Learn about some of the recent research EPA researchers and their partners have published in scientific journals.
Ecosystems and Climate Change
- EPA scientist Jordan West published an article focusing on adaptation options to improve the resilience of ecosystems in the face of climate changes. The article, "Assessing Confidence in Management Adaptation Approaches for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems,” was published February 2012 in Environmental Research Letters
Biological Drinking Water Treatment
- Researchers Colin White and Darren Lytle from EPA, along with Ronald DeBry at the University of Cincinnati determined that biological treatment (e.g. bacteria) of drinking water could be a viable alternative to certain chemical treatment methods. The article, “Microbial Survey of a Full-Scale, Biologically Active Filter for Treatment of Drinking Water,” was published June 2012 in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
Microbiology and Water Pipes Corrosion
- EPA researchers Vincente Gomez-Alvarez, Randy Revetta, and Jorge Santo Domingo, studied microbial composition of biomass found in corroded wastewater pipes and determined there is a complex and diverse microbial system. The article, “Metagenome Analyses of Corroded Concrete Wastewater Pipe Biofilms Reveals a Complex Microbial System,” was published June 2012 in BMC Microbiology.
Combined Sewer Overflows: Grey and Green Infrastructure
- EPA scientist Anthony Tafuri, along with other scientists, conducted a life-cycle analysis comparing a combination of green and grey infrastructure to grey infrastructure alone to control combined sewer overflows in Kansas City, MO. The article, “Cost Comparison of Conventional Gray Combined Sewer Overflow Control Infrastructure versus a Green/Gray Combination,” was published November 2011 in the Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering.
Innovative Methods to Sample PCB Contamination in Sediment
- EPA researchers tested new, innovative methods to measure polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination in sediment. Semipermeable membrane devices (SPMDs) were combined with novel deployment methods to quantify the availability of PCBs at the Sangamo-Weston Lake Hartwell Superfund Site in South Carolina. The article, “Using SPMDs To Assess Natural Recovery Of PCB-Contaminated Sediments In Lake Hartwell, SC: I. A Field Test Of New In-Situ Deployment Methods,” was published January 2012 in Soil and Sediment Contamination.
To read more scientific journal articles published by EPA, please see the Science Inventory