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Paul Becker

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Address: Hollings Marine Lab, 331 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412
Phone: 843.327.5065


Ph.D., 1972, Texas A&M University

Research Interests

  • Fate and effects of environmental contaminants
  • Development and application of environmental specimen banking for retrospective monitoring and research

Current research projects

  • geographical and temporal variation of contaminants in Arctic biota as related to large-scale transport mechanisms and patterns
  • development of new standard operating procedures and protocols for bio-banking for animal health research


  • Day, R.D., Becker, P.R., Donard, O.F.X., Pugh, R.S., Wise, S.A. 2014. Environmental specimen banks as a resource for mercury isotope research in marine ecosystems. Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts 16, 10-27.
  • Hoguet, J., Keller, J.M., Reiner, J.L., Kucklick, J.R., Bryan, C.E., Moors, A.J., Pugh, R.S., Becker, P.R. 2013. Spatial and temporal trends of persistent organic pollutants and mercury in beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) from Alaska. Sci. Total Environ. 449:285-294.
  • Day, R.D., Roseneau, D.G., Berail, S., Hobson, K.A., Donard, O., Vander Pol, S.S. Pugh, R.S., Moors, A., Long, S., Becker, P.R. 2012. Mercury stable isotopes in seabird eggs reflect a gradient from terrestrial geogenic to oceanic mercury reservoirs. Environ. Sci. Technol. 46:5327-5335.
  • Point, D., Sonke, J.E., Day, R.D., Roseneau, D.G., Hobson, K.A., Vander Pol, S.S., Moors, A.J., Pugh, R.S., Donard, O.F.X., Becker, P.R. 2011. Methylmercury photodegradation influenced by sea-ice cover in Arctic marine ecosystems. Nature Geoscience 4:188-194.
  • Reiner, J.L., O’Connell, S.G., Moors, A.J., Kucklick, J.R., Becker, P.R., Keller, K.M. 2011. Spatial and temporal trends of perfluorinated compounds in beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) from Alaska. Environ. Sci. Technol. 45:8129-8136.
  • Vander Pol, S.S., Becker, P.R., Chen, G.K., Ellisor, M., Moors, A.J., Pugh, R.S., Roseneau, D.G., Simac, K.S. 2009. Monitoring organic contaminants in eggs of glaucous and glaucous-winged gulls (Larus hyperboreus and Larus glaucescens) from Alaska.Environ. Pollut. 157(2) :755-762.
  • Point, D., Day, R.D., Sonke, J.E., Vander Pol, S.S., Roseneau, D.G., Donard, O.F.X., Simac, K., Moors, A.J., Pugh, R.S., Becker, P.R. 2008. Mercury isotopes fractionation in the Alaskan marine environment along an Arctic/Subarctic transect. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta. 72(12) :A755, Suppl. 1.
  • Vander Pol S.S., Becker, P.R. 2007. Monitoring contaminants in seabirds: the importance of specimen banking. Marine Ornithology 35: 113-118.
  • Becker, P.R., Wise, S.A. 2006. The US National Biomonitoring Specimen Bank and the Marine Environmental Specimen Bank. J. Environ. Monit. 8(8): 795-799.
  • Kucklick J.R., Krahn, M.M., Becker, P.R., Porter, B.J., Schantz, M.M., York, G.S., O’Hara, T.M., Wise, S.A. 2006. Persistent organic pollutants in Alaska ringed seals (Phoca hispida) and walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) blubber from the National Biomonitoring Specimen Bank Archive. J. Environ. Monit. 8(8): 848-854.