Dept. of Environmental Sciences    Craig D. Phelps, Ph.D.

        Room 229 ENR

        Dept. of Environmental Sciences

        School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

        Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

        New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

                                       phone: (848) 932-5713

                                       fax: (732) 932-0312


     Introduction to Environmental Science 101


     Environmental Microbiology Laboratory 312

Research Projects

    Bacterial Source Tracking

        ASM 2007 Poster - "Comparison of qPCR-Based Microbial Source Tracking Data to Traditional Water Quality Measurements in the Upper Cohansey River Watershed"  C.D. Phelps, K.A. Buckley, C.C. Obropta and L.Y. Young.

    Arsenic Biotransformation

    Anaerobic Hydrocarbon Degradation

Teaching Projects

    Winogradsky's Battery

    Soil Enzyme Assay

    Volta Experiment


Professional Affiliations Society for Microbiology. 1994 - present.   Northeast Microbiologists for Physiology, Ecology, Taxonomy. 1993 - present.

Corresponding Secretary: 2000 - present

                                Scientific Session Coordinator: 2003 - present Jersey Science Teachers Association. 2003 present.



                          Microbial Educators Network (Delaware/Lehigh Valley Region). 2003 present.




Rhine, E.D., C.D. Phelps and Young, L.Y. 2006. Anaerobic arsenite oxidation by novel denitrifying isolates. Environ. Microbiol. 8(5):899-908.

Rhine, E.D., E. Garca-Domnguez, C.D. Phelps and Young, L.Y. 2005. Environmental microbes can speciate and cycle arsenic. Environ. Sci. and Tecnol. 39:9569-9573.

Gallagher, E., L. McGuinness, C.D. Phelps, L.Y. Young and L.J. Kerkhof. 2005. 13C-Carrier DNA shortens the incubation time needed to detect benzoate-utilizing denitrifying bacteria by stable-isotope probing. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 71(9):5192-5196.

Young, L.Y. and C.D. Phelps. 2005. Metabolic biomarkers for monitoring in situ anaerobic hydrocarbon degradation. Environmental Health Perspectives. 113(1):62-67.

Lamkie, J. and Phelps, C.D. Biocomplexity and Microorganisms: Lessons in Technology for Grades 5-8.

So, C.M., C.D. Phelps and L.Y. Young. 2003. Anaerobic transformation of alkanes to fatty acids: Initial reactions by the sulfate-reducer strain HXD3 using stable isotope labeled compounds. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 69(7):3892-3900.

Phelps, C.D., J. Battistelli, and L.Y. Young. 2002. Metabolic biomarkers for monitoring anaerobic naphthalene biodegradation in situ. Environ. Microbiol. 4(9):532-537.

Phelps, C.D., X. Zhang, and L.Y. Young. 2001. Detection of benzoate from anaerobic benzene metabolism by a sulfidogenic consortium. Environ. Microbiol. 3(9):600-603.

Sullivan, E.R., X. Zhang, C.D. Phelps and L.Y. Young. 2001. Anaerobic mineralization of stable isotope labeled 2-methylnaphthalene. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 67(9):4353-4357.

Phelps, C.D. and L.Y. Young. 2000. Anaerobic biodegradation of gasoline components: A review. Advances in Agronomy, Vol. 70 pp. 329-358.

Phelps, C.D., and L.Y. Young. 1999. Anaerobic biodegradation of BTEX and gasoline in various aquatic sediments. Biodegradation. 10(1): 15-25.

Boyle, A.W., C.D. Phelps and L.Y. Young. 1999. Isolation of a Desulfovibrio strain from estuarine sediments which can grow on lactate coupled to the reductive dehalogenation of 2,4,6-Tribromophenol. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 65(3): 1133-1140.

Phelps, C.D., L. Kerkhof and L.Y. Young. 1998. Molecular characterization of a sulfate-reducing consortium which mineralizes benzene. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 27(3):269-279.

Phelps, C.D., X. Zhang, C.-M. So and L.Y. Young. 1998. Petroleum components can be biodegraded in anoxic environments. Proceedings: 1998 Pacific Basin Conference on Hazardous Waste. April 22-24, Honolulu, HI, USA pages 128-140.

Phelps, C.D. and L.Y. Young. 1997. Microbial metabolism of the plant phenolic compounds ferulic and syringic acids under three anaerobic conditions. Microbial Ecology 33(3): 206-215.

Phelps, C.D., J. Kazumi and L.Y. Young. 1996. Anaerobic degradation of benzene in BTX mixtures dependent on sulfate-reduction. FEMS Microbiology Letters 145(3): 433-437.