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U.S. Geological Survey Scientist Recognized as Highly Cited Researcher

Dr. Edward T. Furlong in the laboratory
Dr. Edward T. Furlong in the laboratory. Photo Credit: Chris Lindley, USGS (retired).

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientist Dr. Edward T. Furlong has been designated a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher, ranking among the top 1 percent of researchers from 2003 to 2013 for most cited documents in their specific field (Environment/Ecology). He was listed in Thomson Reuters' "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015" report.

Dr. Edward T. Furlong at EmCon 2009
Dr. Edward T. Furlong at EmCon 2009—the 2nd International Conference on Occurrence, Fate, Effects, and Analysis of Emerging Contaminants in the Environment, Fort Collins, Colorado, August 4-7, 2009. Photo Credit: Dana W. Kolpin, USGS

Dr. Furlong is an environmental analytical chemist in the Methods Research and Development Program at the USGS National Water Quality Laboratory in Lakewood, Colorado. Dr. Furlong develops and applies new techniques and methods for the highly sensitive analysis of complex mixtures of organic contaminants (such as pesticides and pharmaceuticals) in water, sediment, biota, and other substances. He has published more than 85 journal articles and more than 25 USGS reports.

Dr. Furlong works collaboratively with scientists from across the USGS and with university colleagues. His efforts with a team of USGS scientists provided the first published documentation on the national occurrence of a wide variety of hormones, pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and other wastewater contaminants present in surface waters throughout the United States in 2002. One of the many projects that Dr. Furlong is involved with is the USGS Toxic Substances Hydrology Program's Emerging Contaminants in the Environment Investigation.

Other USGS Highly Cited Researchers

Dr. Michael T. Meyer in front of laboratory analytical equipment
Dr. Michael T. Meyer. Photo Credit: Julie E. Dietze, USGS

USGS scientist Dr. Michael T. Meyer has been listed as a Highly Cited Researcher for 2014 and 2015 (Environment/Ecology). Dr. Meyer develops innovative analytical methods to measure contaminants of emerging concern, such as herbicides and their degradation products, pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and hormones. Dr. Meyer is also a member of the Emerging Contaminants in the Environment research team.

Photo of Dr. Kevin D. Lafferty_
Dr. Kevin D. Lafferty. Photo Credit: Kevin D. Lafferty, USGS

Another Highly Cited Researcher for 2015 in the Environment/Ecology category is USGS scientist Dr. Kevin D. Lafferty. Dr. Lafferty researches how parasites affect ecosystems and, in turn, how ecosystems affect parasites. He is stationed at the USGS's Channel Islands Field Station in Ventura, California, which is a branch office of the USGS Western Ecological Research Center in Sacramento.

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This article was featured as an article in the USGS GeoHealth Newsletter, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2016

A Selection of Dr. Furlong's Highly Cited Journal Articles

Barber, L.B., Keefe, S.H., Brown, G.K., Furlong, E.T., Gray, J.L., Kolpin, D.W., Meyer, M.T., Sandstrom, M.W., and Zaugg, S.D., 2013, Persistence and potential effects of complex organic contaminant mixtures in wastewater-impacted streams: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 47, no. 5, p. 2177–2188, doi:10.1021/es303720g.

Barnes, K.K., Kolpin, D.W., Furlong, E.T., Zaugg, S.D., Meyer, M.T., and Barber, L.B., 2008, A national reconnaissance of pharmaceuticals and other organic wastewater contaminants in the United States—I. Groundwater: Science of the Total Environment, v. 402, no. 2–3, p. 192–200, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2008.04.028.

Focazio, M.J., Kolpin, D.W., Barnes, K.K., Furlong, E.T., Meyer, M.T., Zaugg, S.D., Barber, L.B., and Thurman, E.M., 2008, A national reconnaissance of pharmaceuticals and other organic wastewater contaminants in the United States—II. Untreated drinking water sources: Science of the Total Environment, v. 402, no. 2–3, p. 201–216, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2008.02.021.

Furlong, E.T., Burkhardt, M.R., Gates, P.M., Werner, S.L., and Battaglin, W.A., 2000, Routine determination of sulfonylurea, imidazolinone, and sulfonamide herbicides at nanogram-per-liter concentrations by solid-phase extraction and liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry: The Science of the Total Environment, v. 248, no. 2–3, p. 135–146, doi:10.1016/S0048-9697(99)00537-9.

Glassmeyer, S.T., Furlong, E.T., Kolpin, D.W., Cahill, J.D., Zaugg, S.D., Werner, S.L., Meyer, M.T., and Kryak, D.D., 2005, Transport of chemical and microbial compounds from known wastewater dishcarges—Potential for use as indicators of human fecal contamination: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 39, no. 14, p. 5157–5169, doi:10.1021/es048120k.

Kolpin, D.W., Furlong, E.T., Meyer, M.T., Thurman, E.M., Zaugg, S.D., Barber, L.B., and Buxton, H.T., 2002, Pharmaceuticals, hormones, and other organic wastewater contaminants in U.S. streams, 1999-2000—A national reconnaissance: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 36, no. 6, p. 1202–1211, doi:10.1021/es011055j.

Schultz, M.M., Furlong, E.T., Kolpin, D.W., Werner, S.L., Schoenfuss, H.L., Barber, L.B., Blazer, V.S., Norris, D.O., and Vajda, A.M., 2010, Antidepressant pharmaceuticals in two U.S. effluent-impacted streams—Occurrence and fate in water and sediment, and selective uptake in fish neural tissue: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 44, no. 6, p. 1,918–1,925, doi:10.1021/es9022706.

Schultz, M.M., Painter, M.M., Bartell, S.E., Logue, A., Furlong, E.T., Werner, S.L., and Schoenfuss, H.L., 2011, Selective uptake and biological consequences of environmentally relevant antidepressant pharmaceutical exposures on male fathead minnows: Aquatic Toxicology, v. 104, no. 1–2, p. 38–47, doi:10.1016/j.aquatox.2011.03.011.

Stackelberg, P.E., Furlong, E.T., Meyer, M.T., Zaugg, S.D., Henderson, A.K., and Reissman, D.B., 2004, Persistence of pharmaceutical compounds and other organic wastewater contaminants in a conventional drinking-water-treatment plant: Science of the Total Environment, v. 329, no. 1–3, p. 99–113, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2004.03.015.

Yang, Y.-Y., Gray, J.L., Furlong, E.T., Davis, J.G., ReVello, R.C., and Borch, T., 2012, Steroid hormone runoff from agricultural test plots applied with municipal biosolids: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 46, no. 5, p. 2746–2754, doi:10.1021/es203896t.

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