Dr. Gilmour received her BA in Biochemistry from Cornell University in 1980, and her PhD in Estuarine and Environmental Sciences from the University of Maryland in 1985.
She is the Director of the Microbial Ecology Lab.
The studies the biogeochemical interactions
between microbes and trace elements in nature.
Her research ranges from the cellular to the ecosystem level, and includes
estuarine, marine, lacustrine, terrestrial and wetland ecosystems. Dr. Gilmour's area
encompasses microbial ecology, biogeochemistry, trace metal chemistry, and
Much of the work concerns the biogeochemical cycle of mercury, particularly
the production of methylmercury by natural bacteria. These studies provide
information on the effective control of mercury pollution in the