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Rebecca S. Pugh

Rebecca’s employment at NIST began with establishing existing specimen banking projects from the National Biomonitoring Specimen Bank in Gaithersburg, MD to the newly constructed Marine Environmental Specimen Bank (Marine ESB) in the Hollings Marine Laboratory, Charleston, SC. Her experience includes developing specimen bank protocols and providing oversight of cryogenic environmental specimen banking activities under clean room conditions, collecting and preserving marine animal tissues (e.g., marine mammals, Alaskan colonial seabirds, mussels, oysters, and Peregrine falcons), and developing protocols for contaminant sampling. She also coordinates the development and production of Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) and control materials at the Hollings Marine Laboratory.


  • CSTL Technical Achievement Award, 2003
  • ISBER Special Service Award, 2008

Membership and Professional Activities:

  • International Society of Biological and Environmental Repositories – 1998 to present
  • Cell Preservation Technology 
    - Editorial Board – 2005 to present
Rebecca Pugh


Research Biologist
Chemical Sciences Division

Employment History:

  • Research Assistant, NIST, 1997-1998
  • Research Biologist, NIST, 1998-present



  • Marine Science, BS, University of South Carolina 1992
  • Marine Biology, MS, Florida Institute of Technology 1995

Phone: 843-762-8952
Fax: 843-762-8742