Celia Y. Chen

Academic Appointments

Director, Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program
Research Professor
Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems and Society

My research as an aquatic ecologist over the last 24 years has focused on the fate of metal contaminants in freshwater and marine ecosystems. My main interest is in the sources, fate, and bioaccumulation of the neurotoxic contaminant, mercury, that biomagnifies in aquatic food webs. My research has spanned lakes across the northeast US to estuaries from Maine to Maryland. I am interested in the environmental and ecological factors that influence metal uptake in organisms at the base of the food web including primary producers and consumers leading to fish that humans consume. I am also involved in the translation of my research to environmental managers at Superfund sites, and government and non-governmental stakeholders involved in national and international policy particularly as it pertains to the control mercury pollution in the environment.

603.646.2376
The Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center, room 126
HB 6044
Department(s): 
Biological Sciences
Education: 
B.A., Dartmouth College
M.S., University of Rhode Island
Ph.D., Dartmouth College

Selected Publications

Please visit the following PubMed link for a list of publications:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=chen+c+y+dartmouth

Dijkstra, J.A., K.L. Buckman, D. Ward, D.W. Evans, M. Dionne, C.Y. Chen. 2013. Experimental and natural warming elevates mercury concentrations in estuarine fish. PLOS ONE  8(3)e58401.

Schartup, A.T., R.P. Mason, P.H. Balcolm, T.A. Hollweg, C.Y. Chen. 2013. Methylmercury production in pristine and anthropogenically impacted sediments. Environmental Science and Technology  2013; 47:695-700. (PMCID in process)

Chen, C.Y., Driscoll, C.T., Lambert, K.F., Mason, R.P., Rardin, L.R., Schmitt, C.V., Serrell, N.S., and Sunderland, E.M. Sources to Seafood: Mercury Pollution in the Marine Environment. Hanover, NH: Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program, Dartmouth College 2012.

Driscoll, C.T., Chen, C.Y., Hammerschmidt, C.R., Mason, R.P., Gilmour, C.C., Sunderland, E.M., Greenfield, B.K., Buckman, K.L., Lamborg, C. H. 2012. Nutrient supply and mercury dynamics in marine ecosystems: A conceptual model. Environmental Research 119: 118-131.

Chen, C.Y., Driscoll, C.T., Lambert, K.F., Mason, R.P., Rardin, L.R., Serrell, N.S., and Sunderland, E.M.  2012. Marine mercury fate: From sources to seafood consumers. Environmental Research 119:1-2.

Glaholt, S.T., Chen, C.Y., Demidenko, E., Bugge, D.M., Folt, C. L., Shaw, J.R. 2012. Adaptive iterative design (AID): A novel approach for evaluating the effects of multiple stressor on aquatic organisms. Science of the Total Environment 432: 57-64. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2012.05.074

Jackson, B.P., Bugge, D., Ranville, J.F., Chen, C.Y. 2012. Bioavailability toxicity, and Bioaccumulation of quantum dot nanoparticles to the amphipod Leptocheirus plumulosus. Environmental Science and Technology 46: 5550-5556.

Sunderland, E., Amirbahman, A., Burgess, N.M., Dalziel, J., Harding, G., Jones, S.H., Kamai, E., Karagas, M.R., Shi, X., Chen, C.Y. 2012. Mercury sources and fate in the Gulf of Maine. Environmental Research 119:27-41.

Brooks, R.T., Eggert, S.L., Nislow, K.H., Kolka, R.K., Chen, C.Y., Ward, D.M. 2012. Preliminary assessment of mercury accumulation in Massachusetts and Minnesota seasonal forest pools. Wetlands 32: 653-663. DOI 10.1007/s13157-012-0298-4.

Ward, D.M., Mayes, B, Sturup, S. Folt, C.L., Chen, C.Y. 2012. Assessing element-specific patterns of bioaccumulation across New England lakes. Science of the Total Environment 421-422: 230-237.

Chen, C.Y., Driscoll, C.T., Kamman, N.C. Mercury Hotspots in Freshwater Ecosystems: Drivers, Processes, and Patterns. 2012. In: Mercury in the Environment: Pattern and Process, (ed.) M. Bank, University of California Press, pp. 143-166.

Chen, C., Kamman, N., Williams, J., Bugge, D., Taylor, V., Jackson, B., Miller, E. 2012. Spatial and temporal variation in mercury bioaccumulation by zooplankton in Lake Champlain. Environmental Pollution 161: 343-349.

Miller, E.K., Chen, C., Kamman, N., Shanley, J., Chalmers, A., Jackson, B., Taylor, V., Smeltzer, E., Stangel, P., Shambaugh, A. 2011. Mercury in the pelagic food web of Lake Champlain. Ecotoxicology (in press) DOI 10.1007/s10646-011-0829-4.

Fisher, N.S. and Chen, C.Y. 2011. Interdisciplinary approaches for addressing marine contamination issues. Environmental Conservation 38: 187-198.

Williams, J.J., J. Dutton, C.Y. Chen, N.S. Fisher. 2010. Metal (As, Cd, Hg, and CH3Hg) bioaccumulation from water and food by the benthic amphipod Leptocheirus plumulosus. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 29: 1755-1761.

Ward, D.M., K.H. Nislow, C.Y. Chen, and C.L. Folt. 2010. Reduced trace element concentrations in fast-growing juvenile Atlantic salmon in natural streams. Environ. Sci. Techol. 44: 3245-3251.

Ward, D.M., K.H. Nislow, C.Y. Chen, and C.L. Folt. 2009. Rapid, efficient growth reduces mercury concentrations in stream-dwelling Atlantic salmon. Trans. Amer. Fish. Soc. 139:1-10. DOI: 10.1577/T09-032.1.

Chen, C.Y. 2009. China’s mercury problem: A sleeping giant? Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. China Environment Series 2008/9 10:57-62.

Chen, C., Dionne, M., Mayes, B., Ward, D., Sturup, S., Jackson, B. 2009. Mercury bioavailability and bioaccumulation in estuarine food webs in the Gulf of Maine. Environ. Sci. Technol. 43: 1804-1810. DOI: 10.1021/es8017122.

Evers, D.C., Mason, R.P., Kamman, N.C., Chen, C.Y., Bogomolni, A.L., Taylor, D.L., Hammerschmidt, C.R., Jones, S.H., Burgess, N.M., Munney, K. Parson, K.C. 2008. An integrated mercury monitoring program for temperate estuarine and marine ecosystems on the North American Atlantic Coast. Ecohealth 5: 426-441. DOI: 10.1007/s10393-008-0205-x

Chen, C., Amirbahman, A., Fisher, N., Harding, G., Lamborg, C., Nacci, D., Taylor, D. 2008. Methylmercury in marine ecosystems: spatial patterns and processes of production, bioaccumulation, and biomagnification. Ecohealth 5: 399-408. DOI: 10.1007/s10393-008-0201-1.

Chen, C.Y., Serrell, N., Evers, D.C., Fleishman, B.J., Lambert, K.F., Weiss, J., Mason, R.P., Bank, M.S.  2008. Methylmercury in marine ecosystems: From sources to seafood consumers – A workshop report.  Environ. Health Perspectives 116: 1706-1712. DOI:10.1289/ehp.1121.

Chen, C.Y., Hathaway, K.M., Thompson, D.G., Folt, C.L. 2008. Multiple stressor effects of Release, pH, and food on the zooplankton, Simocephalus vetulus and larval amphibian, Rana pipiens. Ecotoxicol. and Environ. Safety 71: 209-218.

Chen, C.Y., Pickhardt, P.C., Xu, M.Q., Folt, C.L. 2008.  Mercury and arsenic bioaccumulation and eutrophication in Baiyandian Lake, China. Water, Air, Soil Poll. DOI 10.1007/s11270-007-9585-8.

Karimi, R., Chen C.Y., Fisher N.S., Pickhardt P.C., Folt C.L. 2007. Stoichiometric controls of mercury dilution by growth. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104:7477-7482.

Evers, D.C., Han, Y.J., Driscoll, C.T., Kamman, N.C., Goodale, M.W., Lambert, K.F., Holsen, T.M., Chen, C.Y., Clair, T.A., Butler, T. 2007. Identification and evaluation of biological hotspots of mercury in the Northeastern U.S. and Eastern Canada. Bioscience 57:29-43.

Driscoll, C.T., Han, Y.J., Chen, C.Y., Evers, D.C., Lambert, K.F., Holsen, T., Kamman, N.C., Munson, R. 2007. Mercury contamination in remote forest and aquatic ecosystems in the Northeastern U.S.: sources, transformations and management options. Bioscience 57:17-28.

Chen, C.Y., Stemberger, R.S., Kamman, N.C., Mayes, B.,M.,  Folt, C.L. 2005. Patterns of Hg bioaccumulation and transfer in aquatic food webs across multi-lake studies in the Northeast US. Ecotoxicology 14:135-147.

Chen, C.Y., Folt, C.L. 2005. High plankton biomass reduces mercury biomagnification. Environ. Sci. Technol. 39: 115-121.

Pickhardt, P.C., Folt, C.L., Chen, C.Y., Klaue, B. and Blum, J.D.  2002.  Algal blooms reduce the uptake of methylmercury in freshwater food webs.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 99: 4419-4423.

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