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. 




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

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., 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]

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]

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]