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Elliott, David T., James J. Pierson and Michael R. Roman. 2012. Relationship between environmental conditions and zooplankton community structure during summer hypoxia in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Plankton Research doi: 10.1093/plankt/fbs029

Garmendia M., S. Bricker, M. Revilla, Á. Borja, J. Franco, J. Bald, and V. Valencia. 2012. Eutrophication assessment in Basque 1 estuaries: Comparing a North American and a European method. Estuaries and Coasts 35(2):1-16.

Han, Haejin, J. David Allan, and Nathan S. Bosch. 2012. Historical patterns of phosphorus loading to Lake Erie watersheds. Journal of Great Lakes Research 38(2):289-298.

Pait. A.S.,  D. R. Whitall, A. Dieppa, S. E. Newton, L. Brune, C. Caldow, A. L. Mason, D. A. Apeti, and J. D. Christensen.  Characterization of organic chemical contaminants in sediments from Jobos Bay, Puerto Rico.  Environmental Monitoring and Assessment.  (In press).

Thomas, Peter and Md. Saydur Rahman. 2012. Extensive reproductive disruption, ovarian masculinization and aromatase suppression in Atlantic croaker in the northern Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences 279 (1726): 28-38.

Thomas, Peter and Md. Saydur Rahman. 2010. Region-wide impairment of Atlantic croaker testicular development and sperm production in the northern Gulf of Mexico hypoxic dead zone. Marine Environmental Research 69 (Supplement 1): S59-S62.


Apeti, D.A., D. R. Whitall, A.S. Pait, A. Dieppa and A. G. Zitello.  Characterization of land-based sources of pollution in Jobos Bay, Puerto Rico: status of heavy metal concentration in bed sediment.  Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Online First™, 21 April 2011 (in press).

Bricker, S. and M. Devlin. 2011. Preface: Eutrophication Issue. Biogeochemistry 106(2): 175-205.

Devlin, M., S. Bricker, S.J. Painting. 2011. Comparison of five methods for assessing impacts of nutrient enrichment using estuarine case studies. Biogeochemistry, 106(2): 135-136.

Ferreira, J. G. , J. H.Andersen, A. Borja, S. B. Bricker, J. Camp, M. Cardoso da Silva, E. Garcés, A.-S. Heiskanen, Christoph Humborg, L. Ignatiades, C. Lancelot, A. Menesguen, P. Tett, N. Hoepffner, U. Claussen. 2011. Indicators of human-induced eutrophication to assess the environmental status within the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 93: 117-131.

Ferreira, J.G., A.J.S., Hawkins, S.B. Bricker. 2011. Chapter 1 – The role of shellfish farms in provision of ecosystem goods and services. In: S. Shumway, Editor, Shellfish Aquaculture and the Environment. Wiley: Blackwell. 424 pp.

Hartwell, S.I. 2011. Chesapeake Bay Watershed Pesticide Use Declines But Toxicity Increases. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 30 (5): 1223–1231.

Hartwell, S.I., M.J. Hameedi, and A.S. Pait. 2011. Empirical Assessment of Incorporating Sediment Quality Triad Data into a Single Index to Distinguish Dominant Stressors Between Sites. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 174 (1): 605-623.

Hively D, Hapeman CJ, McConnell LL, Fisher TR, Rice CP, McCarty GW, Sadeghi AM, Whitall DR, Downey PM, Niño de Guzmán GT, Bialek-Kalinski K, Lang MW, Gustafson AB, Sutton AJ, Sefton KA, Harman Fetcho JA. 2011. Relating nutrient and herbicide fate with landscape features and characteristics of 15 subwatersheds in the Choptank River watershedScience of the Total Environment, 409: 3866-78.

Nunes, J.P. , J.G. Ferreira, S.B. Bricker, B. O’Loan, T. Dabrowski, B. Dallaghan, A.J S. Hawkins, B. O’Connor; T. O’Carroll, 2011. Towards an ecosystem approach to aquaculture: assessment of sustainable shellfish cultivation at different scales of space, time and complexity. Aquaculture, 315: 369-383.

Oliver, J., K. Hammerstrom, E. McPhee-Shaw, P. Slattery, J. Oakden, S. Kim, S. I. Hartwell and S. Foss. 2011. High Species Density Patterns in Macrofaunal Invertebrate Communities in the Marine Benthos. Marine Ecology, 32(3): 278-288.

Pait, A.S.,  C.F.G.Jeffrey, C. Caldow, D.R. Whitall, S.I. Hartwell, A.L. Mason, and J.D. Christensen. 2011. Chemical Contamination in Southwest Puerto Rico: A Survey of Contaminants in the Coral Porites astreoides. Caribbean Journal of Science, 45(2-3): 191-203.

Silva, C. , J.G. Ferreira and S.B. Bricker. 2011. An integrated approach of principal component analysis, the FARM model and GIS tools for sustainable management of bivalve shellfish farms. Aquaculture, 318: 444–457.

Apeti, D.A., G.G. Lauenstein, J.D. Christensen, K. Kimbrough, W.E. Johnson, M. Kennedy, and K.G. Grant. 2010. A historical assessment of coastal contamination in Birch harbor, Maine based on the analysis of mussels collected in the 1940s and the Mussel Watch Program. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 60.

Borja, A., A. Basset, S. Bricker, J-C. Dauvin, M. Elliott, T. Harrison, J.C. Marques, S. Weisberg, R. West. 2010. Chapter 1.9: Classifying Ecological Quality and Integrity of Estuaries. Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science.

Nobre, A.M., J. G. Ferreira, J. P. Nunes, Y. Xiaojun, S. Bricker, R. Corner, S. Groomf, H. Gu, A.J.S. Hawkins, R. Hutson , D. Lan, J.D. Lencart et Silva, P. Pascoe, T. Telfer, X. Zhang, and M. Zhu. 2010. Assessment of coastal management options by means of multilayered ecosystem models. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.

Pait, A. Jeffrey, C, Caldow, C, Whitall, D, Hartwell, I, Mason, A, Christensen, J.  2010. Chemical contamination in southwest Puerto Rico: A survey of contaminants in the coral Porites astreoides.  Caribbean Journal of Science, 45: 191-203.

Whitall, D., W.D. Hively, A.K. Leight, C. J. Hapeman, L.L. McConnell, T. Fisher, C.P. Rice, E. Codling, G.W. McCarty. 2010. Pollutant fate and spatio-temporal variability in the Choptank River estuary: Factors influencing water quality. Science of the Total Environment, 408: 2096-2108.

Apeti, D.A., G.G. Lauenstein &  G.F. Riedel. 2009. Cadmium distribution in coastal sediments and mollusks of the US. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 58: 1016-1024.

Borja, A., S.B. Bricker, D.M. Dauer, N.T. Demetriades, J. G. Ferreira, A.T. Forbes, P. Hutchings, X. Jia, R. Kenchington, J.C. Marques, C. Zhu. 2009. Overview of integrative tools and methods in assessing ecological integrity in estuarine and coastal systems worldwide. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 56: 1519-1537.

Bricker, S.B, W.C. Dennison, K.H. Dunton, J.G. Ferreira, M.R. Hall, J.A. Herrera-Silveira, B.J. Longstaff, S. Morales-Ojeda, C.P. Onuf, R. Pastres, J.E.Thomas and C.E. Wazniak. 2009. Shifting Sands: Environmental and cultural change in Maryland’s coastal bays. IAN Press: Cambridge, Maryland.

Choi, M., H. Moona, J. Yua, S. Kimb, A.S. Pait and H. Choi. 2009. Nationwide monitoring of nonylphenolic compounds and coprostanol in sediments from Korean coastal waters. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 58(7): 1086-1092.

Ferreira, J.G.,  A. Sequeira, A.J.S. Hawkins, A. Newtonc, T.D. Nickell, R. Pastres, J. Forte, A. Bodoy, and S.B. Bricker. 2009. Analysis of coastal and offshore aquaculture: Application of the FARM model to multiple systems and shellfish species. Aquaculture, 289: 32-41.

Johnson, W.E., K.L. Kimbrough, G.G. Lauenstein & J.D. Christensen. 2009. Chemical contamination assessment of Gulf of Mexico oysters in response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 150(1): 211-225.

Pait, A.S., and J.O. Nelson.  2009.  A survey of endocrine disruption in Fundulus heteroclitus (killifish) at selected sites in the Chesapeake Bay.  Marine Environmental Research, 68: 170-177.

Bricker, S.B., B. Longstaff, W. Dennison, A. Jones, K. Boicourt, C. Wicksand J. Woerner. 2008. Effects of Nutrient Enrichment in the Nation’s Estuaries: A Decade of Change. Special issue of Harmful Algae, 8: 21-32.

Hartwell, S.I. 2008. Distribution of DDT and other persistent organic contaminants in Canyons and on the continental shelf off the central California coast. Marine Environmental Research, 65: 199-217.

McCarty G., L.L. McConnell, C.J. Hapeman, A. Sadeghi, C. Graff, W.D. Hively, M.W. Lang, T.R. Fisher, T. Jordan, C.P. Rice, E.E. Codling, D. Whitall, A. Lynn, J. Keppler, and M.L. Fogel. 2008. Water quality and conservation practice effects in the Choptank River watershed.  Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 63: 463-474.

Pait, A.S., Whitall, D.R., Jeffrey, C.F.G., Caldow, C., Mason, A.L., Lauenstein, G.G. and Christensen, J.D. 2008. Chemical contamination in southwest Puerto Rico: An assessment of trace and major elements in nearshore sediments. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 56: 1949-1956.

Pait, A.S., D.R. Whitall, C.F.G. Jeffrey, C. Caldow, A.L. Mason, J.D. Christensen. 2008. Chemical contamination in southwest Puerto Rico: An assessment of organic contaminants in nearshore sediments.  Marine Pollution Bulletin, 56: 580-587.

Babendreier, J., L.S. Matott, J. Hameedi, R. Dennis, C. Knightes, R. Mathur, Y. Mohamoud, J. Johnston, C. West, G. Laniak, N. Gaber, P. Pascual, and R. Araujo. 2007. Managing Multimedia Pollution for a Multimedia World. Environmental Manager (Air and Waste Management Association): 6-11.

Ferreira J.G., S.B. Bricker, T.C. Simas. 2007. Application and sensitivity testing of an eutrophication assessment method on coastal systems in the United States and European Union. Journal of Environmental Management, 82(4): 433-445.

Ferreira, J.G., C. Vale, C.V. Soares, F. Salas, P.E. Stacey, S.B. Bricker, M.C. Silva, J.C. Marques. 2007. Monitoring of coastal and transitional waters under the EU Water Framework Directive. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 135: 195-216.

Ferreira, J.G.F., A.J.D.S. Hawkins, S.B. Bricker. 2007. Farm-scale assessment of shellfish aquaculture in coastal systems – the Farm Aquaculture Resource Management (FARM) model. Aquaculture, 264: 160–174.

Hameedi, J., H. Paerl, M. Kennish, and D. Whitall. 2007. Nitrogen deposition in U.S. coastal bays and estuaries. Environmental Managment, December: 19-25.

Kennish, M.J., S.B. Bricker, W.C. Dennison, P.M. Glibert, R.J. Livingston, K.A. Moore, R.T. Noble, H.W. Paerl, J. Ramstack, S. Seitzinger, D.A. Tomasko, and I. Valiela. 2007. Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor Estuary: Case Study of a Highly Eutrophic Coastal Bay System. Ecological Applications, (Special Issue) 17: S3-S16.

Lauenstein, G.G. and K.L. Kimbrough. 2007. Chemical contamination of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary as a result of the attack on the World Trade Center: Analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and polychlorinated biphenyls in mussels and sediment. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 54(3): 284-294.

O’Connor, T.P. and D. Whitall. 2007. Linking hypoxia to shrimp catch in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 54: 460-463.

Scavia, D and S. B. Bricker. 2007. Book Chapter: Coastal Eutrophication Assessment in the United States. Springer, Nitrogen Cycling in the Americas: Natural and Anth: pp 187-208.

Whitall, D., S Bricker, J.G. Ferreira, A. Nobre, T. Simas, M.C. Silva. 2007. Assessment of Eutrophication in Estuaries: Pressure–State–Response and Nitrogen Source Apportionment. Environmental Management, 40: 678-690.

Xiao, Y., J.G. Ferreira, S.B. Bricker, J.P. Nunes, Z. Mingyuan, Z. Xuelei. 2007. Trophic Assessment in Chinese Coastal Systems – Review of Methodologies and Application to the Changjiang (Yangtze) Estuary and Jiazhou Bay. Estuaries and Coasts, 30(6): 901-918.

Ferreira, J. G., A. M. Nobre, T. C. Simas, M. C. Silva, A. Newton, S.B. Bricker, W. J. Wolff, P.E. Stacey, A. Sequeira. 2006. A methodology for defining homogeneous water bodies in estuaries – Application to the transitional systems of the EU Water Framework Directive. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 66: 468-482.

Hartwell, S.I. and M.J. Hameedi. 2006. Habitat Conditions and Correlations of Sediment Quality Triad Indicators in Delaware Bay. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 121: 179-210.

O’Connor, T.P. & G.G. Lauenstein. 2006. Trends in Chemical Concentrations in Mussels and Oysters Collected along the U.S. Coast: Update to 2003. Marine Environmental Research, 62: 261-285.

Scavia, D. and S.B. Bricker. 2006. Coastal eutrophication assessment in the United States. Biogeochemistry, 79(1-2): 187-208.

Verity, Peter G. M. Alber, S.B. Bricker. 2006. Development of Hypoxia in Well-mixed Subtropical Estuaries in the Southeastern USA. Estuarine Research Federation, 29(4): 665-673.

Anderson, J.W., S. I. Hartwell, and M. J. Hameedi. 2005. Regional comparisons of coastal sediment contamination detected by a biomarker (P450 HRGS; EPA Method 4425). Environmental Science and Technology, 39: 17-23.

Bricker, S. B., J. G. Ferreira, T. Simas. 2005. Reply to “Comment on the deduction of equations for the determination of anthropogenic influence for assessment of estuarine trophic status.” Ecological Modeling, 185(2-4).

Ferreira, J. G., A. M. Nobre, T. C. Simas, M. C. Silva, A. Newton, S. B. Bricker, W. J. Wolff, P.E. Stacey, A. Sequeira. 2005. A methodology for defining homogeneous water bodies in estuaries — Application to the transitional systems of the EU Water Framework Directive. Elsevier, 66(3-4): 468-482.

Ferreira, J. G., W. J. Wolff, T. C. Simas, S. B. Bricker. 2005. Does biodiversity of estuarine phytoplankton depend on hydrology? Ecological Modeling, 187(4): 513-523.

Hameedi. M.J. 2005. Environmental Indicators as Performance Measures for Improving Estuarine Environmental Quality, pp. 451-465. In: Estuarine Indicators (S.A. Bortone, ed.), CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

Hartwell, S. I., L. Claflin. 2005. Cluster Analysis of Contaminated Sediment Data – Nodal Analysis. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 24(7): 1816-1834.

Long, E.R., M. Dutch, S. Aasen, K. Welch, M.J. Hameedi. 2005. Spatial Extent of Degraded Sediment Quality in Puget Sound (Washington State, U.S.A.) Based upon Measures of the Sediment Quality Triad. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 111: 171-222.

O’Connor, T.P. & G.G. Lauenstein. 2005. Status and Trends of copper concentrations in mussels and oysters in the USA. Marine Chemistry, 97: 49-59.

Bettencourt, A. S.B. Bricker, J.G. Ferreira, A. Franco, J.C. Marques, J.J. Melo, A. Nobre, L. Ramos, C.S. Reis, F. Salas, M.C. Silva, T. Simas, W. Wolff. 2004. Typology and Reference Conditions for Portuguese Transitional and Coastal Waters Development of guidelines for the application of the European Union Water Framework Directive. INAG-IMAR, Lisbon: Portugal.

Hartwell, I. 2004. Distribution of DDT in sediments off the central California coast. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 49(4): 299-305.

Naidu, A.S., L.W. Cooper, J.M. Grebmeier, T.E. Whitledge and M.J. Hameedi, R. Stein, and R.W. Macdonald R. Stein and R.W. Macdonald. 2004. The Continental Margin of the North Bering-Chukchi Sea: Concentrations, Sources, Fluxes, Accumulation and Burial Rates of Organic Carbon. Springer: Verlag, Berlin. pp 193-203.

Walker, J., D.R. Whitall,W.P. Robarge, and H.W. Paerl.  2004. Comparison of atmospheric concentration of ammonia and ammonium aerosols between three sites in eastern North Carolina.  Atmospheric Environment, 38: 1235-1246.

Whitall, D., M. Castro and C. Driscoll. 2004. Evaluation of management strategies for reducing nitrogen loadings to four U.S. estuaries. Science of the Total Environment, 333: 25-36.

Bricker, S.B., J.G. Ferreira, and T. Simas. 2003. An Integrated Methodology for Assessment of Estuarine Trophic Status. Ecological Modeling 169: 39-60.

Cantillo, A. Y. 2003. Comparison of results of Mussel Watch Programs of the United States and France with worldwide Mussel Watch studies. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 39(9): 712-717.

Driscoll, C., D. Whitall., J. Aber, E. Boyer, M. Castro, C. Cronan, C. Goodale, P. Groffman, C. Hopkinson, K. Lambert, G. Lawrence, S. Ollinger. 2003. Nitrogen pollution: Sources and consequences in the U.S. Northeast. Environment, 45: 8-22.

Lauenstein, G.G. , and A. Y. Cantillo. 2003. Analytical evaluation of laboratories wishing to perform environmental characterization studies, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 16: 1345-1350.

Lauenstein, G.G., A. Y. Cantillo, and T. P. O’Connor. 2003. The Status and Trends of Trace Element and Organic Contaminants in Oysters, Crassostrea virginica, in the Waters of the Carolinas, USA. Science of the Total Environment, 285: 79-87.

Pait, A.S , and J.O Nelson. 2003. Vitellogenesis in male Fundulus heteroclitus (killifish) induced by selected estrogenic compounds. Aquatic Toxicology, 64: 331-342.

Schantz, M. M., B. A. Benner, Jr., M. J. Hays, W. R. Kelly, R. D. Vocke, Jr., R. Demiralp, R. R. Greenberg, S. B., Schiller, G. G. Lauenstein, and S. A. Wise. 2003. Certification of Standard Reference Material (SRM) 1941a, organics in marine sediment. Journal of Analytical Chemistry, 352: 166-173.

Lauenstein  G.G., A.Y. Cantillo & T. P. O’Connor. 2002. The status and trends of trace element and organic contaminants in oysters, Crassostrea virginica, in the waters of the Carolinas, USA. Science of the Total Environment, 285: 79-87.

Long, E.R., M. J. Hameedi, G. M. Sloane,L. B. Read. 2002. Chemical Contamination, Toxicity, and Benthic Community Indices in Sediments of the Lower Miami River and Adjoining Portions of Biscayne Bay, Florida. Estuaries, 25(4A): 622-637.

McCoy, D.L., J.M. Jones, J.W. Anderson, M. Harmon, S.I. Hartwell, and J. Hameedi. 2002. Distribution of Cytochrome P4501A1-Inducing Chemicals in Sediments of the Delaware River-Bay System, USA. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 21: 1618-1627.

Champ, M., A.Y. Cantillo, G.G. Lauenstein, Caroli, S., Cescon, P., Walton, and D. W. H.(eds.) Caroli, S., Cescon, P., Walton, D. W. H.(eds.). 2001. Book Chapter: The future role of quality assurance in monitoring and research in the Antarctic. Elsevier Science: Kidlington, UK, pg 33-53.

Efurd, D.W., F.R. Roensch, W.C.T. Inkret, M.J. Hameedi, C.F.V. Mason. In Hecker, S.S., C.F.V. Mason, K.K. Kadyrzhanov, S.B. Kislitsin (eds.) In: Hecker, S.S., C.F.V. Mason, K.K. Kadyrzhanov, S.B. Kislitsin (eds.). 2000. Evaluation of the Anthropogenic Radionuclide Concentrations in Sediments and Fauna Collected in the Arctic. Kluwer Academic Publishers: Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 31: 99-107.

Hartwell, S. Ian, R.W. Alden, D.A. Wright, S. Ailstock, R. Kerhin. 2000. Correlation of Measures of Ambient Toxicity and Fish Community Diversity in a Chesapeake Bay Tributary: A Biological, Chemical and Geological Assessment. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 19(7): 1753-1763.

Hartwell, S. Ian, D.M. Jordahl, C.O. Dawson. 2000. The Effect of Salinity on Tire Leachate Toxicity. Water, Air and Soil Pollution, 121(1-4): 119-131.