Paula J. Mouser

Paula Mouser

Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Coordinator
Phone: (603) 862-3275
Office: Civil & Environmental Engineering, Gregg Hall, Rm 130A, Durham, NH 03824

Courses Taught

  • CEE 520: Environmntl Pollutn & Protectn
  • CEE 724: Environmental Eng Microbiology
  • CEE 724/824: Environmental Eng Microbiology
  • CEE 796/896: Special Topics/App with Matlab
  • CEE 799H: Senior Honors Thesis
  • CEE 896: Spec Top/Data Analysis in CEE


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

Selected Publications

  • Ugwuodo, C. J., Colosimo, F., Adhikari, J., Bloodsworth, K., Wright, S. A., Eder, J., & Mouser, P. J. (2024). Changes in environmental and engineered conditions alter the plasma membrane lipidome of fractured shale bacteria.. Microbiol Spectr, 12(1), e0233423. doi:10.1128/spectrum.02334-23

  • Hidrovo, A., Luek, J. L., Antonellis, C., Jr, M. J. P., & Mouser, P. J. (2022). The fate and removal of pharmaceuticals and personal care products within wastewater treatment facilities discharging to the Great Bay Estuary. WATER ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH, 94(1). doi:10.1002/wer.1680

  • Ugwuodo, C. J., Colosimo, F., Adhikari, J., Shen, Y., Badireddy, A. R., & Mouser, P. J. (2022). Salinity and hydraulic retention time induce membrane phospholipid acyl chain remodeling in Halanaerobium congolense WG10 and mixed cultures from hydraulically fractured shale wells.. Front Microbiol, 13, 1023575. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2022.1023575

  • Tavasoli, E., Luek, J. L., Jr, M. J. P., & Mouser, P. J. (2021). Distribution and fate of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in wastewater treatment facilities. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE-PROCESSES & IMPACTS, 23(6), 903-913. doi:10.1039/d1em00032b

  • Harris-Lovett, S., Nelson, K. L., Beamer, P., Bischel, H. N., Bivins, A., Bruder, A., . . . Korfmacher, K. S. (2021). Wastewater Surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 on College Campuses: Initial Efforts, Lessons Learned, and Research Needs. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH, 18(9). doi:10.3390/ijerph18094455

  • Aghababaei, M., Luek, J. L., Ziemkiewicz, P. F., & Mouser, P. J. (2021). Toxicity of hydraulic fracturing wastewater from black shale natural-gas wells influenced by well maturity and chemical additives. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE-PROCESSES & IMPACTS, 23(4), 621-632. doi:10.1039/d1em00023c

  • Harris-Lovett, S., Nelson, K., Beamer, P., Bischel, H. N., Bivins, A., Bruder, A., . . . Korfmacher, K. S. (2021). Wastewater surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 on college campuses: Initial efforts, lessons learned and research needs.. medRxiv. doi:10.1101/2021.02.01.21250952

  • Luek, J. L., Brooker, M. R., Ash, B. L., Midden, R. W., & Mouser, P. J. (2020). Seasonal changes predominant over manure application in driving dissolved organic matter shifts in agricultural runoff. JOURNAL OF GREAT LAKES RESEARCH, 46(6), 1570-1580. doi:10.1016/j.jglr.2020.09.017

  • Brooker, M. R., Arnold, W. A., Kerrigan, J. F., LaPara, T. M., Witter, J. D., & Mouser, P. J. (2020). Characterization of Antibiotic Resistance and Metal Homeostasis Genes in Midwest USA Agricultural Sediments. WATER, 12(9). doi:10.3390/w12092476

  • 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. 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

  • Daly, R. A., Roux, S., Borton, M. A., Morgan, D. M., Johnston, M. D., Booker, A. E., . . . Wilkins, M. J. (2019). Viruses control dominant bacteria colonizing the terrestrial deep biosphere after hydraulic fracturing. NATURE MICROBIOLOGY, 4(2), 352-361. doi:10.1038/s41564-018-0312-6

  • Rogers, J. D., Thurman, E. M., Ferrer, I., Rosenblum, J. S., Evans, M. V., Mouser, P. J., & Ryan, J. N. (2019). 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

  • Plata, D. L., Jackson, R. B., Vengosh, A., & Mouser, P. J. (2019). 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. (2019). 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

  • Evans, M. V., Panescu, J., Hanson, A. J., Welch, S. A., Sheets, J. M., Nastasi, N., . . . Mouser, P. J. (2018). 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 OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 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

  • Booker, A. E., Borton, M. A., Daly, R. A., Welch, S. A., Nicora, C. D., Hoyt, D. W., . . . Wilkins, M. J. (2017). Sulfide Generation by Dominant Halanaerobium Microorganisms in Hydraulically Fractured Shales. MSPHERE, 2(4). doi:10.1128/mSphereDirect.00257-17

  • 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). doi:10.1093/femsec/fiw166

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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). doi:10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0000985

  • Krinks, J. K., Qiu, M., Mergos, I. A., Weavers, L. K., Mouser, P. J., & Verweij, H. (2015). Piezoceramic membrane with built-in ultrasonic defouling. JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE, 494, 130-135. doi:10.1016/j.memsci.2015.07.058

  • 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

  • Mouser, P. J., N'Guessan, L. A., Qafoku, N. P., Sinha, M., Williams, K. H., Dangelmayr, M., . . . Long, P. E. (2015). Influence of Carbon and Microbial Community Priming on the Attenuation of Uranium in a Contaminated Floodplain Aquifer. GROUNDWATER, 53(4), 600-613. doi:10.1111/gwat.12238

  • Wilkins, M. J., Daly, R. A., Mouser, P. J., Trexler, R., Sharma, S., Cole, D. R., . . . Schrenk, M. O. (2014). Trends and future challenges in sampling the deep terrestrial biosphere. FRONTIERS IN MICROBIOLOGY, 5. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2014.00481

  • 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

  • Bibby, K. J., Brantley, S. L., Reible, D. D., Linden, K. G., Mouser, P. J., Gregory, K. B., . . . Vidict, R. D. (2013). Suggested Reporting Parameters for Investigations of Wastewater from Unconventional Shale Gas Extraction. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, 47(23), 13220-13221. doi:10.1021/es404960z

  • Pearce, A. R., Rizzo, D. M., & Mouser, P. J. (2011). Subsurface characterization of groundwater contaminated by landfill leachate using microbial community profile data and a nonparametric decision-making process. WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH, 47. doi:10.1029/2010WR009992