Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner

Research Scientist

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Office: 267A Mendenhall
125 S. Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental Geochemistry


  • PhD School of Earth Sciences, The Ohio State University, 2015
  • M.S. Geological Sciences, The Ohio State University, 2004
  • B.A. Geology, Miami University, 2001

As a Research Scientist in the School of Earth Sciences (SES), I am interested in applying geochemistry to understand chemical weathering in ice-free regions of Antarctica, Antarctic subglacial lake environments, tropical hydrology, and the intersection of urban areas and the environment. Most recently, I deployed with the SALSA Science Team ( to drill through 1.2 km of the West Antarctica Ice Sheet to sample Mercer Subglacial Lake below. Our group’s contribution to SALSA focuses on specialized geochemical measurements related to subglacial chemical weathering, as well as noble gases in collaboration with Tom Darrah’s lab in SES. I am also a PI on our project to investigate the iron behavior and bioavailability in streams draining into the Southern Ocean. This project started in late 2019 with a field season at New Harbor Camp in Taylor Valley, Antarctica. A portion of my time is also dedicated to a professional society, The International Association of GeoChemistry (IAGC), where I am the Business Office Manager and oversee all aspects of the organization's daily operation.

My PhD work here at OSU involved tracing hydrologic flow paths through tropical watersheds in Panama using geochemical tracers such as Ge/Si ratios to better understand hydrology in these systems. I was also previously the Information Manager for the MCM-LTER where I was responsible for the website and maintenance and design of a large relational database containing data collected since the inception of the program in 1993.

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