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Superfund Research Program

Celia Y. Chen

Dartmouth College
Department of Biological Sciences
Class of '78 Life Sciences Center, Room 126
78 College Street
Hanover, NH 03755-3576
Phone: 603-646-2376
Fax: 603-646-1347


Research Briefs

Hazardous Waste Sites

Berry's Creek

  • Dartmouth College: Methylmercury Production and Fate in Response to Multiple Environmental Factors

Callahan Mine

  • Dartmouth College: Methylmercury Production and Fate in Response to Multiple Environmental Factors
  • Dartmouth College: Research Translation Core

Chlor-Alkali Facility (Former)

  • Dartmouth College: Methylmercury Production and Fate in Response to Multiple Environmental Factors

Elizabeth Mine

  • Dartmouth College: Methylmercury Production and Fate in Response to Multiple Environmental Factors

Former Jo Whiten Co.

  • Dartmouth College: Variation in Bioaccumulation and Biomagnification of Metals in Lakes throughout the Northeastern Region of the U.S.A.

George Lay Property

  • Dartmouth College: Variation in Bioaccumulation and Biomagnification of Metals in Lakes throughout the Northeastern Region of the U.S.A.





  • Chen CY, Borsuk M, Bugge DM, Hollweg TA, Balcom PH, Ward DM, Williams J, Mason RP. 2014. Benthic and pelagic pathways of methylmercury bioaccumulation in estuarine food webs of the Northeast United States. PLoS One9:e89305. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0089305
  • Kwon SY, Blum JD, Chen CY, Meattey DE, Mason RP. 2014. Mercury isotope study of sources and exposure pathways of methylmercury in estuarine food webs in the Northeastern US. Environ Sci Technol48(17):10089-10097. doi:10.1021/es5020554
  • Shaw JR, Hampton TH, King BL, Whitehead A, Galvez F, Gross RH, Keith N, Notch E, Jung D, Glaholt SP, Chen CY, Colbourne JK, Stanton BA. 2014. Natural selection canalizes expression variation of environmentally induced plasticity-enabling genes. Mol Biol Evol31(11):3002-3015. doi:10.1093/molbev/msu241 PMID:25158801 PMCID:PMC4209136
  • Taylor VF, Bugge DM, Jackson BP, Chen CY. 2014. Pathways of CH3Hg and Hg ingestion in benthic organisms: An enriched isotope approach. Environ Sci Technol48(9):5058-5065. doi:10.1021/es404159k


  • Broadley HJ, Buckman KL, Bugge DM, Chen CY. 2013. Spatial variability of metal bioaccumulation in estuarine killifish (Fundulus heteroclitus) at the Callahan mine superfund site, Brooksville, ME. Arch Environ Contam Toxicol65(4):765-778. doi:10.1007/s00244-013-9952-y
  • Dijkstra JA, Buckman KL, Ward D, Evans DW, Dionne M, Chen CY. 2013. Experimental and natural warming elevates mercury concentrations in estuarine fish. PLoS One8(3):e58401. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0058401
  • Mason RP, Balcolm P, Hollweg TA, Chen CY, Schartup AT. 2013. Methylmercury production in pristine and anthropogenically impacted sediments. Environ Sci Technol47:695-700.


  • Brooks RT, Eggert SL, Nislow KH, Kolka RK, Chen CY, Ward DM. 2012. Preliminary assessment of mercury accumulation in Massachusetts and Minnesota seasonal forest pools. Wetlands32:653-663. doi:10.1007/s13157-012-0298-4
  • Chen CY. 2012. Methylmercury Effects and Exposures: Who is at Risk?. Environ Health Perspect 120:A224-5. doi:10.1289/ehp.1205357
  • Chen CY, Driscoll CT, Lambert KF, Mason RP, Rardin LR, Serrell N, Sunderland EM. 2012. Marine mercury fate: From sources to seafood consumers. Environ Res119:1-2. doi:10.1016/j.envres.2012.10.001
  • Chen CY, Kamman NC, Shanley J, Chalmers A, Jackson BP, Taylor VF, Smeltzer E, Stangel P, Shambaugh A, Miller EK. 2012. Mercury in the pelagic food web of Lake Champlain. Ecotoxicology 21(3):705-718. doi:10.1007/s10646-011-0829-4
  • Chen CY, Kamman NC, Williams JJ, Bugge DM, Taylor VF, Jackson BP, Miller EK. 2012. Spatial and temporal variation in mercury bioaccumulation by zooplankton in Lake Champlain (North America). Environmental Pollution161:343-349. doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2011.08.048
  • Driscoll CT, Chen CY, Hammerschmidt CR, Mason RP, Gilmour CC, Sunderland EM, Greenfield BK, Buckman KL, Lamborg CH. 2012. Nutrient supply and mercury dynamics in marine ecosystems: A conceptual model. Environ Res119:118-131. doi:10.1016/j.envres.2012.05.002
  • Glaholt SP, Chen CY, Demidenko E, Bugge DM, Folt CL, Shaw JR. 2012. Adaptive iterative design (AID): A novel approach for evaluating the interactive effects of multiple stressors on aquatic organisms. Science of the Total Environment432:57-64. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2012.05.074
  • Jackson BP, Bugge DM, Ranville JF, Chen CY. 2012. Bioavailability, toxicity, and bioaccumulation of quantum dot nanoparticles to the amphipod Leptocheirus plumulosus. Environ Sci Technol46(10):5550–5556. doi:10.1021/es202864r
  • Karagas MR, Sunderland EM, Amirbahman A, Burgess NM, Dalziel J, Harding G, Jones SH, Kamai E, Shi X, Chen CY. 2012. Mercury sources and fate in the Gulf of Maine. Environ Res119:27-41. doi:10.1016/j.envres.2012.03.011




  • Chen CY. 2009. China's mercury problem: A sleeping giant?. China Environment Series 10 (2008/2009) 57-62.
  • Chen CY, Dionne M, Mayes BM, Ward DM, Sturup S, Jackson BP. 2009. Mercury bioavailability and bioaccumulation in estuarine food webs in the Gulf of Maine. Environ Sci Technol43(6):1804-1810. doi:10.1021/es8017122
  • Chen CY, Wilcox BA. 2009. Ecotoxicology of methylmercury: A transdisciplinary challenge. Ecohealth5(4):393-395. doi:10.1007/s10393-009-0214-4





  • Chen CY, Folt CL. 2005. High plankton abundance reduces trophic transfer of mercury. SETAC News
  • Chen CY, Folt CL. 2005. High plankton densities reduce mercury biomagnification. Environ Sci Technol39(1):115-121. doi:10.1021/es0403007
  • Chen CY, Stemberger RS, Kamman NC, Mayes BM, Folt CL. 2005. Patterns of Hg bioaccumulation and transfer in aquatic food webs across multi-lake studies in the northeast US. Ecotoxicology 14(1-2):135-147. doi:10.1007/s10646-004-6265-y
  • Pickhardt PC, Folt CL, Chen CY, Klaue B, Blum JD. 2005. Impacts of zooplankton composition and algal enrichment on the accumulation of mercury in an experimental freshwater food web. Science of the Total Environment339(1-3):89-101. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2004.07.025
  • Sturup S, Chen CY, Jukosky J, Folt CL. 2005. Isotope dilution quantification of 200Hg2+ and CH3 201Hg+ enriched species-specific tracers in aquatic systems by cold vapor ICPMS and algebraic de-convoluting. Journal of Mass Spectrometry242(2-3):225-231.


  • Chen CY, Hathaway KM, Folt CL. 2004. Multiple stress effects of Vision herbicide, pH and food on zooplankton an larval amphibian species from forest wetlands. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry23(4):823-831.


  • Chen CY, Folt CL. 2002. Ecophysiological Responses to warming events by two sympatric zooplankton species. Journal of Plankton Research24(6):579-589.
  • Folt CL, Chen CY, Pickhardt PC. 2002. Using plankton food web variables as indicators for the accumulation of toxic metals in fish. In: Technology-Driven Biomarkers And Their Application To Environmentally Associated Disease. CRC Press, Inc., Boca Raton, FL.
  • Pickhardt PC, Folt CL, Chen CY, Klaue B, Blum JD. 2002. Algal blooms reduce the uptake of toxic methylmercury in freshwater food webs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (USA)99(7):4419-4423.


  • Korrick SA, Chen CY, Damokosh AI, Ni J, Liu X, Cho B, Altshul LM, Ryan LM, Xu X. 2001. Association of DDT with spontaneous abortion: a case-control study. Ann Epidemiol11(7):491-496.
  • Sillett KS, Chen CY, Folt CL, Hamilton JW. 2001. Using differential display RT-PCR to identify cadmium responsive genes in Daphnia pulex. In: Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), November 11-15, 2001. Baltimore, MD.


  • Chen CY, Folt CL. 2000. Bioaccumulation and diminution of arsenic and lead in a freshwater food web. Environ Sci Technol34(18):3878-3884.
  • Chen CY, Stemberger RS, Klaue B, Blum JD, Pickhardt PC, Folt CL. 2000. Accumulation of heavy metals in food web components across a gradient of lakes. Limnology and Oceanography45(7):1525-1536.
  • Korrick SA, Damokosh AI, Chen CY, Cho B, Altshul LM, Xu X. 2000. Serum DDT and DDE levels and spontaneous abortion. Epidemiology151:S24.


  • Chen CY, Ballapragada BS, Puhakka JA, Strand SE, Ferguson J. 1999. Anaerobic transformation of 1,1,1-trichloroethane by municipal digester sludge. Biodegradation10(4):297-305.
  • Chen CY, Sillett KS, Folt CL, Whittemore S, Barchowsky A. 1999. Molecular and demographic measures of arsenic stress in D. pulex. Hydrobiologia 410:229-238.
  • Folt CL, Chen CY, Moore MV, Burnaford J. 1999. Synergism and Antagonism Among Multiple Stressors. Limnology and Oceanography44(3):864-877.



  • Chen CY, Folt CL. 1997. The potential for hybridization in freshwater copepods. Oecologia111:557-564.
  • Moore MV, Pace ML, Mather JR, Murdoch PS, Howarth RW, Folt CL, Chen CY, Hemond HF, Flebbe PA, Driscoll CT. 1997. Potential effects of climate change on freshwater ecosystems of the New England/Mid-Atlantic region. Hydrological Processes 11:925-947.


  • Chen CY, Puhakka JA, Ferguson J. 1996. Transformations of 1,1,2,2-tetrachloroethane under methanogenic conditions. Environ Sci Technol30(2):542-547.

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