Anthony V Palumbo

Lead, Genes-to-Ecosystems Initiative

Dr. Anthony V. Palumbo is the lead for the Genes-to-Ecosystems initiative at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His research is focused on microbial populations, geochemistry, and contaminants in surface and subsurface environments. His most recent research has been on the role of bacterial communities in mercury transformations in the environment. He has over 20 years of experience investigating the interactions of microbial populations and contaminate degradation and immobilization in surface and subsurface environments. This research has resulted in numerous publications on field and laboratory investigations of degradation of hydrocarbons and VOCs (e.g., TCE, Carbon tetrachloride), the reduction and immobilization of Uranium and analysis of microbial community structure in relation to geochemistry and degradation rates. He previously served eight years as director of the ORNL Biosciences Division and has 159 published papers. 

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Fellow of the American Academy for Microbiology.
2016 Science and Technological Achievement Award (STAA-III) from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the paper “Changes in northern Gulf of Mexico sediment bacterial and archaeal communities exposed to hypoxia”, Devereux, R., J. J. Mosher, T. A. Vishnivetskaya, S. D. Brown, D. L. Beddick, D. F. Yates and A. V. Palumbo. 2015. Geobiology. doi: 10.1111/gbi.12142
2002 Certificate of Appreciation, U.S. Department of Energy, Subsurface Contamination Focus Area.
2001 Merit Award from the Society for Technical Communication for Online Communications.
1998 Two Technical Communication Awards from the Society for Technical Communication.
1996 Annual Scientific Achievement Award, Environmental Sciences Division, ORNL.
Two 1995 Royalty-Sharing Awards from Lockheed Martin Energy Systems.


Patent No. 5,807,697. Strong-Gunderson, J. M. and A. V. Palumbo. Biological Tracer Method.
Patent No. 629,146. Cochran, J., T. J. Phelps, J. M. McCarthy, and A. V. Palumbo. Position sensitive radioactivity detector for gas and liquid chromatography.
Patent No. 7,569,737. T. J. Phelps, C. Tsouris, A. V Palumbo, D. E. Riestenberg, and S. D. McCallum. Method for excluding salt and other soluble materials from produced water.