchange of total mercury and methylmercury between a salt marsh and a Chesapeake Bay sub-estuary. Biogeochemistry, 111 (1-3) , 583-600.