Skip Navigation

Project Publications: Columbia University: Arsenic, Iron, Sulfur and Organic Carbon Speciation and Their Impact on Groundwater Arsenic

Superfund Research Program

Arsenic, Iron, Sulfur and Organic Carbon Speciation and Their Impact on Groundwater Arsenic

Project Leader: Benjamin C. Bostick
Co-Investigators: Brian J. Mailloux (Barnard College), Steven N. Chillrud, Alexander F. van Geen
Grant Number: P42ES010349
Funding Period: 2000-2017
View this project in the NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT)

Project-Specific Links

Connect with the Grant Recipients

Visit the grantee's eNewsletter page Visit the grantee's Twitter page Visit the grantee's Video page



  • Nghiem AA, Shen Y, Stahl MO, Sun J, Haque E, DeYoung B, Nguyen K, Mai TT, Trang PK, Pham HV, Mailloux BJ, Harvey CF, van Geen AF, Bostick BC. 2020. Aquifer-scale observations of iron redox transformations in arsenic-impacted environments to predict future contamination. Environ Sci Technol Lett 7:916-922. doi:10.1021/acs.estlett.0c00672


  • Whaley-Martin K, Mailloux BJ, van Geen AF, Bostick BC, Ahmed KM, Choudhury I, Slater GF. 2017. Human and livestock waste as a reduced carbon source contributing to the release of arsenic to shallow Bangladesh groundwater. Sci Total Environ 595:63-71. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.03.234 PMID:28388451


  • Khan MR, Knappett PS, Ahmed KM, Bostick BC, Mailloux BJ, Mozumder R, Harvey CF, van Geen AF, Michael HA. 2016. Megacity pumping and preferential flow threaten groundwater quality. Nat Commun 7:12833. doi:10.1038/ncomms12833 PMID:27673729 PMCID:PMC5052627
  • Sun J, Bostick BC, Mailloux BJ, Ross JM, Chillrud SN. 2016. Effect of oxalic acid treatment on sediment arsenic concentrations and lability under reducing conditions. J Hazard Mater 311:125-133. doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2016.02.060 PMID:26970042 PMCID:PMC4826786
  • Sun J, Bostick BC, Mailloux BJ, Ross JM, Chillrud SN. 2016. Use of oxalic acid for mobilizing arsenic from contaminated sediments and decreasing vulnerability to reduction. J Hazard Mater 311:125-133.
  • Sun J, Chillrud SN, Mailloux BJ, Bostick BC. 2016. In situ magnetite formation and long-term arsenic immobilization under advective flow conditions. Environ Sci Technol 50(18):10162-10171. doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b02362 PMID:27533278
  • Sun J, Chillrud SN, Mailloux BJ, Stute M, Singh R, Dong H, Lepre CJ, Bostick BC. 2016. Enhanced and stabilized arsenic retention in microcosms through the microbial oxidation of ferrous iron by nitrate. Chemosphere 144:1106-1115. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2015.09.045 PMID:26454120 PMCID:PMC4779597
  • Sun J, Quicksall AN, Chillrud SN, Mailloux BJ, Bostick BC. 2016. Arsenic mobilization from sediments in microcosms under sulfate reduction. Chemosphere 153:254-261. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2016.02.117 PMID:27037658 PMCID:PMC4837041
  • van Geen AF, Ahmed KM, Ahmed EB, Choudhury I, Mozumder R, Bostick BC, Mailloux BJ. 2016. Inequitable allocation of deep community wells for reducing arsenic exposure in Bangladesh. J Water Sanit Hyg Dev 6(1):142-150. doi:10.2166/washdev.2015.115 PMID:27087915 PMCID:PMC4827352
  • Whaley-Martin K, Mailloux BJ, van Geen AF, Bostick BC, Silvern R, Kim C, Ahmed KM, Choudhury I, Slater GF. 2016. Stimulation of microbially mediated arsenic release in Bangladesh aquifers by young carbon indicated by radiocarbon analysis of sedimentary bacterial lipids. Environ Sci Technol 50(14):7353-7363. doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b00868 PMID:27333443


  • Layton A, Chauhan A, Williams D, Mailloux BJ, Knappett PS, Ferguson A, McKay L, Alam M, Ahmed KM, van Geen AF, Sayler GS. 2014. Metagenomes of microbial communities in arsenic- and pathogen-contaminated well and surface water from bangladesh. Genome Announc 2(6):doi:10.1128/genomeA.01170-14 PMID:25414497 PMCID:PMC4239352


  • Bostick BC. 2013. Human-Induced Change in Natural Arsenic Contamination in Asian Groundwaters. In: Zhejiang University-Columbia University Joint Conference on Sustainability. Hangzhou, China.
  • Mailloux BJ, Trembath-Reichert E, Cheung J, Watson M, Stute M, Freyer GA, Ferguson AS, Ahmed KM, Alam M, Buchholz BA, Thomas J, Layton AC, Zheng Y, Bostick BC, van Geen AF. 2013. Advection of surface-derived organic carbon fuels microbial reduction in Bangladesh groundwater. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 110(14):5331-5335. doi:10.1073/pnas.1213141110 PMID:23487743 PMCID:PMC3619377
  • van Geen AF, Bostick BC, Trang PK, Lan V, Mai N, Manh PD, Viet PH, Radloff KA, Aziz Z, Mey JL, Stahl MO, Harvey CF, Oates P, Weinman B, Stengel C, Frei F, Kipfer R, Berg M. 2013. Retardation of arsenic transport through a Pleistocene aquifer. Nature 501:204-207. doi:10.1038/nature12444 PMID:24025840 PMCID:PMC3772538



  • Dhar RK, Zheng Y, Saltikov CW, Radloff KA, Mailloux BJ, Ahmed KM, van Geen AF. 2011. Microbes enhance mobility of arsenic in pleistocene aquifer sand from Bangladesh. Environ Sci Technol 45(7):2648-2654. doi:10.1021/es1022015 PMID:21405115
  • Khan K, Factor-Litvak P, Wasserman GA, Liu X, Ahmed EB, Parvez F, Slavkovich VN, Levy D, van Geen AF, Mey JL, Graziano JH. 2011. Manganese exposure from drinking water and children's classroom behavior in Bangladesh. Environ Health Perspect 119:1501-1506. doi:10.1289/ehp.1003397 PMID:21493178 PMCID:PMC3230445
  • Radloff KA, Zheng Y, Michael H, Stute M, Bostick BC, Mihajlov I, Huq MR, Choudhury A, Rahman MW, Schlosser P, Ahmed KM, van Geen AF. 2011. Arsenic migration to deep groundwater in Bangladesh influenced by adsorption and water demand. Nat Geosci 4:793-798. doi:10.1038/ngeo1283 PMID:22308168 PMCID:PMC3269239


  • Garnier JM, Travassac F, Lenoble V, Rose J, Zheng Y, Hossain M, Chowdhury S, Biswas A, Ahmed KM, Cheng Z, van Geen AF. 2010. Temporal variations in arsenic uptake by rice plants in Bangladesh: The role of iron plaque in paddy fields irrigated with groundwater. Sci Total Environ 408(19):4185-4193. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2010.05.019 PMID:20576285 PMCID:PMC2908012
  • He Y, Zheng Y. 2010. Assessment of in vivo bioaccessibility of arsenic in dietary rice by a mass balance approach. Sci Total Environ 408(6):1430-1436. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2009.12.043 PMID:20071009 PMCID:PMC2828880
  • Mladenov N, Zheng Y, Miller MP, Nemergut DR, Legg T, Simone B, Hageman C, Rahman MM, Ahmed KM, McKnight DM. 2010. Dissolved organic matter sources and consequences for iron and arsenic mobilization in Bangladesh aquifers. Environ Sci Technol 44(1):123-128. doi:10.1021/es901472g PMID:20039742


  • Datta S, Mailloux BJ, Jung H, Hoque MA, Stute M, Ahmed KM, Zheng Y. 2009. Redox trapping of arsenic during groundwater discharge in sediments from the Meghna riverbank in Bangladesh. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 106(40):16930-16935. doi:10.1073/pnas.0908168106 PMID:19805180 PMCID:PMC2761342
  • Jung H, Charette MA, Zheng Y. 2009. Field, laboratory, and modeling study of reactive transport of groundwater arsenic in a coastal aquifer. Environ Sci Technol 43(14):5333-8. doi:10.1021/es900080q PMID:19708362 PMCID:PMC2746402
  • Radloff KA, Zheng Y, Stute M, Ahmed KM, Schlosser P, van Geen AF. 2009. Effect of groundwater flow on dissolved As in a Bangladesh aquifer. Geochim Cosmochim Acta 73:A1067-A1067.
  • Stute M, Horneman AH, Fried R. 2009. Environmental tracers in hydrogeology: principles, applications, and challenges. Geochim Cosmochim Acta 73:A1287-A1287.
  • Yang Q, Jung H, Culbertson CW, Marvinney RG, Loiselle MC, Locke DB, Cheek H, Thibodeau H, Zheng Y. 2009. Spatial pattern of groundwater arsenic occurrence and association with bedrock geology in greater Augusta, Maine. Environ Sci Technol 43(8):2714-9. doi:10.1021/es803141m PMID:19475939 PMCID:PMC2694612


  • Aziz Z, van Geen AF, Stute M, Versteeg RJ, Horneman AH, Zheng Y, Goodbred SL, Steckler MS, Weinman B, Gavrieli I, Hoque MA, Shamsudduha M, Ahmed KM. 2008. Impact of local recharge on arsenic concentrations in shallow aquifers inferred from the electromagnetic conductivity of soils in Araihazar, Bangladesh. Water Resour Res 44(7):doi:10.1029/2007WR006000
  • Horneman AH, Stute M, Schlosser P, Smethie WM, Santella RM, Ho DT, Mailloux BJ, Gorman E, Zheng Y, van Geen AF. 2008. Degradation rates of CFC-11, CFC-12 and CFC-113 in anoxic shallow aquifers of Araihazar, Bangladesh. J Contam Hydrol 97(1-2):27-41. doi:10.1016/j.jconhyd.2007.12.001 PMID:18262680
  • Weinman B, Goodbred SL, Zheng Y, Aziz Z, Singhvi A, Nagar YC, Sleekier M, van Geen AF. 2008. Contributions of floodplain stratigraphy and evolution to the spatial patterns of groundwater arsenic in Araihazar, Bangladesh. Geological Society of America Bulletin 120(11-12):1567-1580. doi:10.1130/B26209.1


  • Hall M, Gamble MV, Slavkovich VN, Liu X, Levy D, Cheng Z, van Geen AF, Yunus M, Rahman M, Pilsner JR, Graziano JH. 2007. Determinants of arsenic metabolism: Blood arsenic metabolites, plasma folate, cobalamin, and homocysteine concentrations in maternal-newborn pairs. Environ Health Perspect 115(10):1503-1509. PMID:17938743
  • He Y, Zheng Y, Locke DC. 2007. Cathodic stripping voltammetric analysis of arsenic species in environmental water samples. Microchemical Journal 85:265.
  • Stute M, Zheng Y, Schlosser P, Horneman AH, Dhar RK, Datta S, Hoque MA, Seddique V, Shamsudduha M, Ahmed A, van Geen AF. 2007. Hydrological control of arsenic concentrations in Bangladesh aquifers. Water Resour Res 43:1029.
  • van Geen AF, Cheng Z, Jia Q, Seddique AA, Rahman MW, Rahman MM, Ahmed KM. 2007. Monitoring 51 community wells in Araihazar, Bangladesh, for up to 5 years: implications for arsenic mitigation. J Environ Sci Health A Tox Hazard Subst Environ Eng 42(12):1729-40. PMID:17952774
  • Yu G, Sun D, Zheng Y. 2007. Health effect of exposure to Natual arsenic from groundwater and coal in China: An overview of occurrence. Environ Health Perspect 115(4):636-642. PMID:17450236
  • Zheng Y. 2007. The heterogeneity of arsenic in the crust: a linkage to occurrence in groundwater. Quaternary Scinces (Chinese) 27(1):


  • Jung H, Zheng Y. 2006. Enhanced recovery of arsenite sorbed onto synthetic oxides by L-ascorbic acid addition to phosphate solution: calibrating a sequential leaching method for the speciation analysis of arsenic in natural samples. Water Res 40(11):2168-2180. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2006.03.032 PMID:16725174


  • Cheng Z, van Geen AF, Louis R, Nikolaidis NP, Bailey R. 2005. Removal of methylated arsenic in groundwater with iron filings. Environ Sci Technol 39(19):7662-7666. PMID:16245841


  • He Y, Zheng Y, Ramnaraine M, Locke DC. 2004. Differential pulse cathodic stripping voltammetric speciation of trace level inorganic arsenic compounds in natural water samples. Anal Chim Acta 511(1):55-61.
  • Zheng Y, Stute M, van Geen AF, Gavrieli I, Dhar RK, Simpson HJ, Ahmed KM. 2004. Redox control of arsenic mobilization in Bangladesh groundwater. Appl Geochem 19(2):201-204.


  • Goodbred SL, Kuehl SA, Steckler MS, Sarker MH. 2003. Controls on facies distribution and stratigraphic preservation in the Ganges–Brahmaputra delta sequence. Sedimentary Geology 155(3-4):301-316.
  • van Geen AF, Zheng Y, Versteeg RJ, Stute M, Horneman AH, Dhar RK, Steckler MS, Gelman AE, Small C, Ahsan H, Graziano JH, Hussain A, Ahmed KM. 2003. Spatial variability of arsenic in 6000 tube wells in a 25 km2 area of Bangladesh. Water Resources Management 39(5):1140-1151.


  • He Y, Zheng Y, Locke DC. 2002. Differential pulse cathodic stripping voltammetric determination of nanomolar levels of dissolved sulfide applicable to field analysis of groundwater. Anal Chim Acta 459(2):209-217.
  • van Geen AF, Ahsan H, Horneman AH, Dhar RK, Zheng Y, Hussain A, Ahmed KM, Gelman AE, Stute M, Simpson HJ, Wallace S, Small C, Parvez F, Slavkovich VN, Lolacono NJ, Becker M, Cheng Z, Momotaj H, Shahnewaz M, Seddique AA. 2002. Promotion of well-switching to mitigate the current arsenic crisis in Bangladesh. Bull World Health Organ 80(9):732-737. PMID:12378292


  • Dhar RK, Zheng Y, Stute M, van Geen AF, Gavrieli I, Versteeg RJ, Steckler MS, Goodbred SL, Horneman AH, Simpson HJ, Ahmed KM. 2001. Spatial variability of arsenic concentrations in two villages in Araihazar Upazila, Narayanganj district of Bangladesh. Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union 82(20):S204.
  • Stute M. 2001. Tritium (3H) in precipitationin Bangladesh, in "Groundwater contamination in the Bengal delta plain of Bangladesh".


  • Ahsan H, Perrin M, Rahman A, Parvez F, Stute M, Zheng Y, Milton AH, Brandt-Rauf PW, van Geen AF, Graziano JH. 2000. Associations between drinking water and urinary arsenic levels and skin lesions in Bangladesh. J Occup Environ Med 42:1195-1201. PMID:11125683
  • Gavrieli I, Zheng Y, van Geen AF, Stute M, Simpson HJ, Dhar RK, Ahmed KM, Goldstein SL. 2000. Hydrogeochemical study of the mobilization of arsenic in Bangladesh groundwater- the role of redox condition. In: Proceedings of the Goldschmidt Conference, Sept. 4-9th, European Union for the Geochemistry and the Geochemical Society. Oxford, England.
  • Stute M, Zheng Y, van Geen AF, Simpson HJ, Dhar RK, Gavrieli I, Schlosser P, Ahmed KM. 2000. Groundwater flow dynamics and As geochemistry in the central Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta of Bangladesh. Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union 48:H21D-02.
  • Zheng Y, Stute M, van Geen AF, Gavrieli I, Simpson HJ, Dhar RK, Ahmed KM. 2000. Arsenic mobilization in Bangladesh groundwaters: a case study of geochemistry and hydrology in Narayaganj and Laxmipur districts. In: Proceedings of the 31st International Geological Congress 2000: 'Geology and Sustainable Development-Challenges of the Third Millennium' Pre-Congress Workshop 'Arsenic in Groundwater of Sedimentary Aquifer', Aug. 3-5. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
to Top