Christine completed a Ph.D. in 2011 in Dr. Bill Hopkins’ Wildlife Ecotoxicology and Physiological Ecology program in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences at Virginia Tech. Her research focused on the maternal transfer and reproductive effects of mercury in amphibians. She is now a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. W. Gregory Cope in the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology at North Carolina State University.

Growing up on the coast of Maine fostered her passion for environmental conservation from an early age. Her academic background is diverse, ranging from an undergraduate degree in biology from Assumption College in Worcester, MA to a Master’s degree in Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Science through the University of Maryland’s Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. During her Master’s, Christine specialized in environmental chemistry and investigated the impact of sediment resuspension on mercury cycling and the bioaccumulation of methylmercury into benthic and pelagic organisms.

Christine’s Master’s research mainly focused on the chemistry of mercury in terms of its fate, transport, and bioaccumulation. Her research in the Hopkins’ Lab allowed her to combine the knowledge she gained regarding chemical concentrations in the environment with an ecological perspective to tackle complex interdisciplinary questions in wildlife ecotoxicology. Christine used a variety of field and laboratory techniques to examine the individual and interactive effects of maternally- and trophically-derived mercury on growth and development in American toad (Bufo americanus) embryos, larvae, and juveniles.

Christine is now a Postdoctoral Scholar at North Carolina State University in the Department of Environmental & Molecular Toxicology.


Representative Publications

Willson, J. D., W. A. Hopkins, C. M. Bergeron, and B. D. Todd. 2012. Making leaps in amphibian ecotoxicology: Translating individual-level effects of environmental contaminants to population viability. Ecological Applications.

Todd, B., Bergeron, C.M., Hopkins, W.A. 2012. Use of toe clips as a nonlethal index of mercury accumulation and maternal transfer in amphibians. Ecotoxicology 21:882-887.

Todd, B.D., Willson, J.D., Bergeron, C.M., Hopkins, W.A.  2012. Do effects of mercury in larval amphibians persist after metamorphosis? Ecotoxicolgy 21:87-95.

Wada, W., Bergeron, C.M., McNabb, A.F.M., Todd, B.D., and Hopkins, W.A. 2011. Dietary mercury has no observable effects on thyroid-mediated processes and fitness-related traits in wood frogs. Environmental Science and Technology 45:7915-7922.

Bergeron, C. M., Hopkins, W. A., Bodinof, C. M., Budischak, S. A., Wada, H. and Unrine, J. M., 2011. Counterbalancing effects of maternal mercury exposure during different stages of early ontogeny. Science of the Total Environment: 409:4746-4752.

Bergeron, C.M., Hopkins, W.A., Todd, B.D., Hepner, M.J., and Unrine, J.M. 2011. Interactive effects of maternal and dietary mercury exposure have latent and lethal consequences for amphibian larvae. Environmental Science and Technology 45:3781-3787.

Todd, B.T., Bergeron, C.M., Hepner, M.J., Burke, J.N., Hopkins, W.A. 2011. Does maternal exposure to an environmental stressor affect offspring response to predators? Oecologia 166:283-290.

Todd, B.D., Bergeron, C.M., Hepner, M.J., and Hopkins, W.A. 2011. Aquatic and terrestrial stressors in amphibians: a test of the double jeopardy hypothesis based on maternally and trophically derived contaminants. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 30:2277-2284.

Bergeron, C.M., Bodinof, C.M., Unrine, J.M., Hopkins, W.A. 2010. Mercury accumulation along a contamination gradient and nondestructive indices of exposure in amphibians. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 29: 980-988.

Bergeron, C.M., Bodinof, C.M., Unrine, J.M., Hopkins, W.A. 2010. Bioaccumulation and maternal transfer of mercury and selenium in amphibians. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 29: 989-997.

Kim, E-H, Mason, R.P., Bergeron, C.M. 2008. A modeling study on methylmercury bioaccumulation and its controlling factors. Ecological Modeling 218: 267-289.

Bergeron, C.M., Husak, J.F., Unrine, J.M., Romanek, C.S., Hopkins, W.A. 2007. Influence of feeding ecology on blood mercury concentrations in four turtle species. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 26: 1733-1741.