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Person Details: Claudia Gunsch

Superfund Research Program

Claudia Gunsch

Duke University
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Box 90287
Durham, North Carolina 27708-0287
Phone: 919-660-5208


Research Briefs

Hazardous Waste Sites

Atlantic Wood Site, Elizabeth River

  • Duke University: Microbial and Photolytic Transformations of Superfund Chemicals
  • Duke University: Nanoparticle Based Strategies for Remediation of Contaminated Sediments: Implications, Synergies, and Antagonistic Effects with Associated Nano-Bioremediation

FCX, Inc. (Washington Plant)

  • Duke University: Microbial and Photolytic Transformations of Superfund Chemicals

Georgia-Pacific Corporation Hardwood Sawmill, Washington County

  • Duke University: Developmental Effects of Superfund Hydrocarbon Mixtures in Fundulus heteroclitus

Republic Creosoting, Elizabeth River

  • Duke University: Engineering the Physico-Chemical Environment to Enhance the Bioremediation of Developmental Toxicants in Sediment Fungal-Bacterial Biofilms



  • Addis SD, Formel SK, Kim YJ, Varner PM, Raudabaugh DB, Lefevre E, Bernik BM, Elango V, Van Bael SA, Pardue JH, Gunsch C. 2022. Alterations of endophytic microbial community function in Spartina alterniflora as a result of crude oil exposure. Biodegradation 33:87-98. doi:10.1007/s10532-021-09968-5 PMID:35039995
  • Varner PM, Allemann MN, Michener JK, Gunsch C. 2022. The effect of bacterial growth strategies on plasmid transfer and naphthalene degradation for bioremediation. Environ Technol Innov 28:102910. doi:10.1016/j.eti.2022.102910
  • Varner PM, Gunsch C. 2022. Complete genome sequence of NAH7-harboring pseudomonas putida strain G7. Microbiol Resour Ann doi:10.1128/mra.00394-22 PMID:36129275
  • Volkoff SJ, Rodriguez DL, Singleton DR, McCumber AW, Aitken MD, Stewart JR, Gunsch C. 2022. Identifying bioaugmentation candidates for bioremediation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in contaminated estuarine sediment of the Elizabeth River, VA, USA. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 106:1715-1727. doi:10.1007/s00253-021-11754-5 PMID:35089401


  • Kim YJ, Womble JT, Gunsch C, Ingram JL. 2021. The gut/lung microbiome axis in obesity, asthma, and bariatric surgery: A literature review. Obesity (Silver Spring) 29(4):636-644. doi:10.1002/oby.23107 PMID:33759390 PMCID:PMC7995617
  • Redfern L, Jayasundara N, Singleton D, Di Giulio RT, Carlson J, Sumner SJ, Gunsch C. 2021. The role of gut microbial community and metabolomic shifts in adaptive resistance of Atlantic killifish (Fundulus heteroclitus) to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Sci Total Environ 776:145955. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.145955 PMID:33647645 PMCID:PMC8294123
  • Varner PM, Gunsch C. 2021. Properties affecting transfer and expression of degradative plasmids for the purpose of bioremediation. Biodegradation 32(4):doi:10.1007/s10532-021-09950-1 PMID:34046775 (ahead of print)




  • Czaplicki LM, Dharia M, Cooper EM, Ferguson PL, Vilgalys R, Gunsch C. 2018. Evaluating the mycostimulation potential of select carbon amendments for the degradation of a model PAH by an ascomycete strain enriched from a Superfund site. Biodegradation 29(5):463-471. doi:10.1007/s10532-018-9843-z PMID:30003496 PMCID:PMC6330244
  • Lefevre E, Bossa N, Gardner CM, Gehrke GE, Cooper EM, Stapleton HM, Hsu-Kim H, Gunsch C. 2018. Biochar and activated carbon act as promising amendments for promoting the microbial debromination of tetrabromobisphenol A. Water Res 128:102-110. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2017.09.047 PMID:29091801 PMCID:PMC5796758


  • Czaplicki LM, Gunsch C. 2016. Reflection on molecular approaches influencing state-of-the-art bioremediation design: culturing to microbial community fingerprinting to omics. J Environ Eng (New York) 142(10):PMID:28348455 PMCID:PMC5364726
  • Czaplicki LN, Cooper EM, Ferguson PL, Stapleton HM, Vilgalys R, Gunsch C. 2016. A new perspective on sustainable soil remediation-case study suggests novel fungal genera could facilitate in situ biodegradation of hazardous contaminants. Remediation (N Y) 26(2):59-72. doi:10.1002/rem.21458 PMID:27917031 PMCID:PMC5130160
  • Lefevre E, Bossa N, Wiesner MR, Gunsch C. 2016. A review of the environmental implications of in situ remediation by nanoscale zero valent iron (nZVI): behavior, transport and impacts on microbial communities. Sci Total Environ 565:889-901. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.02.003 PMID:26897610 PMCID:PMC5217753
  • Lefevre E, Cooper EM, Stapleton HM, Gunsch C. 2016. Characterization and adaptation of anaerobic sludge microbial communities exposed to tetrabromobisphenol A. PLoS One 11(7):e0157622. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0157622 PMID:27463972 PMCID:PMC4963083
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