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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. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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., 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.
  • 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 .
  • 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 .