Skip Navigation
Medical University | MUSC Hospital | Directory | A-Z Index

MUSC logo


 Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences | Faculty | Paul R. Becker, Ph.D.

Paul R. Becker, Ph.D.

Research Interest:
Fate and effects of anthropogenic contaminants. We are particularly interested in contaminants as related to Arctic ecosystems. This includes the role of contaminants in marine vertebrate health (i.e., marine mammals and seabirds). Our laboratory performs chemical analyses using chromatography, mass spectrometry, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance. We also maintain a cryogenic marine environmental specimen bank (ESB) for long-term ecosystem research and monitoring, animal health research, and analytical quality assurance.

Selected Publications:
1.  Roseneau, D.G., P.R. Becker, G.S. York, S.S. Vander Pol, R.D. Day, D., Point, D., K.S. Simac, A.J. Moors, M.B. Ellisor, and R.S. Pugh. 2008. Expanding the Seabird Tissue Archival and Monitoring Project (STAMP) in the north Pacific: geographic patterns in contaminant residues in seabird eggs used in rural subsistence diets. North Pacific Research Board Final Report Project 0534, 145 pp (peer-reviewed).

2.  Pugh, R.S., P.R. Becker, B.J. Porter, M.B. Ellisor, A.J. Moors, and Stephen A. Wise. 2008. Design and applications of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST’s) environmental specimen bank programs. Cell Preservation Technology 6(1):59-72.

3.  Vander Pol S.S., and P.R. Becker. 2007. Monitoring contaminants in seabirds: the importance of specimen banking. Marine Ornithology. 35:113-118.

4.  Vander Pol S.S., M.B. Ellisor, R.S. Pugh, P.R. Becker, D.L. Poster, M.M. Schantz, S.D. Leigh, B.J. Wakeford, D.G. Roseneau, and K.S. Simac. 2007. Development of a murre (Uria spp.) egg control material. Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 387: 2357-2363.

5.  Point, D, WC Davis, SJ Christopher, MB Ellisor, RS Pugh, PR Becker, OFX Donard, BJ Porter, and SA Wise. 2007. Development and applicaton of an ultratrace method for speciation of organotin compounds in cryogenically archived and homogenized biological materials. Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 387:2343-2355.

Paul R. Becker, Ph.D.

Paul R. Becker, Ph.D.

NIST Charleston Program Leader
National Institue of Standards & Technology

Ph.D. Texas A&M University

Dr. Becker's Contact Information

Current MBES Students and Postdoctoral Fellows
- Jocelyn Flanary