Celia Y. Chen

|Research Professor
Academic Appointments
  • Research Professor

  • Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution, Environment 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.


Life Sciences Center, Room 126
HB 6044


  • 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.

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