James Shine

Senior Lecturer on Aquatic Chemistry

Department of Environmental Health

401 Park Drive, PO Box 15677
Landmark Center 404-H West
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617.384.8806


Dr. Shine’s interest is the transport, fate, and effects of contaminants in aquatic ecosystems. From a public health perspective, this is important in that we must first understand the transport of contaminants released to the environment in order to understand how and why we are exposed to those contaminants. Distinct biological, chemical, and geological processes in natural environments can drastcially alter the bioavailability and toxicity of contaminants. In addition, these same biogeochemical processes can concentrate contaminants in certain micro-environments, such as sediments, to levels causing adverse ecological and human health outcomes. Unless we adequately understand the tranport and fate of contaminants in the environment, our ability to craft adequate control strategies or regulatory criteria protective of both human and ecological health will be compromised. Dr. Shine’s current research is focusing on the partitioning and bioavailability of organic and heavy metal contaminants in aquatic sediments as well as developing tools to measure contaminant speciation in the environment.

For more information visit Dr. Shine’s Research Group Web page: Aquatic Biogeochemistry Research Group Web Page.


Ph.D., 1993, University of Massachusetts