Faculty & Staff - Aria Amirbahman
Aria Amirbahman, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
319A Boardman Hall
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469-5711
Phone: (207) 581-1277
Fax: (207) 581-3888
Ph.D. – Civil & Environmental Engineering University of California Irvine, 1994.
M.S. – Civil Engineering
San Jose University, 1989.
B.S. – Civil Engineering
San Jose University, 1984.
CIE 231 Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering
CIE 350 Hydraulics
CIE 351 Hydraulics Lab
CIE 430 Water Treatment
CIE 431 Pollutant Fate and Transport
CIE 437 Environmental Chemistry
CIE 533 Aquatic Environmental Chemistry
CIE 598 Mercury Biogeochemistry Seminar
CIE 631 Process Dynamics in Environmental Systems
CIE 634 Environmental Engineering Design Lab
Aria’s areas of research interest are aquatic chemistry and contaminant transport. Prior to coming to the University of Maine in fall 1997, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Swiss Federal Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (EAWAG). Research includes the study of speciation and transport of metals and nutrients, and their interactions with mineral surfaces and natural organic matter in natural and engineered systems. Present focus is on fate and transport of mercury in estuary and lake sediments and in ground water, internal phosphorus loading in northern lakes, and in situ measurement of benthic DOC flux in estuaries and wetlands. Aria is a cooperating faculty with the School of Policy and International Affairs, and the Center for Research on Sustainable Forests at the University of Maine. He has been a visiting professor at the Division of Soil Protection, Institute of Terrestrial Ecology (ITÖ), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH-Zürich) (5/98-9/98), and at the Water Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA, USA (1/04-9/04). Aria has five years of professional experience as an environmental and water resources engineer in the public and private sectors, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California. In addition to his teaching and research duties, he has performed consulting on environmental issues for public agencies and private companies.
“Assessing mercury and methylmercury bioavailability in sediment pore water using mercury-specific hydrogels.” Funded by the DoD–SERDP.
“Estimation of benthic dissolved organic carbon flux from wetland and estuarine sediments using a novel technique.” Funded by the USGS–WRRI and the California DWR.
“Linking knowledge with action: Refining Maine’s mercury fish consumption advisory.” Funded by the NSF–EPSCoR (Sustainability Solutions Initiative).
“Mercury dynamics in estuarine sediments: Biogeochemical controls on bioavailability and bioaccumulation along a chemical gradient.” Funded by the NOAA–NH Sea Grant.
Amirbahman A., and I.J. Fernandez, “The Role of Soils in Storage and Cycling of Mercury,” in M.S. Bank (Ed.), Mercury in the Environment: Pattern and Process, University of California Press, Berkeley. In press.
Wilson T.A., A. Amirbahman, S.A. Norton, and M.A. Voytek, 2010, “A record of phosphorus dynamics in oligotrophic lake sediment.” Journal of Paleolimnology. DOI: 10.1007/s10933-009-9403-y.
Merritt K.A., and A. Amirbahman, 2009, “Mercury methylation dynamics in estuary and coastal marine sediments – A critical review.” Earth Science Reviews, 96: 54-66.
Chen C., A. Amirbahman, N. Fisher, G. Harding, C. Lamborg, D. Nacci, and D. Taylor, 2008, “Methylmercury in marine ecosystems: Spatial patterns and processes of production, bioaccumulation, and trophic transfer.” Ecohealth, 5, 398-408.
Ohno T., A. Amirbahman, and R. Bro, 2008, “Parallel factor analysis of excitation-emission matrix fluorescence spectra of water-soluble organic matter as basis for the determination of conditional metal binding parameters.” Environmental Science & Technology, 42, 186-192.
Merritt K.A., and A. Amirbahman, 2008, “Cycling of methylmercury in estuarine sediment pore waters (Penobscot River Estuary, Maine, USA).” Limnology and Oceanography, 53, 1064-1075.
Merritt K.A., and A. Amirbahman, 2007, “Mercury dynamics in sulfide-rich sediments: Geochemical controls on contaminant storage potential of the Penobscot River Estuary, Maine, USA.” Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 71, 929-941.
Lake B.A., K.M. Coolidge, S.A. Norton, and A. Amirbahman, 2007, “Factors contributing to the internal loading of phosphorus from anoxic sediments in six Maine, USA, lakes.” Science of the Total Environment, 373, 534-541.
Merritt K.A., and A. Amirbahman, 2007, “Mercury mobilization in estuarine sediment porewaters: A diffusive gel gradient study.” Environmental Science & Technology, 41, 717-722.
Bank M.S., J. Crocker, B. Connery and A. Amirbahman, 2007, “Mercury bioaccumulation in green frog and bullfrog tadpoles from Acadia National Park, Maine, USA.” Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 26, 37-44.
Amirbahman A., D.B. Kent, G.P. Curtis, and J.A. Davis, 2006, “Kinetics of sorption and abiotic oxidation of arsenic(III) by aquifer materials.” Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 70, 533-547.