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Rebecca Plummer


/ARSUserFiles/52661/Becca_HRSL_pic.jpg Rebecca E. Plummer
USDA-ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory
Bldg. 001, Rm. 220, BARC-West
Beltsville, MD 20705-2350 USA
Voice: (301) 504-9358
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Research Interests:

  • Identifying, developing, and refining analytical techniques for analyses of environmental samples.
  • Optimizing analyses for throughput and data quality.


  • 2008: M.A.T. in Secondary Science Education, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.
  • 2000: M.S. in Analytical Chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
  • 1999: B.A. in Chemistry, minor in German, Colby College, Waterville, ME.

Professional Experience:

  • 2017-present: Chemist, USDA-ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory, Beltsville, MD.
  • 2012-2017: Laboratory Manager, Paleoclimate CoLaboratory, Department of Geology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
  • 2003-2012: Analytical Chemist, Geo-Centers, Inc. and Science Applications International Corporation, Washington, DC.
  • 2002-2003: Analyst, GPL Laboratories, LLLP, Gaithersburg, MD.
  • 2001-2002: Chemist, Matrix Environmental Group, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI.

Selected Publications: (please contact the author to determine reprint availability)

(view author's publications/interpretive summaries/technical abstracts since 1999)
Franz, HB; McAdam, AC; Ming, DW; et al., “Large sulfur isotope fractionations in Martian sediments at Gale crater”, Nature Geoscience, 10, 658-662 (2017).

Evans, MN; Selmer, KJ; Breeden, BT III; Lopatka, AS; Plummer, RE; “Correction algorithm for online continuous flow δ13C and δ18O carbonate and cellulose stable isotope analyses”, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 17, 3580-3588 (2016).

Cui, Huan; Xiao, Shuhai; Zhou, Chuanming; Peng, Yongbo; Kaufman, Alan J., Plummer, Rebecca E.; “Phosphogenesis associated with the Shuram Excursion: Petrographic and geochemical observations from the Ediacaran Doushantuo Formation of South China”, Sedimentary Geology, 341, 134-146 (2016).

Coffin, RB; Osburn, CL; Plummer, RE; et al., “Deep Sediment-Sourced Methane Contribution to Shallow Sediment Organic Carbon: Atwater Valley, Texas-Louisiana Shelf, Gulf of Mexico”, Energies, 8(3), 1561-1583 (2015).

Coffin, Richard B.; Hamdan, Leila J.; Smith, Joseph P.; et al., “Contribution of Vertical Methane Flux to Shallow Sediment Carbon Pools across Porangahau Ridge, New Zealand”, Energies, 7 (8) 5332-5356 (2014).

Coffin, Richard B.; Smith, Joseph P.; Plummer, Rebecca E.; et al., “Spatial variation in shallow sediment methane sources and cycling on the Alaskan Beaufort Sea Shelf/Slope”, Marine and Petroleum Geology, 45, 186-197 (2013).

Montgomery, M. T., Boyd, T. J., Osburn, C. L., Plummer, R.E., Masutani, S. M., and Coffin, R. B., "Desalination Technology Waste Streams: Effect of Ph and Salinity on Metabolism of Marine Microbial Assemblages", Desalination, 249 (2) 861-864 (2009).

Montgomery, M. T., Coffin, R. B., Boyd, T. J., Hamdan, L. J., Smith, J. P., Plummer, R.E., Osburn, C. L., Walker, S. E., Diettel, A., Masutani, S. M., and LI, Q. X., "Bacterial Production and Contaminant Mineralization in Sediments of the Ala Wai Canal, Oahu, Hawaii.", NRL/MR/6114-09-9212; MR-9212, (2009).

Montgomery, M. R., Boyd, T. H., Osburn, C. L., Plummer, R.E., and Coffin, R. B., "Desalination Technology Waste Streams: Impact of pH and Brine on Bacterial Metabolism Among Natural Marine Assemblages.", NRL/MR/6110-08-9138; MR-9138, (2008).

Coffin, R., Hamdan, L., Plummer, R., Smith, J., Gardner, J., Hagen, R., and Wood, W., "Analysis of methane and sulfate flux in methane-charged sediments from the Mississippi Canyon, Gulf of Mexico", Marine and Petroleum Geology (2008).

Hamdan, L., Gillevet, P., Sikaroodi, M., Pohlman, J., Plummer. R., Coffin, R., "Geomicrobial Characterization of Gas Hydrate Bearing Sediments along the Mid-Chilean Margin", FEMS Microbial Ecology, 65 15-30 (2008).

Coffin, R. B., Boyd, T. J., Pohlman, J. W., Grabowski, K. S., Knies, D. L., Plummer, R. E., and Magee, R. W., "Radiocarbon and Stable Carbon Isotope Analysis to Confirm Petroleum Natural Attenuation in the Vadose Zone", Environmental Forensics, 9 (1) 75-84 (2008).

Coffin, R., Pohlman, J., Gardner, J., Downer, R., Wood, W., Hamdan, L., Walker, S., Plummer, R., Gettrust, J., and Diaz, J., "Methane Hydrate Exploration on the Mid Chilean Coast: a Geochemical and Geophysical Survey", Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 56 (1-3) 32-41 (2007).

Plummer, R., Pohlman, J.W., Coffin, R.B., "Compound-Specific Stable Carbon Isotope Analysis of Low-Concentration Complex Hydrocarbon Mixtures from Natural Gas Hydrate Systems", American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California (2005).

Pohlman, J. W., Grabowski, K. S., Knies, D. L., Plummer, R. E., Mitchell, C. S., and Coffin, R. B., "Report on Radiocarbon Analysis of Surface Sediments from the Fore-Arc Basin of Nankai Trough.", NRL-MR-8775; NRL/MR/6110--04-8775, (2004).

Plummer, R., Dube, C.A., King, D.W., "Hydroxyl Radical Probe for the Analysis of Natural Waters", National American Chemistry Society (ACS) Meeting, Anaheim, California (1999).



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