(June, 2017)



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Book Chapters

Zahran, S., Laidlaw, M., McElmurry, S., Filippelli, G.M., Taylor, M., D.E. 2015. ‘Linking Source and Effect: Resuspended Soil Lead, Air Lead, and Children’s Blood Lead Levels in Detroit, Michigan’, in Hassan A. (Eds.). Everyday Environmental Toxins: Children’s Exposure Risks. CRC Press, 352 p.

Filippelli, G.M., Laidlaw, M.A.S., Morrison, D.E. 2012.Poisoned Minds: The Legacy of Lead Poisoning among Urban Youth’, in Emerman S.H.,  Bjørnerud M., Schneiderman J.S., Levy S.A. (Eds.). Liberation Science: Putting Science to Work for Social and Environmental Justice., p. 14-29.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Laidlaw, M.A.S., Alankarage, D., Reichman, S.M., Taylor, M. P., Ball A.S. 2018. Assessment of soil metal concentrations in residential and community vegetable gardens in Melbourne, Australia. Chemosphere. 199, 301-311.

Poropat, A.,Laidlaw, M.A.S., Lanphear, B., Ball, A., Mielke, H.W. 2018. Blood lead and preeclampsia: A meta-analysis and review of implications. Environmental Research. Volume 160; 12–19

Laidlaw, M.A.S., Poropat, A., Ball, A., Mielke, H.W. 2017. Preliminary assessment of surface soil lead concentrations in Melbourne, Australia. Environmental Geochemistry and Health. In Press.

Laidlaw, M.A.S., Poropat, A., Ball, A., Mielke, H.W. 2017. Exposure to lead in petrol and increased incidence of dementia. The Lancet. 389 (10087), 2371-2372.

Laidlaw, M.A.S., Mohmmad S.M., Gulson B.L., Taylor M.P., Kristensen L.J., Birch G., 2017. Estimates of potential childhood lead exposure from contaminated soil using the US EPA IEUBK Model in Sydney, Australia. Environmental Research.

Laidlaw, M.A.S., Filippelli, G.M., Mielke, H., Gulson B., Ball A.S., 2017. Lead exposure at firing ranges—a review. Environmental Health.

Laidlaw, M.A.S., Filippelli, G.M., Brown, S., Paz-Ferreiro, J., Reichman, S.M., Netherway, P., Truskewycz A., Ball A.S., Mielke H.W., 2017. Case studies and evidence-based approaches to addressing urban soil lead contamination. Applied Geochemistry (Accepted)

Zahran S., Laidlaw M.A.S., Rowe, D.B., Ball A.S., Mielke H.W. 2017. Motor neuron disease mortality and lifetime petrol lead exposure: Evidence from national age-specific and state-level age-standardized death rates in Australia. Environmental Research 153, 181-190.

Laidlaw, M.A.; Filippelli, G.M.; Sadler, R.C.; Gonzales, C.R.; Ball, A.S.; Mielke, H.W. Children’s Blood Lead Seasonality in Flint, Michigan (USA), and Soil-Sourced Lead Hazard Risks. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 358.

Laidlaw, M.A.S.; Rowe, D.B.; Ball, A.S.; Mielke, H.W. A Temporal Association between Accumulated Petrol (Gasoline) Lead Emissions and Motor Neuron Disease in Australia. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 16124-16135.

Filippelli G.M., Risch, M., Laidlaw M.A.S., Nichols D.E., Crewe, J. 2015. Geochemical legacies and the future health of cities: A tale of two neurotoxins in urban soils. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene. DOI 10.12952/journal.elementa.000059..

Laidlaw M.A.S. 2014. Soil lead and human health exposure risks: Studies from Australia and the United States of America. PhD Thesis, Macquarie University.

Laidlaw M.A.S., Zahran S., Pingitore N., Clague J., Devlin G., Taylor M.P. 2014. Reply to comments on “Identification of lead sources in residential environments: Sydney Australia” by Laidlaw et al. 2014b. Environmental Pollution 192, 216-219.


Laidlaw M.A.S., Zahran S., Pingitore N., Clague J., Devlin G., Taylor M.P. 2014a. Identification of lead sources in residential environments: Sydney, Australia. Environmental Pollution 184 (2014), 238-246.


Zahran,S., Mielke H.W., McElmurry S.P., Filippelli G.M., Laidlaw M.A.S., Taylor MP. 2013. Determining the relative importance of soil sample locations to predict risk of children’s lead (Pb) exposure. Environment International 60, 7–14.


ZahranS., Laidlaw, M., McElmurry, S., Filippelli, G.M., Taylor, M., 2013. Linking Source and Effect: Resuspended Soil Lead, Air Lead, and Children’s Blood Lead Levels in Detroit, Michigan. Environmental Science and Technology 47(6), 2839-45.


Laidlaw MAS, Zahran S., Mielke H.W., Taylor M.P., Filippelli G.M. 2012. Re-suspension of lead contaminated urban soil as a dominant source of atmospheric lead in Birmingham, Chicago, Detroit and Pittsburgh, USA. Atmospheric Environment 49, 302- 310.


Laidlaw MA, Taylor MP. 2011. Potential for childhood lead poisoning in the inner cities of Australia due to exposure to lead in soil dust. Environ Pollution 159(1), 1-9.

Mielke HW, Laidlaw MAS, Gonzales CR. 2011. Estimation of leaded (Pb) gasoline's continuing material and health impacts on 90 US urbanized areas. Environment International 37(1), 248-57.

Mielke HW, Laidlaw MAS, Gonzales CR. 2010. Lead (Pb) legacy from vehicle traffic in eight California urbanized areas: continuing influence of lead dust on children's health. Science of the Total Environment 408(19), 3965-3975.

Filippelli, G.M. and Laidlaw, M.A.S., 2010. The Elephant in the Playground: Confronting lead-contaminated soils as an important source of lead burdens to urban populations. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 53, 31-45.

Filippelli, G.M. and Laidlaw, M.A.S., 2009. Response to Comment by Bogden and Kemp “Soil lead, blood lead, and vitamin D”.  Applied Geochemistry 24: 1041.

Laidlaw, M.A. and Filippelli, G.M., 2008. Resuspension of urban soils as a persistent source of lead poisoning in children: A review and new directions. Applied Geochemistry 23, 2021-2039.

Laidlaw, M., Mielke, H.W., Gonzales, C.R., Filippelli, G.M., and Johnson, D., 2006. Response to Comment by Brown and Jacobs “Sources of blood lead in children.” Environmental Health Perspectives 114 (1), A19.

Filippelli, G.M., Laidlaw, M., Raftis, R., and Latimer, J.C., 2005. Urban lead poisoning and medical geology: An unfinished story. GSA Today, 15: 4-11 (doi: 10.1130/1052-5173(2005)015<4:ULPAMG>2.0.CO;2). Highlighted in Science News, 2005; named top Science article of 2005 by GSA Today in 2009.

Laidlaw, M., Mielke, H.W., Filippelli, G.M., Johnson, D., and Gonzales, C.R., 2005. Seasonality and children’s blood lead levels: Developing a predictive model using climatic variables and blood lead data from three US cities. Environmental Health Perspectives 113 (6), 793-800 (doi:10.1289/ehp.7759).

Conference Papers

Laidlaw, M.A. 2009. Correlation of Atmospheric Soil and Atmospheric Lead in Three North American Cities: Can Re-suspension of Urban Lead Contaminated Soil be a Major Source of Urban Atmospheric Lead and Cause Seasonal Variations in Children’s Blood Lead Levels?  24th International Applied Geochemistry Symposium. New Brunswick, Canada.

Peer-Reviewed Abstracts

Laidlaw M., Zahran S., Mielke H., Taylor M., Morrison D., Filippelli G. 2012. Re-suspension of Lead-Contaminated Soils a Major Human Health Burden in Cities. Goldschmidt Conference 2012, Montreal, Canada.

Laidlaw, Mark and Filippelli, Gabriel. 2006. Reducing the Lead-load for Urban Youth: the Role of Atmospheric Soil Re-Suspension as a Significant Public Health Threat in the United States.Geological Society of America 2006 Annual Meeting, Philadelphia. October, 2006.

Laidlaw, Mark and Filippelli, Gabriel. 2006. Soils and Society: The Human Health Legacy of Urban Lead Contamination. ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meetings. November 12-16, 2006

Laidlaw M.A.S., Lee, Y. P., Cook, A., Thompson, P. Weinstein, P. 2006. Asthma Seasonality and weather in Western Australia. The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand. 2006WATSANZ Scientific Meeting – March.

Filippelli, Gabriel M., Laidlaw, Mark A. S., Mielke, Howard, Johnson, David, Gonzales, Christopher, Latimer, Jennifer, and Raftis, Robyn, Developing Predictive Tools For Optimizing Health Care Using Medical Geology: An Example From Urban Lead Poisoning. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. 2005 Salt Lake City Annual Meeting (October 16–19, 2005) (INVITED).

Filippelli, G.M., Laidlaw, M., Raftis, R., and Latimer, J., 2004. Lead poisoning and medical geology: An unfinished story. GSA Abstracts with Programs, 36 (5). (INVITED).

Laidlaw, M. and Fillippelli, G.M. 2004 Seasonal association between child blood lead levels, fine atmospheric particulates, and soil moisture in Indianapolis, IN, Syracuse, NY. American Association of American Geographers (AAG) 2004 Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, Pennslyvania (USA) (INVITED).

Laidlaw, M., Mielke, H., Fillippelli, G., Johnson, D., and Gonzalez, C. 2004. Multiple linear Regression modeling of the seasonal (temporal) association between soil moisture, atmospheric particulates, climate, and pediatric blood lead levels in Indianapolis Indiana, New Orleans Louisiana and Syracuse New York, USA. First International Symposium on Recent Advances in Environmental Health Research Jackson, Mississipi.

Laidlaw, M. and Fillippelli, G.M., 2003. Regression analysis of the temporal relationship between child blood lead, soil moisture, and pm10. 6th International Symposium on Environmental Geochemistry, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Science Magazine- Lead’s Lingering Legacy. Science Now, Vol. 2002, Issue 1101, 3 November 1, 2002.

Fillippelli, G.M., Latimer, J.C., LAIDLAW, M., and Raftis, R., 2002. Diffuse lead and children’s blood lead levels in Indianapolis. GSA Abstracts with Programs, 34 (6): 146.

Fillippelli, G.M., LAIDLAW, M., Atkins, R., and Latimer, J., 2000. Lead in surface soils of Marion County, Indiana. GSA Abstracts with Programs, 32 (5): 30.

Filippelli, G.M., L. Tedesco, A. Barth, D. Clark, J. Carnahan, B. Belt, V. Hernly, J. Latimer, M.

Laidlaw, B. Pace, D. Zbieskowski, M. Corbin, S. Belt, 1997. Lake sedimentation and climate in Southern California through the Holocene: Dry Lake, San Bernardino Mountains. Eos (abs.), 78 (17): S171.