Christopher Fuller

My research characterizes processes and mechanisms of metal sorption reactions through field studies and lab experiments to better understand the metal transport and natural attenuation in mine contaminated systems and to better understand geochemical processes affecting bioavailability of metal contaminants to aquatic organisms. Sediment radioisotopes are measured to quantify accumulation rates.



  • 1976: BS Chemistry, SUNY Oswego
  • 1982: MS Geology, emphasis in Marine Geochemistry, University of Southern California

Professional Studies/Experience

  • 2019 - current: Scientist Emeritus
  • 2018 - 2019: Research Hydrologist (Geochemistry), Hydrological-Ecological Interactions Branch, Earth Surface Processes Division, Water Mission Area, U.S. Geological Survey
  • 1982 - 2017: Research Hydrologist (Geochemistry), National Research Program, Western Region, U.S. Geological Survey
  • 1976 - 1982:  Research Technician, Unversity of Southern California


Professional societies/affiliations/committees/editorial boards

American Geophysical Union

American Chemical Society

Geochemical Society

Honors, awards, recognition, elected offices

  • May 1996: Editors Citation for Excellence in Manuscript Review for the Soil Science Society of America Journal
  • May 2003. STAR award for instrumental role in developing cooperative project with BLM at the Fry Canyon permeable reactive barrier demonstration site. 
  • November 2006 Superior Service Award
  • October 2007. STAR award “Chris has done an outstanding job in age dating over 90 lake sediment cores collected from Great Salt Lake in a very short time frame to accommodate a Utah Water Science Center cooperator.  This work was published in Applied Geochemistry.
  • June 2014 Superior Service Award