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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: rmaier@ag.arizona.edu

Projects

Research Briefs

Patents

Hazardous Waste 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

Cananea Mine Spill

  • University of Arizona: Research Translation Core

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

Gold King Mine Spill

  • University of Arizona: Community Engagement Core
  • University of Arizona: Research Translation Core

Iron King Mine and Humboldt Smelter

  • University of Arizona: Phytostabilization Technology for Mining Wastes in Arid and Semiarid Environments: Plant-Microbe-Metal Indicators to Predict Sustainability

Klondyke Tailings, WQARF site

  • University of Arizona: Phytostabilization Technology for Mining Wastes in Arid and Semiarid Environments: Plant-Microbe-Metal Indicators to Predict Sustainability

Nacozari Mining Site

  • University of Arizona: Phytostabilization Technology for Mining Wastes in Arid and Semiarid Environments: Plant-Microbe-Metal Indicators to Predict Sustainability

Page Ranch Landfill

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

Saginaw Hill Mine Tailings Site

  • University of Arizona: Phytostabilization Technology for Mining Wastes in Arid and Semiarid Environments: Plant-Microbe-Metal Indicators to Predict Sustainability

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

  • University of Arizona: Phytostabilization Technology for Mining Wastes in Arid and Semiarid Environments: Plant-Microbe-Metal Indicators to Predict Sustainability

Silver Valley

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

Silverbell Post Office

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

Publications

2016

  • Gil-Loaiza J, White SA, Root RA, Ramirez-Solis A, Hammond C, Chorover J, Maier RM. 2016. Phytostabilization of mine tailings using compost-assisted direct planting: Translating greenhouse results to the field. Sci Total Environ 565:451-461. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.04.168 PMID:27183459 PMCID:PMC4921306
  • Honeker LK, Root RA, Chorover J, Maier RM. 2016. Resolving colocalization of bacteria and metal(loid)s on plant root surfaces by combining fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) with multiple-energy micro-focused X-ray fluorescence (ME μXRF). J Microbiol Methods 131:23-33. doi:10.1016/j.mimet.2016.09.018 PMID:27693754 PMCID:PMC5127750

2015

  • Landrigan PJ, Tukey RH, Wright RJ, Cordero JF, Eaton DL, Goldstein BD, Hennig B, Maier RM, Ozonoff DM, Smith MT. 2015. The NIEHS Superfund Research Program: 25 Years of Translational Research for Public Health. Environ Health Perspect 123(10):909-918. doi:10.1289/ehp.1409247 PMID:25978799 PMCID:PMC4590764
  • Nelson KN, Neilson JW, Root RA, Chorover J, Maier RM. 2015. Abundance and Activity of 16S rRNA, AmoA and NifH Bacterial Genes During Assisted Phytostabilization of Mine Tailings. Int J Phytoremediation 17(1-6):493-502. doi:10.1080/15226514.2014.935284 PMID:25495940 PMCID:PMC4269300
  • Ramirez-Andreotta M, Brusseau ML, Artiola JF, Maier RM, Gandolfi A. 2015. Building a co-created citizen science program with gardeners neighboring a superfund site: The Gardenroots case study. Int Public Health J 7(1):PMID:25954473 PMCID:PMC4420190
  • Root RA, Hayes SM, Hammond C, Maier RM, Chorover J. 2015. Toxic metal(loid) speciation during weathering of iron sulfide mine tailings under semi-arid climate. Appl Geochem 62:131-149. doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2015.01.005 PMID:26549929 PMCID:PMC4632981

2014

2013

2012

  • Hayes SM, Webb SM, Bargar JR, O'Day PA, Maier RM, Chorover J. 2012. Geochemical weathering increases lead bioaccessibility in semi-arid mine tailings. Environ Sci Technol 46(11):5834-5841. doi:10.1021/es300603s PMID:22553941 PMCID:PMC3376710
  • Solis-Dominguez FA, White SA, Hutter TB, Amistadi M, Root RA, Chorover J, Maier RM. 2012. Response of key soil parameters during compost-assisted phytostabilization in extremely acidic tailings: Effect of plant species. Environ Sci Technol 46(2):1019-1027. doi:10.1021/es202846n PMID:22191663 PMCID:PMC3263829

2011

2010

2009

2008

  • Grandlic CJ, Mendez MO, Chorover J, Machado B, Maier RM. 2008. Identification of plant growth-promoting bacteria suitable for Phytostabilization of mine tailings. Environ Sci Technol 42(6):2079-2084. doi:10.1021/es072013j
  • Grandlic CJ, Mendez MO, Maier RM, Chorover J, Machado B. 2008. Plant growth-promoting bacteria for phytostabilization of mine tailings. Environ Sci Technol 42(6):2079-2084. PMID:18409640
  • Maier RM, Mendez MO. 2008. Phytostabilization of mine tailings in arid and semiarid environments - An emerging remediation technology. Environ Health Perspect 116(3):278-283. PMID:18335091
  • Mendez MO, Maier RM. 2008. Phytoremediafion of mine tailings in temperate and arid environments. Reviews in Environmental Science and Biotechnology 7:47-59. doi:10.1007/s11157-007-9125-4
  • 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.

2007

  • Mendez MO, Glenn EP, Maier RM. 2007. Phytostabilization potential of quailbush for mine tailings: Growth, metal accumulation, and microbial community changes. J Environ Qual 36(1):245-253. PMID:17215233
  • Mendez MO, Maier RM. 2007. Phytoremediation of mine tailings in temperate and arid environments. Reviews in Environmental Science and Biotechnology
  • Rosario K, Iverson SL, Henderson DA, Chartrand S, McKeon C, Glenn EP, Maier RM. 2007. Bacterial community changes during plant establishment at the San Pedro River mine tailings site. J Environ Qual 36(5):1249-59. PMID:17636285

2006

  • Brusseau ML, Sandrin SK, Li L, Yolcubal I, Jordan FL, Maier RM. 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.
  • 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
  • Sandrin TR, Kight WB, Maier WJ, Maier RM. 2006. Influence of a nonaqueous phase liquid (NAPL) on biodegradation of phenanthrene. Biodegradation 17(5):423-435. PMID:16477359

2005

  • Dorn JG, Brusseau ML, Maier RM. 2005. Real-time, in situ monitoring of bioactive zone dynamics in heterogeneous systems. Environ Sci Technol 39(22):8898-8905. PMID:16329198
  • Wang J, Maier RM, Brusseau ML. 2005. Influence of hydroxypropyl-b-cyclodextrin (HPCD) on the bioavailability and biodegradation of pyrene. Chemosphere 60(5):725-728.
  • Wang J, Patterson B, Bodour AA, Maier RM, Brusseau ML. 2005. Biodegradation During Contaminant Transport in Porous Media: 7. Impact of Multiple-Degrader Community Dynamics. Environ Toxicol Chem 24(11):2806-2811.

2004

  • Bodour AA, Guerrero-Barajas C, Jiorle BV, Malcomson ME, Paull AK, Somogyi A, Trinh LN, Bates RB, Maier RM. 2004. Structure and characterization of flavolipids, a novel group of biosurfactants produced by Flavobacterium sp. Strain MTN11. Appl Environ Microbiol 70(1):114-120.
  • Jordan FL, Sandrin SK, Frye RJ, Brusseau ML, Maier RM. 2004. The influence of system complexity on bacterial transport in saturated porous media. J Contam Hydrol 74(1-4):19-38. PMID:15358485

2003

  • Bodour AA, Drees KP, Maier RM. 2003. Distribution of biosurfactant-producing bacteria in undisturbed and contaminated arid southwestern soils. Appl Environ Microbiol 69(6):3280-3287. PMID:12788727
  • Bodour AA, Wang J, Brusseau ML, Maier RM. 2003. Temporal change in culturable phenanthrene degraders in response to long-term exposure to phenanthrene in a soil column system. Environ Microbiol 5(10):888-895. PMID:14510842
  • Maier RM. 2003. Biosurfactants: evolution and diversity in bacteria. Advances in Applied Microbiology 52:101-121.
  • 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
  • Rensing CG, Maier RM. 2003. Issues underlying use of biosensors to measure metal bioavailability. Ecotoxicol Environ Saf 56(1):140-147. PMID:12915147
  • Sandrin TR, Maier RM. 2003. Impact of metals on the biodegradation of organic pollutants. Environ Health Perspect 111(8):1093-1101. PMID:12826480
  • Yolcubal I, Dorn JG, Maier RM, Brusseau ML. 2003. The influence of substrate and electron acceptor availability on bioactive zone dynamics in porous media. J Contam Hydrol 66(3-4):219-237. PMID:14568400

2002

  • Bodour AA, Maier RM. 2002. Biosurfactants: types, screening methods, and applications. In: Encyclopedia of Environmental Microbiology. John Wiley and Sons, pp.750-770.
  • Herman DC, Maier RM. 2002. Biosynthesis and applications of glycolipid and lipopeptide biosurfactants. In: Lipid Biotechnology. Marcel Dekker, New York, NY. pp.629-654.
  • Jordan FL, Robin-Abbott M, Maier RM, Glenn EP. 2002. A comparison of chelator-facilitated plant metal uptake by a halophyte and a glycophyte from a contaminated soil. Environ Toxicol Chem 21(12):2698-2704.
  • Marlowe EM, Wang J, Pepper IL, Maier RM. 2002. Application of a Reverse Transcription-PCRassay to monitor regulation of the catabolicnahAc gene during phenanthrene degradation. Biodegradation 13(4):251-260.
  • Sandrin TR, Maier RM. 2002. Effect of pH on cadmium toxicity, speciation, and accumulation during naphthalene biodegradation. Environ Toxicol Chem 21(10):2075-2079. PMID:12371483
  • Yolcubal I, Pierce SA, Maier RM, Brusseau ML. 2002. Biodegradation during contaminant transport in porous media: 5. The influence of growth and cell elution on microbial distribution. J Environ Qual 31(6):1824-1830.

2001

  • 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.
  • McCray JE, Bai G, Maier RM, Brusseau ML. 2001. Biosurfactant-enhanced solubilization of NAPL mixtures. J Contam Hydrol 48(1-2):45-68. PMID:11291481
  • Ochoa-Loza FJ, Artiola JF, Maier RM. 2001. Stability constants for the complexation of various metals with a rhamnolipid biosurfactant. J Environ Qual 30(2):479-485. PMID:11285908

2000

  • Al-Tahhan RA, Sandrin TR, Bodour AA, Maier RM. 2000. Rhamnolipid-induced removal of lipopolysaccharide from Pseudomonas aeruginosa: effect on cell surface properties and interaction with hydrophobic substrates. Appl Environ Microbiol 66(8):3262-3268. PMID:10919779
  • Bodour AA, Al-Tahhan RA, Sandrin TR, Maier RM. 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 AA, Wang J, Brusseau ML, Maier RM. 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 AA, Wang J, Brusseau ML, Maier RM. 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 SJ, Maier RM. 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 RM. 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 RM. 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 RM. 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 RM. 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 RM. 2000. The biosurfactant story: from bioremediation to biological control. In: Proceedings of Reed College, March 31. Portland, OR.
  • Maier RM, Gage DM, Bodour AA. 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 RM, Soberon-Chavez G. 2000. Pseudomonas aeruginosa rhamnolipids: biosynthesis and potential applications. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 54(5):0625-0633. PMID:11131386
  • Maslin P, Maier RM. 2000. Rhamnolipid-enhanced mineralization of phenanthrene in organic-metal co-contaminated soils. Bioremediation Journal 4(4):295-308.

1999

  • Brusseau ML, Hu MQ, Wang J, Maier RM. 1999. Biodegradation during contaminant transport in porous media: 2. The influence of physicochemical factors. Environ Sci Technol 33(1):96-103.
  • Maslin P, Maier RM. 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 J, Brusseau ML, Maier RM. 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 G, Brusseau ML, Maier RM. 1998. Influence of cation type, ionic strength and pH on solubilization and mobilization of residual hydrocarbon by a biosurfactant. J Contam Hydrol 30:265-279.
  • Bodour AA, Maier RM. 1998. Application of a modified drop-collapse technique for surfactant quantitation and screening of biosurfactant-producing microorganisms. J Microbiol Methods 32:273-280.
  • Campos-Garcia J, Caro AD, Najera R, Maier RM, Al-Tahhan RA, Soberon-Chavez G. 1998. The Pseudomonas aeruginosa rhlG gene encodes an NADPH-dependent beta-ketoacyl reductase which is specifically involved in rhamnolipid synthesis. J Bacteriol 180(17):4442-4451. PMID:9721281 PMCID:PMC107453
  • Gage-Fasse D, Maier RM. 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, Torrens JL, Maier RM. 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 RM. 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 RM. 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 FJ, Maier RM. 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 FJ, Maier RM. 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 FJ, Maier RM. 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 SK, Brusseau ML, Jordan FL, Maier RM. 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 SK, Brusseau ML, Jordan FL, Maier RM. 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 JL, Herman DC, Maier RM. 1998. Biosurfactant (rhamnolipid) sorption and the impact on rhamnolipid-facilitated removal of cadmium from various soils under saturated flow conditions. Environ Sci Technol 32(6):776-781.
  • Torrens JL, Herman DC, Maier RM. 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 J, Marlowe EM, Maier RM, Brusseau ML. 1998. Cyclodextrin-enhanced biodegradation of phenanthrene. Environ Sci Technol 9(13):1907-1912.

1997

  • Bodour AA, Maier RM. 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 DC, Zhang Y, Maier RM. 1997. Rhamnolipid (biosurfactant) effects on cell aggregation and biodegradation of residual hexadecane under saturated flow conditions. Appl Environ Microbiol 63(9):3622-3627. PMID:9293014
  • Maier RM. 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 SA, Maier RM. 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 TM, Pepper IL, Maier RM. 1997. Microbial remediation of metals. In: Bioremediation: Principles and Practice. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom. pp.312-340.
  • Stanghellini ME, Maier RM. 1997. Biosurfactants: their identity and potential efficacy in the biological control of zoosporic plant pathogens. Plant Disease 81:4-12.
  • Wild M, Caro AD, Hernandez A, Maier RM, Soberon-Chavez G. 1997. Selection and partial characterization of a Pseudomonas aeruginosa monorhamnolipid deficient mutant. FEMS Microbiol Lett 153(2):279-285.
  • Zhang Y, Maier WJ, Maier RM. 1997. Effect of rhamnolipids on the dissolution, bioavailability and biodegradation of phenanthrene. Environ Sci Technol 31(8):2211-2217.

1996

  • Herman DC, Artiola JF, Maier RM. 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 RM. 1996. Biosurfactants: Use in remediation of organics and metals. In: Proceedings of the Annual Society for Industrial Microbiology Meeting. Research Triangle Park, NC.
  • Maier RM. 1996. Interaction of microorganisms with metals. In: Proceedings of the Fourth Congress of the Mexican Society for Genetics and Toxicology. Aguascalientes, Mexico.

1995

  • Herman DC, Artiola JF, Maier RM. 1995. Removal of Cadmium, Lead, and Zinc from soil by a rhamnolipid biosurfactant. Environ Sci Technol 29(9):2280-2285.
  • Jutras EM, Maier RM, Pepper IL. 1995. Optimization of arbitrarily primed PCR for identification of bacterial isolates. J Microbiol Methods 24(1):55-63.
  • Maier RM. 1995. Biosurfactant-facilitated remediation of metal-contaminated soils. Environ Health Perspect 103(1):59-62. PMID:7621801

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