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Publications regarding oil, hydrocarbon, heavy metal degradation, metabolism, and bioremediation: selected publications by Dr. Rita R. Colwell

April 9, 2011, 3:02 pm
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Microbes are degrading oil in the deepwater plume from the BP oil spill in the Gulf, a study by Berkeley Lab researchers has shown. Credit: Hoi-Ying Holman group; DOE

Dr. Rita Colwell

Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland and The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Rita Colwell served as Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) from 1998 to February 2004, and as President of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute from 1991 to 1998.

Under Dr. Colwell's leadership, the National Science Foundation budget grew by over 68 percent, surpassing $5 billion for the first time in 2003, and the agency was recognized for excellence in both science and management. During her tenure at NSF, Colwell oversaw a major increase in the Foundation's support for environmental research and education through such initiatives as the interdisciplinary priority area on Biocomplexity and the Environment.

Upon her departure from NSF, Colwell became Chairman of Canon U.S. Life Sciences, Inc., a newly created Washington-based subsidiary of Canon U.S.A. whose goal is to identify and develop life-science solutions with potential applications in diagnostics and medical instrumentation. She will also serve as Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, and on the faculty of The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. There she will help develop a new international center for the study of infectious diseases, water, and health.

Dr. Colwell has co-authored 16 books and over 600 scientific publications, and has received many awards, including the Medal of Distinction from Columbia University; the Gold Medal of Charles University, Prague; the UCLA Medal from the University of California, Los Angeles; and the Alumna Summa Laude Dignata from the University of Washington, Seattle.

She holds a B.S. in Bacteriology and an M.S. in Genetics from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Washington. 

Following are selected publications by Dr. Colwell regarding oil, hydrocarbon, heavy metal degradation, metabolism, and bioremediation. Links to the publisher's website are provided where available.

 

  • Growth of deep sea bacteria on hydrocarbons at ambient and in situ pressure. Schwarz, J. R., J. D. Walker and R. R. Colwell. 1974. Developments in Industrial Microbiology. 15:239 249.
  • Deep sea bacteria: Growth and utilization of hydrocarbons at ambient and in situ pressure. Schwarz, J. R., J. D. Walker and R. R. Colwell. 1974. Appl. Microbiol. 28:982 986. PMCID: PMC186867
  • Some effects of petroleum on estuarine and marine microorganisms. Walker, J. and R. Colwell. 1974. Can. J. Microbiol. 21:305 313. DOI: 10.1139/m75-044
  • Mercury resistant bacteria and petroleum degradation. Walker, J. D. and R. R. Colwell. 1974. Appl. Microbiol. 27:285 287. PMCID: PMC380012
  • Microbial degradation of model petroleum at low temperatures. Walker, J. D. and R. R. Colwell. 1974. J. Microbiol. Ecol. l:63 95. DOI: 10.1007/BF02512380
  • Microbial degradation of petroleum: The use of mixed hydrocarbon substrates. Walker, J. D. and R. R. Colwell. 1974.  Appl. Microbiol. 27:1053-1060. PMCID: PMC380207
  • Extraction of petroleum hydrocarbons from oil-contaminated sediments. Walker, J. D., R. R. Colwell, M. C. Hamming and H. T. Ford. 1974. Bull. Environ. Contam. Toxicol. 13:245 248. DOI: 10.1007/BF01721746
  • A microbiological study of air and surface water microlayers in the open ocean. Carty, C. and R. R. Colwell. 1975.  J. Wash. Acad. Sci. 65:148-153
  • Bacterial degradation of motor oil. Walker, J., R. Colwell and L. Petrakis. 1975. J. Water Pollut. Control Fed. 47:2058 2066. PMID: 1177351
  • Utilization of mixed hydrocarbon substrate by petroleum degrading microorganisms. Walker, J. D., H. F. Austin and R. R. Colwell. 1975. J. Gen. Microbiol. 21(1):27 39.
  • Effect of south Louisiana crude oil and No. 2 fuel oil on growth of heterotrophic microorganisms including proteolytic, lipolytic, chitinolytic and cellulolytic bacteria. Walker, J. D., P. A. Seesman and R. R. Colwell. 1975. Environ. Pollut. 9:13 33. DOI: 10.1016/0013-9327(75)90053-1
  • Petroleum hydrocarbons in Baltimore Harbor of Chesapeake Bay: distribution in sediment cores. Walker, J. D., R. R. Colwell, M. C. Hamming and H. T. Ford. 1975. Environ. Pollut. 9:231 238. DOI: 10.1016/0013-9327(75)90039-7
  • Petroleum degrading achlorophyllous alga, Prototheca zopfii. Walker, J. D., R. R. Colwell, Z. Vaituzis and S. A. Meyer. 1975.  Nature (London). 254:423-424. DOI: 10.1038/254423a0
  • Degradation of hydrocarbons and mixed hydrocarbon substrate by microorganisms from Chesapeake Bay. Walker, J. D. and R. R. Colwell. 1975. Prog. Water Technol. 7:F83 F91.
  • Microbial petroleum biodegradation: application of computerized mass spectrometry to petroleum. Walker, J. D., R. R. Colwell and L. Petrakis. 1975.  Can. J. Microbiol. 21:1760 1767. DOI: 10.1139/m75-257
  • Evaluation of petroleum degrading potential of bacteria from water and sediment. Walker, J D., R. R. Colwell and L. Petrakis. 1975. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 30:1036 1039. PMCID: PMC376586
  • Degradation of petroleum by an alga, Prototheca zopfii. Walker, J., R. Colwell and L. Petrakis. 1975.  Appl. Microbiol. 30:79 81. PMCID: PMC187118
  • Microbiological studies of Atlantic Ocean water and sediment from potential offshore drilling sites. Colwell, R., J. Walker, B. Conrad and P. Seesman. 1976. Developments in Industrial Microbiology. 17:269 282.
  • Utilization of crude oil and mixed hydrocarbon substrate by Atlantic Ocean bacteria. Conrad, B. F., J. D. Walker and R. R. Colwell. 1976. Developments in Industrial Microbiology. 17:283 292.
  • Partitioning of mercury and polychlorinated biphenyl by oil, water, and suspended sediment. Sayler, G. S. and R. R. Colwell. 1976.  Environ. Sci. Technol. 10:1142 1145. DOI: 10.1021/es60122a015
  • The incidence of Salmonella spp., Clostridium botulinum and Vibrio parahaemolyticus in an estuarine environment. Sayler, G. S., J. D. Nelson, Jr., A. Justice and R. R. Colwell. 1976. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 3l:723-730. PMCID: PMC291184
  • Metabolic activities of the intestinal microflora of a deep sea invertebrate. Schwarz, J R., A. A. Yayanos and R. R. Colwell. 1976.  Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 31:46 48. PMCID: PMC169716
  • Microbial activities under deep ocean conditions. Schwarz, J. R. and R. R. Colwell. 1976. Developments in Industrial Microbiology. 17:269 282.
  • Biodegradation of oil by marine microorganisms at potential offshore drilling sites. Seesman, P. A., J. D. Walker and R. R. Colwell. 1976.  Developments in Industrial Microbiology. 17:293 298.
  • Degradation of hydrocarbons and model petroleum by microorganisms from Chesapeake Bay. Walker, J. D. and R. R. Colwell. 1976. Seventh International Conference, Internat. Assoc. Water Pollut. Res. Prog. Water Tech. U:783 791.
  • Enumeration of petroleum-degrading microorganisms. Walker, J. D. and R. R. Colwell. 1976. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 31:198-207. PMCID: PMC169747
  • Long-chain n-alkanes occurring during microbial degradation of petroleum. Walker, J. D. and R. R. Colwell. 1976.  Can. J. Microbiol. 22:886-891. DOI:10.1139/m76-128
  • Measuring the potential activity of hydrocarbon-degrading bacteria. Walker, J. D. and R. R. Colwell. 1976. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 31:189 197. PMCID: PMC169746
  • Oil, mercury, and bacterial interactions. Walker, J D. and R. R. Colwell. 1976.  Environ. Sci. Technol. 10:1145 1147. DOI: 10.1021/es60122a002
  • Petroleum hydrocarbons: degradation and growth potential for Atlantic Ocean sediment bacteria. Walker, J. D., J. J. Calomiris, T. L. Herbert and R. R. Colwell. 1976. Marine Biol. 34:1 9. DOI: 10.1007/BF00390780
  • Petroleum hydrocarbons: Degradation and growth potential of deep sea sediment bacteria. Walker, J. D., P. A. Seesman, T. L. Herbert and R. R. Colwell. 1976.  Environ. Pollut. 10:89 99. DOI: 10.1016/0013-9327(76)90099-9
  • Biodegradation of petroleum by Chesapeake Bay sediment bacteria. Walker, J. D., R. R. Colwell and L. Petrakis. 1976. Can. J. Microbiol. 22:423-428. DOI: 10.1139/m76-063
  • Comparison of the biodegradability of crude and fuel oils. Walker, J., L. Petrakis and R. Colwell. 1976. Can. J. Microbiol. 22:598 602. DOI: 10.1139/m76-089
  • Biodegradation rates of components of petroleum. Walker, J., R. Colwell and L. Petrakis. 1976.  Can. J. Microbiol. 22:1209 1213. DOI: 10.1139/m76-179
  • Numerical taxonomy and ecology of petroleum degrading bacteria. Austin, B., J. J. Calomiris, J. D. Walker and R. R. Colwell. 1977. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 34:60 68. PMCID: PMC242590
  • The application of numerical taxonomy to the study of petroleum degrading bacteria isolated from the aquatic environment. Austin, B., R. Colwell, J. Walker and J. Calomiris. 1977.  Developments in Industrial Microbiology. 18:685-695.
  • Enrichment for estuarine petroleum degrading bacteria using liquid and solid media. Calomiris, J. J., B. Austin, J .D. Walker and R. R. Colwell. 1977.  J. Appl. Bacteriol. 42:135 144. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2672.1977.tb00677.x
  • Ecological aspects of microbial degradation of petroleum in the marine environment. Colwell, R. R. and J. D. Walker. 1977. Crit. Rev. Microbiol. 5(4):423 445. DOI: 10.3109/10408417709102813
  • Effect of petroleum hydrocarbons on growth and activity of marine bacteria isolated from open ocean water. Walker, J. D. and R. R. Colwell. 1977. Developments in Industrial Microbiology. 18:655 660.
  • Sampling device for monitoring biodegradation of oil and other pollutants in aquatic environments. Walker, J. D. and R. R. Colwell. 1977. Environ. Sci. Tech. 11:93 95. DOI: 10.1021/es60124a002
  • Role of autochthonous bacteria in the removal of spilled oil from sediment. Walker, J. D. and R. R. Colwell. 1977. Environ. Pollut. 12:51 56. DOI: 10.1016/0013-9327(77)90007-6
  • Behavior of C14 labelled methyl palmitate during alumina chromatography of petroleum hydrocarbons. Wickramasinghe, R. H., A. L. Mills and R. R. Colwell. 1977. Die Naturwissenschaftern. 64:S.584. DOI: 10.1007/BF00450644
  • Effects of ingesting mercury containing bacteria on mercury tolerance and growth rates of ciliates. Berk, S. G., A. L. Mills, D. L. Hendricks and R. R Colwell. 1978. Microb. Ecol. 4:319 330. DOI: 10.1007/BF02013275
  • Microbial ecology of the Metula spill in the Straits of Magellan. Colwell, R. R., A. L. Mills, J. D. Walker, P. Garcia-Tello and V. Campos-P. 1978. J. Fish. Res. Board Can. 35:573-580.
  • Enumeration of petroleum degrading marine and estuarine microorganisms by the most probable number method. Mills, A. L., C. Breuil and R. R. Colwell. 1978. Can. J. Microbiol. 24:552 557. DOI: 10.1139/m78-089
  • Plasmid mediation of mercury volatilization and methylation by estuarine bacteria. Olson, B., T. Barkay, D. Nies, J. M. Bellama and R. R. Colwell. 1978. Devel. Indust. Microbiol. 20:275 284.
  • Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) degrading bacteria and PCB in estuarine and marine environments. Sayler, G. S., R. Thomas and R. R. Colwell. 1978. Estuar. Coast. Mar. Sci. 6:553 567. DOI: 10.1016/0302-3524(78)90031-2
  • Behavior of C 14 labelled methyl palmitate during chromatography of petroleum hydrocarbons on the SARA column. Wickramasinghe, R., A. Mills, R. Colwell and C. Ponnamperuma. 1978. J. Chromatogr. 147:419-420. DOI: 10.1016/S0021-9673(00)85160-2
  • Degradation of organic material and re-mineralization by microorganisms at the water-sediment interface in deep ocean trenches. Colwell, R. R., P. Tabor and J. Deming. 1979.  Biogeochime de la Matiere. 293:263-268.
  • Effect of kepone on Gram-negative bacteria: alterations in composition of envelope proteins. Chai, Tuu jyi, S. A. Orndorff and R. R. Colwell. 1985. Oil and Petrochem. Pollut. 2:163 171. DOI: 10.1016/S0143-7127(85)90186-3
  • Plasmid mediated degradation of hydrocarbons by estuarine bacteria. Okpokwasili, G. C., C. C. Somerville, M. Sullivan, D. J. Grimes and R. R. Colwell. 1986. Oil Petrochem. Pollut. 3:117 129. DOI: 10.1016/S0269-8579(86)80003-X
  • Role of bacterial plasmids in manganese oxidation: evidence for plasmid-encoded heavy metal resistance. Schuett, C., J. Zelibor, Jr., and R. R. Colwell. 1986. Geomicrobiol. J. 4:389 406. DOI: 10.1080/01490458609385945
  • Challenges and opportunities for marine biotechnology in environmental bioremediation. Colwell, R. R. 1992.  In: Dispersal of Living Organisms into Aquatic Ecosystems. A. Rosenfeld and R. Mann (eds.). Sea Grant College. Publ. p. 195-204 ISBN-13: 9780943676562
  • Use of non-indigenous organisms for bioremediation: the promise and concern. Colwell, Rita R. 1998. In: Environmental Biomonitoring. James M. Lynch and Alan Wiseman (eds.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom. (pp. 131-143) ISBN: 9780521187732
  • Microbial degradation of petroleum in the marine environment. Colwell, R. R. 1975. Progr. Repts. Abstr., Microbiol. Branch, Ofc. of Naval Research. Department of the Navy, Arlington, VA, p. 132 133.
  • Metabolism of mercury compounds in microorganisms. Colwell, R. R. and J. D. Nelson, Jr. 1975.  U.S. Environ. Prot. Agcy. Ecological Research Series, Reprt. No. EPA 600/3 75 007, Natl. Tech. Information Svc., Springfield, VA, 84 pp.
  • A study of the biodegradation of a South Louisiana crude oil employing computerized mass spectrometry. Walker, J. D., R. R. Colwell and L. Petrakis. 1975. API/EPA/USCG Conference on Prevention and Control of Oil Pollution. Amer. Petrol. Inst., Washington, DC, pp. 601 605.
  • Microbial Degradation of Oil. Colwell, R. R. and J. D. Walker. 1976. Final Report, Contract No. OS 20I, Amer. Petroleum Inst., Washington, DC, 188 pp.
  • Microbial Degradation of Petroleum in the Marine Environment. Colwell, R. R. 1977.  Annual Report No. UM/ONR 4, Office of Naval Research, Department of the Navy, Washington, DC, Contract N00014 67 A 0239 0027, 21 pp.
  • Microbial Degradation of Petroleum in the Marine Environment. Colwell, R. R. 1978. Ann. Reprt No. UM/ONR 5, Ofc. of Naval Research, Department of the Navy, Washington, DC, Contract N00014 67 A 0239 0027, 25 pp.
  • Microbiological Effects of Petroleum Accumulation on Beaches. Colwell, R. R., A. Mills and J. D. Walker. 1981. Final Report, Grant No. AEN 7608310, Div. of Adv. Environ. Research and Tech., Natl. Science Fdtn.
  • Microbial ecology and the problem of petroleum degradation in Chesapeake Bay. Colwell, R. R., J. D. Walker and J. D. Nelson, Jr. 1973.  In: The Microbial Degradation of Oil Pollutants. D. G. Ahearn and S. P. Meyers (eds.). In: Center for Wetland Resources, L.S.U. Special Publ. LSU SG 73 01, p. 185 197.
  • Morphology of petroleum-degrading bacteria isolated from Chesapeake Bay. Walker, J. D. and R. R. Colwell. 1973. In: Electron Microscope Central Facility Newsletter 1:9. University of Maryland Press, College Park, MD.
  • Impact of petroleum hydrocarbons on microorganisms in the marine environment. Colwell, R. R. and J. D. Walker. 1976. UN position paper for the U.S. Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Pollution (GESAMP), Working Group on the Impact of Oil in the Marine Environment.

 

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