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Project Publications: University of Arizona: Importance of Capping Material Properties in Remediation of Mine Tailings

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Importance of Capping Material Properties in Remediation of Mine Tailings

Project Leader: Raina M. Maier
Co-Investigators: Alicja A. Babst-Kostecka (W. Szafer Institute of Botany), Julie W. Neilson, Craig Rasmussen
Grant Number: P42ES004940
Funding Period: 2020-2025
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  • Demergasso C, Neilson JW, Tebes-Cayo C, Veliz R, Ayma D, Laubitz D, Barberan A, Chong-Diaz G, Maier RM. 2023. Hyperarid soil microbial community response to simulated rainfall. Front Microbiol 14:1202266. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2023.1202266 PMID:37779711 PMCID:PMC10537920
  • Kushwaha P, Tran A, Quintero D, Song M, Yu Q, Yu RT, Downes M, Evans RM, Babst-Kostecka AA, Schroeder JI, Maier RM. 2023. Zinc accumulation in Atriplex lentiformis is driven by plant genes and the soil microbiome. Sci Total Environ 899:165667. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.165667 PMID:37478925
  • Mattiello A, Novello N, Cornu J, Babst-Kostecka AA, Poscic F. 2023. Copper accumulation in five weed species commonly found in the understory vegetation of Mediterranean vineyards. Environ Pollut (Tor) 329:121675. doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2023.121675 PMID:37085100 PMCID:PMC10204647
  • McCawley IA, Maier RM, Hogan DE. 2023. Comparison of synthetic rhamnolipids as chemical precipitants for Pb, La, and Mg. J Hazard Mater 447:130801. doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2023.130801 PMID:36689902 PMCID:PMC9986113
  • Ossanna LQ, Serrano K, Jennings LL, Dillon J, Maier RM, Neilson JW. 2023. Progressive belowground soil development associated with sustainable plant establishment during copper mine waste revegetation. Applied Soil Ecology 186:104813. doi:10.1016/j.apsoil.2023.104813 PMID:36844191 PMCID:PMC9956965
  • Poscic F, Ginaldi F, Ferfuia C, Paskovic I, Babst-Kostecka AA. 2023. Dianthus sylvestris subsp. sylvestris as a promising candidate for phytostabilization of copper-contaminated post-mining sites in Alpine ecosystems. Nord J Bot e04199. doi:10.1111/njb.04199
  • Shakya A, Dodson M, Artiola JF, Ramirez-Andreotta M, Root RA, Ding X, Chorover J, Maier RM. 2023. Arsenic in drinking water and diabetes. Water (Basel) 15(9):1751. doi:10.3390/w15091751
  • Stanek M, Kushwaha P, Murawska-Wlodarczyk K, Stefanowicz AM, Babst-Kostecka AA. 2023. Quercus rubra invasion of temperate deciduous forest stands alters the structure and functions of the soil microbiome. Geoderma 430:116328. doi:10.1016/j.geoderma.2023.116328


  • Hammond C, Root RA, Maier RM, Chorover J. 2022. Metal lability and mass transfer response to direct-planting phytostabilization of pyritic mine tailings. Minerals 12(6):doi:10.3390/min12060757
  • Hogan DE, Stolley RM, Boxley C, Amistadi M, Maier RM. 2022. Removal of uranium from contaminated groundwater using monorhamnolipids and ion flotation. J Environ Manage 301:doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2021.113835 PMID:34600421 PMCID:PMC8579952
  • Klimek B, Stepniewska K, Seget B, Pandey VC, Babst-Kostecka AA. 2022. Diversity and activity of soil biota at a post-mining site highly contaminated with Zn and Cd are enhanced by metallicolous compared to non-metallicolous Arabidopsis halleri ecotypes. Land Degrad Dev doi:10.1002/ldr.4551
  • Luo J, Maier RM, Yu D, Liu B, Amy GL, Crittenden JC. 2022. Double-network hydrogel: A potential practical adsorbent for critical metals extraction and recovery from water. Environ Sci Technol 56(8):4715-4717. doi:10.1021/acs.est.2c01298 PMID:35357826
  • Murawska-Wlodarczyk K, Korzeniak U, Chlebicki A, Mazur E, Dietrich CC, Babst-Kostecka AA. 2022. Metalliferous habitats and seed microbes affect the seed morphology and reproductive strategy of Arabidopsis halleri. Plant Soil 18:doi:10.1007/s11104-021-05203-5


  • Can Sener SE, Thomas VM, Hogan DE, Maier RM, Carbajales-Dale M, Barton MD, Karanfil T, Crittenden JC, Amy GL. 2021. Recovery of critical metals from aqueous sources. ACS Sustain Chem Eng 9:
  • Can Sener SE, Thomas VM, Hogan DE, Maier RM, Carbajales-Dale M, Barton MD, Karanfil T, Crittenden JC, Amy GL. 2021. Recovery of critical metals from aqueous sources. ACS Sustain Chem Eng 9(35):11616-11634. doi:10.1021/acssuschemeng.1c03005 PMID:34777924 PMCID:PMC8580379
  • Dietrich CC, Tandy S, Murawska-Wlodarczyk K, Banas A, Korzeniak U, Seget B, Babst-Kostecka AA. 2021. Phytoextraction efficiency of Arabidopsis halleri is driven by the plant and not by soil metal concentration. Chemosphere 285(10):131437. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2021.131437 PMID:34265706 PMCID:PMC8551008
  • 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
  • Ramirez-Andreotta M, Walls R, Youens-Clark K, Blumberg K, Isaacs K, Kaufmann D, Maier RM. 2021. Alleviating environmental health disparities through community science and data integration. Front Sustain Food Sys 5:620470. doi:10.3389/fsufs.2021.620470 PMID:35664667 PMCID:PMC9165534


  • 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
  • Hogan DE, Tian F, Malm SW, Kegel LL, Szabo LZ, Hunjan AS, Pemberton JE, Klimecki WT, Polt RL, Maier RM. 2020. Biodegradability and Toxicity of Cellobiosides and Melibiosides. J Surfactants Deterg 10:doi:10.1002/jsde.12421
  • 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)


  • Hogan DE, Tian F, Malm SW, Olivares CI, Palos Pacheco R, Simonich MT, Hunjan AS, Tanguay RL, Klimecki WT, Polt RL, Pemberton JE, Curry J, Maier RM. 2019. Biodegradability and toxicity of monorhamnolipid biosurfactant diastereomers. J Hazard Mater 364:600-607. doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2018.10.050 PMID:30390580 PMCID:PMC6289288
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