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Stacy Vander Pol

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Address: Hollings Marine Laboratory, 331 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412
Phone: 843.762.8994


M.S., 2002, College of Charleston

Research Interests

  • using marine animals, particularly seabirds, as biomonitors of environmental contaminants

Current and Planned Research Projects

  • expand the Seabird Tissue Archival and Monitoring Project (STAMP) collections for the NIST Marine Environmental Specimen Bank (ESB)
  • develop and improve methods to measure chemicals of emerging concern
  • measure these compounds in tissues of marine animals, particularly seabird eggs
  • assess spatial and temporal trends of these compounds in marine animal tissues archived in the Marine ESB


  • Day, R. D., Roseneau, D. G., Berail, S., Hobson, K. A., Donard, O. F., Vander Pol, S.S., Pugh, R. S., Moors, A. J., Long, S. E.,  & Becker, P. R. 2012. Mercury stable isotopes in seabird eggs reflect a gradient from terrestrial geogenic to oceanic mercury reservoirs. Environmental Science & Technology, 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.
  • Vander Pol, S. S., Hobson, K. A., Becker, P. R., Day, R. D., Ellisor, M. B., Pugh, R. S., & Roseneau, D. G. 2011. Geographic differences in organic contaminants and stable isotopes (δ 13 C, δ 15 N) in thick-billed murre (Uria lomvia) eggs from Alaska. Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 13:699-705.
  • Vander Pol, S. S., & Becker, P. R. 2007. Monitoring contaminants in seabirds: the importance of specimen banking. Marine Ornithology, 35:113-118.
  • Vander Pol, S. S., Becker, P. R., Ellisor, M. B., Moors, A. J., Pugh, R. S., & Roseneau, D. G. 2009. Monitoring organic contaminants in eggs of glaucous and glaucous-winged gulls (Larus hyperboreus andLarus glaucescens) from Alaska. Environmental Pollution, 157:755-762.
  • Vander Pol, S. S., Becker, P. R., Kucklick, J. R., Pugh, R. S., Roseneau, D. G., & Simac, K. S. 2004. Persistent organic pollutants in Alaskan murre (Uria spp.) eggs: Geographical, species, and temporal comparisons. Environmental Science & Technology, 38:1305-1312.