Celia Chen is a Research Professor of Biology at Dartmouth College and Director of the Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 1978, received her MS in biological oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, and her PhD in aquatic ecology from Dartmouth College. Over the last 25 years, her research has focused on the bioaccumulation and fate of metals, and mercury, in particular, in aquatic ecosystems including lakes and ponds, reservoirs, streams and rivers, and estuaries. In addition to her research program on Hg, she is also the Project Leader of the Research Translation Core (RTC) of the Dartmouth Superfund Research Program (SRP) that is tasked with communicating and facilitating the application of the research findings of the Dartmouth SRP to policy makers, other stakeholder groups and the public. She has also served on Science Advisory Board Panels of the USEPA for mercury risk assessment, nutrient loading in Lake Erie, and science and technology awards. 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.