James P. Hurley

Associate Professor and Director, Aquatic Sciences Center

Goodnight Hall
1975 Willow Dr.
Madison, WI 537106

Ph: (608) 262-0905
Fax: (608) 262-0591
jphurley@wisc.edu


Profile Summary

I am currently director of the UW Aquatic Sciences Center, which houses the UW Sea Grant Institute and the UW Water Resources Institute.  Both programs are federal-state partnerships which support research, outreach and education in support of sustainable uses of our state's natural resources.

My recent research has centered on cycling of mercury in the aquatic environment. I plan to continue to conduct research on low-level trace metal cycling, especially with regard to factors affecting bioaccumulation in plankton and fish. I plan to utilize stable isotopic techniques to study transport and transformations of trace metals in the environment.

My past research has also focused on natural organic compounds in lakes and rivers. I am particularly interested in developing research projects that build on our experiences studying natural aquatic pigments (chlorophyll, carotenoids and other accessory pigments) and gaining better insight into processes responsible for production of key algal toxins in Wisconsin waters.

Education

  • B.S., Chemistry and Environmental Science, Nasson College, 1981
  • M.S., Water Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984
  • Ph.D., Water Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1988

Research Interests

  • chemical limnology
  • mercury in the environment
  • natural organic matter
  • nutrient cycling in lakes and rivers
  • Great Lakes research
  • bioaccumulation of toxic contaminants
  • chemical interactions at the sediment-water interfac

Awards, Honors and Societies

  • Distinguished Service Award, American Water Resources Association, Wisconsin Chapter, 2009.
  • Assembly of Sea Grant Extension Program Leaders Chairman¬ís Award, 2006.
  • Steve Serns Award for Outstanding Research, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, 2001.
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Association for the Advancesment of Sciences
  • American Water Resources Association - Wisconsin Chapter
  • Sigma Xi
  • Societas Internationalis Limnologiae
  • Universities Council on Water Resources

Publications

  • Chadwick, S.P., C.L. Babiarz, J.P. Hurley and D.E. Armstrong.  2012.  Importance of Hypolimnetic Cycling in Aging of \"New\" Mercury in a Northern Temperate Lake.  In Press, Science of the Total Environment.
  • Babiarz C.L., S.R. Hoffmann, A. Wieben, J.P. Hurley, A.W. Andren, M.M. Shafer and D.E. Armstrong.  2012.  Watershed and Discharge Influences on the Phase Distribution and Tributary Loading of Total Mercury and Methylmercury into Lake Superior.  Environmental Pollution.  161: 299-310.
  • Keenan, H.,  S. Bangkedphol, A. Babajide, C. Davidson, J. Guimeraes, M. Horvat, J. Hurley , J.Leaner, R. Mason, A. Songsasen, T. Takashi  and E.Vasileva-Veleva.  2011.  Mercury in the Aquatic Environment: Sources, Releases, Transport and Monitoring.  The Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of the Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP), Working Group 37.  United Nations Environment Programme.  Geneva, Switzerland.  114 p.
  • Chadwick, S.P., C.L. Babiarz, J.P. Hurley and D.E. Armstrong.  2012.  Importance of Hypolimnetic Cycling in Aging of \\\"New\\\" Mercury in a Northern Temperate Lake.  In Press, Science of the Total Environment.
  • Babiarz C.L., S.R. Hoffmann, A. Wieben, J.P. Hurley, A.W. Andren, M.M. Shafer and D.E. Armstrong.  2012.  Watershed and Discharge Influences on the Phase Distribution and Tributary Loading of Total Mercury and Methylmercury into Lake Superior.Environmental Pollution.  161: 299-310.
  • Keenan, H.,  S. Bangkedphol, A. Babajide, C. Davidson, J. Guimeraes, M. Horvat, J. Hurley , J.Leaner, R. Mason, A. Songsasen, T. Takashi  and E.Vasileva-Veleva.  2011.  Mercury in the Aquatic Environment: Sources, Releases, Transport and Monitoring.  The Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of the Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP), Working Group 37.  United Nations Environment Programme.  Geneva, Switzerland.  114 p.
  • Gorski, P.R., DE. Armstrong, J.P. Hurley and D.P. Krabbenhoft. 2008. Influence of natural dissolved organic carbon on the bioavailability of mercury to a freshwater alga. Environmental Pollution. 154: 116-123.
  • Drevnick, P.E., D.E. Canfield, P.R. Gorski, A.L.C. Shinneman, D.R. Engstrom, D.C. Muir, G.R. Smith, P.J. Garrison, L.B. Cleckner, J.P. Hurley, R.B. Noble, R.R. and Otter. 2007. Deposition and cycling of sulfur controls mercury accumulation in Isle Royale fish. Environmental Science & Technology 41: 7266-7272.
  • Harris, R.C., J.W.M. Rudd, M. Amyot, C. Babiarz, K.G. Beaty, P.J. Blanchfield, R.A. Bodaly, B.A. Branfireun, C.C. Gilmour, J.A. Graydon, A. Heyes, H. Hintelmann, J.P. Hurley, C.A. Kelly, D.P. Krabbenhoft, S.E. Lindberg, R.P. Mason, M.J. Paterson, C.L. Podemski, A. Robinson, K.A. Sandilands, G.R. Southworth, V.L. St. Louis, and M.T. Tate. 2007. Whole-ecosystem study shows rapid fish-mercury response to changes in mercury deposition. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 104(42): 16586-1659.
  • Hurley, J.P., D.P. Krabbenhoft, J.G. Wiener, and C.L. Babiarz. 2007. Preface to the Madison declaration and critical synthesis papers on mercury pollution - Eighth International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant Madison, Wisconsin, USA - 6-11 August 2006. Ambio. 36 (1): 2.
  • Krabbenhoft, D., D. Engstrom, C. Gilmour, R. Harris, J. Hurley, and R. Mason. 2007. Monitoring and Evaluating Trends in Sediment and Water. In: R. Harris, Ed., Ecosystem Responses to Mercury Contamination: Indicators of Change, CRC Press, Boca Raton. pp. 47-86.
  • Chadwick, S.P., C.L. Babiarz, J.P. Hurley and D.E. Armstrong. 2006. Influences of iron, manganese, and dissolved organic carbon on the hypolimnetic cycling of amended mercury. Science of the Total Environment. 368 (1): 177-188.
  • Gorski, P.R., D.E. Armstrong, J.P. Hurley and M.M. Shafer. 2006. Speciation of aqueous methylmercury influences uptake by a freshwater alga (Selenastrum capricornutum). Environmental Toxicology and Contamination. 25 (2): 534-540.
  • Stoor, R.W., J.P. Hurley, C.L. Babiarz and D.E. Armstrong. 2006. Subsurface Sources of Methylmercury to Lake Superior from a Wetland-Forested Watershed. Science of the Total Environment. 368 (1): 99-110.
  • Hall, B.D., H. Manolopoulos, J.P. Hurley, J. J. Schauer, V.L. St. Louis, D. Kenski, J. Graydon, C.L. Babiarz, L.B. Cleckner, and G.J. Keeler. 2005. Methyl and total mercury in precipitation in the Great Lakes region. Atmospheric Environment. 39(39):7557-7569.
  • Branfireun, B.A., D. P. Krabbenhoft, H. Hintelmann, R. J. Hunt, J. P. Hurley, and J.W.M. Rudd. 2005. The Transport and Speciation of Atmospheric Mercury in a Boreal Forest Wetland: A Stable Mercury Isotope Approach. Water Resources Research, v. 41, W06016, doi:10.1029/2004WR003219, 2005.
  • Bodaly, R.A., K.G. Beaty, L.H. Hendzel, A.R. Majewski, M.J. Peterson, K.R. Rolfhus, A.F. Penn, V.L. St. Louis, B.D. Hall, C. J. D. Matthews, K.A. Cherewyk, M. Mailman, J.P. Hurley, S.L. Schiff, J. J. Venkiteswaran. 2004. Experimenting with Hydroelectric Reservoirs. Environmental Science and Technology 38(18)
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  • Swackhamer, D.L., H.W. Paerl, S.J. Eisenreich, J.P. Hurley, K.C. Hornbuckle, M.M. McLachlan, D. Mount, D. Muir and D. Schindler. 2004. Impacts of Atmospheric Pollutants on Aquatic Ecosystems. Issues in Ecology. Number 12, Ecological Society of America, Washington, DC.
  • Hurley, J.P., H. Manolopoulos, C.L. Babiarz, H. Sakamoto, K.R. Rolfhus, R.C. Back, M.M. Shafer, D.E. Armstrong and R. C. Harris. 2003. Methyl mercury in Lake Superior: offshore processes and bioaccumulation. Journal de Physique IV 107:641-644.
  • Manolopoulos, H., J.P. Hurley, C.L. Babiarz, R.C. Back and K.R. Rolfhus. 2003. Riverine mixing zones as regions of enhanced methylmercury bioaccumulation in Lake Superior. Journal de Physique IV. 107:83-86.
  • Babiarz, C.L., J.P. Hurley, D.P. Krabbenhoft, T.R. Trinko, M. Tate, S.P. Chadwick and D.E. Armstrong. 2003. A hypolimnetic mass balance of mercury from a dimictic lake: results from the METAALICUS project. Journal de Physique IV. 107:83-86.
  • Rolfhus K.R., H.E. Sakamoto, L.B. Cleckner, R.W. Stoor, C.L. Babiarz, R.C. Back, H. Manolopoulos and J.P. Hurley. 2003. The distribution and fluxes of total and methyl mercury in Lake Superior. Environmental Science and Technology. 37(5): 865-872.
  • Babiarz C.L, J.P. Hurley, D.P. Krabbenhoft, C.C. Gilmour, and B.A. Branfireun. 2003. Application of ultrafiltration and stable isotope amendments to the partitioning of mercury in lake water and over land runoff. Science of the Total Environment. 304: 295-303.
  • Cleckner L.B., R.C. Back, P.R. Gorski, J.P. Hurley and S. Byler. 2003. Seasonal and size-specific distribution of methylmercury in seston and zooplankton of two contrasting Great Lakes embayments. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 29(1):134-144.
  • Back, R.C., P.R. Gorski, L.B. Cleckner and J.P. Hurley. 2003. Mercury content and speciation in the plankton and benthos of Lake Superior. Science of the Total Environment. 304:349-354.
  • Gorski, P.R. L.B. Cleckner, J.P. Hurley, M.E. Sierszen and D.E. Armstrong. 2003. Factors Affecting Enhanced Mercury Bioaccumulation in Inland Lakes of Isle Royale National Park, USA. Science of the Total Environment. 304: 327-348.
  • Back, R.C., J.P. Hurley and K.R. Rolfhus. 2002. Watershed influences on the transport, fate and bioavailability of mercury in Lake Superior: field measurements and modeling approaches. Lakes and Reservoirs: Research and Management 7:201-206.
  • Hintelmann, H., R. Harris, A. Heyes, J.P. Hurley, C.A. Kelly, D.P. Krabbenhoft, S. Lindberg, J.W.M. Rudd, K.J. Scott and V.L. St. Louis. 2002. Reactivity and mobility of new and old mercury in a boreal forest ecosystem during the first year of the METAALICUS study. Environmental Science and Technology. 36(23):5034-5040.
  • Babiarz, C.L., J.P. Hurley, S.R. Hoffmann, A.W. Andren, M.M. Shafer and D.E. Armstrong. 2001. Partitioning of total mercury and methylmercury to the colloidal phase in fresh waters. Environmental Science and Technology, 35(24):4773-4782

Courses

Fall 2014-2015

  • CIVENGR 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • CIVENGR 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • CIVENGR 999 - Advanced Independent Study
  • CIVENGR 990 - Thesis
  • CIVENGR 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • CIVENGR 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • CIVENGR 699 - Independent Study
  • CIVENGR 999 - Advanced Independent Study
  • CIVENGR 990 - Thesis
  • CIVENGR 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • CIVENGR 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • CIVENGR 503 - Water Analysis - Intermediate Lab
  • CIVENGR 501 - Water Analysis-Intermediate
  • Secondary Contact

    Water Science and Engineering Laboratory
    660 North Park St
    Madison, WI 53706

    Alt Ph: (608) 262-2470

    Profile Summary

    I am currently director of the UW Aquatic Sciences Center, which houses the UW Sea Grant Institute and the UW Water Resources Institute.  Both programs are federal-state partnerships which support research, outreach and education in support of sustainable uses of our state\'s natural resources.

    My recent research has centered on cycling of mercury in the aquatic environment. I plan to continue to conduct research on low-level trace metal cycling, especially with regard to factors affecting bioaccumulation in plankton and fish. I plan to utilize stable isotopic techniques to study transport and transformations of trace metals in the environment.

    My past research has also focused on natural organic compounds in lakes and rivers. I am particularly interested in developing research projects that build on our experiences studying natural aquatic pigments (chlorophyll, carotenoids and other accessory pigments) and gaining better insight into processes responsible for production of key algal toxins in Wisconsin waters.


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