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Person Details: Celia Y. Chen

Superfund Research Program

Celia Y. Chen

Dartmouth College
Department of Biological Sciences
Class of '78 Life Sciences Center, Room 126
78 College Street
Hanover, New Hampshire 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

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.

Former Pease Air Force Base

  • Dartmouth College: Research Translation Core

George Lay Property

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

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Complex

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



  • Crawford KA, Gallagher L, Giffard NG, Gardiner C, Holsen TM, Chen CY, Romano M. 2024. Patterns of Seafood Consumption Among New Hampshire Residents Suggest Potential Exposure to Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances. Expo Health doi:10.1007/s12403-024-00640-w (in press)
  • Crawford KA, Gallagher LG, Giffard NG, Gardiner C, Keirns T, Fernando S, Holsen TM, Petali JM, Chen CY, Romano M. 2024. Patterns of seafood consumption among New Hampshire residents suggest potential exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. Expo Health doi:10.1007/s12403-024-00640-w





  • Backstrom CH, Chen CY, Buckman KL, Molden E. 2020. Mercury levels in freshwater fish: estimating concentration with fish length to determine exposures through fish consumption. Arch Environ Contam Toxicol 78(4):604-621. doi:10.1007/s00244-020-00717-y PMID:32047945 PMCID:PMC7193739
  • Eagles-Smith CA, Willacker JJ, Nelson SJ, Flanagan Pritz CM, Krabbenhoft DP, Chen CY, Ackerman JT, Campbell Grant EH, Pilliod DS. 2020. A National-Scale Assessment of Mercury Bioaccumulation in United States National Parks Using Dragonfly Larvae As Biosentinels through a Citizen-Science Framework. Environ Sci Technol 54:8779-8790. doi:10.1021/acs.est.0c01255 PMID:32633494
  • Hampton TH, Jackson CE, Jung D, Chen CY, Glaholt SP, Stanton BA, Colbourne JK, Shaw JR. 2020. Conserved gene networks facilitate the osmotic shock response in killifish. Comp Biochem Physiol Part D Genomics Proteomics (in press)



  • Andrew AS, Chen CY, Caller TA, Tandan R, Henegan PL, Jackson BP, Hall BP, Bradley WG, Stommel EW. 2018. Toenail mercury levels are associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) risk. Muscle Nerve doi:10.1002/mus.26055 PMID:29314106 PMCID:PMC6034986
  • Buckman KL, Lane O, Kotnik J, Bratkic A, Sprovieri F, Horvat M, Pirrone N, Evers DC, Chen CY. 2018. Spatial and taxonomic variation of mercury concentration in low trophic level fauna from the Mediterranean Sea. Ecotoxicology 1-12. doi:10.1007/s10646-018-1986-5 PMID:30315417
  • Chen CY, Driscoll CT. 2018. Integrating mercury research and policy in a changing world. Ambio 47:111-115. doi:10.1007/s13280-017-1010-y PMID:29388125 PMCID:PMC5794685
  • Chen CY, Driscoll CT, Eagles-Smith CA, Eckley CS, Gay DA, Hsu-Kim H, Keane SE, Kirk JL, Mason RP, Obrist D, Selin H, Selin NE, Thompson MR. 2018. A critical time for mercury science to inform global policy. Environ Sci Technol 52(17):9556-9561. doi:10.1021/acs.est.8b02286 PMID:30067020
  • Hampton TH, Jackson CE, Jung D, Chen CY, Glaholt SP, Stanton BA, Colbourne JK, Shaw JR. 2018. Arsenic reduces gene expression response to changing salinity in killifish. Environ Sci Technol 52:8811-8821. doi:10.1021/acs.est.8b01550 PMID:29979584 PMCID:PMC6084426
  • Nachman KE, Punshon T, Rardin LR, Signes-Pastor AJ, Murray CJ, Jackson BP, Guerinot ML, Burke TA, Chen CY, Ahsan H, Argos M, Cottingham KL, Cubadda F, Ginsberg GL, Goodale BC, Kurzius-Spencer M, Meharg AA, Miller M, Nigra AE, Pendergrast CB, Raab A, Reimer K, Scheckel KG, Schwerdtle T, Taylor VF, Tokar EJ, Warczak TM, Karagas MR. 2018. Opportunities and challenges for dietary arsenic intervention. Environ Health Perspect 126(8):084503-1-6. doi:10.1289/EHP3997 PMID:30235424 PMCID:PMC6375412
  • Ritger AL, Curtis AN, Chen CY. 2018. Bioaccumulation of mercury and other metal contaminants in invasive lionfish (Pterois volitans/miles) from Curacao. Mar Pollut Bull 131:38-44. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.03.035 PMID:29886962 PMCID:PMC5999044
  • Taylor VF, Buckman KL, Seelen EA, Mazrui NM, Balcom PH, Mason RP, Chen CY. 2018. Organic carbon content drives methylmercury levels in the water column and in estuarine food webs across latitudes in the Northeast United States. Environ Pollut 246:639-649. doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2018.12.064 PMID:30605819



  • Baumann Z, Mason RP, Conover DO, Balcom PH, Chen CY, Buckman KL, Fisher NS, Baumann H. 2016. Mercury bioaccumulation increases with latitude in a coastal marine fish (Atlantic silverside Menidia menidia). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 74(7):1009-1015. doi:10.1139/cjfas-2016-0396 PMID:28701819 PMCID:PMC5502350
  • Chaves-Ulloa R, Taylor BW, Broadley HJ, Cottingham KL, Baer NA, Weathers KC, Ewing HA, Chen CY. 2016. Dissolved organic carbon modulates mercury concentrations in insect subsidies from streams to terrestrial consumers. Ecol Appl 26(6):1771-1784. doi:10.1890/15-0025.1 PMID:27755696 PMCID:PMC5070544
  • Chen CY, Driscoll CT, Lambert KF, Mason RP, Sunderland EM. 2016. Connecting mercury science to policy: from sources to seafood. Rev Environ Health 31(1):17-20. doi:10.1515/reveh-2015-0044 PMID:26820177 PMCID:PMC4832595
  • Chen CY, Ward DM, Williams JJ, Fisher NS. 2016. Metal bioaccumulation by estuarine food webs in New England, USA. J Mar Sci Eng 4(2):4. doi:10.3390/jmse4020041 PMID:28580179 PMCID:PMC5455787
  • Gribble MO, Karimi R, Feingold BJ, Nyland JF, O'Hara TM, Gladyshev MI, Chen CY. 2016. Mercury, selenium and fish oils in marine food webs and implications for human health. J Mar Biol Assoc U.K 96(1):43-59. doi:10.1017/S0025315415001356 PMID:26834292 PMCID:PMC4720108
  • Gustin MS, Evers DC, Bank MS, Hammerschmidt CR, Pierce A, Basu N, Blum JD, Bustamante P, Chen CY, Driscoll CT, Horvat M, Jaffe D, Pacyna J, Pirrone N, Selin NE. 2016. Importance of integration and implementation of emerging and future mercury research into the Minamata Convention. Environ Sci Technol 50(6):2767-2770. doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b00573 PMID:26941010
  • Karimi R, Chen CY, Folt CL. 2016. Comparing nearshore benthic and pelagic prey as mercury sources to lake fish: the importance of prey quality and mercury content. Sci Total Environ 565:211-221. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.04.162 PMID:27173839 PMCID:PMC4939281
  • Kwon SY, Blum JD, Chen CY, Meattey DE, Mason RP. 2016. Correction to mercury isotope study of sources and exposure pathways of methylmercury in estuarine food webs in the Northeastern US. Environ Sci Technol 50(6):3283. doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b00898 PMID:26948851 PMCID:PMC5104410
  • Sunderland EM, Driscoll CT, Hammitt JK, Grandjean P, Evans J, Blum JD, Chen CY, Evers DC, Jaffe D, Mason RP, Goho S, Jacobs W. 2016. Benefits of regulating hazardous air pollutants from coal and oil-fired utilities in the United States. Environ Sci Technol 50(5):2117-2120. doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b00239 PMID:26848613



  • 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 One 9:e89305. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0089305 PMID:24558491 PMCID:PMC3928433
  • 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 Technol 48(17):10089-10097. doi:10.1021/es5020554 PMID:25116221 PMCID:PMC4151785
  • 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 Evol 31(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 Technol 48(9):5058-5065. doi:10.1021/es404159k PMID:24678910 PMCID:PMC4014141


  • 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 Toxicol 65(4):765-778. doi:10.1007/s00244-013-9952-y PMID:24022459 PMCID:PMC3874394
  • Dijkstra JA, Buckman KL, Ward D, Evans DW, Dionne M, Chen CY. 2013. Experimental and natural warming elevates mercury concentrations in estuarine fish. PLoS One 8(3):e58401. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0058401 PMID:23554891 PMCID:PMC3595298
  • Mason RP, Balcolm P, Hollweg TA, Chen CY, Schartup AT. 2013. Methylmercury production in pristine and anthropogenically impacted sediments. Environ Sci Technol 47:695-700.



  • Fisher NS, Chen CY. 2011. Interdisciplinary approaches for addressing marine contamination issues. Environ Conserv 38:187-198. doi:10.1017/s0376892911000269



  • 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 Technol 43(6):1804-1810. doi:10.1021/es8017122 PMID:19368175 PMCID:PMC2670462



  • Driscoll CT, Han Y, Chen CY, Evers DC, Lambert KF, Holsen TM, Kamman NC, Munson RK. 2007. Mercury contamination in forest and freshwater ecosystems in the Northeastern United States. Bioscience 57(1):17-28. doi:10.1641/B570106
  • Evers DC, Han Y, Driscoll CT, Kamman NC, Goodale M, Lambert KF, Holsen TM, Chen CY, Clair TA, Butler T. 2007. Biological mercury hotspots in the Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada. Bioscience 57(1):29-43. doi:10.1641/b570107
  • Karimi R, Chen CY, Pickhardt PC, Fisher NS, Folt CL. 2007. Stoichiometric controls of mercury dilution by growth. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 104(18):7477-7482. doi:10.1073/pnas.0611261104 PMID:17456601 PMCID:PMC1863492
  • Sturup S, Folt CL, Karagas MR, Rees JR, Chen CY. 2007. Toenail mercury and dietary fish consumption. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol 17(1):25-30. doi:10.1038/sj.jes.7500516 PMID:16912698


  • Renshaw CE, Bostick BC, Feng X, Wong CK, Winston ES, Karimi R, Folt CL, Chen CY. 2006. Impact of land disturbance on the fate of arsenical pesticides. J Environ Qual 35(1):61-67. doi:10.2134/jeq2005.0096 PMID:16391277
  • Shaw JR, Dempsey TD, Chen CY, Hamilton JW, Folt CL. 2006. Comparative toxicity of cadmium, zinc, and mixtures of cadmium and zinc to daphnids. Environ Toxicol Chem 25(1):182-189. doi:10.1897/05-243R.1 PMID:16494240


  • 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 Technol 39(1):115-121. doi:10.1021/es0403007 PMID:15667084
  • 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 PMID:15934168
  • 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. Sci Total Environ 339(1-3):89-101. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2004.07.025 PMID:15740761
  • 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. J Mass Spectrom 242(2-3):225-231.


  • Chen CY, Hathaway KM, Folt CL. 2004. Multiple stress effects of Vision herbicide, pH, and food on zooplankton and larval amphibian species from forest wetlands. Environ Toxicol Chem 23(4):823-831. PMID:15095876


  • Chen CY, Folt CL. 2002. Ecophysiological Responses to warming events by two sympatric zooplankton species. Journal of Plankton Research 24(6):579-589. PMID:12368701
  • 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. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 99(7):4419-4423. doi:10.1073/pnas.072531099 PMID:11904388 PMCID:PMC123663


  • 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 Epidemiol 11(7):491-496. PMID:11557181
  • 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 Technol 34(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 Oceanography 45(7):1525-1536.
  • Korrick SA, Damokosh AI, Chen CY, Cho B, Altshul LM, Xu X. 2000. Serum DDT and DDE levels and spontaneous abortion. Epidemiology 151:S24.


  • Chen CY, Ballapragada BS, Puhakka JA, Strand SE, Ferguson J. 1999. Anaerobic transformation of 1,1,1-trichloroethane by municipal digester sludge. Biodegradation 10(4):297-305. PMID:10633545
  • 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 Oceanography 44(3):864-877.


  • Stemberger RS, Chen CY. 1998. Fish tissue metals and zooplankton assemblages of northeastern U.S. lakes. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 55:339-352.


  • Chen CY, Folt CL. 1997. The potential for hybridization in freshwater copepods. Oecologia 111(4):557-564. doi:10.1007/s004420050271 PMID:28308118
  • 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 Technol 30(2):542-547.
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