Colorado School of Mines
Christopher P. Higgins is an environmental chemist at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines). Dr. Higgins’ received his A.B. in Chemistry from Harvard University, and graduate degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. He joined faculty at the Mines in 2009, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014 and Professor in 2019. He holds honorary appointments at the Colorado School of Public Health and the University of Queensland in Australia. He was a 2019 recipient of the Huber Prize in Civil Engineering Research, awarded by the American Society of Civil Engineers. His research focuses on the movement of contaminants in the environment. In particular, he studies chemical fate and transport in natural and engineered systems as well as bioaccumulation in and human exposure through plants and animals, with a focus on poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances. Dr. Higgins has authored more than 75 peer-reviewed publications to date, and he has been an invited speaker at many national and international conferences. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP).