Adam C Mumford


Dr. Adam Mumford is a geomicrobiologist who studies the interactions between microbial communities and minerals in the shallow subsurface. His current work focuses on how microbial communities respond to inputs of produced water from unconventional oil and gas development, and how these responses can mitigate or exacerbate the risk posed by produced waters to streams and shallow aquifers. 

Dr. Mumford received his BS in Microbiology from the University of New Hampshire in 2003, and his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from Rutgers University in 2012. Prior to joining the USGS National Research Program as a Mendenhall Research Fellow in 2014, he served as a postdoctoral research associate at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, ME. 

For more information, please visit the Reston Biogeochemical Processes in Groundwater Laboratory and Reston Microbiology Labortory websites. 






Cozzarelli, I.M., Akob, D.M., Baedecker, M.J., Spencer, T., Jaeschke, J., Dunlap, D.S., Mumford, A.C., Poret-Peterson, A.T., Chambers, D.B. 2017. Degradation of Crude 4-MCHM (4-Methylcyclohexanemethanol) in Sediments from Elk River, West Virginia. Environmental Science and Technology. 51:12139-12145

Akob, D.M., Baesman, S.M., Sutton, J.M., Fierst, J.L, Mumford, A.C, Shrestha, Y., Poret-Peterson, A.T., Bennett, S., Dunlap, D.S, Haase, K.B, Oremland, R.S. 2017. Detection of Diazotrophy in the Acetylene-Fermenting Anaerobe Pelobacter sp. Strain SFB93. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 83:e01189-17

Orem, W., Varonka, M., Crosby, L., Haase, K., Loftin, K., Hladik, M., Akob, D.M., Tatu, C., Mumford, A.C., Jaeschke, J., Bates, A., Schell, T., Cozzarelli, I.M. 2017. Organic geochemistry and toxicology of a stream impacted by unconventional oil and gas wastewater disposal operations. Applied Geochemistry. 80:155-167

Fahrenfeld, N.L, Delos Reyes, H., Eramo, A., Akob D.M., Mumford, A.C., Cozzarelli, I.M. 2016. Shifts in microbial community structure and function in surface waters impacted by unconventional oil and gas wastewater revealed by metagenomics. Science of the Total Environment. 580:1205-1213

Cozzarelli, I.M., Skalak, K.J., Kent, D.B., Engle, M.A., Benthem, A., Mumford, A.C., Haase, K., Farag, A., Harper, D., Nagel, S.C., Iwanowicz, L.R., Orem, W.H., Akob, D.M., Jaeschke, J.B., Galloway, J., Kohler, M., Stoliker, D.L., Jolly, G.D. 2016. Environmental signatures and effects of an oil and gas wastewater spill in the Williston Basin, North Dakota. Science of the Total Environment. 579:1781-1793

Mumford, A.C., Adaktylou, I.J., Emerson D. 2016. Peeking under the Iron Curtain: Development of a Microcosm for Imaging the Colonization of Steel Surfaces by Mariprofundus sp. Strain DIS-1, an Oxygen-Tolerant Fe-Oxidizing Bacterium. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 22:6799-6807

Kassotis, C.D., Iwanowicz, L.R., Akob, D.M., Cozzarelli, I.M., Mumford, A.C., Orem, W.H., Nagel, S.C. 2016. Endocrine disrupting activities of surface water associated with a West Virginia oil and gas industry wastewater disposal site. Science of The Total Environment. 557:901-910

Akob, D.M., Mumford, A.C., Orem, W.H., Engle, M.A., Klinges, J.G., Kent, D.B., Cozzarelli, I.M. 2016. Wastewater Disposal from Unconventional Oil and Gas Development Degrades Stream Quality at a West Virginia Injection Facility. Environmental Science and Technology. 50:5517-5525

Henri, P.A., Rommevaux-Jestin, C., Lesongeur, F., Mumford, A.C., Emerson D., Anne Godfroy, A., Ménez, B. 2015. Structural Iron (II) of Basaltic Glass as an Energy Source for Zetaproteobacteria in an Abyssal Plain Environment, Off the Mid Atlantic Ridge. Frontiers in Microbiology. 6:1518

Mumford, A.C., Barringer, J.L., Reilly, P.A., Eberl, D.D., and Blum, A.E., Young, L.Y2014. Biogeochemical environments of streambed-sediment pore-waters with and without arsenic enrichment in a sedimentary rock terrain, New Jersey Piedmont, USA. Science of the Total Environment. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.07.104 [Link]

Mumford, A.C., Yee, N., Young, L.Y. 2013. Precipitation of Alacranite (As8S9) by a Novel As(V) Respiring Anaerobe Strain MPA-C3. Environmental Microbiology. 15:2748–2760 [Link]

Barringer, J.L., Reilly, P.A., Eberl, D.D., Mumford, A.C., Benzel, W.M., Szabo, Z., Shourds, J.L., Young, L.Y. 2013. Arsenic in New Jersey Coastal Plain Streams, Sediments, and Shallow Groundwater: Effects from Different Geologic Sources and Anthropogenic Inputs on Biogeochemical and Physical Mobilization Processes. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2013-5107 [Link]

Mumford, A.C., Barringer, J.L., Benzel, W.M., Reilly, P.A., Young, L.Y. 2012. Microbial Release and Transformations of Arsenic: Mobilization from Glauconitic Sediments to Water. Water Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2012.02.044 [Link]

Li Y., Porter, A.W., Mumford A.C., Zhao, X., Young, L.Y. 2012. Bacterial community structure and bamA gene diversity in anaerobic degradation of toluene and benzoate under denitrifying conditions. Journal of Applied Microbiology 112:269-79 [Link]

Barringer, J.L., Mumford, A.C., Young, L.Y., Reilly, P.A., Bonin, J.L., Rosman R. 2010. Pathways for Arsenic from Sediments to Groundwater to Streams: Biogeochemical Processes in the Inner Coastal Plain, New Jersey, USA. Water Research 44:5532-5544 [Link]

Garcia-Dominguez, E., Mumford, A., Rhine E.D., Paschal, A., L.Y Young. 2008. Novel autotrophic arsenite- oxidizing bacteria isolated from soil and sediments. FEMS Micobiol Ecol. 66:401-10 [Link]

Oka, A.R., Phelps, C.D, McGuinness, L.M., Mumford, A.C., Young, LY, and Kerkhof, L.J. 2008. Identification of Critical Members in a Sulfidogenic Benzene Degrading Consortium by DNA Stable Isotope Probing. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 74:6476-6480 [Link]