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Superfund Research Program

Raina M. Maier

University of Arizona
Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science
Saguaro Hall 322
P.O. Box 210038
Tucson, AZ 85721-0038
Phone: 520-621-7231
Fax: 520-621-1647
Email:

Projects

Research Briefs

Patents

  • Microbially Produced Rhamnolipid (Biosurfactants) for the Control of Plant Pathogenic Zoosporic Fungi
  • Synthesis of Glycolipids

Superfund Sites

Apache Powder, NPL Superfund site

  • University of Arizona: Biosurfactant-Enhanced in Situ Metal Remediation

Broken Hill

  • University of Arizona: Biosurfactant-Enhanced in Situ Metal Remediation

Camp Navajo (Army depot) DOD site

  • University of Arizona: Biosurfactant-Enhanced in Situ Metal Remediation

Central Arizona Project Headquarters

  • University of Arizona: Biosurfactant-Enhanced in Situ Metal Remediation

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Superfund Site

  • University of Arizona: Biosurfactant-Enhanced in Situ Metal Remediation

Iron King Mine and Humboldt Smelter

  • University of Arizona: Phytostablization of Mine Tailings in the Southwestern United States: Plant-Soil-Microbe Interactions and Metal Speciation Dynamics

Klondyke Tailings, WQARF site

  • University of Arizona: Phytostablization of Mine Tailings in the Southwestern United States: Plant-Soil-Microbe Interactions and Metal Speciation Dynamics

Nacozari Mining Site

  • University of Arizona: Phytostablization of Mine Tailings in the Southwestern United States: Plant-Soil-Microbe Interactions and Metal Speciation Dynamics

Page Ranch Landfill

  • University of Arizona: Biosurfactant-Enhanced in Situ Metal Remediation

Saginaw Hill Mine Tailings Site

  • University of Arizona: Phytostablization of Mine Tailings in the Southwestern United States: Plant-Soil-Microbe Interactions and Metal Speciation Dynamics

San Pedro River Mine Tailings Site, AZ (Bureau of Land management)

  • University of Arizona: Phytostablization of Mine Tailings in the Southwestern United States: Plant-Soil-Microbe Interactions and Metal Speciation Dynamics

Silver Valley

  • University of Arizona: Biosurfactant-Enhanced in Situ Metal Remediation

Silverbell Post Office

  • University of Arizona: Biosurfactant-Enhanced in Situ Metal Remediation

Publications

2014
  • Maier, Raina M., F. Diaz-Barriga, James A. Field, James Hopkins, Bern Klein, and Mary M. Poulton. 2014. Socially responsible mining: The relationship between mining and poverty, human health and the environment. Reviews on Environmental Health.   29:83-89. doi:10.1515/reveh-2014-0022  
2013
2012
  • Hayes, Sarah M., Samuel M. Webb, John R. Bargar, Peggy A. O'Day, Raina M. Maier, and Jon Chorover. 2012. Geochemical weathering increases lead bioaccessibility in semi-arid mine tailings. Environmental Science & Technology.   46(11):5834-5841. doi:10.1021/es300603s  
  • Solis-Dominguez, Fernando A., Scott A. White, Travis B. Hutter, Mary Kay Amistadi, Robert A. Root, Jon Chorover, and Raina M. Maier. 2012. Response of key soil parameters during compost-assisted phytostabilization in extremely acidic tailings: Effect of plant species. Environmental Science & Technology.   46(2):1019-1027. doi:10.1021/es202846n  
2011
  • Hayes, Sarah M., Peggy A. O'Day, Samuel M. Webb, Raina M. Maier, and Jon Chorover. 2011. Changes in Zinc Speciation with Mine Tailings Acidification in a Semiarid Weathering Environment. Environmental Science & Technology.   45:7166-7172. doi:10.1021/es201006b  
  • Solis-Dominguez, Fernando A., Alexis Valentin-Vargas, Jon Chorover, and Raina M. Maier. 2011. Effect of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on plant biomass and the rhizosphere microbial community structure of mesquite grown in acidic lead/zinc mine tailings. Science of the Total Environment.   409:1009-1016. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2010.11.020  
2010
  • de-Bashan, L., J. Hernandez, Yoav Bashan, and Raina M. Maier. 2010. Bacillus pumilus ES4: Candidate plant growth-promoting bacterium to enhance establishment of plants in mine tailings. Environmental and Experimental Botany. 69(3):343-352. doi:10.1016/j.envexpbot.2010.04.014  
  • de-Bashan, L., J. Hernandez, K. Nelson, Yoav Bashan, and Raina M. Maier. 2010. Growth of Quailbush in Acidic, Metalliferous Desert Mine Tailings: Effect of Azospirillum brasilense Sp6 on Biomass Production and Rhizosphere Community Structure. Microbial Ecology.   60(4):915-927. doi:10.1007/s00248-010-9713-7  
2009
  • Grandlic, Christopher J., Michael W. Palmer, and Raina M. Maier. 2009. Optimization of plant growth-promoting bacteria-assisted phytostabilization of mine tailings. Soil Biology and Biochemistry.   41(8):1734-1740. doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2009.05.017  
  • Hayes, Sarah M., Scott A. White, Thomas L. Thompson, Raina M. Maier, and Jon Chorover. 2009. Changes in lead and zinc lability during weathering-induced acidification of desert mine tailings: Coupling chemical and micro-scale analyses. Applied Geochemistry.   24(12):2234-2245. doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2009.09.010  
  • Meza-Figueroa, Diana, Raina M. Maier, Margarita de la O-Villanueva, Agustin Gomez-Alvarez, Alan Moreno-Zazueta, Jacinto Rivera, Alberto Campillo, Christopher J. Grandlic, Ricardo Anaya, and Juan Palafox-Reyes. 2009. The impact of unconfined mine tailings in residential areas from a mining town in a semi-arid environment: Nacozari, Sonora, Mexico. Chemosphere.   77(1):140-147. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2009.04.068  
2008
2007
  • Mendez, Monica O., Edward P. Glenn, and Raina M. Maier. 2007. Phytostabilization potential of quailbush for mine tailings: Growth, metal accumulation, and microbial community changes. Journal of Environmental Quality.   36(1):245-253.
  • Mendez, Monica O. and Raina M. Maier. 2007. Phytoremediation of mine tailings in temperate and arid environments. Reviews in Environmental Science and Biotechnology.  
  • Rosario, K., S.L. Iverson, D.A. Henderson, S. Chartrand, C. McKeon, Edward P. Glenn, and Raina M. Maier. 2007. Bacterial community changes during plant establishment at the San Pedro River mine tailings site. Journal of Environmental Quality.   36(5):1249-59.
2006
  • Brusseau, Mark L., Susannah K. Sandrin, Li Li, Irfan Yolcubal, Fiona L. Jordan, and Raina M. Maier. 2006. Biodegradation During Contaminant Transport in Porous Media: 8. The Influence of Microbial System Variability on Transport Behavior and Parameter Determination. Water Resources Research.   42(4):W04406.
  • Sandrin, Todd R., W.B. Kight, W.J. Maier, and Raina M. Maier. 2006. Influence of a nonaqueous phase liquid (NAPL) on biodegradation of phenanthrene. Biodegradation.   17(5):423-435.
2005
  • Dorn, Jonathan G., Mark L. Brusseau, and Raina M. Maier. 2005. Real-Time, in Situ Monitoring of Bioactive Zone Dynamics in Heterogeneous Systems. Environmental Science & Technology.   39(22):8898-8905.
  • Wang, Jian-Ming, Raina M. Maier, and Mark L. Brusseau. 2005. Influence of hydroxypropyl-b-cyclodextrin (HPCD) on the bioavailability and biodegradation of pyrene. Chemosphere.   60(5):725-728.
  • Wang, Jian-Ming, Brandolyn Patterson, Adria A. Bodour, Raina M. Maier, and Mark L. Brusseau. 2005. Biodegradation During Contaminant Transport in Porous Media: 7. Impact of Multiple-Degrader Community Dynamics. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.   24(11):2806-2811.
2004
  • Bodour, Adria A., Claudia Guerrero-Barajas, Beth V. Jiorle, Mark E. Malcomson, Amanda K. Paull, Arpad Somogyi, Long N. Trinh, Robert B. Bates, and Raina M. Maier. 2004. Structure and characterization of flavolipids, a novel group of biosurfactants produced by Flavobacterium sp. Strain MTN11. Applied and Environmental Microbiology.   70(1):114-120.
  • Jordan, Fiona L., Susannah K. Sandrin, Robert J. Frye, Mark L. Brusseau, and Raina M. Maier. 2004. The influence of system complexity on bacterial transport in saturated porous media. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology.   74(1-4):19-38.
2003
  • Bodour, Adria A., Kevin P. Drees, and Raina M. Maier. 2003. Distribution of biosurfactant-producing bacteria in undisturbed and contaminated arid southwestern soils. Applied and Environmental Microbiology.   69(6):3280-3287.
  • Bodour, Adria A., Jian-Ming Wang, Mark L. Brusseau, and Raina M. Maier. 2003. Temporal change in culturable phenanthrene degraders in response to long-term exposure to phenanthrene in a soil column system. Environmental Microbiology.   5(10):888-895.
  • Maier, Raina M. 2003. Biosurfactants: evolution and diversity in bacteria. Advances in Applied Microbiology. 52:101-121.
  • Neilson, Julia W., Janick F. Artiola, and Raina M. Maier. 2003. Characterization of lead removal from contaminated soils by nontoxic soil-washing agents. Journal of Environmental Quality.   32(3):899-908.
  • Rensing, Christopher G. and Raina M. Maier. 2003. Issues underlying use of biosensors to measure metal bioavailability. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety.   56(1):140-147.
  • Sandrin, Todd R. and Raina M. Maier. 2003. Impact of metals on the biodegradation of organic pollutants. Environmental Health Perspectives. 111(8):1093-1101.
  • Yolcubal, Irfan, Jonathan G. Dorn, Raina M. Maier, and Mark L. Brusseau. 2003. The influence of substrate and electron acceptor availability on bioactive zone dynamics in porous media. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology.   66(3-4):219-237.
2002
  • Bodour, Adria A. and Raina M. Maier. 2002. Biosurfactants: types, screening methods, and applications. In: Encyclopedia of Environmental Microbiology   . John Wiley and Sons, pp.750-770.
  • Herman, David C. and Raina M. Maier. 2002. Biosynthesis and applications of glycolipid and lipopeptide biosurfactants. In: Lipid Biotechnology. Marcel Dekker, New York, NY. pp.629-654.
  • Jordan, Fiona L., Molly Robin-Abbott, Raina M. Maier, and Edward P. Glenn. 2002. A comparison of chelator-facilitated plant metal uptake by a halophyte and a glycophyte from a contaminated soil. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.   21(12):2698-2704.
  • Marlowe, Elizabeth M., Jian-Ming Wang, Ian L. Pepper, and Raina M. Maier. 2002. Application of a Reverse Transcription-PCRassay to monitor regulation of the catabolicnahAc gene during phenanthrene degradation. Biodegradation.   13(4):251-260.
  • Sandrin, Todd R. and Raina M. Maier. 2002. Effect of pH on cadmium toxicity, speciation, and accumulation during naphthalene biodegradation. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.   21(10):2075-2079.
  • Yolcubal, Irfan, Shelley A. Pierce, Raina M. Maier, and Mark L. Brusseau. 2002. Biodegradation during contaminant transport in porous media: 5. The influence of growth and cell elution on microbial distribution. Journal of Environmental Quality.   31(6):1824-1830.
2001
  • Maier, Raina M., Julia W. Neilson, Janick F. Artiola, Fiona L. Jordan, Edward P. Glenn, and S. Descher. 2001. Remediation of metal-contaminated soil and sludge using biosurfactant technology. International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health. 14(3):241-248.
  • McCray, John E., Guiyun Bai, Raina M. Maier, and Mark L. Brusseau. 2001. Biosurfactant-enhanced solubilization of NAPL mixtures. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology.   48(1-2):45-68.
  • Ochoa-Loza, Francisco J., Janick F. Artiola, and Raina M. Maier. 2001. Stability constants for the complexation of various metals with a rhamnolipid biosurfactant. Journal of Environmental Quality.   30(2):479-485.
2000
  • Al-Tahhan, Ragheb A., Todd R. Sandrin, Adria A. Bodour, and Raina M. Maier. 2000. Rhamnolipid-induced removal of lipopolysaccharide from Pseudomonas aeruginosa: effect on cell surface properties and interaction with hydrophobic substrates. Applied and Environmental Microbiology.   66(8):3262-3268.
  • Bodour, Adria A., Ragheb A. Al-Tahhan, Todd R. Sandrin, and Raina M. Maier. 2000. Cell surface properties of Pseudomonas aeruginosa: effect of rhamnolipid on lipopolysaccharide content. In: Proceedings of the Arizona Imaging and Microanalysis Annual Meeting, February 10th. Tucson, AZ.
  • Bodour, Adria A., Jian-Ming Wang, Mark L. Brusseau, and Raina M. Maier. 2000. Development of an indigenous phenanthrene degrading community during long-term exposure to phenanthrene. In: Proceedings of the Arizona-Nevada Branch of the American Society for Microbiology Meeting, February 19th. Tucson, AZ.
  • Bodour, Adria A., Jian-Ming Wang, Mark L. Brusseau, and Raina M. Maier. 2000. The development of an indigenous phenanthrene degrading community during long-term exposure to phenanthrene under saturated flow conditions. In: Proceedings of the 100th General American Society for Microbiology Meeting, May 21-25. Los Angeles, CA.
  • Curtis, S.J. and Raina M. Maier. 2000. The effect of a rhamnolipid biosurfactant and the in situ production of surface-active compounds on the biodegradation of a mixture of organic compounds by an indigenous soil community. In: Proceedings of the 100th General American Society for Microbiology Meeting, May 21-25. Los Angeles, CA.
  • Maier, Raina M. 2000. Bioremediation strategies for sites co-contaminated with organics and metals. In: Proceedings of the 100th General American Society for Microbiology Meeting, May 21-25. Los Angeles, CA.
  • Maier, Raina M. 2000. Biosurfactants: effects on cell surface properties and interactions with hydrophobic substrates. In: Proceedings of the Society for Industrial Microbiology, July 23-27. San Diego, CA.
  • Maier, Raina M. 2000. Remediation of metal-contaminated soil using biosurfactant technology. In: Proceedings of the Conference on Metals in Eastern and Central Europe: Health Effects, Sources of Contamination and Methods of Remediation, Nov. 8-11. Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Maier, Raina M. 2000. Rhamnolipid-induced removal of lipopolysaccharide from Pseudomonas: effects on cell surface properties and interactions with hydrophobic substrates. In: Proceedings of the FASEB (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) Meeting on Microbial Polysaccharides, August, 13-18. Copper Mountain, CO.
  • Maier, Raina M. 2000. The biosurfactant story: from bioremediation to biological control. In: Proceedings of Reed College, March 31. Portland, OR.
  • Maier, Raina M., Douglas M. Gage, and Adria A. Bodour. 2000. Substrate induced switch between bioemulsifier and biosurfactant production. In: Proceedings of the 100th General American Society for Microbiology Meeting, May 21-25. Los Angeles, CA.
  • Maier, Raina M. and Gloria Soberon-Chavez. 2000. Pseudomonas aeruginosa rhamnolipids: biosynthesis and potential applications. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology.   54(5):0625-0633.
  • Maslin, Pascale and Raina M. Maier. 2000. Rhamnolipid-enhanced mineralization of phenanthrene in organic-metal co-contaminated soils. Bioremediation Journal.   4(4):295-308.
1999
  • Brusseau, Mark L., Max Q. Hu, Jian-Ming Wang, and Raina M. Maier. 1999. Biodegradation during contaminant transport in porous media: 2. The influence of physicochemical factors. Environmental Science & Technology.   33(1):96-103.
  • Maslin, P. and Raina M. Maier. 1999. Biosurfactant-induced protection against cadmium toxicity during phenanthrene degradation in soil. In: Proceedings of the 99th General American Society for Microbiology Meeting. Chicago, IL.
  • Wang, Jian-Ming, Mark L. Brusseau, and Raina M. Maier. 1999. Biodegradation of nonionic organic compounds complexed with cyclodextrins. In: Proceedings of the American Chemical Society National Meetings, Environmental Chemistry Division. Anaheim, CA. pp.416-417.
1998
  • Bai, Guiyun, Mark L. Brusseau, and Raina M. Maier. 1998. Influence of cation type, ionic strength and pH on solubilization and mobilization of residual hydrocarbon by a biosurfactant. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology.   30:265-279.
  • Bodour, Adria A. and Raina M. Maier. 1998. Application of a modified drop-collapse technique for surfactant quantitation and screening of biosurfactant-producing microorganisms. Journal of Microbiological Methods.   32:273-280.
  • Campos-Garcia, Jesus, Alma Delia Caro, Rebeca Najera, Raina M. Maier, Ragheb A. Al-Tahhan, and Gloria Soberon-Chavez. 1998. The Pseudomonas aeruginosa rhlG gene encodes an NADPH-dependent eta-ketoacyl reductase which is specifically involved in rhamnolipid synthesis. Journal of Bacteriology.   180(17):4442-4451.
  • Gage-Fasse, D. and Raina M. Maier. 1998. Application of rhamnolipid biosurfactant for remediation of soil contaminated with mixed metals. In: Proceedings of the United States/Mexico Conference on Hazardous Waste Management and Technologies. Tucson, AZ.
  • Gage-Fasse, D., Jacob L. Torrens, and Raina M. Maier. 1998. Residual toxicity in various soils following biosurfactant treatment to remove metal contamination. In: Proceedings of the Symposium on Risk Considerations for Environmental Health and Safety. The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
  • Maier, Raina M. 1998. Application of biosurfactants for removal of metals/metal toxicity from soil. In: Proceedings of the United States/Mexico Conference on Hazardous Waste Management and Technologies. Tucson, AZ.
  • Maier, Raina M. 1998. Biosurfactants in the remediation of metal-contaminated soils and wastestreams. In: Proceedings of the Symposium on Risk Considerations for Environmental Health and Safety. The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
  • Ochoa-Loza, Francisco J. and Raina M. Maier. 1998. Competition of naturally occurring metals and metal contaminants for complexation by a rhamnolipid biosurfactant. In: Proceedings of the Symposium on Risk Considerations for Environmental Health and Safety. The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
  • Ochoa-Loza, Francisco J. and Raina M. Maier. 1998. Effect of soil constituents on sorption of a rhamnolipid biosurfactant. In: Proceedings of the United States/Mexico Conference on Hazardous Waste Management and Technologies. Tucson, AZ.
  • Ochoa-Loza, Francisco J. and Raina M. Maier. 1998. Evaluation of factors that affect rhamnolipid performance in removal of metals from soil. In: Proceedings Superfund Basic Research Program: A Decade of Improving Health through Multi-Disciplinary Research. Chapel Hill, NC.
  • Snyder, S.K., Mark L. Brusseau, Fiona L. Jordan, and Raina M. Maier. 1998. The impact of bacterial cell growth and metabolic lag on the transport and biodegradation of organic compounds. In: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 1998.
  • Snyder, S.K., Mark L. Brusseau, Fiona L. Jordan, and Raina M. Maier. 1998. The impact of bacterial cell growth and metabolic lag on the transport and biodegradation of organic compounds. In: Proceedings of the NIEHS/EPA (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences/Environmental Protection Agency) Superfund Basic Research Program Meeting. Berkeley, CA.
  • Torrens, Jacob L., David C. Herman, and Raina M. Maier. 1998. Biosurfactant (rhamnolipid) sorption and the impact on rhamnolipid-facilitated removal of cadmium from various soils under saturated flow conditions. Environmental Science & Technology.   32(6):776-781.
  • Torrens, Jacob L., David C. Herman, and Raina M. Maier. 1998. Biosurfactant-enhanced removal of cadmium from various soils under saturated flow conditions. In: Proceedings Superfund Basic Research Program: A Decade of Improving Health through Multi-Disciplinary Research. Chapel Hill, NC.
  • Wang, Jian-Ming, Elizabeth M. Marlowe, Raina M. Maier, and Mark L. Brusseau. 1998. Cyclodextrin-enhanced biodegradation of phenanthrene. Environmental Science & Technology.   9(13):1907-1912.
1997
  • Bodour, Adria A. and Raina M. Maier. 1997. Semi-quantitative screening for biosurfactant production by environmental isolates. In: Proceedings of the 97th General American Society for Microbiology Meeting. Miami Beach, FL.
  • Herman, David C., Youbo Zhang, and Raina M. Maier. 1997. Rhamnolipid (biosurfactant) effects on cell aggregation and biodegradation of residual hexadecane under saturated flow conditions. Applied and Environmental Microbiology.   63(9):3622-3627.
  • Maier, Raina M. 1997. Biosurfactants in the remediation of metal-contaminated soils and wastestreams. In: Proceedings of the Conference on Pollution Prevention in the Mining Industry. San Manuel, AZ.
  • Pittner, S.AJ and Raina M. Maier. 1997. Effect of a rhamnolipid biosurfactant on cadmium toxicity in soil. In: Proceedings of the 97th General American Society for Microbiology Meeting. Miami Beach, FL.
  • Roane, Timberly M., Ian L. Pepper, and Raina M. Maier. 1997. Microbial remediation of metals. In: Bioremediation: Principles and Practice. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom. pp.312-340.
  • Stanghellini, M.E. and Raina M. Maier. 1997. Biosurfactants: their identity and potential efficacy in the biological control of zoosporic plant pathogens. Plant Disease.   81:4-12.
  • Wild, Marina, Alma Delia Caro, Ana Lilia Hernandez, Raina M. Maier, and Gloria Soberon-Chavez. 1997. Selection and partial characterization of a Pseudomonas aeruginosa monorhamnolipid deficient mutant. FEMS Microbiology Letters.   153(2):279-285.
  • Zhang, Youbo, W.J. Maier, and Raina M. Maier. 1997. Effect of rhamnolipids on the dissolution, bioavailability and biodegradation of phenanthrene. Environmental Science & Technology.   31(8):2211-2217.
1996
  • Herman, David C., Janick F. Artiola, and Raina M. Maier. 1996. Removal of metals from soil by an anionic rhamnolipid biosurfactant. In: Proceedings of the 95th General American Society for Microbiology Meeting, Washington, DC.
  • Maier, Raina M. 1996. Biosurfactants: Use in remediation of organics and metals. In: Proceedings of the Annual Society for Industrial Microbiology Meeting. Research Triangle Park, NC.
  • Maier, Raina M. 1996. Interaction of microorganisms with metals. In: Proceedings of the Fourth Congress of the Mexican Society for Genetics and Toxicology. Aguascalientes, Mexico.
1995
  • Herman, David C., Janick F. Artiola, and Raina M. Maier. 1995. Removal of Cadmium, Lead, and Zinc from soil by a rhamnolipid biosurfactant. Environmental Science & Technology.   29(9):2280-2285.
  • Jutras, Eileen Maura, Raina M. Maier, and Ian L. Pepper. 1995. Optimization of arbitrarily primed PCR for identification of bacterial isolates. Journal of Microbiological Methods.   24(1):55-63.
  • Maier, Raina M. 1995. Biosurfactant-facilitated remediation of metal-contaminated soils. Environmental Health Perspectives. 103(1):59-62.