Group members in BOLD




J.E. Sonke, R. Teisserenc, L-E. Heimbürger, M.V. Petrova,  N. Marusczak, T. Le Dantec, A.V. Chupakov, C. Li, C.P. Thackray, E.M. Sunderland, N. Tananaev, O.S. Pokrovsky. 2018. Eurasian river spring flood observations support net Arctic Ocean mercury export to the atmosphere and Atlantic Ocean. PNAS. 115(50): E11586-E11594 [full text]

Y. Ma, D. Adelman, E.M. Bauerfeind, A. Cabrerizo, C. Macdonough, D. Muir, T. Soltwedel, C. Sun, C.C. Wagner, E.M. Sunderland, R. Lohmann. 2018. Concentrations and water mass transport of legacy POPs in the Arctic Ocean. Geophysical Research Letters. 45 (23), 12,972-12,981. [full text]

A. Saiz-Lopez, S.P. Sitkiewicz, D. Roca-Sanjuán, J.M. Oliva-Enrich, J.Z Dávalos, R. Notario, M. Jiskra, Y. Xu, F. Wang, C.P. Thackray, E.M. Sunderland, D.J. Jacob, O. Travnikov, C.A. Cuevas, A.U. Acuña, D. Rivero, J. Plane, D.E. Kinnison, J.E. Sonke. 2018. Photoreduction of gaseous oxidized mercury changes global atmospheric mercury speciation, transport and deposition. Nature Communications. 9, 4796. [full text]

D.J. Madigan, M. Li, R. Yin, H. Baumann, O.E. Snodgrass, H. Dewar, D.P. Krabbenhoft, Z. Baumann, N.S. Fisher, P.H. Balcom, E.M. Sunderland. 2018. Mercury stable isotopes reveal influence of foraging depth on mercury concentrations and growth in Pacific bluefin tuna. Environmental Science and Technology. 52(11): 6256-6264. [full text]

C. Dassuncao, X.C. Hu, F. Nielsen, P. Weihe, P. Grandjean, E.M. Sunderland. 2018. Shifting global exposures to poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances evident in longitudinal birth cohorts from a seafood consuming population. Environmental Science and Technology. 52(6): 3738-3747. [full text]

X.C. Hu, C. Dassuncao, X. Zhang, P. Grandjean, P. Weihe, G.M. Webster, F. Nielsen, E.M. Sunderland. 2018. Can profiles of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in human serum provide information on major exposure sources? Environmental Health. 17 (1):11. DOI: 10.1186/s12940-018-0355-4. [full text]

D. Obrist, J. Kirk, L. Zhang, E. Sunderland, M. Jiskra, N.E. Selin. 2018. A review of global environmental mercury processes in response to human and natural perturbations: changes of emissions, climate and land use. Ambio. DOI: 10.1007/s13280-017-1004-9. [full text]

A.T. Schartup, A. Qureshi, C. Dassuncao, C.P. Thackray, G. Harding, E.M. Sunderland. 2018. Methylmercury uptake and trophic transfer by marine plankton. Environmental Science and Technology. 52(2): 654-662. [full text]

E.M. Sunderland, M. Li, K. Bullard. 2018. Decadal changes in edible supply of seafood and methylmercury exposure in the United States. Environmental Health Perspectives. DOI:10.1289/EHP2644. [full text]

D.G. Streets, Z. Lu, L. Levin, A.F.H. ter Schure, E.M. Sunderland. 2018. Historical releases of mercury to air, land and water from coal combustion. Science of the Total Environment. 615: 131-140. [full text]


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X. Zhang, Y. Zhang, C. Dassuncao, R. Lohmann, E.M. Sunderland. 2017. North Atlantic deep water formation inhibits high Arctic contamination by continental perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) discharges. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 31(8): 1332-1343. [full text]

K. von Stackelberg, M. Li, E.M. Sunderland. 2017. Results of a national survey of high-frequency fish consumers in the United States. Environmental Research. 158: 126-136. [full text]

L. Yeung, C. Dassuncao, S. Maybury, E.M. Sunderland, X. Zhang, R. Lohmann. 2017. Vertical profiles, sources, and transport of PFASs in the Arctic Ocean. Environmental Science and Technology. 51(12): 6735-6744. [full text]

D.G. Streets, H.M. Horowitz, D.J. Jacob, Z. Lu, L. Levin, A. Ter Schure, E.M. Sunderland. 2017. Total mercury released to the environment by human activities. Environmental Science and Technology. 51: 5969-5977 [full text].

C. Dassuncao, X.C. Hu, X. Zhang, R. Bossi, M. Dam, B. Mikkelsen, E.M. Sunderland. 2017. Temporal shifts in poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in North Atlantic pilot whales indicate large contribution of atmospheric precursors. Environmental Science and Technology. 51(8): 4512-4521. [full text]

A. Weber, L. Barber, D. LeBlanc, E.M. Sunderland, C.D. Vecitis. 2017. Geochemical and hydrologic factors controlling subsurface transport of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Environmental Science and Technology. 51(8): 4269-4279. [full text] Link to USGS story on paper here.

H.M. Horowitz, D.J. Jacob, Y. Zhang, T.S. Dibble, F. Slemr, H.M. Amos, J.A. Schmidt, E.S. Corbitt, E.A. Marais, E.M. Sunderland. 2017. A new mechanism for atmospheric mercury redox chemistry: Implications for the global mercury budget. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.17, 6353-6371. [full text].

D. Kocman, S.J. Wilson, H.M. Amos, K.H. Telmer, F. Steenhuisen, E.M. Sunderland, R.P. Mason, P. Outridge, M. Horvat. 2017. Toward an assessment of the global inventory of present-day mercury releases to freshwater environments. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.14(2), 138; doi: 10.3390/ijerph14020138. [full text].


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R.S.D. Calder, A.T. Schartup, M. Li, A.P. Valberg, P.H. Balcom, E.M. Sunderland. 2016. Future impacts of hydroelectric power expansion on methylmercury exposures of Canadian indigenous communities. Environmental Science and Technology. 50 (23): 13115–13122. [full text] [SI]

M. Li, A.T. Schartup, A.P. Valberg, J. Ewald, D.P. Krabbenhoft, R. Yin, P. Balcom, E.M. Sunderland. 2016. Environmental origins of methylmercury accumulated in subarctic estuarine fish indicated by Hg stable isotopes. Environmental Science and Technology. 50(21): 11559-11568. [full text].

E.M. Sunderland, A.T. Schartup. 2016. News & views: Mercury methylation on ice. Nature Microbiology. DOI: 10.1038/NMICROBIOL.2016.165. [pdf]

X. Zhang, R. Lohmann, C. Dassuncao, X.C. Hu, A. Weber, C.D. Vecitis, E.M. Sunderland. 2016. Source attribution of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances in surface waters from Rhode Island and the New York Metropolitan Area. Environmental Science and Technology Letters. 3(9): 316-321. [pdf]

X.C. Hu, D. Andrews, A.B. Lindstrom, T.A. Bruton, L.A. Schaider, P. Grandjean, R. Lohmann, C.C. Carignan, A. Blum, S.A. Balan, C. Higgins, E.M. Sunderland. 2016. Detection of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in U.S. drinking water linked to industrial sites, military fire training areas and wastewater treatment plants. Environmental Science and Technology Letters. 3(10): 344-350. [full text]

M. Li, K. von Stackelberg, C. Rheinberger, J.K. Hammitt, D.P. Krabbenhoft, Y. Runsheng, E.M. Sunderland. 2016. Insights from mercury stable isotopes into factors affecting the internal body burden of methylmercury in frequent fish consumers. Elementa. 4(1): 000103. [full text]

E.M. Sunderland, C.T. Driscoll, Jr., J.K. Hamitt, P. Grandjean, J.S. Evans, J.D. Blum, C.Y. Chen, D.C. Evers, D.A. Jaffe, R.P. Mason, S. Goho, W. Jacobs. 2016. Benefits of regulating hazardous air pollutants from coal and oil-fired utilities in the United States. Environmental Science & Technology. 50(5): 2117-2120. [full text]

C.Y. Chen, C.T. Dricoll, K.F. Lambert, R.P. Mason, E.M. Sunderland. 2016. Connecting mercury science to policy: from sources to seafood. Reviews on Environmental Health. 31(1): 17-20. [full text].

R. Sun, D.G. Streets, H.M. Horowitz, H.M. Amos, G. Liu, V. Perrot, J-P Toutain, H. Hintelmann, E.M. Sunderland, J.E. Sonke. 2016. Historical (1850-2010) mercury stable isotope emissions from anthropogenic sources to the atmosphere. Elementa. 4(1):000091. [full text]

A.L. Soerensen, D.J. Jacob, A.T. Schartup, J.A. Fisher, I Lehnherr, V.L. St. Louis, L.-E. Heimberger, J.E. Sonke, D.P. Krabbenhoft, E.M. Sunderland. 2016. A mass budget for mercury and methylmercury in the Arctic Ocean. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. [full text] [SI]

Y. Zhang, D.J. Jacob, H.M. Horowitz, L. Chen, H.M. Amos, D.P. Krabbenhoft, F. Slemr, M.S. Landis, V. St. Louis, E.M. Sunderland. 2016. Observed decrease in atmospheric mercury explained by global decline in anthropogenic emissions. PNAS. 113(3), 526-531. [link to 1990-2010 global emissions data .zip file]. [full text]

A. Schartup, R. Calder, M. Li, P. Balcom, A. Valberg, J. Ewald, E. Sunderland. 2016. "Methylmercury" in Lake Melville: Avativut, Kanuittailinnivut (Our Environment, Our Health). Scientific Report, Nunatsiavut Government. Nain, Labrador. [pdf]


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A.T. Schartup, P.H. Balcom, A.L. Soerensen, K. Gosnell, R. Calder, R.P. Mason, E.M. Sunderland. 2015. Freshwater discharges drive high levels of methylmercury in Arctic marine biota. PNAS. 112(38), 11789-11794. [full text]

Y.Zhang, D.J. Jacob, S. Dutkiewicz, H.M. Amos, M.S. Long, E.M. Sunderland. 2015. Biogeochemical drivers of the the fate of riverine mercury discharged to the global and Arctic oceans. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 29(6): 854-864. [full text]

A.T. Schartup, U.C. Ndu, R.P. Mason, E.M. Sunderland. 2015. Contrasting effects of marine and terrestrially derived organic matter on mercury speciation and bioavailability in seawater. Environmental Science & Technology. 49(10): 5965-5972. [full text]

H.M. Amos, J.E. Sonke, D. Obrist, N. Robins, N. Hagan, H.M. Horowitz, R.P. Mason, M. Witt, I. Hedgecock, E.S. Corbitt, E.M. Sunderland. 2015. Observational and modeling constraints on global anthropogenic enrichment of mercury. Environmental Science & Technology. 49(7) : 4036-4047. [full text]


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A.L. Soerensen, R.P. Mason, P. Balcom, D.J. Jacob, Y. Zhang, Y. Kuss, E.M. Sunderland. 2014. Elemental mercury concentrations and fluxes in the tropical atmosphere and ocean. Environmental Science and Technology. 48: 11312-11319. [full text]

H.M. Horowitz, D.J. Jacob, H.M. Amos, D.G. Streets, E.M. Sunderland. 2014. Historical mercury releases from commercial products: Global environmental implications. Environmental Science and Technology. 48(17) : 10242-10250. [full text]

M.B. Trudeau, E.M. Sunderland, D.L. Jindrich, J.T. Dennerlein. 2014. A data-driven design evaluation tool for handheld device soft keyboards. PLoS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0107070. [full text]

H.M. Amos,  D.J. Jacob, D. Kocman, H.M. Horowitz, Y. Zhang, S. Dutkiewicz, M. Horvat, E.S. Corbitt, D.P. Krabbenhoft, E.M. Sunderland. 2014. Global biogeochemical implications of mercury discharges from rivers and sediment burial. Environmental Science and Technology. 48(16) : 9514-9522. [full text]

M. Li, L.S. Sherman, J.D. Blum, P. Grandjean, B. Mikkelsen, P. Weihe, E.M. Sunderland, J.P. Shine. 2014. Assessing sources of human methylmercury exposure using mercury stable isotopes. Environmental Science and Technology. 48(15) : 8800-8806. [full text]

E.M. Sunderland, J.G. Wiener, M.E. Brigham. 2014. Why is mercury in fish a concern? Chapter 2 in USGS Circular, The Quality of Our Nation's Waters: Mercury in the Nation's Streams - Levels, Trends, and Implications. Circular 1395. D.A. Wentz, M.E. Brigham, M.A. Lutz, D.P. Krabbenhoft (Eds.). 100 pp.




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