Celia Y. Chen, Ph.D.
Department of Biological Sciences
Principal Investigator, Project 7 and
Research Translation Core
Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program
Class of '78 Life Sciences Center, Room 126
78 College Street
Hanover, NH 03755-3576
Areas of Expertise: Ecotoxicology, aquatic ecology, multiple stressors
Research: Dr. Celia Chen is an ecotoxicologist whose research over the last 15 years has focused on the fate and effects of metal contaminants in aquatic food webs both in freshwater and estuarine ecosystems. She has studied the biovailability and bioaccumulation of mercury and other metals (arsenic, cadmium, lead, zinc) in benthic and pelagic invertebrates and trophic transfer to fish. She has conducted metal bioavailability studies in the laboratory using freshwater and estuarine crustaceans and fish, and has also investigated metal bioaccumulation and trophic transfer in field studies in lakes and estuaries in the Northeast US. Her research questions focus on the chemical and ecological factors that influence metal uptake, including salinity, natural organic matter, feeding strategy, and food web structure. She and her colleagues are also developing killifish microarrays as biomarkers of metal exposure.