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Scientific Publications

Our partners at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and CUNY Queens College, and scientists at other institutions, have published many studies in the scientific literature in collaboration with Riverkeeper, either utilizing our water quality monitoring data or dealing with related patterns of sewage pollution or aquatic science. These contributions to scientific understanding, many with important implications for management of water resources, would not have been possible without the Riverkeeper Water Quality Program and Riverkeeper’s patrol boat. They include:

Brigham, B., J. Bird, C. Zappa, A. Juhl, A. Montero, G. D. O’Mullan. 2019. Anthropogenic inputs from a coastal megacity are linked to greenhouse gas concentrations in the surrounding estuary. Limnology and Oceanography. doi.org/10.1002/lno.11200
Press release: Study: Hudson River sewage overflows are an unaccounted-for source of greenhouse gas emissions.

O’Mullan, G.D., A. Juhl, R. Reichert, E. Schneider, and Natalia Martinez. 2019. Patterns of sediment-associated fecal indicator bacteria in an urban estuary: benthic-pelagic coupling and implications for shoreline water quality. Science of the Total Environment. 656:1168-1177. doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.11.405

Brooks, et. al. Fecal Indicator Bacteria, Fecal Source Tracking Markers, and Pathogens Detected in Two Hudson River Tributaries. Water Research. In press

Cantwell, M.G., D.R. Katz, J.C. Sullivan, D. Shapley, J. Lipscomb, J.Epstein, A.R. Juhl, C. Knudson, and G.D. O’Mullan. 2018. Spatial Patterns of pharmaceuticals and wastewater tracers in the Hudson River Estuary. Water Research 137:335-343. doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2017.12.044

C. Carpenter, D. Helbling. 2018. Widespread Micropollutant Monitoring in the Hudson River Estuary Reveals Spatiotemporal Micropollutant Clusters and Their Sources. Environmental Science & Technology 2018 52 (11), 6187-6196 doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.8b00945

O’Mullan, G.D., T.T. Eaton, and M.E. Dueker. 2018. Single-indicator strategies treat symptoms, not sources of sewage contamination, hampering water quality improvement in urban areas. Current Pollution Reports 4(4):280-282. doi.org/10.1007/s40726-018-0099-3

Dueker, M.E., S. French, and G. D. O’Mullan. 2018. Comparison of bacterial diversity in air and water of a major urban center. Frontiers in Microbiology. doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2018.02868

Brigham, B., A. Montero, G.D. O’Mullan, and J. Bird. 2018. Acetate additions stimulate CO2 and CH4 production from urban wetland soils. Soil Science Society of America Journal 82(5):1147-1159. doi.org/10.2136/sssaj2018.01.0034

O’Mullan, G.D., M.E. Dueker, and A. Juhl. 2017 Challenges to managing microbial fecal pollution in coastal environments: extra-enteric ecology and microbial exchange among water, sediment, and air. Current Pollution Reports. 3(1):1-16. doi.org/10.1007/s40726-016-0047-z

Dueker, M.E.; O’Mullan, G.D.; Martínez, J.M.; Juhl, A.R.; and Weathers, K.C. 2017. Onshore Wind Speed Modulates Microbial Aerosols along an Urban Waterfront. Atmosphere 8, 215. doi.org/10.3390/atmos8110215

Montero, A., M.E. Dueker, and G.D. O’Mullan. 2016. Culturable bioaerosols along an urban waterfront are primarily associated with coarse particles. PeerJ. 4:e2827; doi.org/10.7717/peerj.2827

Juhl, A.R. and O.R. Anderson. 2014. Geographic variability in amoeboid protists and other microbial groups in the water column of the lower Hudson River Estuary (New York, USA). Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 151:45-53. doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2014.09.020

Dueker, M.E. and G.D. O’Mullan. 2014. Aeration remediation of a polluted waterway increases near-surface coarse and culturable microbial aerosols. Science of the Total Environment. 478:184-189. doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.01.092

Young, S., A. Juhl, and G. O’Mullan. 2013. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the Hudson River Estuary linked to wet weather sewage contamination. Journal of Water and Health. 11(2):297-310. doi.org/10.2166/wh.2013.131

Eaton, T., G. O’Mullan, A. A. Rouff. 2013. Assessing contamination from continuous combined sewer outfall (CSO) discharge on a tidal creek; bacteriological and heavy metal indicators. Annals of Environmental Science. 7:79-92. http://academicworks.cuny.edu/qc_pubs/13

Dueker, M.E., G. O’Mullan, A. Juhl, K. Weathers,. and M. Uriarte. 2012. Local environmental pollution strongly influences culturable bacterial aerosols at an urban aquatic superfund site. Environmental Science and Technology 46(20):10926-10933. doi.org/10.1021/es301870t

Suter, E., A. Juhl, G. O’Mullan. 2011. Particle association of Enterococcus and total bacteria in the lower Hudson River Estuary, USA. Journal of water resource and protection 3(10):715-725. doi.org/10.4236/jwarp.2011.310082

Lesen, A.E., A.R. Juhl, O.R. Anderson. 2010. Heterotrophic microplankton in the lower Hudson River Estuary: potential importance of naked, planktonic amebas for bacterivory and carbon flux. Aquatic Microbial Ecology. 61:45-56. doi.org/10.3354/ame01434

Other Reports, Presentations and Posters

Riverkeeper and our partners in the scientific community have published numerous reports, white papers, posters and other materials outside of peer-reviewed scientific literature. Riverkeeper’s analysis of data, factsheets and reports are found in our Water Quality Reports section. Some other related documents are listed below:

Juhl AR 2018. Storm and Wastewater Target Ecosystem Characteristics. In Partners Restoring the Hudson. Hudson River Comprehensive Restoration Plan. Recommendations for the New York–New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program Action Agenda and the New York State Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda.

E. Farrell. 2016. Utilizing DNA Sequencing and Land Use Data for an Improved Understanding of Fecal Contamination in Hudson River Tributaries. Reports of the Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship Program. S. Fernald, D. Yozzo, H. Andreyko, editors.

EM. Myers, A. Juhl. Comparison of the effect of particle association on the persistence of exogenous fecal indicator bacteria and sewage-derived pathogens. AGU/ALSO Ocean Sciences Meeting, Feb 22-Mar 3, 2019, San Juan PR

N. Figueredo, EM. Myers, A. Juhl. The impact of particle association on temperature-dependent growth, light-induced mortality and speciation of Vibrio sp. in the Hudson River Estuary. AGU/ALSO Ocean Sciences Meeting, Feb 22-Mar 3, 2019, San Juan PR

G. D. O’Mullan, A. Montero, R. Reichert, J. Keller, W. Blanford, and R. Engel. The urban street surface as a source of fecal bacteria to coastal waterways: dry weather persistence, indicator diversity, and a novel management solution. School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Queens College, City University of New York

G. D. O’Mullan, A. Montero. Dissolved oxygen dynamics in New York City’s waterways: connections of combined sewer overflow and hypoxia. School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Queens College, City University of New York

T.T. Eaton, G.D. O’Mullan, A. Montero. Hypoxia in NYC embayments: Is high-BOD water exported to western LIS? School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Queens College, City University of New York

J. Epstein, B. Brabetz, E. Dueker, A. Juhl, C. Knudson, N. Law, J. Lipscomb, G. O’Mullan, C. Rodak, D. Shapley. Comparison of Two Commonly Used Fecal Indicator Bacteria in Waterways of the Hudson River Watershed. Hudson River Environmental Society 2018 Symposium, New Paltz, NY

D. Shapley, A. Juhl. Municipal Wastewater in the Hudson River Watershed. Hudson River Environmental Society 2018 Symposium, New Paltz, NY(Factsheet)

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