Prentiss Balcom

Research Interests

My research interests include the biogeochemical cycling of mercury, methylmercury, and trace metals in the environment.


Fitzgerald WF, Hammerschmidt CR, Engstrom DR, Balcom PH, Lamborg CH, Tseng C-M (2012-in review). Pursuing Mercury in the Arctic. In: Hobbie JH and Kling G (Eds.), A Warming Arctic: Ecological Consequences for Tundra, Streams, and Lakes.

Schartup AT, Mason RP, Balcom PH, Hollweg TA, Chen CY (2012-in press). Methylmercury production in estuarine sediments: Role of organic matter. Environ. Sci. Technol.

Lamborg CH, Engstrom DR, Fitzgerald WF, Balcom PH (2012). Apportioning global and non-global components of mercury deposition through 210Pb indexing. Sci. Total Environ.

Cooke CA, Wolfe AP, Michelutti N, Balcom PH, Briner JP (2012). A Holocene perspective on algal mercury scavenging to sediments of an arctic lake. Environ. Sci. Technol., doi: I

Cooke CA, Balcom PH, Kerfoot C, Abbott MB, Wolfe AP (2010). Pre-Colombian mercury pollution associated with the smelting of argentiferous ores in the Bolivian Andes. Ambio,doi: 10.1007/s13280-010-0086-4.

Cooke CA, Balcom PH, Biester H, Wolfe AP (2009). Over three millennia of mercury pollution in the Peruvian Andes. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., doi:10.1073/pnas.0900517106.

Balcom PH, Hammerschmidt CH, Fitzgerald WF, Lamborg CH, O’Connor JS (2008). Seasonal distributions and cycling of mercury and monomethylmercury in the waters of New York/New Jersey Harbor Estuary. Mar. Chem. 109, 1-17.

Hammerschmidt CR, Fitzgerald WF, Balcom PH, Visscher PT (2008). Organic matter and sulfide inhibit methylmercury production in sediments of New York/New Jersey Harbor. Mar. Chem. 109, 165-182.

Lamborg CH, Yiğiterhan O, Fitzgerald WF, Balcom PH, Hammerschmidt CR, Murray J (2008). Vertical distribution of mercury species at two sites in the Western Black Sea. Mar. Chem. 111, 77-89.

Hammerschmidt CR, Fitzgerald WF, Lamborg CH, Balcom PH, Tseng C-M (2006). Biogeochemical cycling of methylmercury in lakes and tundra watersheds of Arctic Alaska. Environ. Sci. Technol. 40(4), 1204-1211.

Fitzgerald WF, Engstrom DR, Lamborg CH, Tseng C-M, Balcom PH, Hammerschmidt CR (2005). Modern and historic atmospheric mercury fluxes in northern Alaska: Global sources and arctic depletion. Environ. Sci. & Technol, 39(2), 557-568.

Balcom PH, Fitzgerald WF, Vandal GM, Lamborg CH, Rolfhus KR, Langer CS, Hammerschmidt CH (2004). Mercury sources and cycling in the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound. Mar. Chem. 90, 53-74.

Hammerschmidt CR, Fitzgerald WF, Lamborg CH, Balcom PH, Visscher PT (2004). Biogeochemistry of methylmercury in sediments of Long Island Sound. Mar. Chem. 90, 31-52.

Tseng C-M, Balcom PH, Lamborg CH, Fitzgerald WF (2003). Dissolved elemental mercury investigations in Long Island Sound using on-line Au amalgamation-flow injection analysis. Environ. Sci. & Technol. 37, 1183-1188.

Lamborg CH, Tseng C-M, Fitzgerald WF, Balcom PH, Hammerschmidt CR (2003). Determination of mercury complexation characteristics of dissolved organic matter in natural waters through “reducible Hg” titrations. Environ. Sci. & Technol. 37, 3315-3322.

Rolfhus KR, Lamborg CH, Fitzgerald WF, Balcom PH (2003). Evidence for enhanced mercury reactivity in response to estuarine mixing. J. Geophys. Res.-Oceans, 108(C11), 3353, doi:10.1029/2001JC001297.

Lamborg CH, Fitzgerald WF, Damman AWH., Benoit JM, Balcom PH, Engstrom DR (2002). Modern and historic atmospheric mercury fluxes in both hemispheres: Global and regional mercury cycling implications. Glob. Biogeochem. Cycles 16, 1104, doi: 10.1029/2001GB001847.