National Research Program


Biogeochemistry at Regional Scales

Over the last thirty years or more, great strides have been made in improving our basic understanding of key biogeochemical cycles of the major elements (for example, C, S, Fe, etc.), as well as minor elements of concern (for example, Hg, Se, As, etc.). While many specific pathways and reaction mechanisms have been elucidated, our understanding of how these biogeochemical cycles function and interact with each other over variable temporal and spatial scales is much less robust, particularly at ecosystem and regional spatial scales. The overarching focus of this project will be to determine how and why biogeochemical cycles of major elements and other elements of concern vary at the ecosystem and regional scales, and how these biogeochemical cycles interact with one another. General approaches to achieving project objectives will include a) comparing and contrasting key biogeochemical pathways both within the sub habitats of a given ecosystem and among systems, b) fostering collaborations with other scientists on projects that are regional in scope, and c) exploring opportunities to link the field intensive approaches currently used with emerging remote monitoring technologies.

REPORTS PUBLISHED 2004-2012

Windham-Myers, L., Ward, K., Marvin-Dipasquale, M., Agee, J.L., Kieu, L.H., and Kakouros, E., in press (web publication 12/14/11) Biogeochemical implications of episodic impoundment in a restored tidal marsh of San Francisco Bay, California: Restoration Ecology. (on-line abstract of preprint)

Huffman, R.L., Wagner, R.J., Toft, J., Cordell, J., DeWild, J.F., Dinicola, R.S., Aiken, G.R., Krabbenhoft, D.P., Marvin-DiPasquale, M., Stewart, A.R., Moran, P.W., and Paulson, A.J., 2012, Mercury species and other selected constituent concentrations in water, sediment, and biota of Sinclair Inlet, Kitsap County, Washington, 2007-10: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 658, 64 p. (on-line abstract and appendices or on-line report in pdf format, 2.9 MB)

Zheng, L., Apps, J.A., Spycher, N., Birkholzer, J.T., Kharaka, Y.K., Thordsen, J., Beers, S.R., Herkelrath, W.N., Kakouros, E., and Trautz, R.C., 2012, Geochemical modeling of changes in shallow groundwater chemistry observed during the MSU-ZERT CO2 injection experiment: International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, v. 7, p. 202-217. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Bradley, P.M., Burns, D.A., Riva- Murray, K., Brigham, M.E., Button, D.T., Chasar, L.C., Marvin-DiPasquale, M., Lowery, M.A., and Journey, C.A., 2011, Spatial and seasonal variability of dissolved methylmercury in two stream basins in the eastern United States: Environmental Science & Technology, v. 45, no. 6, p. 2048-2055.. (on-line abstract or on-line article in pdf format, 4578 KB, published by the American Chemical Society, not subject to U.S. copyright)

Degnan, J.R., Teeple, A.P., Johnston, C.M., Marvin-DiPasquale, M.C., and Luce, Darryl, 2011, Geophysical bed sediment characterization of the Androscoggin River from the former Chlor-Alkali Facility Superfund Site, Berlin, New Hampshire, to the state border with Maine, August 2009: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011-5158, 27 p. (on-line abstract or on-line report in pdf format, 5.75 MB)

Fleck, J.A.., Alpers, C.N., Marvin-DiPasquale, M., Hothem, R.L., Wright, S.A., Ellett, K., Beaulieu, E., Agee, J.L., Kakouros, E., Kieu, L.H., Eberl, D.D., Blum, A.E., and May, J.T., 2011, The effects of sediment and mercury mobilization in the South Yuba River and Humbug Creek Confluence Area,, Nevada County, California: Concentrations, speciation, and environmental fate - Part 1: Field characterization: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report, 2010-1325A, 104 p. (on-line abstract or on-line report in pdf format, 16.5 MB)

Gehrke, G.E., Blum, J.D., and Marvin-DiPasquale, M., 2011, Sources of mercury to San Francisco Bay surface sediment as revealed by mercury stable isotopes: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 75, no. 3, p. 691–705. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Marvin-DiPasquale, M., Agee, J.L., Kakouros, E., Kieu, L.H., Fleck, J.A., and Alpers, C.N., 2011, The effects of sediment and mercury mobilization in the South Yuba River and Humbug Creek confluence area, Nevada County, California: Concentrations, speciation and environmental fate - Part 2: Laboratory Experiments: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1325B, 54 p. (on-line abstract or on-line report in pdf format, 4.5 MB)

Grenier, L., Marvin-DiPasquale, M., Drury, D., Hunt, J., Robinson, A., Bezalel, S., Melwani, A., Agee, J., Kakouros, E., Kieu, L., Windham-Myers, L., and Collins, J., 2010, South Baylands Mercury Project - Final Report: Cooperator Report submitted to the California State Coastal Conservancy, Prepared by San Francisco Estuary Institute, U.S. Geological Survey, and Santa Clara Valley Water District, February 10, 2010, 97 p. (on-line report in pdf format, 3518 KB)

Slowey, A. J., 2010, Rate of formation and dissolution of mercury sulfide nanoparticles: The dual role of natural organic matter:Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 74, no. 16, p. 4693-4708. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Windham-Myers, L., Marvin-DiPasquale, M.C., Agee, J.L., Kieu, L.H., Kakouros, E., Erikson, L., and Ward, K., 2010, Biogeochemical processes in an urban, restored wetland of San Francisco Bay, California, 2007-2009; methods and data for plant, sediment and water parameters: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1299, 23 p. and spreadsheets. (on-line abstract or on-line report in pdf format, 4.3 MB)

Windham-Myers, L., Marvin-DiPasquale, M., Fleck, J., Alpers, C.N., Ackerman, J., Eagles-Smith, C., Stricker, C., Stephenson, M., Feliz, D., Gill, G., Bachand, P., Brice, A., and Kulakow, R., 2010, Methylmercury cycling, bioaccumulation, and export from agricultural and non-agricultural wetlands in the Yolo Bypass: Cooperator Final Report prepared for the State Water Resources Control Board, Prepared by U.S. Geological Survey, Calif. Dept. of Fish and Game, Moss Landing Marine Laboratory, Battelle Marine Sciences, Bachand and Associates, Yolo Foundation; September 30, 2010; 265 p. (on-line report in pdf format, 6.5 MB)

Marvin-DiPasquale, M., Alpers, C.N, and Fleck, J.A., 2009, Mercury, methylmercury, and other constituents in sediment and water from seasonal and permanent wetlands in the Cache Creek Settling Basin and Yolo Bypass, Yolo County, California, 2005–06: U.S. Geological Survey, Open File Report 2009-1182, 69 p. (on-line abstract or on-line report in pdf format, 6.1 MB)

Marvin-DiPasquale, M., Lutz, M.A., Brigham, M.E., Krabbenhoft, D.P., Aiken, G.R., Orem, W.H., and Hall, B.D., 2009, Mercury cycling in stream ecosystems. 2. Benthic methylmercury production and bed sediment—pore water partitioning: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 43, no. 8, p. 2726–2732. (on-line abstract or on-line article in pdf format, 229 KB, published by the American Chemical Society, not subject to U.S. copyright)

Ribeiro Guevara, S., Catán, S.P., Marvin-DiPasquale, M., 2009, Benthic methylmercury production in lacustrine ecosystems of Nahuel Huapi National Park, Patagonia, Argentina: Chemosphere, v. 77, no, 4, p. 471-477. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Windham-Myers, L., Marvin-Dipasquale, M., Krabbenhoft, D.P.,. Agee, J.L., Cox, M.H., Heredia-Middleton, P., Coates, C., and E. Kakouros, E., 2009, Experimental removal of wetland emergent vegetation leads to decreased methylmercury production in surface sediment: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 114, G00C05, doi:10.1029/2008JG000815. (on-line abstract or on-line publication in pdf format, 768 KB, published by the American Geophysical Union; not subject to U.S. copyright)

Alpers, C., Eagles-Smith, C., Foe, C., Klasing, S., Marvin-DiPasquale, M., Slotton, D., and Winham-Myers, L., 2008, Mercury conceptual model. Sacramento (CA): Delta Regional Ecosystem Restoration Implementation Plan, 58 p. (on-line report in pdf format)

Alpers, C.N., Stewart, A.R., Saiki, M.K., Marvin-DiPasquale, M.C., Topping, B.R., Rider, K.M., Gallanthine, S.K., Kester, C.A., Rye, R.O., Antweiler, R.C., and De Wild, J.F., 2008, Environmental factors affecting mercury in Camp Far West Reservoir, California, 2001–03: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5008, 358 p. (on-line abstract or on-line report in pdf format, 3.16 MB)

Hall, B.D., Aiken, G.R., Krabbenhoft, D.P., Marvin-DiPasquale, M., and Swarzenski, C.M., 2008, Wetlands as principal zones of methylmercury production in southern Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico region: Environmental Pollution v. 154, p. 124-134. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Marvin-DiPasquale, M.C., Lutz, M.A., Krabbenhoft, D.P., Aiken, G.R., Orem, W.H., Hall, B.D., DeWild, J.F., and Brigham, M.E., 2008, Total mercury, methylmercury, methylmercury production potential, and ancillary streambed-sediment and pore-water data for selected streams in Oregon, Wisconsin, and Florida, 2003–04: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 375, 24 p. (on-line abstract and to download zip file with appendixes or on-line report in pdf format, 1.28 MB)

Lutz, M.A., Brigham, M.E., and Marvin-DiPasquale, M., 2008, Procedures for collecting and processing streambed sediment and pore water for analysis of mercury as part of the National Water-Quality Assessment Program: U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report 2008-1279, 68 p. (on-line abstract or on-line report in pdf format, 3 MB)

Schuster, P.F., Shanley, J.B., Marvin-Dipasquale, M., Reddy, M.M., Aiken, G.R., Roth, D.A., Taylor, H.E., Krabbenhoft, D.P., and DeWild, J.F., 2008, Mercury and organic carbon dynamics during runoff episodes from a northeastern USA watershed : Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, v. 187, p. 89-108. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Shanley, J.B., Mast, A., Campbell, D.H., Aiken, G.R., Krabbenhoft, D.P., Hunt, R.J., Walker, J.F., Schuster, P.F., Chalmers, A., Aulenbach, B.T., Peters, N.E., Marvin-DiPasquale, M., Clow, D.W., Shafer, M.M., 2008, Comparison of total mercury and methylmercury cycling at five sites using the small watershed approach: Environmental Pollution, v. 154, no. 1, p. 143-154. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Stewart, A.R., Saiki, M.K., Kuwabara, J.S., Alpers, C.N., Marvin DiPasquale, M., and Krabbenhoft, D.P., 2008, Influence of plankton mercury dynamics and trophic pathways on mercury concentrations of top predator fish of a mining-impacted reservoir: Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, v. 65, no.11, p. 2351-2366(16). (on-line abstract of journal article).

Yee, D., Collins, J., Grenier, L., Takekawa, J., Tsao-Melcer, D., Woo, I., Schwarzbach, S., Marvin-DiPasquale, M., Windham, L., Krabbenhoft, D., Olund, S., and DeWild, J., 2008, Mercury and Methylmercury Processes in North San Francisco Bay Tidal Wetland Ecosystems. CalFed ERP02D-P62 Final Report.: Submitted to California Bay-Delta Authority Ecosystem Restoration Program. SFEI Contribution #621. San Francisco Estuary Institute, 67 p. (on-line report in pdf format, 1536 KB)

Gandhi, N., Bhavsar, S.P., Diamond, M.L., Kuwabara, J.S., Mark Marvin-DiPasquale, M., and Krabbenhoft, D.P., 2007, Development of a mercury speciation, fate and biotic uptake (BIOTRANSPEC) model: Application to Lahontan Reservoir (Nevada, USA): Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, v. 26, p. 2,260-2,273. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Marvin-DiPasquale, M., and Cox, M.H., 2007, Legacy mercury in Alviso Slough, South San Francisco Bay, California: Concentration, speciation and mobility: U.S. Geological Survey, Open-File Report number 2007-1240, 98 p. (on-line abstract or on-line report in pdf format, 9.7 MB)

Marvin-DiPasquale, M., Stewart, A.R., Fisher, N.S., Pickhardt, P., Mason, R.P., Heyes, A., and Winham-Myers, L., 2007, Evaluation Of Mercury Transformations and Trophic Transfer in the San Francisco Bay/Delta: Identifying Critical Processes for the Ecosystem Restoration Program: Annual Report for Project # ERP-02-P40 to the California Bay Delta Authority (CBDA), 39 p. (on-line report in pdf format)

Pérez Catán, S., Ribeiro Guevara, S., Marvin-DiPasquale, M., Magnavacca, C., Cohen, I.M., and Arribere, M., 2007, Methodological considerations regarding the use of inorganic 197Hg(II) radiotracer to assess mercury methylation potential rates in lake sediment: Applied Radiation and Isotopes, v. 65, p. 987-997. (on-line abstract)

Alpers, C.N., Hunerlach, M.P., Marvin-DiPasquale, M.C., Antweiler, R.C., Lasorsa, B.K., De Wild, J.F., and Snyder, N.P., 2006, Geochemical data for mercury, methylmercury, and other constitutents in sediments from Englebright Lake, California, 2002 : U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 151, 95 p. (on-line abstract or data report in pdf format, 11.6 MB - on-line only)

Brocher, T.M., Carr, M.D., Halsing, D.L., John, D.A., Langenheim, V.E., Mangan, M.T., Marvin-DiPasquale, M.C., Takekawa, J.Y., and Tiedeman, C.R., 2006, USGS science in Menlo Park; a science strategy for the U. S. Geological Survey Menlo Park Science Center, 2005-2015: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1290, 42 p. (on-line abstract or on-line report in pdf format, 4.5 MB)

Marvin-DiPasquale, M., Stewart, A.R., Fisher, N.S., Pickhardt, P., Mason, R.P., Heyes, A., and Winham-Meyer, L., 2005, Evaluation Of Mercury Transformations and Trophic Transfer in the San Francisco Bay/Delta: Identifying Critical Processes for the Ecosystem Restoration Program: Annual Report of Progress for Project # ERP-02-P40 to the California Bay Delta Authority (CBDA) Sacramento, California. (on-line only report in pdf format)

Hunerlach, M.P., Alpers, C.N., Marvin-DiPasquale, M., Taylor, H.E., and De Wild, J.F., 2004, Geochemistry of mercury and other trace elements in fluvial tailings upstream of Daguerre Point Dam, Yuba River, California, August 2001: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2004-5165. (on-line abstract or on-line report in pdf format, 20,423 KB)

Snyder, N.P., Allen, J.R., Dare, C., Hampton, M.A., Schneider, G., Wooley, R.J., Alpers, C.N., and Marvin-DiPasquale, M.C., 2004, Sediment grain-size and loss-on-ignition analyses from 2002 Englebright Lake coring and sampling campaigns: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2004-1080, 46 p. (on-line abstract or on-line report in pdf format - 1.6MB)

Stamenkovic, J., Gustin, M.S., Marvin-DiPasquale, M.C., Thomas, B.A., and Agee, J.L., 2004, Distribution of total and methyl mercury in sediments along Steamboat Creek (Nevada, USA): Science of The Total Environment, v. 322, no. 1-3, p. 167-177. (on-line abstract)

Topping, B.R., Kuwabara, J.S., Marvin-DiPasquale, M.C., Agee, J.L., Kieu, L.H., Flanders, J.R., Parchaso, F., Hager, S.W., Lopez, C.B., and Krabbenhoft, D.P., 2004, Sediment remobilization of mercury in south San Francisco Bay, California: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2004-5196, 27 p. + appendices. (on-line executive summary or on-line report in pdf format, 6.9 MB)

For bibliographic information prior to 2004, see the project, Microbial Biogeochemistry of Aquatic Environments

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS PROJECT, CONTACT:
Mark Marvin-DiPasquale (professional profile)
U.S. Geological Survey, 345 Middlefield Rd, MS 480, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Email: mmarvin@usgs.gov
Telephone: 650-329-4442

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