Paula Mouser

Phone: (603) 862-3275
Office: Environmental Engineering, Gregg Hall Rm 236, Durham, NH 03824
Paula J. Mouser


  • Ph.D., University of Vermont
  • M.S., University of Vermont
  • B.S., Utah State University

Courses Taught

  • CEE 520: Environmntl Pollutn & Protectn
  • CEE 724: Environmental Eng Microbiology
  • CEE 724/824: Environmental Eng Microbiology
  • CEE 796/896: Spec Top/Biomed of Env Contam
  • CEE 799H: Senior Honors Thesis
  • CEE 896: Spec Top/Data Analysis in CEE

Selected Publications

Evans, M. V., Getzinger, G., Luek, J. L., Hanson, A. J., McLaughlin, M. C., Blotevogel, J., . . . Mouser, P. J. (2019). In situ transformation of ethoxylate and glycol surfactants by shale-colonizing microorganisms during hydraulic fracturing. The ISME Journal, 13(11), 2690-2700. doi:10.1038/s41396-019-0466-0

Evans, M. V., Sumner, A. J., Daly, R. A., Luek, J. L., Plata, D. L., Wrighton, K. C., & Mouser, P. J. (2019). Hydraulically Fractured Natural-Gas Well Microbial Communities Contain Genomic Halogenation and Dehalogenation Potential. Environmental Science & Technology Letters, 6(10), 585-591. doi:10.1021/acs.estlett.9b00473

Hanson, A. J., Luek, J. L., Tummings, S. S., McLaughlin, M. C., Blotevogel, J., & Mouser, P. J. (2019). High total dissolved solids in shale gas wastewater inhibit biodegradation of alkyl and nonylphenol ethoxylate surfactants. Science of The Total Environment, 668, 1094-1103. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.03.041

Plata, D. L., Jackson, R. B., Vengosh, A., & Mouser, P. J. (n.d.). More than a decade of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling research. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts, 21(2), 193-194. doi:10.1039/c9em90004g

Luek, J. L., Harir, M., Schmitt-Kopplin, P., Mouser, P. J., & Gonsior, M. (n.d.). Organic sulfur fingerprint indicates continued injection fluid signature 10 months after hydraulic fracturing. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts, 21(2), 206-213. doi:10.1039/c8em00331a

Rogers, J. D., Thurman, E. M., Ferrer, I., Rosenblum, J. S., Evans, M. V., Mouser, P. J., & Ryan, J. N. (n.d.). Degradation of polyethylene glycols and polypropylene glycols in microcosms simulating a spill of produced water in shallow groundwater. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts, 21(2), 256-268. doi:10.1039/c8em00291f

Evans, M. V., Panescu, J., Hanson, A. J., Welch, S. A., Sheets, J. M., Nastasi, N., . . . Mouser, P. J. (n.d.). Members of Marinobacter and Arcobacter Influence System Biogeochemistry During Early Production of Hydraulically Fractured Natural Gas Wells in the Appalachian Basin. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2018.02646

Borton, M. A., Hoyt, D. W., Roux, S., Daly, R. A., Welch, S. A., Nicora, C. D., . . . Wrighton, K. C. (2018). Coupled laboratory and field investigations resolve microbial interactions that underpin persistence in hydraulically fractured shales. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(28), E6585-E6594. doi:10.1073/pnas.1800155115

Brooker, M. R., Longnecker, K., Kujawinski, E. B., Evert, M. H., & Mouser, P. J. (2018). Discrete Organic Phosphorus Signatures are Evident in Pollutant Sources within a Lake Erie Tributary. Environmental Science & Technology, 52(12), 6771-6779. doi:10.1021/acs.est.7b05703

Luek, J. L., Harir, M., Schmitt-Kopplin, P., Mouser, P. J., & Gonsior, M. (2018). Temporal dynamics of halogenated organic compounds in Marcellus Shale flowback. Water Research, 136, 200-206. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2018.02.055

Heyob, K. M., Blotevogel, J., Brooker, M., Evans, M. V., Lenhart, J. J., Wright, J., . . . Mouser, P. J. (2017). Natural Attenuation of Nonionic Surfactants Used in Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids: Degradation Rates, Pathways, and Mechanisms. Environmental Science & Technology, 51(23), 13985-13994. doi:10.1021/acs.est.7b01539

Luek, J. L., Schmitt-Kopplin, P., Mouser, P. J., Petty, W. T., Richardson, S. D., & Gonsior, M. (2017). Halogenated Organic Compounds Identified in Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewaters Using Ultrahigh Resolution Mass Spectrometry. Environmental Science & Technology, 51(10), 5377-5385. doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b06213

Mouser, P. J., Borton, M., Darrah, T. H., Hartsock, A., & Wrighton, K. C. (2016). Hydraulic fracturing offers view of microbial life in the deep terrestrial subsurface. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 92(11), fiw166. doi:10.1093/femsec/fiw166

Daly, R. A., Borton, M. A., Wilkins, M. J., Hoyt, D. W., Kountz, D. J., Wolfe, R. A., . . . Wrighton, K. C. (2016). Microbial metabolisms in a 2.5-km-deep ecosystem created by hydraulic fracturing in shales. Nature Microbiology, 1(10). doi:10.1038/nmicrobiol.2016.146

Mouser, P. J., Liu, S., Cluff, M. A., McHugh, M., Lenhart, J. J., & MacRae, J. D. (2016). Redox Conditions Alter Biodegradation Rates and Microbial Community Dynamics of Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Organic Additives in Soil–Groundwater Microcosms. Environmental Engineering Science, 33(10), 827-838. doi:10.1089/ees.2016.0031

He, X., Liu, Y. -L., Conklin, A., Westrick, J., Weavers, L. K., Dionysiou, D. D., . . . Walker, H. W. (2016). Toxic cyanobacteria and drinking water: Impacts, detection, and treatment. Harmful Algae, 54, 174-193. doi:10.1016/j.hal.2016.01.001

Kekacs, D., McHugh, M., & Mouser, P. J. (2015). Temporal and Thermal Changes in Density and Viscosity of Marcellus Shale Produced Waters. Journal of Environmental Engineering, 141(12), 06015006. doi:10.1061/(asce)ee.1943-7870.0000985

Kekacs, D., Drollette, B. D., Brooker, M., Plata, D. L., & Mouser, P. J. (2015). Aerobic biodegradation of organic compounds in hydraulic fracturing fluids. Biodegradation, 26(4), 271-287. doi:10.1007/s10532-015-9733-6

Cluff, M. A., Hartsock, A., MacRae, J. D., Carter, K., & Mouser, P. J. (2014). Temporal Changes in Microbial Ecology and Geochemistry in Produced Water from Hydraulically Fractured Marcellus Shale Gas Wells. Environmental Science & Technology, 48(11), 6508-6517. doi:10.1021/es501173p

Harris-Lovett, S., Nelson, K., Beamer, P., Bischel, H. N., Bivins, A., Bruder, A., . . . Korfmacher, K. S. (n.d.). Wastewater surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 on college campuses: Initial efforts, lessons learned and research needs. doi:10.1101/2021.02.01.21250952