U.S. Geological Survey Scientist Recognized as Highly Cited Researcher

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U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientist Dr. Edward T. Furlong has been designated a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher, ranking among the top 1 percent of researchers from 2003 to 2013 for most cited documents in their specific field (Environment/Ecology). He was listed in Thomson Reuters' "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015" report.

Dr. Edward T. Furlong in the laboratory

Dr. Edward T. Furlong in the laboratory. Photo Credit: Chris Lindley, USGS (retired).

Dr. Furlong is an environmental analytical chemist in the Methods Research and Development Program at the USGS National Water Quality Laboratory in Lakewood, Colorado. Dr. Furlong develops and applies new techniques and methods for the highly sensitive analysis of complex mixtures of organic contaminants (such as pesticides and pharmaceuticals) in water, sediment, biota, and other substances. He has published more than 85 journal articles and more than 25 USGS reports.

Dr. Furlong works collaboratively with scientists from across the USGS and with university colleagues. His efforts with a team of USGS scientists provided the first published documentation on the national occurrence of a wide variety of hormones, pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and other wastewater contaminants present in surface waters throughout the United States in 2002. One of the many projects that Dr. Furlong is involved with is the USGS Toxic Substances Hydrology Program's Emerging Contaminants in the Environment Investigation.

Dr. Edward T. Furlong at EmCon 2009

Dr. Edward T. Furlong at EmCon 2009—the 2nd International Conference on Occurrence, Fate, Effects, and Analysis of Emerging Contaminants in the Environment, Fort Collins, Colorado, August 4-7, 2009. Photo Credit: Dana W. Kolpin, USGS

Other USGS Highly Cited Researchers

USGS scientist Dr. Michael T. Meyer has been listed as a Highly Cited Researcher for 2014 and 2015 (Environment/Ecology). Dr. Meyer develops innovative analytical methods to measure contaminants of emerging concern, such as herbicides and their degradation products, pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and hormones. Dr. Meyer is also a member of the Emerging Contaminants in the Environment research team.

Another Highly Cited Researcher for 2015 in the Environment/Ecology category is USGS scientist Dr. Kevin D. Lafferty. Dr. Lafferty researches how parasites affect ecosystems and, in turn, how ecosystems affect parasites. He is stationed at the USGS's Channel Islands Field Station in Ventura, California, which is a branch office of the USGS Western Ecological Research Center in Sacramento.

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Dr. Kevin D. Lafferty

Dr. Kevin D. Lafferty

(Credit: Kevin Lafferty, USGS Western Ecological Research Center. Public domain.)


This article was featured in the USGS GeoHealth Newsletter, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2016

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