Carol L. Folt is part of a multidisciplinary research group of environmental scientists whose members conduct research in streams, rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and estuaries throughout New England and as far away as New Zealand and China. Their areas of interest include the movement of metals such as mercury and arsenic through aquatic food webs and effects of these metals on human health; stable isotope technologies; toxicogenomics; conservation and restoration of Atlantic salmon; and decision-making rules and models.

Dartmouth researchers

Dartmouth Researchers Evaluate Rice as a Source of Fetal Arsenic Exposure

A study just published by a Dartmouth team of scientists in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) advances our understanding of the sources of human exposure to arsenic and focuses attention on the potential for consuming harmful levels of arsenic via rice. Arsenic occurs naturally in the environment and in elevated concentrations it can be harmful to human health. Read the full article at Dartmouth Now »

Carol Folt and Margaret Karagas

Dartmouth Receives $2 Million Grant for Children’s Health Research Center

Dartmouth recently received a $2 million pilot grant to fund the new Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Center at Dartmouth. The grant is jointly funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Dartmouth’s is one of six emerging centers nationally that are undertaking interdisciplinary research... Read the full article at Dartmouth Now »

Carol Folt and Jay Dunlap

Two Dartmouth Professors become Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elevated two Dartmouth professors to the rank of Fellow. Jay Dunlap and Carol Folt are among the 531 new Fellows named in December. Dunlap is a Dartmouth Medical School professor, chair of genetics and a professor of biochemistry. Folt is The Dartmouth Professor of Biological Sciences, acting provost, and dean of the faculty. Read the full article at Dartmouth Now »

Selected Publications

  1. Gilbert-Diamond, D, Cottingham, KL, Gruber, JF, Punshon, T, Sayarath, V, Gandolfi, AJ, Baker, ER, Jackson, B, Folt, CL, and Karagas, MR. 2011. Rice consumption contributes to arsenic exposure in U.S. women. 108(51):20656-20660.
  2. Karimi, R, Chen, CY, Pickhardt, PC, Fisher, NS, and Folt, CL. 2007. Stoichiometric controls of mercury dilution by growth. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104:7477–7482.
  3. Shaw, JR, Colbourne, JK, Davey, JC, Glaholt, SP, Hampton, TH, Chen, CY, Folt, CL and Hamilton, JW. 2007. Gene response profiles for Daphnia pulex exposed to the environmental stressor cadmium reveals novel crustacean metallothioneins. BMC Genomics 2007, 8:477.
  4. Pickhardt, PC, Folt, CL, Chen, CY, Klaue, B, and Blum, JD. 2002. Algal blooms reduce the uptake of toxic methyl mercury in freshwater food webs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 99(7):4419-4423.
  5. Chen, CY, Stemberger, RS, Klaue, B, Blum, JD, Pickhardt, PC and Folt, CL. 2000. Accumulation of heavy metals in food web components across a gradient of lakes. Limnology and Oceanography 45(7):1525-1536.
  6. Folt, CL, Chen, CY, Moore, MV and Burnaford, J. 1999. Synergism and antagonism among multiple stressors. Limnology and Oceanography 44(3):865-877.
  7. Folt, CL and Burns, CW. 1999. Biological drivers of plankton patchiness. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 14(8):300-305.
  8. Kennedy, BP, Folt, CL, Blum, JD, and Chamberlain, CP. 1997. Natural isotope markers in salmon. Nature 387(6635):766-767.
  9. Moore, M, and Folt, C. 1993. Zooplankton body size and community structure: effects of thermal and toxicant stress. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 8(5):178-183.
  10. Folt, C and Goldman, CR. 1981. Allelopathy between zooplankton: a mechanism for interference competition. Science 213(4512):1133-1135.