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John Kucklick (Fed)

Dr. John Kucklick is the leader of the Biochemical and Exposure Science Group of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and has been with NIST since 1997. His group is located at the multi-institution Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina and is part of the Chemical Sciences Division located both in Charleston and in Gaithersburg, MD. Dr. Kucklick has expertise in environmental measurement particularly in the area of contaminants of emerging concern, environmental chemistry, and assessing the bioaccumulation of organic pollutants in aquatic organisms. Current research includes the screening of environmental samples for new contaminants using comprehensive gas chromatography mass spectrometry, assessing exposure of people to plasticizers and assessing time trends of pollutants in Arctic animals. His lab supports NOAA's efforts in gauging pollution effects on marine mammals by providing exposure data on pollutant levels in marine mammal blood, milk and blubber. His group is actively engaged in developing reference materials and methods for the analysis of environmental samples for multiple classes of contaminants including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, plasticizers, perfluorinated chemicals, legacy organochlorine compounds, current-use flame retardants, trace elements, speciated trace elements, hormones, lipidomics and metalomics. He has authored about 90 peer-reviewed papers, 42 peer-reviewed reports or book chapters and is associate editor of Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology.

Professional Awards and Recognition:

  • National Institute of Standards and Technology Technical Achievement Award, 2004
  • U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal, 2012

Professional Activities:

  • Associate editor for Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 2013-Present
  • Agency Representative for the Federal Working Group on Exposure Science, 2013-Present
  • Agency Representative for the Interagency Cooperative Committee on Oil Pollution Research, 2010-Present
  • Hollings Marine Laboratory Science Board, 2002-Present
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemical Advisory Group Steering Committee, 2010-Present
  • The American Chemical Society, 1989-2012
  • The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 1989-Present
  • Adjunct Appointments
    - The College of Charleston, 1997-Present
    - The Medical University of South Carolina, 2000-Present
    - Florida State University, 2005-Present
    - The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 2001-Present


  • Dr. Kucklick has been the principal advisor for six post docs, eight masters and Ph.D. students, on the advisory committee member for 18 graduate students and has advised 10 summer undergraduate students.

Other Publications

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AMAP Review: Biological Effects from Contaminants on Arctic Wildlife and Fish

Rune Dietz, Robert Letcher, Colleen E. Bryan Sallee, John Kucklick, Stacy Schuur, Jean-Pierre Desforges, Igor Eulaers, Bjorn Munro Jenssen, Melissa McKinney, Christian Sonne, Niladri Basu, Simon Wilson, Sara Pedro, Jenny Bytingsvik, Garry Stenson, Anuschka Polder, Joshua T. Ackerman, Collin A. Eagles-Smith, Mark P. Herzog, Alex Hartman, Sarah Peterson, Allyson Jackson, Birgit Braune, Derek Muir, Frank Riget, Milton Levin, Anders Bignert, Maria Dam, Marlene Evans, Magali Houde, Katrin S. Hoydal
Since the last Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) effort to review biological effects of the exposure to persistent organic pollutants (POPs)

Remote blubber sampling paired with liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry for steroidal endocrinology in free-ranging bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

Ashley S. Boggs-Russell, Jared M. Ragland, Eric Zolman, Tracey B. Schock, Jeanine S. Morey, Thomas M. Galligan, Greta Dalle Luche, Brian C. Balmer, Randall S. Wells, John R. Kucklick, Lori Schwacke
Liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry allows for the measurement of steroid hormone suites in the blubber of marine mammals. By combining this
Created October 9, 2019, Updated June 15, 2021