Celia Chen is a Research Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Dartmouth College. She received her BA from Dartmouth College in 1978, her MS in biological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, and her Ph.D. in aquatic ecology from Dartmouth College. Over the last 27 years, her research has focused on the bioaccumulation and fate of metals, and mercury, particularly in aquatic ecosystems, including lakes and ponds, reservoirs, streams and rivers, and estuaries. In addition to her research program on contaminants in aquatic systems, she was also the Project Leader of the Research Translation Core (RTC) of the Dartmouth Superfund Research Program (SRP) that was tasked with communicating and facilitating the application of the research findings of the Dartmouth SRP to policymakers, other stakeholder groups, and the public. She has also served on Technical Expert Committees for the UN Environment Programme, Science Advisory Board Panels of the USEPA, and is the academic partner for the Dragonfly Mercury Program, a community science and education program of the National Park Service and US Geological Survey. More locally, she has served on the Board of Trustees of the Vermont Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, the Town of Hartford Conservation Commission, and advisory boards and committees for the Lake Sunapee Protection Association, the North Atlantic Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and the Gelfond Fund at Stony Brook University.
Celia lives in Hartford, VT, with her husband, Doug Bolger, and they have two daughters, Jane and Maya. Her favorite activities include hiking and skiing in New England, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.