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Person Details: Julie W. Neilson

Superfund Research Program

Julie W. Neilson

University of Arizona
Water Resources Research Center
350 N Campbell Ave.
Tuscon, Arizona 85719
Phone: 520-621-9759


Hazardous Waste Sites

Cananea Mine Spill

  • University of Arizona: Research Translation Core




  • Kushwaha P, Neilson JW, Maier RM, Babst-Kostecka AA. 2021. Soil microbial community and abiotic soil properties influence Zn and Cd hyperaccumulation differently in Arabidopsis halleri. Sci Total Environ 803(12):150006. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.150006 PMID:34487902


  • Chen Y, Neilson JW, Kushwaha P, Maier RM, Barberan A. 2020. Life-history strategies of soil microbial communities in an arid ecosystem. ISME J doi:10.1038/s41396-020-00803-y PMID:33051582
  • Kushwaha P, Neilson JW, Barberan A, Chen Y, Fontana CG, Butterfield BJ, Maier RM. 2020. Arid ecosystem vegetation canopy-gap dichotomy: Influence on soil microbial composition and nutrient cycling functional potential. Appl Environ Microbiol 87(5):doi:10.1128/AEM.02780-20 PMID:33310716 (ahead of print)


  • Honeker LK, Gullo CF, Neilson JW, Chorover J, Maier RM. 2019. Effect of re-acidification on buffalo grass rhizosphere and bulk microbial communities during phytostabilization of metalliferous mine tailings. Front Microbiol 10:17. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2019.01209 PMID:31214146 PMCID:PMC6554433
  • Hottenstein JD, Neilson JW, Gil-Loaiza J, Root RA, White SA, Chorover J, Maier RM. 2019. Soil microbiome dynamics during pyritic mine tailing phytostabilization: understanding microbial bioindicators of soil acidification. Front Microbiol 10:doi:10.3389/fmicb.2019.01211 PMID:31275251 PMCID:PMC6593306



  • Honeker LK, Neilson JW, Root RA, Gil-Loaiza J, Chorover J, Maier RM. 2017. Bacterial rhizoplane colonization patterns of Buchloe dactyloides growing in metalliferous mine tailings reflect plant status and biogeochemical conditions. Microb Ecol 74:853867. doi:10.1007/s00248-017-0998-7 PMID:28577167 PMCID:PMC5654687
  • Neilson JW, Califf K, Cardona C, Copeland A, van Treuren W, Josephson KL, Knight R, Gilbert J, Quade J, Caporaso J, Maier RM. 2017. Significant impacts of increasing aridity on the arid soil microbiome. mSystems 2:doi:10.1128/mSystems.00195-16 PMID:28593197 PMCID:PMC5451488 (accepted for publication)
  • Santos AE, Cruz-Ortega R, Meza-Figueroa D, Romero FM, Sanchez-Escalante JJ, Maier RM, Neilson JW, Alcaraz LD, Molina-Freaner FE. 2017. Plants from the abandoned Nacozari mine tailings: evaluation of their phytostabilization potential. PeerJ 5:e3280. doi:10.7717/peerj.3280 PMID:28484675 PMCID:PMC5420198





  • Mendez MO, Neilson JW, Maier RM. 2008. Characterization of a bacterial community in an abandoned semiarid lead-zinc mine tailing site. Appl Environ Microbiol 74(12):3899-3907. doi:10.1128/AEM.02883-07 PMID:18424534 PMCID:PMC2446573
  • Mendez MO, Neilson JW, Maier RM. 2008. Microbiological and geochemical characterization of fluvially deposited sulfidic mine tailings. Appl Environ Microbiol 74:3899-3907. PMID:10103249


  • Drees KP, Neilson JW, Betancourt JL, Quade J, Henderson DA, Pryor BM, Maier RM. 2006. Bacterial community structure in the hyperarid core of the Atacama Desert, Chile. Appl Environ Microbiol 72(12):7902-7908. doi:10.1128/AEM.01305-06 PMID:17028238 PMCID:PMC1694221


  • Neilson JW, Artiola JF, Maier RM. 2003. Characterization of lead removal from contaminated soils by nontoxic soil-washing agents. J Environ Qual 32(3):899-908. PMID:12809290


  • Neilson JW, Otto W, Larive CL, Pemberton JE. 2002. Biosurfactant-mediated metal behavior in soil. In: Proceedings of the Goldschmidt Conference for Geochemistry, Aug. 18-23. Davos, Switzerland.


  • Maier RM, Neilson JW, Artiola JF, Jordan FL, Glenn EP, Descher S. 2001. Remediation of metal-contaminated soil and sludge using biosurfactant technology. Int J Occup Med Environ Health 14(3):241-248. PMID:11764852


  • DiGiovanni GD, Neilson JW, Pepper IL, Sinclair NA. 1996. Gene transfer of Alcaligenes eutrophus JMP134 plasmid pJP4 to indigenous soil recipients. Appl Environ Microbiol 62(7):2521-2526. PMID:8779592


  • Neilson JW, Josephson KL, Pepper IL, Arnold RG, DiGiovanni GD, Sinclair NA. 1994. Frequency of horizontal gene transfer of a large catabolic plasmid (pJP4) in soil. Appl Environ Microbiol 60:4053-4058. PMID:7993092


  • Neilson JW, Josephson KL, Pillai SD, Pepper IL. 1992. Polymerase chain reaction and gene probe detection of the 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid degradation plasmid pJP4. Appl Environ Microbiol 58:1271-1275. PMID:1599246
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