Columbia Environmental Research Center

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Since 1966, CERC scientists have published over 2000 peer reviewed articles and reports. Browse our publications below or search CERC's publications by author or title through the USGS Publications Warehouse.

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Year Published: 2020

Introduction: Ecological subsidies as a framework for understanding contaminant fate, exposure, and effects at the land-water interface

Ecologists have long recognized that ecological subsidies (the flow of organic matter, nutrients, and organisms between ecosystems) can strongly affect ecosystem processes and community structure in the recipient ecosystem. Animal movements, organic matter flows, and food web dynamics between linked aquatic and terrestrial systems can also...

Walters, David; Kraus, Johanna M.; Mills, Marc A.

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Practical considerations for the incorporation of insect-mediated contaminant flux into ecological risk assessments

Insect-mediated contaminant flux is truly an interdisciplinary concept that merges ideas from many technical areas of science (e.g., environmental chemistry, landscape ecology, and entomology). This chapter introduces risk assessors to this emerging and ecologically relevant concept by distilling the main mechanisms that drive insect-mediated...

Otter, Ryan R.; Beaubien, Gale B.; Olson, Connor I.; Walters, David; Mills, Marc A.
Otter, R.R., Beaubien, G.B., Olson, C.I., Walters, D.M., and Mills, M.A., 2020, Practical considerations for the incorporation of insect-mediated contaminant flux into ecological risk assessments, in Kraus, J.M., Walters, D.M., and Mills, M.A., eds., Contaminants and Ecological Subsidies: The Land-Water Interface: Cham, Springer International Publishing, p. 179-195. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-49480-3_9

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Synthesis: A framework for predicting the dark side of ecological subsidies

In this chapter, we synthesize the state of the science regarding ecological subsidies and contaminants at the land-water interface and suggest research and management approaches for linked freshwater-terrestrial ecosystems. Specifically, we focus on movements of animals with complex life histories and the detrital inputs associated with animal...

Kraus, Johanna M.; Wessner, Jeff; Walters, David
Kraus, J.M., Wesner, J., and Walters, D.M., 2020, Synthesis: A framework for predicting the dark side of ecological subsidies, in Kraus, J.M., Walters, D.M., and Mills, M.A., eds., Contaminants and Ecological Subsidies: The Land-Water Interface: Cham, Springer International Publishing, p. 343-372. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-49480-3_14

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Cross-ecosystem linkages and trace metals at the land-water interface

At low concentrations, trace metals are critical for sustaining life on Earth. However, at high concentrations, they become a global contaminant with particularly strong effects on freshwater communities. These effects can propagate to terrestrial ecosystems in part by altering production and community structure of adult aquatic insect emergence...

Kraus, Johanna M.; Pomeranz, Justin F.
Kraus, J.M., and Pomeranz, J.P.F., 2020, Cross-ecosystem linkages and trace metals at the land-water interface, in Kraus, J.M., Walters, D.M., and Mills, M.A., eds., Contaminants and Ecological Subsidies: The Land-Water Interface: Cham, Springer International Publishing, p. 91-109. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-49480-3_5

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Effects of early life stage exposure of largemouth bass to atrazine or a model estrogen (17α-ethinylestradiol)

Endocrine disrupting contaminants are of continuing concern for potentially contributing to reproductive dysfunction in largemouth and smallmouth bass in the Chesapeake Bay watershed (CBW) and elsewhere. Exposures to atrazine (ATR) have been hypothesized to have estrogenic effects on vertebrate endocrine systems. The incidence of intersex in male...

Leet, Jessica Kristin; Richter, Catherine A.; Cornman, Robert S.; Berninger, Jason P.; Bhandari, Ramji K.; Nicks, Diane K.; Zajicek, James L.; Blazer, Vicki S.; Tillitt, Donald E.

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Bisphenol A and 17α-ethinylestradiol-induced transgenerational gene expression differences in the brain–pituitary–testis axis of medaka, Oryzias latipes

Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), such as bisphenol A (BPA) and 17α-ethinylestradiol (EE2), can have far reaching health effects, including transgenerational abnormalities in offspring that never directly contacted either chemical. We previously reported reduced fertilization rates and embryo survival at F2 and F3 generations caused by 7-day...

Thayil, Albert J.; Wang, Xuegeng; Bhandari, Pooja; vom Saal, Frederick S.; Tillitt, Donald E.; Bhandari, Ramji K.

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Endocrine disrupting activities and geochemistry of water resources associated with unconventional oil and gas activity

The rise of hydraulic fracturing and unconventional oil and gas (UOG) exploration in the United States has increased public concerns for water contamination induced from hydraulic fracturing fluids and associated wastewater spills. Herein, we collected surface and groundwater samples across Garfield County, Colorado, a drilling-dense region, and...

Kassotis, Christopher D.; Harkness, Jennifer S.; Vo, Phuc H.; Vu, Danh C.; Hoffman, Kate; Cinnamon, Katelyn M.; Cornelius-Green, Jennifer N.; Vengosh, Avner; Lin, Chung-Ho; Tillitt, Donald E.; Kruse, Robin L.; McElroy, Jane A.; Nagel, Susan C.

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Use of environmental DNA to detect grass carp spawning events

The timing and location of spawning events are important data for managers seeking to control invasive grass carp populations. Ichthyoplankton tows for grass carp eggs and larvae can be used to detect spawning events; however, these samples can be highly debris-laden, and are expensive and laborious to process. An alternative method, environmental...

Hayer, Cari-Ann; Bayless, Michael F.; George, Amy E.; Thompson, Nathan; Richter, Catherine A.; Chapman, Duane C.

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Biological effects of hydrocarbon degradation intermediates: Is the total petroleum hydrocarbon analytical method adequate for risk assessment?

In crude oil contaminant plumes, the dissolved organic carbon (DOC) is mainly hydrocarbon degradation intermediates only partly quantified by the diesel range total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPHd) method. To understand potential biological effects of degradation intermediates, we tested three fractions of DOC: (1) solid-phase extract (HLB); (2)...

Bekins, Barbara A.; Brennan, Jennifer; Tillitt, Donald E.; Cozzarelli, Isabelle M.; Illig, Jennifer M.; Martinovich-Weigelt, Dalma

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Evaluation of acute and chronic toxicity of nickel and zinc to 2 sensitive freshwater benthic invertebrates using refined testing methods

The US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is reviewing the protectiveness of the national ambient water quality criteria (WQC) for nickel (Ni) and zinc (Zn) and compiling toxicity databases to update the WQC. An amphipod (Hyalella azteca) and a unionid mussel (Lampsilis siliquoidea) have shown high sensitivity to Ni and Zn in previous studies...

Wang, Ning; Kunz, James L.; Cleveland, Danielle; Steevens, Jeffery; Hammer, Edward J.; Van Genderen, Eric; Ryan, Adam C.; Schlekat, Christian E.

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Low oxygen: A (tough) way of life for Okavango fishes

Botswana’s Okavango Delta is a World Heritage Site and biodiverse wilderness. In 2016–2018, following arrival of the annual flood of rainwater from Angola’s highlands, and using continuous oxygen logging, we documented profound aquatic hypoxia that persisted for 3.5 to 5 months in the river channel. Within these periods, dissolved oxygen rarely...

Edwards, Thea Margaret; Mosie, Ineelo J.; Moore, Brandon C.; Lobjoit, Guy; Schiavone, Kelsie; Bachman, Robert E.; Murray-Hudson, Mike

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Thiamine concentrations in lake trout and Atlantic salmon eggs during 14 years following the invasion of alewife in Lake Champlain

Thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency in Great Lakes salmonines has been linked to consumption of alewife Alosa pseudoharengus. Thiamine deficiency has been recognized as a possible impediment to lake trout Salvelinus namaycush recruitment in the Great Lakes and Atlantic salmon Salmo salar recruitment in the Finger Lakes and...

Ladago, Bret J.; Futia, Matthew H.; Ardren, William R.; Honeyfield, Dale C.; Kelsey, Kevin P.; Kozel, Carrie L.; Riley, Stephen; Rinchard, Jacques; Tillitt, Donald E.; Zajicek, James L.; Marsden, J. Ellen