Great Sippewissett Marsh, MA, USA
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[61] St. Pierre, K., St. Louis, V.L., Lehnherr, I., Schiff, S., Poulain, A.J., Smol, J., Talbot, C., Ma, M., Findlay, D., Findlay, W., Arnott, S., Contemporary Limnology of the rapidly changing glacierized watershed of the world's largest high Arctic lake. Scientific Reports. Accepted.

[60] Mangal, V., Stenzler, B., Poulain, A.J., and Guéguen, C. (2018) Aerobic and Anaerobic Bacterial Mercury Uptake is Driven by Algal Organic Matter Composition and Molecular Weight. Environmental Science & Technology. 53(1):157-165

[59] Chen, L., Delatolla, R., D'Aoust, P.M., Wang, R., Pick, F.R., Poulain, A.J., Rennie, C.D. (2017) Hypoxic conditions in stormwater retention ponds: potential for hydrogen sulphide emission. Environmental Technology


[58] Pilon, S., Zastepa, A., Taranu, Z.E., Gregory-Eaves, I., Racine, M., Blais, J.,
Poulain, A.J., and Pick, F.R. (2018) Contrasting histories of microcystin-producing cyanobacteria in two temperate lakes as inferred from quantitative sediment DNA analyses. Lake and Reservoir Management. In press.

Guo, G., Yumvihoze, E., Poulain A.J., Chan, H.M.L., (2018) Monomethylmercury degradation by the human gut mircrobiota is stimulated by protein amendments. The Journal of Toxicological Sciences. 43(12):717-725.

Pothier, M.P., Hinz, A., and Poulain, A.J., (2018) Insights into Arsenite and Arsenate Uptake Pathways Using a Whole Cell Biosensor. Frontiers in Microbiology. 9:2310.

Grégoire, D.S., and Poulain, A.J., (2018) Shining light on recent advances in microbial mercury cycling. FACETS 3:858-879.

[54] Murphy, T., Phan, K.,
Yumvihoze, E., Irvine, K., Wilson, K., Lean, D.R., Ty, B., Poulain, A.J., Laird, B., Chan, H.M.L., (2018) Effect of arsenic, iron and fertilizers in soil on rice in Cambodia. Journal of Health and Pollution. 8(19).

Stenzler, B.R., Gaudet, J., Poulain, A.J., (2018) An anaerobic biosensor assay for the detection of mercury and cadmium. Journal of Visualized Experiments. (142), e58324, doi:10.3791/58324

[52] Murphy, T., Phan, K.,
Yumvihoze, E., Irvine, K., Wilson, K., Lean, D.R., Ty, B., Poulain, A.J., Laird, B., Chan, H.M.L., (2018) Groundwater Irrigation and Arsenic Speciation in Rice in Cambodia. Journal of Health and Pollution. 8(19).

[51] Zdanowicz, C., Karlsson, P., Bekholmen, I., Roach, P.,
Poulain, A.J., Yumvihoze, E., Martma, T., Ryjkov, A. and Dastoor, A. (2018) Snowmelt, glacial and atmospheric sources of mercury to a subarctic mountain lake catchment, Yukon, Canada. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta. 238: 374-393.

Grégoire, D.S., Lavoie, N.C., and Poulain, A.J., (2018). Heliobacteria reveal fermentation as a key pathway for mercury reduction in anoxic environments. Environmental Science & Technology. 52(7): 4145-4153.

Ruuskanen, M.O., St. Pierre, K.A., St. Louis, V.L., Aris-Brosou, S., and Poulain, A.J., (2018) Physicochemical drivers of microbial community structure in sediments of Lake Hazen, Nunavut, Canada. Frontiers in Microbiology. Vol. 9, Article 1138.

[48] Chétélat, J., Richardson, M., MacMillan, G., Amyot, M.,
Poulain, A.J., (2018) The ratio of methylmercury to dissolved organic carbon in water explains methylmercury bioaccumulation across a latitudinal gradient from north-temperate to Arctic lakes. Environmental Science & Technology. 52(1): 79-88.

[47] Chétélat, J., Hickey, B.,
Poulain, A.J.,  Dastooru, A., Ryjkov, A., McAlpine, D., Vanderwolf, K., Jung, T., Hale, L., Cooke, E., Hobson, D., Jonasson, K., Kaupas, L., Massé, A., McCarthy, S., McClellan, C., Morningstar, D., Norquay, K., Nov, R., Player, D., Schwantje, H., Simard, A., Stamler, S., Webber, Q., Yumvihoze, E., Zanuttig, M., (2018) Spatial variation of mercury bioaccumulation in bats of Canada linked to atmospheric mercury deposition. Science of the Total Environment. 626: 668-677. 

[46] Dang, D.H., Wang, W.,
Pelletier, P., Poulain, A.J., and Evans, D.R., (2018) Uranium dispersion from U tailings and mechanisms leading to U accumulation in sediments: insights from biogeochemical and isotopic approaches. Science of the Total Environment, (610-611): 880-891.

[45] D'Aoust, P.M., Pick, F.R.,
Wang, R., Poulain, A.J., Rennie, C., Chen, L., Kinsley, C., Delatolla, R.,. (2018) Sulfide production kinetics and model of stormwater retention ponds. Water Science & Technology.


[44] D'Aoust, P.M., Delatolla, R.,
Poulain, A.J., Guo, G., Wang, R., Rennie, C., Chen, L., Pick, F.R. (2017) Emerging investigators series: Hydrogen sulfide production in municipal stormwater retention ponds under ice covered conditions. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology 3: 686-698

Stenzler, B.R., Hinz, A., Ruuskanen, M.O., and Poulain, A.J., (2017) Ionic Strength differentially affects the bioavailability of neutral and negatively charged inorganic Hg complexes. Environmental Science & Technology 51(17): 9653-9662.


[42] Zdanowicz, C.,
Kruemmel, E.M., Poulain, A.J., Yumvihoze, E., Chen, J., Strok, M., Scheer, N and Hintelmann, H. (2016) Historical variations of mercury stable isotopes ratios in arctic glacier firn and ice cores. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 30(9): 1324-1347

Grégoire D.S., and Poulain, A.J., (2016) A Physiological Role for Mercury During Phototrophic Growth. Nature Geoscience 9: 121-125. News and Views: “Biogeochemistry: Better living through mercury” by Schaefer, J.K. 


Poulain, A.J., Aris-Brosou, S., Blais, J., Brazeau, M., Keller, W., and Paterson, A. (2015) Microbial DNA Records Historical Delivery of Anthropogenic Mercury. ISME Journal. 9: 2541-2550.
See Science Editors' Choice: Microbes track pollution through time. See Research Highlight in F1000.

[39] Châteauvert, J.L., Bulté, G.,
Poulain, A.J., Campbell, L.M., and Blouin-Demers, G. (2015) Dietary Reliance on Benthic Primary Production as a Predictor of Mercury Accumulation in Freshwater Fish and Turtles. Water, Air & Soil Pollution 226 (10): 1-12.

[38] Clark, I.D., Ilin, D., Jackson, D., Jensen, R.E., Kennell, L., Mohammadzadeh, H.,
Poulain, A.J., Raven, K.G., and Xing, Y.P.,. Paleozoic-aged Microbial Methane in an Ordovician Shale and Carbonate Aquiclude of the Michigan Basin, Southwestern Ontario. Organic Geochemistry. 83-84:118-126

[37] Zdanowicz, C.,
Kruemmel, E.M., Lean, D., Poulain, A.J., Kinnard, C., Yumvihoze, E., Chen, J. and Hintelmann, H.. (2014). Pre-industrial and recent (1970-2010) atmospheric deposition of sulfate and mercury in snow on southern Baffin Island, Arctic Canada. Science of the Total Environment (Special Issue: Mercury in Canada's North). 509-510:104-114.

[36] Ariya, P.A., Amyot, M., Dastoor, A., Deeds, D., Subir, M., Feinberg, A., Kos, G.,
Poulain, A.J., Ryjkov, A., Semeniuk, K., Toyota, K., (2015) Mercury Physicochemical and Biogeochemical Transformation in the Atmosphere and at Atmospheric Interfaces: A Review and Future Directions.  Chemical Reviews 115(10): 3760-3802

[35] Birgit Braune, John Chételat, Marc Amyot, Tanya Brown, Meredith Claydon, Marlene Evans, Aaron Fisk, Ashley Gaden, Catherine Girard, Alex Hare, Jane Kirk, Igor Lehnherr, Robert Letcher, Lisa Loseto, Robie Macdonald, Erin Mann, Bailey McMeans, Derek Muir, Nelson O'Driscoll,
Alexandre J. Poulain, Ken Reimer, Gary Stern. (2015) Mercury in the marine environment of the Canadian Arctic: Review of recent findings. Science of the Total Environment (Special Issue: Mercury in Canada's North). 509-510: 67-90.

[34] John Chételat, Marc Amyot, Paul Arp, Jules M. Blais, David Depew, Craig A. Emmerton, Marlene Evans, Mary Gamberg, Nikolaus Gantner, Catherine Girard, Jennifer Graydon, Jane Kirk, David Lean, Igor Lehnherr, Derek Muir, Mina Nasr,
Alexandre J. Poulain, Michael Power, Pat Roach, Gary Stern, Heidi Swanson, Shannon van der Velden. (2015) Mercury in freshwater ecosystems of the Canadian Arctic: Recent advances on its cycling and fate. Science of the Total Environment (Special Issue: Mercury in Canada's North). 509-510: 41-66.

[33] Gamberg, M., Chétetal, J.
Poulain, A.J., Zdanowicz, C., Zheng, J., Mercury in the Canadian Arctic Terrestrial Environment.  Science of the Total Environment (Special Issue: Mercury in Canada's North). 509-510: 28-40.


Grégoire, D. and Poulain, A.J., (2014) A little bit of light goes a long way: the role of phototrophs on mercury cycling. Metallomics. 6 (3): 396-407

[31] Chétélat, J.,
Poulain, A.J., Amyot, M., Cloutier, L., and Hintelmann, H., (2014). Ecological determinants of methylmercury bioaccumulation in benthic invertebrates of polar desert lakes. Polar Biology. 37 (12) : 1785-1796.

Chiasson-Gould, S., Blais, J. and Poulain, A.J. (2014) Dissolved Organic Matter kinetically controls mercury bioavailability to bacteria. Environmental Science & Technology. (companion paper to French et al.,) 48(6) 3153-3161.

Lessard, C., Poulain, A.J., Ridal, J., and Blais, J.M., (2014) Dynamic mass balance model for mercury in the St. Lawrence River near Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. Science of the Total Environment 500: 131-138. 

[28] French, T., Houben , A., Desforges, J.P., Kimpe, L., Kokelj, S.,
Poulain, A.J., Smol, J., Wang, W., and Blais, J. (2014)  Dissolved Organic Carbon thresholds affect mercury bioaccumulation in Arctic lakes. Environmental Science & Technology. (companion paper to Chiasson-Gould et al.,) 48(6): 3162-3168.

Stoeva, M.K., Aris-Brosou, S., Chetelat, J., Hintelmann, H., Pelletier, P., and Poulain, A.J. (2014) Microbial community structure in lake and wetland sediments from a high Arctic polar desert revealed by targeted transcriptomics. PLoS ONE, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0089531.

St. Pierre, K.A., Chétélat, J. Yumvihoze, E., and Poulain, A.J., (2014) Temperature and the sulphur cycle control monomethylmercury cycling in high Arctic coastal marine sediments from Allen Bay, Nunavut, Canada. Environmental Science & Technology, 48(5): 2680-2687.


Poulain, A.J., and Barkay, T., (2013) Cracking the Mercury Methylation Code. Science. 339: 1280-1281. Article summary, Article reprint, Article full text.

Brazeau, M., Blais, J.M., Keller, W, Paterson, A, and Poulain, A.J., (2013) Evidence for microbially mediated production of elemental Hg (Hg(0)) in subarctic lake sediments. Applied Geochemistry. 37: 142-148.

Schoustra, S.E., Kasase, C., Toarta, C., Kassen, R. and Poulain, A.J., (2013). Microbial community structure of three traditional Zambian fermented products: Mabisi, Chibwantu and Munkoyo. PLoS ONE 8(5): e63948. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0063948

[22] Zdanowicz, C.,
Kruemmel, E.M., Lean, D.R.S, Poulain, A.J., Yumvihoze, E., Chen, J., Hintelmann, H., (2013). Accumulation, storage and release of atmospheric mercury in a glaciated Arctic catchment, Baffin Island, Canada. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta. 107: 316-335

Lessard, C., Poulain, A.J., Ridal, J., and Blais, J.M., (2013) Steady state mass balance model for mercury in the St. Lawrence River near Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. Environmental Pollution. 174: 229-235

Brazeau, L.M., Poulain, A.J., Paterson, A.M., Keller, W., Sanei, H., and Blais, J.M. (2013) Recent Changes in Mercury Deposition and Primary Productivity Inferred from Sediments of Lakes from the Hudson Bay Lowlands, Ontario, Canada. Environmental Pollution, 173: 52-60.


[19] Deison, R., Smol, J.P., Kokelj, S.V., Pisaric, M.F.J.,
Poulain, A.J., Sanei, H., Thienpont, J.R. and Blais, J.M. (2012) Spatial and temporal assessment of mercury and organic matter in thermokarst affected lakes of the Mackenzie Delta uplands, NT, Canada. Environmental Science & Technology, 46:8748-8755

[18] Douglas, T.A., Loseto, L., MacDonald, R., Outridge, P., Dommergue, A.,
Poulain, A.J., et al. (2012) The Fate of Mercury in Arctic terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, a review. Environmental Chemistry, 9: 321-355

Daguené, V., McFall, E., Yumvihoze, E., Xiang, S., Amyot, M. and Poulain, A.J., (2012) Divalent base cations hamper bacterial HgII uptake. Environmental Science & Technology, 46: 6645-6653.


[16] Barkay, T., Kroer, N., and
Poulain, A.J. (2011) Some like it cold: microbial transformations of Hg in polar regions. Polar Research, DOI: 10.3402/polar.v30i0.15469

Poulain, A.J. and Newman, D.K. (2009) Rhodobacter capsulatus catalyzes light-dependent Fe(II) oxidation under anaerobic conditions as a potential detoxification mechanism. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 75(21): 6639-6646

[14] Steffen, A., Douglas, T., Amyot, M., Ariya, P., Aspmo, K., Berg, T., Bottenheim, J., Brooks, S., Lobbet, F., Pastor, A., Dommergue, A., Ebinghaus, R., Ferrari, C., Gardfeldt, Goodsite, M.E., Lean, D.
Poulain, A.J., Scherz, C., Skov, H., Sommar, J., Temmer, C. (2008). A synthesis of atmospheric mercury depletion event chemistry linking atmosphere, snow and water. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8(6): 1445-1482.

[13] Chételat, J., Amyot, M., Cloutier, L., and
Poulain, A.J. (2008). Metamorphosis in Chironomids, More than Mercury Supply, Controls Methylmercury Transfer to Fish in high Arctic Lakes. Environmental Science & Technology. 42 (24): 9110-9115.

Poulain A. J., Garcia E., Campbell P.G.C., Amyot M., and P.A. Ariya. (2007) Mercury distribution, partitioning and speciation in coastal vs. inland High Arctic snow. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 71 (14): 3419-3431.

[11] Barkay T. and
Poulain A.J. (2007), Mercury (micro)biogeochemistry in polar environments. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 59 (2): 232-241.

Poulain A.J., Roy V., Campbell P.G.C., and Amyot M. (2007) Influence of temperate mixed and deciduous tree cover on Hg concentrations and photoredox transformations in snow. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 71 (10): 2248-2262. 

Poulain A. J., Garcia E., Ariya P.A., Raofie F., Campbell P.G.C., and Amyot M. (2007). Biological and chemical redox transformations of mercury in fresh and salt waters of the High Arctic during spring and summer. Environmental Science & Technology. 41 (6): 1883 -1888. 

Poulain A. J., Ni Chadhain S. M., Ariya P.A., Amyot M., Garcia E., Campbell P.G.C., Zylstra G., and Barkay T. (2007). Potential for mercury reduction by microbes in the high Arctic. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 73 (7): 2230-2238. 
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[7] Southworth, G., Lindberg, S., Bogle, M.A., Amyot, M.,
Poulain, A.J., Hintelmann, H., Olsen, M., and Sandilands, K. (2007). Evasion of Added Isotopic Mercury from a North Temperate Lake. Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry. 26 (1): 53-60. 

Poulain, A.J., Orihel, D.M., Amyot, M., Paterson, M., Southworth, G., and Hintelmann, H. (2006). Relationship between the loading rate of inorganic mercury to aquatic ecosystems and dissolved gaseous mercury production and evasion. Chemosphere. 65: 2199-2207. 

[5] Garcia, E.,
Poulain A.J., Amyot M., Ariya P.A., (2005) Diel variations in photo-induced oxidation of Hg(0) in freshwater. Chemosphere. 59: 977-981. 

Poulain, A.J., Lalonde, J.D., Amyot, M., Shead, J.A., Raofie, F., and Ariya, P.A., (2004) Redox transformations of mercury in an Arctic snowpack at springtime. Atmospheric Environment. 38: 6763-6774.

Poulain, A.J., Amyot, M., Findlay, D., Tel-or, S., Barkay, T., and Hintelmann, H. (2004) Biological and photochemical production of dissolved gaseous mercury in a boreal lake. Limnology & Oceanography, 49: 2265-2275. 

[2] Amyot, M., Southworth, G., Lindberg, S.E., Hintelmann, H., Lalonde, J.D., Ogrinc, N., Kelly, C.A.,
Poulain, A.J. and Sandilands, K. (2004) Formation and evasion of dissolved gaseous mercury in large enclosures amended with 200HgCl2. Atmospheric Environment, 38: 4279-4289. 

[1] Lalonde, J.D.,
Poulain, A.J., Amyot, M. (2002). The role of redox reactions in snow on snow-to-air Hg transfer. Environmental Science & Technology 36: 174-178.