Christine L. Gardiner

Researcher - Chen Lab

My research focuses on the fate and transport of persistent pollutants in marine and freshwater ecosystems. Particularly, the bioaccumulation and uptake pathway of mercury and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances to determine their effect on food web dynamics and environmental health. Understanding these impacts is critical to set regulatory standards for drinking water limits and fish consumption advisories. I also have a passion for research translation and community outreach and run a series of citizen science initiatives where I am able to broaden scientific understanding and foster a dialog with the community. Outside of work I love all things outdoors—camping, hiking, surfing, skiing—and binge watching the latest true-crime docuseries.


Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center, 108
HB 6044


  • BS: University of Rhode Island
  • MS: Graduate School of Oceanography, URI

Selected Publications