Research Competitive Grant Publications

The peer-reviewed publications below were partly supported by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center Competitive Grants Program and the Water Resources Research Act section 104b program.


Bretz, K. A., Murphy, N. N., & Hotchkiss, E. R. (2023). Carbon biogeochemistry and export governed by flow in a non-perennial stream. Water Resources Research, 59, e2022WR034004.

Lopez, K. G., Xiao, J., Crockett, C., Lytle, C., Grubbs, H., & Edwards, M. (2023). Seasonal Fluctuations in Nitrate Levels Can Trigger Lead Solder Corrosion Problems in Drinking Water. Environmental Science & Technology Letters, 10(1), 21-26, 10.1021/acs.estlett.2c00581.


Behrouz, M.S., Yazdi, M. N., Sample, D. J., Scott, D., & Owen Jr, J. S. (2022). What are the relevant sources and factors affecting event mean concentrations (EMCs) of nutrients and sediment in stormwater? Science of The Total Environment, 828, 154368.

DeVilbiss, S. E., Steele, M. K., Brown, B. L., & Badgley, B. D. (2022). Stream bacterial diversity peaks at intermediate freshwater salinity and varies by salt type. Science of the Total Environment, 840, 156690.

Morina, J.C., Franklin, R.B. (2022). Intensity and duration of exposure determine prokaryotic community response to salinization in freshwater wetland soils, Geoderma, 428(15), 116138.


DeVilbiss, S. E., Steele, M. K., Krometis, L. A. H., & Badgley, B. D. (2021). Freshwater salinization increases survival of Escherichia coli and risk of bacterial impairment. Water Research, 191, 116812.


Laverty, A.L., Primpke, S., Lorenz, C., Gerdts, G., Dobbs, F.C. (2020). Bacterial biofilms colonizing plastics in estuarine waters, with an emphasis on Vibrio spp. and their antibacterial resistance. PLoS ONE 15(8): e0237704.

Lee, R. M., McGuire, K. J., Strahm, B. D., Knoepp, J. D., Jackson, C. R., & Stewart, R. D. (2020). Revisiting the Hewlett and Hibbert (1963) hillslope drainage experiment and modeling effects of decadal pedogenic processes and leaky soil boundary conditions. Water Resources Research, 56, e2019WR025090.

Lofton, M. E., Leach, T. H., Beisner, B. E., & Carey, C. C. (2020). Relative importance of top‐down vs. bottom‐up control of lake phytoplankton vertical distributions varies among fluorescence‐based spectral groups. Limnology and Oceanography, doi: 10.1002/lno.11465.

Krueger, K. M., Vavrus, C. E., Lofton, M. E., McClure, R. P., Gantzer, P., Carey, C. C., & Schreiber, M. E. (2020). Iron and manganese fluxes across the sediment-water interface in a drinking water reservoir. Water Research, 116003.


Doubek, J. P., Campbell, K. L., Lofton, M. E., McClure, R. P., & Carey, C. C. (2019). Hypolimnetic Hypoxia Increases the Biomass Variability and Compositional Variability of Crustacean Zooplankton Communities. Water, 11(10), 2179.

Jensen, C. K., McGuire, K. J., McLaughlin, D. L., & Scott, D. T. (2019). Quantifying spatiotemporal variation in headwater stream length using flow intermittency sensors. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 191(4), 226.

Lofton, M. E., McClure, R. P., Chen, S., Little, J. C., & Carey, C. C. (2019). Whole-Ecosystem Experiments Reveal Varying Responses of Phytoplankton Functional Groups to Epilimnetic Mixing in a Eutrophic Reservoir. Water, 11(2), 222.


Adadevoh, J.S.T., Ramsburg, C.A., Ford, R.M., (2018). Chemotaxis Increases the retention of bacteria in porous media with residual NAPL entrapment, Environmental Science & Technology, doi:10.1021/acs.est.8b01172.

Lunstrum, A., McGlathery, K., & Smyth, A. (2018). Oyster (Crassostrea virginica) aquaculture shifts sediment nitrogen processes toward mineralization over denitrification. Estuaries and Coasts, 41(4), 1130-1146.


Garner, E., Benitez, R., von Wagoner, E., Sawyer, R., Schaberg, E., Hession, W. C., Krometis, L., Badgley, B., & Pruden, A. (2017). Stormwater loadings of antibiotic resistance genes in an urban stream. Water Research, 123, 144-152.

Oyewumi, O., & Schreiber, M. E. (2017). Using column experiments to examine transport of As and other trace elements released from poultry litter: Implications for trace element mobility in agricultural watersheds. Environmental Pollution, 227, 223-233.

Ziegler, B. A., Schreiber, M. E., Cozzarelli, I. M., & Ng, G. H. C. (2017). A mass balance approach to investigate arsenic cycling in a petroleum plume. Environmental Pollution, 231, 1351-1361.


Bock, E.M., Coleman, B., & Easton, Z. M. (2016). Effect of biochar on nitrate removal in a pilot-scale denitrifying bioreactor,  Journal of Environmental Quality, 45(3): 762-771, doi: 10.2134/jeq2015.04.0179.

Brown, K.R., McGuire, K.J., Hession, W.C., & Aust, W.M. (2016). Can the Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) model be used to evaluate BMP effectiveness from forest roads? Journal of Forestry, 114(1): 17-26, doi: 10.5849/jof.14-101.

Garner, E., Wallace, J. S., Argoty, G. A., Wilkinson, C., Fahrenfeld, N., Heath, L. S., … & Pruden, A. (2016). Metagenomic profiling of historic Colorado Front Range flood impact on distribution of riverine antibiotic resistance genes. Scientific Reports, 6, 38432.

Lunstrum, A., & Aoki, L. R. (2016). Oxygen interference with membrane inlet mass spectrometry may overestimate denitrification rates calculated with the isotope pairing technique. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, 14(7), 425-431.


Bock, E., Smith, N., Rogers, M., Coleman, B., Reiter, M., Benham, B., & Easton, Z. M. (2015). Enhanced Nitrate and Phosphate Removal in a Denitrifying Bioreactor with Biochar, Journal of Environmental Quality, 44(2): 605-613, doi: 10.2134/jeq2014.03.0111.

Brown, K.R., McGuire, K.J., Aust, W.M., Hession, W.C., & Dolloff, C.A. (2015). The effect of increasing gravel cover on forest roads for reduced sediment delivery to stream crossings, Hydrological Processes, 29(6): 1129–1140, doi: 10.1002/hyp.10232.

Pieper, K.J., Krometis, L.A., Gallagher, D., Benham, B., & Edwards, M. (2015). Profiling private water systems to identify patterns of waterborne lead exposure. Environmental Science and Technology, 49(21): 12697-12704, doi: 10.1021/acs.est.5b03174.


Jones, C. N., Scott, D. T., Edwards, B. L., & Keim, R. F. (2014). Perirheic mixing and biogeochemical processing in flow‐through and backwater floodplain wetlands. Water Resources Research50(9), 7394-7405. 


Brown, K. R., Michael Aust, W., & McGuire, K. J. (2013). Sediment delivery from bare and graveled forest road stream crossing approaches in the Virginia Piedmont. Forest Ecology and Management310, 836-846.


Mobley, J. T., & Culver, T. B. (2012). Design of outlet control structures for ecological detention ponds. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management140(2), 250-257.

Oyewumi, O., & Schreiber, M. E. (2012). Release of arsenic and other trace elements from poultry litter: Insights from a field experiment on the Delmarva Peninsula, Delaware. Applied Geochemistry27(10), 1979-1990.

Roningen, J. M., & Burbey, T. J. (2012). Hydrogeologic controls on lake level: a case study at Mountain Lake, Virginia, USA. Hydrogeology Journal, 20(6), 1149-1167.


Gauthier, D. T., Reece, K. S., Xiao, J., Rhodes, M. W., Kator, H. I., Latour, R. J., … & Vogelbein, W. K. (2010). Quantitative PCR assay for Mycobacterium pseudoshottsii and Mycobacterium shottsii and application to environmental samples and fishes from the Chesapeake Bay. Applied and Environmental Microbiology76(18), 6171-6179.


Schwartz, B. F., & Schreiber, M. E. (2009). Quantifying potential recharge in mantled sinkholes using ERT. Groundwater47(3), 370-381.

Zhao, Z., Fang, Y., Love, N. G., & Knowlton, K. F. (2009). Biochemical and biological assays of endocrine disrupting compounds in various manure matrices. Chemosphere74(4), 551-555.


Schwartz, B. F., Schreiber, M. E., & Yan, T. (2008). Quantifying field-scale soil moisture using electrical resistivity imaging. Journal of Hydrology362(3), 234-246.

Zhang, Y., Triantafyllidou, S., & Edwards, M. (2008). Effect of nitrification and GAC filtration on copper and lead leaching in home plumbing systems. Journal of Environmental Engineering, 134(7), 521-530.

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