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John Kucklick

John Kucklick’s research with NIST includes the measurement of emerging and legacy environmental pollutants in reference materials and environmental samples. These studies have contributed to the development of a suite of reference materials for current-use brominated flame retardants and other types of organic pollutants. He has also coordinated several interlaboratory comparison exercises that are aimed at improving the comparability of data generated by environmental laboratories.

He has an active research effort in developing methods for current-use pollutants, such as brominated flame retardants, in environmental samples including blood and marine animal tissues. This work has led to the development of a novel method for the detection of brominated compounds in environmental samples by gas chromatography linked to inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (GC-ICP/MS) and a robust technique for the determination of organic pollutants in human and wildlife blood.

John works closely with other government agencies in the assessment of organic pollutants in protected marine species. Here NIST provides measurement capabilities that aid in the exposure assessment of protected species, especially bottlenose dolphins, to toxic pollutants. Agencies such as the National Marine Fisheries Service use this data to provide insight as to how concentrations of organic pollutants in bottlenose dolphins affect their health status.  John also has a keen interest in factors affecting pollution bioaccumulation in the marine environment and assessing time trends of legacy and current-use pollutants in biological samples. He has authored over 50 scientific publications.


  • North Carolina Department of Natural Resources Graduate Fellowship
  • Chemical Science and Technology Technical Achievement Award

Membership and Professional Activities:

  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) 1989-present  
  • North American SETAC Technical Committee Representative 2008-2010
  • American Chemical Society 1989-present
  • Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program’s Persistent Organic Pollutant Experts Group
  • Adjunct Appointments
    - The College of Charleston
    - The Medical University of South Carolina
    - Florida State University
    - The University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Photograph of John Kucklick


Research Biologist
Chemical Sciences Division
Organic Chemical Metrology Group

Employment History:

  • Research Biologist, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL 1983-1986
  • Graduate Fellow, North Carolina Department of Natural Resources, 1987-1988
  • Teaching Assistant/Research Assistant, Univ. of South Carolina, 1988-1992
  • Post Doctoral Researcher, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, Univ. of Maryland, Solomons, MD, 1992-1995
  • Research Chemist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Charleston, SC, 1995-1997
  • Research Biologist, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Charleston, SC, 1997-present


  • Zoology, B.S., Miami University, Oxford, OH, 1983
  • Marine Biology, M.S., Univ. of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, 1988
  • Marine Science, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 1992

Phone: 843-725-4816
Fax: 843-762-8724