C. Marjorie Aelion

Dean C. Marjorie Aelion
Professor, Associate Vice Chancellor in the Office of Research and Engagement
149E Goessmann


B.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1980; S.M.C.E., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1983; Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 1988

Area(s) of Specialization: 

organic contaminants, heavy metals, intellectual disabilities, environmental justice; groundwater remediation

Research Description: 

Dr. Aelion has carried out research in the area of biodegradation of organic contaminants, including gasoline, jet fuel and chlorinated solvents, in groundwater and vadose zone soils. Her research focused on the development of novel tools for assessing remedial technologies, including 13C stable isotopes, and naturally-occurring radiocarbon (14C), and the application and development of enhanced remediation systems for contaminated ground water. She has carried out extensive research assessing the impact of land use, including golf course development, on coastal environments, pesticide removal and nutrient cycling. Her most recent research focuses on heavy metals in residential soils, primarily arsenic, lead and mercury, and their potential associations with negative health outcomes in children, including intellectual disabilities in susceptible populations. This research incorporates environmental justice and environmental health sciences research.

Publication List: 

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Key Publications: 

Davis, H.T., C.M. Aelion, J. Liu, J.B. Burch. B. Cai. A.B. Lawson, S. McDermott. 2106. Potential sources and racial disparities in the residential distribution of soil arsenic and lead among pregnant women. Science of the Total Environment 551-552:622-630.

Hong, J., Y. Wang, S. McDermott, B. Cai, C.M. Aelion, J. Lead. 2016 The use of a physiologically-based extraction test to assess relationships between bioaccessible metals in urban soil and neurodevelopmental conditions in children. Environmental Pollution 212:9-17.

Aelion, C.M., A.C. Gubrium, F. Aulino, E.L. Krause, T.L. Leatherman. 2015. Bridging graduate education in public health and the liberal arts. American Journal of Public Health. 105:S1:S78-82. DOI:10.2105/AJPH.2014.302467.

Aelion, C.M., H.T. Davis, A.B. Lawson, B. Cai, S. McDermott. 2014. Temporal and spatial variation in residential soil metal concentrations: Implications for exposure assessments. Environmental Pollution 185:365-368. DOI:10.1016/j.envpol.2013.10.018.

Aelion, C.M., H.T. Davis, A.B. Lawson, B. Cai and S. McDermott. 2013. Associations between soil lead concentrations and populations by race/ethnicity and income-to-poverty ratio in urban and rural areas. Environmental Geochemistry and Health 35:1-12. DOI 10.1007/s10653-012-9472-0.

Aelion, C.M., H.T. Davis, A.B. Lawson, B. Cai and S. McDermott. 2012. Associations of estimated residential soil arsenic and lead concentrations and community-level environmental measures with mother-child health conditions in South Carolina. Health and Place 18:774-781.

Davis, H.T., C.M. Aelion, S. McDermott and A.B. Lawson. 2009. Identifying natural and anthropogenic sources of metals in urban and rural soils using GIS-based data, PCA, and spatial interpolation.  Environmental Pollution 157:2378-2385. PMC2694234

Aelion C.M., H.T. Davis, S. McDermott and A.B. Lawson. 2009. Soil metal concentrations and toxicity: Associations with distances to industrial facilities and implications for human health. Science of the Total Environment 407:2216-2223. PMC2676061