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Person Details: Thomas J. McDonald

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Thomas J. McDonald

Texas A&M University
1266 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-1266
Phone: 979-436-9425




  • Cordova AC, Dodds J, Tsai H, Lloyd D, Roman-Hubers AT, Wright FA, Chiu WA, McDonald TJ, Zhu R, Newman G, Rusyn I. 2023. Application of ion mobility spectrometry-mass spectrometry for compositional characterization and fingerprinting of a library of diverse crude oil samples. Environ Toxicol Chem doi:10.1002/etc.5727 PMID:37530422
  • Cordova AC, Ford L, Valdiviezo A, Roman-Hubers AT, McDonald TJ, Chiu WA, Rusyn I. 2023. Dosing methods to enable cell-based in vitro testing of complex substances: a case study with a PAH mixture. Toxics 11(1):19. doi:10.3390/toxics11010019 PMID:36668745 PMCID:PMC9866728


  • Fawkes L, McDonald TJ, Roh T, Chiu WA, Taylor RJ, Sansom G. 2022. A participatory-based research approach for assessing exposure to lead-contaminated drinking water in the Houston neighborhood of the Greater Fifth Ward. Int J Environ Res Public Health 19(13):doi:10.3390/ijerph19138135
  • Kirsch KR, McDonald TJ, Newman G, Xu X, Horney JA. 2022. Surveys of community garden affiliates and soils in Houston, Texas. Environ Monit Assess 194:330. doi:10.1007/s10661-022-09997-4 PMID:35384492
  • Kirsch KR, Newman G, Zhu R, McDonald TJ, Xu X, Horney JA. 2022. Applying and integrating urban contamination factors into community garden sitting. J Geovis Spat Anal 6(33):doi:10.1007/s41651-022-00129-7
  • Roman-Hubers AT, Cordova AC, Rohde A, Chiu WA, McDonald TJ, Wright FA, Dodds J, Baker ES, Rusyn I. 2022. Characterization of compositional variability in petroleum substances. Fuel 317:doi:10.1016/j.fuel.2022.123547 PMID:35250041 PMCID:PMC8896784
  • Sansom G, Fawkes L, Thompson C, Losa LM, McDonald TJ, Chiu WA. 2022. Cancer risk associated with soil distribution of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons within three environmental justice neighborhoods in Houston, Texas. Environ Geochem Health doi:10.1007/s10653-022-01245-5 PMID:35246781
  • Stone KW, Felkner M, Garza E, Perez-Patron M, Schmit C, McDonald TJ, Horney JA. 2022. Changes to timeliness and completeness of infectious disease reporting in Texas after implementation of an epidemiologic capacity program. Public Health Rep 137:679-686. doi:10.1177/00333549211009490 PMID:33930278 PMCID:PMC9257493


  • Camargo K, Foster M, Buckingham B, McDonald TJ, Chiu WA. 2021. Characterizing baseline legacy chemical contamination in urban estuaries for disaster-research through systematic evidence mapping: A case study. Chemosphere 281:doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2021.130925 (ahead of print)
  • Camargo K, Vogelbein MA, Horney JA, Dellapenna TM, Knap A, Sericano JL, Wade TL, McDonald TJ, Chiu WA, Unger M. 2021. Biosensor applications in contaminated estuaries: Implications for disaster research response. Environ Res 204:111893. doi:10.1016/j.envres.2021.111893 PMID:34419473 PMCID:PMC8639622
  • Casillas GA, Johnson N, Chiu WA, Ramirez J, McDonald TJ, Horney JA. 2021. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in Houston parks after Hurricane Harvey. Environ Justice 14(4):277-287. doi:10.1089/env.2020.0073 PMID:34484557 PMCID:PMC8404169
  • Hearon S, Wang M, McDonald TJ, Phillips TD. 2021. Decreased bioavailability of aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA) in genetically modified corn with activated carbon or calcium montmorillonite clay inclusion in soil. J Environ Sci (China) 100:131-143. doi:10.1016/j.jes.2020.06.029 PMID:33279026 PMCID:PMC7719843
  • Jang S, McDonald TJ, Bhandari S, Rusyn I, Chiu WA. 2021. Spatial and temporal distribution of surface water contaminants in the Houston Ship Channel after the Intercontinental Terminal Company Fire. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol 31(5):doi:10.1038/s41370-021-00343-3 PMID:34079063 (ahead of print)
  • Roman-Hubers AT, Cordova AC, Aly NA, McDonald TJ, Lloyd D, Wright FA, Baker ES, Chiu WA, Rusyn I. 2021. Data processing workflow to identify structurally related compounds in petroleum substances using ion mobility spectrometry-mass spectrometry. Energy Fuels 35:10529-10539. doi:10.1021/acs.energyfuels.1c00892 PMID:34366560 PMCID:PMC8341389
  • Roman-Hubers AT, McDonald TJ, Baker ES, Chiu WA, Rusyn I. 2021. A comparative analysis of analytical techniques for rapid oil spill identification. Environ Toxicol Chem 40(4):1034-1049. doi:10.1002/etc.4961 PMID:33315271 PMCID:PMC8104454
  • Stone KW, Felkner M, Garza E, Perez-Patron M, Schmit C, McDonald TJ, Horney JA. 2021. Epidemiology surveillance and capacity improvement: A characterization of Texas, 2017. Disaster Med Public Health Prep 1-8. doi:10.1017/dmp.2020.471 PMID:33726884 (ahead of print)


  • Aly NA, Luo Y, Liu Y, Casillas GA, McDonald TJ, Kaihatu JM, Jun M, Ellis N, Gossett S, Dodds J, Baker ES, Bhandari S, Chiu WA, Rusyn I. 2020. Temporal and spatial analysis of per and polyfluoroalkyl substances in surface waters of Houston ship channel following a large-scale industrial fire incident. Environ Pollut 265:115009. doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2020.115009 PMID:32574947 PMCID:PMC7857671
  • Camargo K, Sericano JL, Bhandari S, Hoelscher C, McDonald TJ, Chiu WA, Wade TL, Dellapenna TM, Liu Y, Knap A. 2020. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon status in post-hurricane Harvey sediments: considerations for environmental sampling in the Galveston Bay/Houston Ship Channel region. Mar Pollut Bull 162:111872. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2020.111872 PMID:33256967 PMCID:PMC7867649
  • Kovalakova P, Cizmas LH, McDonald TJ, Marsalek B, Feng M, Sharma VK. 2020. Occurrence and toxicity of antibiotics in the aquatic environment: A review. Chemosphere 251:126351. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.126351 PMID:32443222
  • Nickodem CA, Menon R, McDonald TJ, Taylor BD. 2020. Circulating short-chain fatty acids in preterm birth: A pilot case-control study. Reprod Sci 27(5):1181-1186. doi:10.1007/s43032-019-00126-0 PMID:32046422


  • Onel M, Beykal B, Ferguson K, Chiu WA, McDonald TJ, Zhou L, House JS, Wright FA, Sheen D, Rusyn I, Pistikopoulos EN. 2019. Grouping of complex substances using analytical chemistry data: A framework for quantitative evaluation and visualization. PLoS One 14(10):e0223517. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0223517 PMID:31600275 PMCID:PMC6786635
  • Sansom G, Berke P, McDonald TJ, Shipp E, Horney JA. 2019. Evaluating the impact of race and gender on environmental risk perceptions in the Houston neighborhood of Manchester. Environ Justice 12(3):doi:10.1089/env.2018.0028 PMID:31871531 PMCID:PMC6927678
  • Sharma VK, Yu X, McDonald TJ, Jinadatha C, Dionysiou DD, Feng M. 2019. Elimination of antibiotic resistance genes and control of horizontal transfer risk by UV-based treatment of drinking water: A mini review. Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering 13:37. doi:10.1007/s11783-019-1122-7 PMID:32133212 PMCID:PMC7055709
  • Stone KW, Casillas GA, Karaye I, Camargo K, McDonald TJ, Horney JA. 2019. Using spatial analysis to examine potential sources of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in an environmental justice community after Hurricane Harvey. Environ Justice 12(4):194-203. doi:10.1089/env.2019.0007 PMID:32292537 PMCID:PMC6707063
  • Trueblood A, Ross J, Shipp E, McDonald TJ. 2019. Feasibility of Portable Fingerstick Cholinesterase Testing in Adolescents in South Texas. J Prim Care Community Health 10:doi:10.1177/2150132719838716 PMID:30929548 PMCID:PMC6444767


  • Brewster CS, Sharma VK, Cizmas LH, McDonald TJ. 2018. Occurrence, distribution and composition of aliphatic and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in sediment cores from the Lower Fox River, Wisconsin, US. Environ Sci Pollut Res Int 25(5):4974-4988. doi:10.1007/s11356-017-0819-z PMID:29204943 PMCID:PMC5823782
  • Feng M, Jinadatha C, McDonald TJ, Sharma VK. 2018. Accelerated oxidation of organic contaminants by ferrate(VI): The overlooked role of reducing additives. Environ Sci Technol 52(19):11319-11327. doi:10.1021/acs.est.8b03770 PMID:30187746 PMCID:PMC6300057
  • Horney JA, Casillas GA, Baker ES, Stone KW, Kirsch KR, Camargo K, Wade TL, McDonald TJ. 2018. Comparing residential contamination in a Houston environmental justice neighborhood before and after Hurricane Harvey. PLoS One 13(2):e0192660. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0192660 PMID:29420658 PMCID:PMC5805347
  • Mendoza-Sanchez I, Autenrieth RL, McDonald TJ, Cunningham JA. 2018. Biological limitations of dechlorination of cis-Dichloroethene during transport in porous media. Environ Sci Technol 52(2):684-691. doi:10.1021/acs.est.7b04426 PMID:29236483 (ahead of print)
  • Sansom G, Kirsch KR, Stone KW, McDonald TJ, Horney JA. 2018. Domestic exposures to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in a Houston, Texas, environmental justice neighborhood. Environ Justice 11(5):183-191. doi:10.1089/env.2018.0004 PMID:30464781 PMCID:PMC6241524
  • Tolgyesi A, Giri A, Barta E, McDonald TJ, Sharma VK. 2018. Determination of thyreostats in urine using supported liquid extraction and mixed-mode cation-exchange solid-phase extraction: Screening and confirmatory methods. Journal of Chromatographic Science 56(9):858-866. doi:10.1093/chromsci/bmy054 PMID:29878072 PMCID:PMC6454509


  • Cichocki JA, Furuya S, Konganti K, Luo Y, McDonald TJ, Iwata Y, Chiu WA, Threadgill DW, Pogribny IP, Rusyn I. 2017. Impact of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease on toxicokinetics of tetrachloroethylene in mice. J Pharmacol Exp Ther 361(1):17-28. doi:10.1124/jpet.116.238790 PMID:28148637 PMCID:PMC5363767
  • Cichocki JA, Furuya S, Venkatratnam A, McDonald TJ, Knap A, Wade TL, Sweet S, Chiu WA, Threadgill DW, Rusyn I. 2017. Characterization of variability in toxicokinetics and toxicodynamics of tetrachloroethylene using the collaborative cross mouse population. Environ Health Perspect 125(5):057006. doi:10.1289/ehp788 PMID:28572074 PMCID:PMC5726344
  • Sharma VK, McDonald TJ, Sohn M, Anquandah GA, Pettine M, Zboril R. 2017. Assessment of toxicity of selenium and cadmium selenium quantum dots: A review. Chemosphere 188:403-413. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2017.08.130 PMID:28892773
  • Sharma VK, Yang X, Cizmas LH, McDonald TJ, Luque R, Sayes CM, Yuan B, Dionysiou DD. 2017. Impact of metal ions, metal oxides, and nanoparticles on the formation of disinfection byproducts during chlorination. Chem Eng J 317:777-792. doi:10.1016/j.cej.2017.02.071
  • Telesford-Checkley J, Mora MA, Gentry TJ, McDonald TJ, Boellstorff DE. 2017. Impacts of heronries on water quality as evaluated through Escherichia coli and fecal sterol analyses. Water Environ Res 89(6):508-518. doi:10.2175/106143017X14902968254430 PMID:28545602


  • Phillips TD, Richardson MB, Cheng YL, He L, McDonald TJ, Cizmas LH, Safe SH, Donnelly KC, Wang F, Moorthy B, Zhou GD. 2015. Mechanistic relationships between hepatic genotoxicity and carcinogenicity in male B6C3F1 mice treated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon mixtures. Arch Toxicol 89(6):967-977. doi:10.1007/s00204-014-1285-8 PMID:24888377 PMCID:PMC4254891


  • Theodorakis CW, Bickham JW, Donnelly KC, McDonald TJ, Willink PW. 2012. DNA damage in cichlids from an oil production facility in Guatemala. Ecotoxicology 21:496-511. doi:10.1007/s10646-011-0811-1 PMID:22080433


  • Browne E, Kelley MA, Zhou GD, He L, McDonald TJ, Wang S, Duncan B, Meador J, Donnelly KC, Gallagher EP. 2010. In situ biomonitoring of juvenile Chinook salmon (Onchorhynchus tshawytscha) using biomarkers of chemical exposures and effects in a partially remediated urbanized waterway of the Puget Sound, WA. Environ Res 110(7):675-683. doi:10.1016/j.envres.2010.06.007 PMID:20619832 PMCID:PMC3321373


  • Barbee GC, Barich J, Duncan B, Bickham JW, Matson CW, Hintze CJ, Autenrieth RL, Zhou GD, McDonald TJ, Cizmas LH, Norton D, Donnelly KC. 2008. In situ biomonitoring of PAH-contaminated sediments using juvenile coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch). Ecotoxicol Environ Saf 71(2):454-464. doi:10.1016/j.ecoenv.2008.01.001 PMID:18304636
  • Naspinski C, Lingenfelter R, Cizmas LH, Naufal Z, He L, Islamzadeh A, Li Z, Li Z, McDonald TJ, Donnelly KC. 2008. A comparison of concentrations of polycyclic aromatic compounds detected in dust samples from various regions of the world. Environ Int 34(7):988-993. doi:10.1016/j.envint.2008.03.008 PMID:18452990


  • Bruce EA, Abusalih AA, McDonald TJ, Autenrieth RL. 2007. Comparing deterministic and probabilistic risk assessments for sites contaminated by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). J Environ Sci Health A Tox Hazard Subst Environ Eng 42(6):697-706. PMID:17473995
  • Dimitriou-Christidis P, Autenrieth RL, McDonald TJ, Desai AM. 2007. Measurement of biodegradability parameters for single unsubstituted and methylated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in liquid bacterial suspensions. Biotechnol Bioeng 97(4):922-932. doi:10.1002/bit.21268 PMID:17115446
  • Nwaneshiudu OC, Autenrieth RL, McDonald TJ, Donnelly KC, Degollado ED, Abusalih AA. 2007. Risk of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) exposure from ingested food: The Azerbaijan case study. J Environ Sci Health B 42(2):201-209. PMID:17365335


  • Matson CW, Lambert MM, McDonald TJ, Autenrieth RL, Donnelly KC, Islamzadeh A, Politov DI, Bickham JW. 2006. Evolutionary toxicology: population-level effects of chronic contaminant exposure on the marsh frogs (Rana ridibunda) of Azerbaijan. Environ Health Perspect 114(4):547-552. PMID:16581544


  • Matson CW, Palatnikov GM, Islamzadeh A, McDonald TJ, Autenrieth RL, Donnelly KC, Bickham JW. 2005. Chromosomal Damage in two species of aquatic turtles (Emys orbicularis and Mauremys caspica) inhabiting contaminated sites in Azerbaijan. Ecotoxicology 14(5):513-525. PMID:16220359
  • Matson CW, Palatnikov GM, McDonald TJ, Autenrieth RL, Donnelly KC, Anderson TA, Canas JE, Islamzadeh A, Bickham JW. 2005. Patterns of genotoxicity and contaminant exposure: evidence of genomic instability in the marsh frog (Rana Ridibunda) of Sumgayit, Azerbaijan. Environ Toxicol Chem 24:2055-2064. PMID:16152979
  • Ottinger SE, Barhoumi R, McKenzie KS, McDonald TJ, Burghardt RC, Huebner HJ, Phillips TD. 2005. FIA/MS analysis of temporally ozonated benzo[a]pyrene and pyrene and their reaction products: inhibition of gap junction-mediated intercellular communication. Chemosphere 60(8):1025-1033. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2005.01.025 PMID:15993149
  • Wiles MC, Huebner HJ, McDonald TJ, Donnelly KC, Phillips TD. 2005. Matrix-immobilized organoclay for the sorption of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and pentachlorophenol from groundwater. Chemosphere 59(10):1455-1464. PMID:15876388


  • Cizmas LH, Zhou GD, Safe SH, McDonald TJ, Zhu L, Donnelly KC. 2004. Comparative in vitro and in vivo genotoxicities of 7H-benzo[c]fluorene, manufactured gas plant residue (MGP), and MGP fractions. Environ Mol Mutagen 43(3):159-168. doi:10.1002/em.20011 PMID:15065203
  • Norman RS, Moeller P, McDonald TJ, Morris PJ. 2004. Effect of pyocyanin on a crude-oil-degrading microbial community. Appl Environ Microbiol 70(7):4004-4011. doi:10.1128/AEM.70.7.4004-4011.2004 PMID:15240276 PMCID:PMC444818
  • Reeves WR, McDonald TJ, Cizmas LH, Donnelly KC. 2004. Partitioning and desorption behavior of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from disparate sources. Sci Total Environ 332(1-3):183-192. PMID:15336901


  • Ake CL, Wiles MC, Huebner HJ, McDonald TJ, Cosgriff D, Richardson MB, Donnelly KC, Phillips TD. 2003. Porous organoclay composite for the sorption of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and pentachlorophenol from groundwater. Chemosphere 51(9):835-844. doi:10.1016/S0045-6535(03)00040-7 PMID:12697173
  • Bickham JW, Matson CW, Islamzadeh A, Rowe GT, Donnelly KC, Swartz CD, Autenrieth RL, McDonald TJ, Politov DI, Wickliffe JK, Palatnikov GM, Mekhtiev AA, Kasimov R, Rogers WJ. 2003. Editorial: the unknown environmental tragedy in Sumgayit, Azerbaijan. Ecotoxicology 12(6):505-508. PMID:14680331
  • Cizmas LH, Barhoumi R, Burghardt RC, Reeves WR, He L, McDonald TJ, Donnelly KC. 2003. A comparison of two methods for fractionating complex mixtures in preparation for toxicity analysis. J Toxicol Environ Health A 66(14):1351-1370. PMID:12851116
  • Dimitriou-Christidis P, Harris BC, McDonald TJ, Reese ED, Autenrieth RL. 2003. Estimation of selected physicochemical properties for methylated naphthalene compounds. Chemosphere 52(5):869-881. doi:10.1016/S0045-6535(03)00288-1 PMID:12757788
  • Mills MA, Bonner JS, McDonald TJ, Page CA, Autenrieth RL. 2003. Intrinsic bioremediation of a petroleum-impacted wetland. Mar Pollut Bull 46(7):887-899. PMID:12837307
  • Swartz CD, Donnelly KC, Islamzadeh A, Rowe GT, Rogers WJ, Palatnikov GM, Mekhtiev AA, Kasimov R, McDonald TJ, Wickliffe JK, Presley BJ, Bickham JW. 2003. Chemical contaminants and their effects in fish and wildlife from the industrial zone of Sumgayit, Republic of Azerbaijan. Ecotoxicology 12(6):509-521. PMID:14680332


  • Frontera-Suau R, Bost FD, McDonald TJ, Morris PJ. 2002. Aerobic biodegradation of hopanes and other biomarkers by crude oil-degrading enrichment cultures. Environ Sci Technol 36(21):4585-4592. PMID:12433168
  • Page CA, Bonner JS, McDonald TJ, Autenrieth RL. 2002. Behavior of a chemically dispersed oil in a wetland environment. Water Res 36(15):3821-3833. PMID:12369528
  • Reese ED, Harris BC, Dimitriou-Christidis P, Autenrieth RL, Donnelly KC, McDonald TJ. 2002. Applicability of Toxic Equivalency Factors (TEFs) For Risk Assessment of Complex Mixtures. In: Proceedings of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 23rd Annual Meeting in North America. Salt Lake City, UT.


  • Bost FD, Frontera-Suau R, McDonald TJ, Peters KE, Morris PJ. 2001. Aerobic biodegradation of hopanes and horhopanes in Venezuelan crude oils. Organic Geochemistry 32:105-114.
  • Reese ED, Harris BC, Dimitriou-Christidis P, Autenrieth RL, Donnelly KC, McDonald TJ. 2001. Risk Assessment of Complex Mixtures: Development of Toxic Equivalency Factors to Improve Toxicity Assessment. In: Proceedings of the Seventh International Congress on Combustion By-Products: Origins, Fate, and Health Effects. Research Triangle Park, NC.
  • Reeves WR, Barhoumi R, Burghardt RC, Lemke SL, Mayura K, McDonald TJ, Phillips TD, Donnelly KC. 2001. Evaluation of methods for predicting the toxicity of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon mixtures. Environ Sci Technol 35(8):1630-1636. doi:10.1021/es001689a PMID:11329713
  • Reeves WR, McDonald TJ, Bordelon NR, George S, Donnelly KC. 2001. Impacts of aging on in vivo and in vitro measurements of soil-bound polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon availability. Environ Sci Technol 35(8):1637-1643. PMID:11329714


  • Grishchenkov VG, Townsend RT, McDonald TJ, Autenrieth RL, Bonner JS, Boronin AM. 2000. Degradation of petroleum hydrocarbons by facultative anaerobic bacteria under aerobic and anaerobic condition. Process Biochemistry 35:889-896.
  • Mills MA, McDonald TJ, Bonner JS, Simon MA, Autenrieth RL. 2000. Method for quantifying the fate of petroleum in the environment. Chemosphere 39(14):2563-2582.
  • Page CA, Bonner JS, Sumner PL, McDonald TJ, Autenrieth RL, Fuller CB. 2000. Behavior of a chemically-dispersed oil and a whole oil on a near-shore environment. Water Res 34(9):2507-2516.


  • Randerath K, Randerath E, Zhou GD, Supungpong N, He L, McDonald TJ, Donnelly KC. 1999. Genotoxicity of complex PAH mixtures recovered from contaminated lake sediments as assessed by three different methods. Environ Mol Mutagen 33:303-312. PMID:10398378
  • Routh J, McDonald TJ, Grossman EL. 1999. Sedimentary organic matter sources and depositional environment in the Yegua formation (Brazos County, Texas). Organic Geochemistry 30:1437-1453.
  • Simon MA, Bonner JS, McDonald TJ, Autenrieth RL. 1999. Bioaugmentation for the enhanced bioremediation of petroleum in a wetland. Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds 14&15:231-239.
  • Springman KR, Mayura K, McDonald TJ, Donnelly KC, Kubena LF, Phillips TD. 1999. Organoclay adsorption of wood-preserving waste from groundwater. Environ Toxicol Chem 71(1-2):247-259.
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