Environmental Health - Toxic Substances
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What awards have Toxic Substances Hydrology Program scientists received?
A: Toxic Substances Hydrology Program scientists have received numerous awards from professional societies, scientific journals, and other organizations. The following is a list of awards and recognitions received by Toxics Program scientists.
AWARDS FROM PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
2014 -- Michael T. Meyer was designation as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher, ranking among the top 1 percent of researchers for most cited documents in their specific field (Environment/Ecology). He was listed in Thomson Reuters' "The Worlds's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014" report.
2013 -- David L. Parkhurst received the Geological Society of America Hydrogeology Division’s 2012 O.E. Meinzer Award. The Meinzer award recognizes the author or authors of a publication or body of publications that have significantly advanced the science of hydrogeology or a closely related field. Parkhurst also was also elected a Geological Society of America Fellow because he received the Meinzer award. The following papers were cited in Parkhurst's Meinzer award.
2013 -- Denis R. LeBlanc was named a Fellow by the Geological Society of America. He was nominated because he "has made fundamental contributions to hydrogeology and contaminant transport through his sustained study of a vertically complex contaminant plume. His innovation of creating and maintaining a field test site that has been host to hundreds of investigators and produced numerous graduate theses has profoundly advanced scientific hydrogeology." (GSA Today, Volume 23, Issue 7, July 2013, p. 18) LeBlanc is the projet chief of the Toxic Substances Hydrology Program's investigation of Sewage Contamination in Sand and Gravel Aquifer on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
2013 -- John Karl Böhlke was named a Fellow by the Geological Society of America. "Böhlke was nominated for his insights into sources, transport, and reaction of inorganic chemicals in groundwater and surface water. Applying a broad range of experimental and novel analytical tools, he provided new understanding of processes affecting fate of nitrate and other chemicals from the site to the regional scale." (GSA Today, Volume 23, Issue 7, July 2013, p. 16)
2012 -- Paul A. Hsieh was awarded National Ground Water Association's John Hem Award for Excellence in Science and Engineering. This award is given in "recognition of a significant, recent (within the past five years) scientific or engineering contribution to the understanding of groundwater."
2012 -- Larry B. Barber received a Bronze Medal from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The award was given to Study of Pharmaceuticals Team for superior collaboration with other federal, state, local, and university partners in completing the Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products, Hormones, and Alkylphenol Ethoxylates in the North Shore Channel of the Chicago River Study.
2011 -- Paul A. Hsieh was awarded 2011 Federal Employee of the Year by the Partnership for Public Service. This award recognizes a federal employee whose professional contributions exemplify the highest attributes of public service. Dr. Hsieh was given the award for providing "critical scientific information to convince federal officials that the containment cap on a ruptured deepwater oil well in the Gulf of Mexico was working, thereby helping end the [Deepwater Horizon oil spill] environmental disaster."
2011 -- Keith A. Loftin received a Bronze Medal from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water. The award was given to the National Lakes Assessment Team for exemplary collaboration, creativity, and commitment in providing the Nation with the first scientifically credible and statistically valid assessment of the condition of the Nation's lakes. As a member of the team, Dr. Loftin assessed algal toxin occurrence. Dr. Loftin is also a member of the USGS Kansas Algal Toxin Research Team, which is conducting research on the occurrence and causes of algal toxins in water resources.
2011 -- Mary Jo Baedecker, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientist emerita and former USGS Chief Scientist for Hydrology, has been named a 2011 Fellow by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for her pioneering research on aquifer contamination. - USGS News Release: Prestigious Honor Given to USGS Scientist for Work on Aquifer Contamination
2010 -- Carol Kendall has been elected as a 2010 Fellow by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for her exceptional scientific contributions and for attaining acknowledged eminence in the Earth and space sciences.
2010 -- Mary Jo Baedecker received the 2010 Meinzer Award from the Hydrogeology Division of the Geological Society of America for her paper, Crude oil in a shallow sand and gravel aquifer—III. Biogeochemical reactions and mass balance modeling in anoxic groundwater.
2010 -- Samuel N. Luoma received the 2010 Ruth Patrick Award, given by the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) for his environmental and ecotoxicology research and his dedication to solving the environmental problems in San Francisco Bay.
2008 -- Samuel N. Luoma received the 2008 Brown-Nichols Science Award. The award is given biennially by the CALFED Bay-Delta Program to recognize the significant contributions of scientists and persons that facilitate the practice of good science in the San Francisco Estuary and watershed.
2008 -- Frederick Day-Lewis received the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2007 AGU Editors' Citations for Excellence in Refereeing. The award is give to reviewers that consistently provide constructive and thoughtful peer reviews.
2007 -- Art White was elected a Geochemistry Fellow by the Geochemical Society and the European Association for Geochemistry. These two societies bestow this title on outstanding scientists who have made a major contribution to the field of geochemistry.
2007 -- C. Amanda Garcia was awarded first place in the student poster competition at the Nevada Water Resources Association 2007 Annual Conference, Reno, Nevada, February 20-22, 2007, for her presentation entitled "Estimating Tritium Fluxes from the Shallow Unsaturated Zone to the Atmosphere in an Arid Environment Dominated by Creosote Bush (USGS-ADRS)."
2006 -- James K. Otton received the 2006 Research Award from the Division of Environmental Geosciences of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists "For outstanding contributions and achievements in understanding and communicating successful research techniques for energy resource production with minimal impact on the environment." The award was given to Dr. Otton for his participation on the Osage-Skiatook Petroleum Environmental Research Project. A joint project between the USGS's Toxic Substances Hydrology Program and the Energy Resources Program.
2006 -- Michael E. Thurman (recently retired from the USGS and now with the Universidad de Almería, Spain) was honored by the Northeastern University's Humic Acid Research Group by having the Humic Science and Technology IX Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, March 22-24, 2006, dedicated to his research on humic substances in the environment.
2006 -- Jerry A. Leenheer was selected as the honorary chair of the Humic Science and Technology IX Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, March 22-24, 2006, by Northeastern University's Humic Acid Research Group.
2005 -- Clifford I. Voss received the The International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) 2005 President's Award, in recognition for his distinguished research career and for serving as the executive editor of Hydrogeology Journal since 1994.
2005 -- Mary C. Hill was selected as the recipient of the M. King Hubbert Award by the National Ground Water Association. This award is presented annually "to a person who has made a major science or engineering contribution to the ground water industry through research, technical papers, teaching, and practical applications."
2005 -- Michelle A. Walvoord received the Subaru Outstanding Woman in Science Award by the Geological Society of America (GSA). This award recognizes a woman that has impacted the field of the geosciences in a major way based on her Ph.D. research.
2004 -- Paul A. Hsieh received the American Geophysical Union's 2004 Editors' Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for his services to the journal Water Resources Research.
2005 -- Barbara A. Bekins, Frank H. Chapelle, Isabelle M. Cozzarelli, and Paul A. Hsieh were elected as Fellows of the Geological Society of America.
2004 -- Samuel N. Luoma received a 2004 Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Senior Professional. Each year, the President recognizes and celebrates a small group high-performing senior career employees with a Presidential Rank Award.
2004 -- Michelle A. Walvoord was awarded New Mexico Tech's Langmuir Award for her Science paper on nitrates in desert soils. The Langmuir Award for Excellence in Research is given for an outstanding scientific research paper by any student or graduate of New Mexico Tech.
2004 -- The National Association of Government Communicators gave the USGS a Gold Screen Award for production of the 22-minute television program "Delta Revival --Restoring a California Ecosystem." This USGS video product features scientists from many disciplines working together to guide restoration efforts in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, east of the San Francisco Bay estuary. "Delta Revival" was produced and directed by Stephen M. Wessells; executive producers were scientists James E. Cloern and Samuel N. Luoma.
2004 -- Brian Andraski and his colleagues received Earth Tech’s 2004 President’s Award for Technical Excellence—Best Environmental Paper Presented at a Technical Conference (Gold Award), 2004: for their paper Evapotranspiration cover for containment at U.S. Army Fort Carson landfill site, McGuire, P.E., Moses, D., and Andraski, B.J., 2004, in 30th Environmental and Energy Symposium and Exhibition, Session Twelve, San Diego, California, April 5-8, 2004: National Defense Industrial Association, p. 24.
2004 -- The USGS video product "Delta Revival -- Restoring a California Ecosystem," was awarded a First Place 2004 Silver Telly in the documentary category for broadcast and cable television programs. The Telly Awards annually showcase the best video productions from many different public and private sectors. "Delta Revival" was produced and directed by Stephen M. Wessells; executive producers were scientists James E. Cloern and Samuel N. Luoma.
2004 -- William A. Battaglin was elected to serve a three-year term starting in 2005 on the American Water Resources Association’s Board of Directors.
2004 -- Ronald S. Oremland was elected as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.
2004 -- Allen F. Moench was selected as the recipient of the John Hem Award by the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) in recognition of his contributions to the understanding of the hydraulics of water table aquifers and their interaction with surface water. More information on the 2004 award can be found on page 12 of the NGWA's November 2004 Newsletter.
2004 -- Barbara A. Bekins was selected to serve as the Geological Society of America's " Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer."
2004 -- Allen M Shapiro was selected to serve as the National Ground Water Association's " Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecturer in Ground Water Sciences."
2003 -- Samuel N. Luoma was awarded a 2003-2004 J. William Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award to conduct collaborative research on environmental toxicology at the British Natural History Museum.
2003 -- Jim Kuwabara honored with the "Excellence in Review Award" from the editors of the journal Environmental Science and Technology (ES&T).
2003 -- Howard Taylor's Analytical Trace Element Chemistry laboratory received the highest ranking of all laboratories (approximately 70 world-wide participants) in an international "Ecosystem Proficiency Testing QA Program", conducted by the National Water Research Institute of Canada (Environmental Canada). The study examined the ability of various laboratories to analyze for trace metals and mercury in surface waters, and specifically tested for systematic bias and precision. Taylor's laboratory was tied for the highest ranking for mercury, and ranked first for trace metals analysis.
2003 -- Mary C. Hill was elected as a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and also elected President-Elect of the International Commission for Ground Water of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences. She will be President-Elect until 2005 and then President until 2009.
2003 -- Lisa Lucas was selected by the Estuarine Research Federation (ERF) to receive the Cronin Award as recognition for excellence in science. This award honors one early-career estuarine or coastal scientist from nominees around the world.
2003 -- Steve E. Ingebritsen was selected to receive the 2004 O.E. Meinzer Award from the Geological Society of America.
2003 -- Arthur R. Baehr was selected as the U.S. Geological Survey Engineer of the Year for 2003 and nominated for the National Society of Professional Engineers, Professional Engineers in Government Division's 2003 Federal Engineer of the Year Award.
2002 -- James E. Landmeyer was a co-recipient of the 2002 Phoenix Award for brownfields redevelopment at the South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston, South Carolina.
2002 -- Leonard F. Konikow was selected as the Farvolden Distinguished Lecturer by the University of Waterloo.
2002 -- Mary Jo Baedecker was selected as the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Hydrogeology Division of the Geological Society of America.
2002 -- Barbara A. Bekins was selected as one of six Distinguished Lecturers for 2002-2003 by the Joint Oceanographic Institution/U.S. Science Advisory Committee.
2002 -- David L. Parkhurst was selected as the recipient of the John Hem Excellence in Science and Engineering Award by the National Ground Water Association.
2002 -- Warren W. Wood was selected as the recipient of the M. King Hubbert Award by the National Ground Water Association.
2001 -- Mary C. Hill served as the National Ground Water Association's "Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecturer in Ground Water Sciences."
2001 -- Steven E. Ingebritsen served as the Geological Society of America's "Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer."
2000 -- Samuel N. Luoma received the 2000 Wendell W. Kilgore Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of California at Davis. The award is given to individuals who have distinguished themselves over the span of their career in environmental toxicology.
2000 -- Francis H. Chapelle received the O.E. Meinzer Award from the Geological Society of America.
2000 -- Mary C. Hill was the recipient of the Walter L. Huber Research Prize, presented by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
2000 -- Steven E. Ingebritsen was awarded the National Ground Water Association's "John Hem Award for Excellence in Science and Engineering."
2000 -- Leonard F. Konikow was the recipient of the Hydrogeology Division Distinguished Service Award given by the Geological Society of America.
2000 -- Samuel N. Luoma received the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry's award for Government Service.
2000 -- Don A. Vroblesky was the recipient of the National Ground Water Association's "Technology Award."
1999 -- Ronald L. Malcolm was honored by the Northeastern University's Humic Acid Research Group by having the Humic Science and Technology III Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, March 22-23, 1999, dedicated to his research on humic substances in the environment.
1999 -- Warren W. Wood was the recipient of the Hydrogeology Division Distinguished Service Award given by the Geological Society of America.
1998 -- Leonard F. Konikow was selected to receive the American Institute of Hydrology's C.V. Theis Award.
1997 -- Robert L. Wershaw was selected as the honorary chair of the Humic Science and Technology I Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, March 21, 1997, by Northeastern University's Humic Acid Research Group.
1997 -- Leonard F. Konikow was the recipient of the O.E. Meinzer Award from the Geological Society of America.
1996 -- D. Kirk Nordstrom served as the Geological Society of America's "Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer."
1995 -- Paul A. Hsieh was selected to serve as the National Ground Water Association's "Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecturer in Ground Water Sciences."
1993 -- James E. Cloern was awarded a 1993-1994 Fulbright Research Scholar Award to conduct collaborative research at the Centre d'Océanologie de Marseille.
1993 -- Mary Jo Baedecker was selected to serve as the National Ground Water Association's "Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecturer in Ground Water Sciences."
1993 -- Francis H. Chapelle was awarded the National Ground Water Association's "John Hem Award for Excellence in Science and Engineering."
1993 -- L. Neil Plummer was the recipient of the O.E. Meinzer Award, given by the Geological Society of America.
1989 -- Warren W. Wood served as the Geological Society of America's "Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer."
1986 -- Leonard F. Konikow served as the Geological Society of America's "Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer."
1983 -- Edwin P. Weeks was the recipient of the O.E. Meinzer Award, given by the Geological Society of America.
AWARDS FREQUENTLY GIVEN TO TOXICS PROGRAM SCIENTISTS
The Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecturer Series in Ground Water Science, sponsored by the National Ground Water Association, is awarded annually to an outstanding ground water professional to share his or her work with their peers and students throughout the world. Toxics Program Honorees include:
2004 -- Allen M. Shapiro
The John Hem Award for Excellence in Science and Engineering, given by the Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers, a division of the National Ground Water Association, acknowledges significant contributions from within a single publication of a body of works. Toxics Program Honorees include:
2012 -- Paul A. Hsieh
The Hydrogeology Division Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer is selected by the Geological Society of America for his/her expertise in an area of science related to hydrogeology. Toxics Program Honorees include:
2004 -- Barbara A. Bekins
The Hydrogeology Division Distinguished Service Award given by the Geological Society of America recognizes those who have a history of sustained, creditable service to the hydrogeology profession. Toxics Program Honorees include:
2002 -- Mary Jo Baedecker
The Hydrogeology Division O.E. Meinzer Award given by the Geological Society of America is presented to the author or authors of a published paper or body of papers of distinction that advanced the science of hydrogeology or some closely related field and was published during the five calendar years prior to the year of its selection. Toxics Program Honorees include:
2012 -- David L. Parkhurst
The M. King Hubbert Award is presented by the National Ground Water Association to a person who has made a major science or engineering contribution to the ground water industry through research, technical papers, teaching, and practical applications. Toxics Program Honorees include:
2005 -- Mary C. Hill
SPECIAL RECOGNITION BY JOURNALS
2011 -- Vicki Blazer received the American Fisheries Society 2010 Publications Award for an article on the mortality of fish in the Potomac River basin. The research was a collaborative effort between the USGS, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, state agencies in West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia, and the Potomac Riverkeeper.
Blazer, V.S., Iwanowicz, L.R., Starliper, C.E., Iwanowicz, D.D., Barbash, P., Hedrick, J.D., Reeser, S.J., Mullican, J.E., Zaugg, S.D., Burkhardt, M.R., and Kelble, J., 2010, Mortality of centrarchid fishes in the Potomac drainage--Survey results and overview of potential contributing factors: Journal of Aquatic Animal Health, v. 22, no. 3, p. 190-218, doi:10.1577/H10-002.1.
2011 -- The editors of the Hydrogeology Journal awarded an Editors' Choice article for 2010 to Rory D. Henderson (USGS), Frederick D. Day-Lewis (USGS), Elena Abarca (Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)), Charles F. Harvey (MIT), Hanan N. Karam (MIT), Lanbo Liu (University of Connecticut), and John W. Lane, Jr. (USGS), for their paper:
Henderson, R.D., Day-Lewis, F.D., Abarca, E., Harvey, C.F., Karam, H.N., Liu, L., and Lane, J.W., 2010, Marine electrical resistivity imaging of submarine groundwater discharge--Sensitivity analysis and application in Waquoit Bay, Massachusetts, USA: Hydrogeology Journal, v. 18, no. 1, p. 173-185, doi:10.1007/s10040-009-0498-z.
2008 -- Paul E. Stackelberg, Jacob Gibs, Edward T. Furlong, Michael T. Meyer, and Steven D. Zaugg of the USGS and R. Lee Lippincott of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection were recognized by the editors of Science of the Total Environment (STOTEN) as authors of the one of two runner-up papers for the STOTEN Best Paper Award 2006/2007.
Stackelberg, P.E., Gibs, J., Furlong, E.T., Meyer, M.T., Zaugg, S.D., and Lippincott, R.L., 2007, Efficiency of conventional drinking-water-treatment processes in removal of pharmaceuticals and other organic compounds: Science of the Total Environment, v. 377, no. 2-3, p. 255-272, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2007.01.095.
2007 -- Lisa V. Lucas, Jon R. Burau, Tara S. Schraga and their co-authors were selected to receive the Estuarine Research Federation's 2007 Donald Pritchard Award received the Estuarine Research Federation's (ERF) Donald W. Pritchard Award for 2007. This Award is for the best paper in the physical sciences published in Estuaries and Coasts during the preceding two calendar years. The award was presented at the Biennial ERF Meeting in Providence, RI, in November 2007. The Award committee cited the team's excellent research, effective communication of the results, and the paper's significance to our understanding of physical processes in estuaries. The paper was highlighted in the Estuarine Research Federation's "Coastal and Estuarine Science News," an electronic newsletter for coastal managers that summarizes selected articles and emphasizes management implications of scientific findings.
Lucas, L.V., Sereno, D.M., Burau, J.R., Schraga, T.S., Lopez, C.B., Stacey, M.T., Parchevsky, K.V., and Parchevsky, V.P., 2006, Intradaily variability of water quality in a shallow tidal lagoon--Mechanisms and implications: Estuaries and Coasts, v. 29, no. 5, p. 711-730.
2006 -- Samuel N. Luoma's and his colleague Philip S. Rainbow's (Natural History Museum, United Kingdom) paper "Why is Metal Bioaccumulation So Variable? Biodynamics as a Unifying Concept" was named as one of Environmental Science and Technology's (ES&T's) Top Research Papers of 2005. The paper was named as ES&T’s runner-up environmental science paper for 2005. Dr. Luoma and Dr. Rainbow and their colleagues have developed a biodynamic model of bioaccumulation that can be used to predict the bioaccumulation of metal contaminants in affected organisms, such as clams and ducks.
Luoma, S.N., and Rainbow, P.S., 2005, Why is metal bioaccumulation so variable? Biodynamics as a unifying concept: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 39, no. 7, p. 1921-1931, doi: 10.1021/es048947e S0013-936X(04)08947-3.
2005 -- Ronald S. Oremland was recognized by Popular Science magazine as having one of the " The Worst Jobs in Science." Each year, Popular Science magazine produces a tongue-in-cheek list of the 10 worst jobs in science. Dr. Oremland's discovery of a new microorganism that survives on arsenic in an extremely harsh environment earned him fourth place with the tag line "Extremophile Excavator -- Never Has Success Smelled Less Sweet." The citation reads in part: "[Oremland's] team recently made scientific history at Searles [Lake, California,] with the discovery of an "extremophile" microbe thriving in some of the most putrid, nauseating, arsenic-saturated mud on Earth. To harvest that mud, once thought to be sterile, the researchers suffer through 125-degree days, blinding sun reflecting off the salt-caked lake, and so much noxious gas that it makes their eyes water."
2003 -- The American Society of Civil Engineers awarded Michael Meyer and his co-authors the 2003 Rudolph Hering Medal for their paper in the Journal of Environmental Engineering. The award honors a paper that makes a valuable contribution to the environmental engineering profession.
Adams, C., Wang, Y., Loftin, K., and Meyer, M., 2002, Removal of antibiotics from surface and distilled water in conventional water treatment processes: Journal of Environmental Engineering-ASCE, v. 128, no. 3, p. 253-260.
2003 -- Dana Kolpin and his co-authors' paper in Environmental Science and Technology was named as a " Fast Breaking Paper" in the field of ecology and environment for February 2003 by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). "Fast Breaking Papers" have the highest percentage of increase in citations in ISI's Essential Science Indicators within a two month period.
Kolpin, D.W., Furlong, E.T., Meyer, M.T., Thurman, E.M., Zaugg, S.D., Barber, L.B., 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.
2002 -- Discover Magazine named the Toxic Substances Hydrology Program's "National Reconnaissance of Pharmaceuticals, Hormones, and Other Organic Wastewater Contaminants in Streams" as one of the 100 top science stories of 2002.
Kolpin, D.W., Furlong, E.T., Meyer, M.T., Thurman, E.M., Zaugg, S.D., Barber, L.B., 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.
2002 -- E. Michael Thurman was recognized by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), publisher of the Scientific Citation Index, for his work in Environmental Science with a "Highly Cited Researchers" Original Member Award.
2001 -- The October 1, 2001 issue of Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta published its most frequently cited articles within certain time periods. Several USGS scientists were noted as authors of two papers:
For the period 1980-1984 -- L.N. Plummer and E. Busenberg, 1982, The solubilities of calcite, aragonite, and vaterite, and CO2-H2O solutions between 00C and 900C, and an evaluation of the aqueous model for the system CaCO3-CO2-H2O: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 44, p. 1011-1040.
For the period 1990-1994 -- G.A. Waychunas, B.A. Rea, C.C. Fuller, and J.A. Davis, 1993, Surface-chemistry of ferrihydrite. I. EXAFS studies of the geometry of coprecipitated and adsorbed arsenate: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 57, p. 2251-2269.
2001 -- The December 1, 2001 issue of the American Chemical Society's journal, Environmental Science and Technology, recognized the 10 papers that have had the greatest impact in the 35-year history of that journal. Three of those 10 papers were authored by USGS scientists who are currently or have been part of the USGS Toxic Substances Hydrology Program. The journal describes these papers as "high impact papers" that have significantly advanced or changed the environmental sciences. The papers were:
James A. Davis and James O. Leckie, 1978, Effect of adsorbed complexing ligands on trace metal uptake by hydrous oxides: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 12, p. 1309-1315.
Earl M. Thurman and Ronald L. Malcolm, 1981, Preparative isolation of aquatic humic substances: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 15, p. 463-466.
Cary T. Chiou, Virgil Freed, David Schmedding, and Rodger Kohnert, 1977, Partition coefficient and bioaccumulation of selected organic chemicals: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 11, p. 475-478.
1999 -- William A. Battaglin and Donald A. Goolsby received the American Water Resources Association's 1999 William R. Boggess award for best paper in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association.
Battaglin, W.A., and Goolsby, D.A., 1998, Regression models of herbicide concentrations in outflow from reservoirs in the midwestern USA, 1992-1993: Journal of the American Water Resources Association, v. 34, no. 6, p. 1369-1390.
1994 -- Isabelle M. Cozzarelli was awarded the Best Student Paper in the field of Organic Geochemistry for the Year 1994, by the Geochemical Society.
Cozzarelli, I. M., Baedecker, M. J., Eganhouse, R. P., and Goerlitz, D. F., 1994, The geochemical evolution of low-molecular-weight organic acids derived from the degradation of petroleum contaminants in groundwater: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 58, p. 863-877.
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