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Florence A. Fulk

I have worked with the USEPA's Office of Research and Development since 1990 and have gained extensive experience with the application of experimental design and statistical analysis of data across numerous scientific disciplines, including ecology, biology, microbiology, virology, engineering, chemistry, and quality assurance. My current areas of interest are: development of new DNA based methods to support exposure assessment and the bioassessment of surface waters; and improvement of the linkage of public health to ecosystem health. Due to my activities in support of the USEPA’s use of whole effluent toxicity testing in regulatory decisions, I received the designation of national expert in environmental statistics and their application to environmental decision making from ORD in 2002. Currently, I am Chief of the Molecular Ecology Research Branch within ORD’s National Exposure Research Laboratory in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Biographical Information

Name: Florence A. Fulk
Title: Research Biologist (Chief, Molecular Ecology Research Branch)

Contact Info:

Ecological Exposure Research Division
National Exposure Research Laboratory
Environmental Protection Agency
26 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. (MD579)
Cincinnati, OH 45268

Phone: 513-569-7379


  • M.S. in Statistics, 1982, Miami University of Ohio
  • B.S. in Mathematics, 1980, Xavier University

Professional Experience:

  • Chief, USEPA, ORD/NERL/EERD/MERB, 2010 to Present
  • Acting Director, USEPA, ORD/NERL/EERD, 2005 to 2009
  • Chief, USEPA, ORD/NERL/EERD, ERB, 2002 to 2005
  • Statistician, USEPA, ORD/NERL/EERD, ERB, 1998 to 2002
  • Statistician, USEPA, ORD/NERL/EERD, National Water Quality Assurance Program Branch, 1995 to 1998
  • Statistician, USEPA/EMSL Quality Assurance Research Division, 1990 to 1995
  • Statistician, Computer Sciences Corporation, 1984 to 1990
  • Biostatistics Analyst, Merrell-Dow Research Institute, 1982 to 1984

Selected Awards and Honors:

  • USEPA/ORD/NERL, NERL Leadership Award, 2009
  • USEPA/ORD, Honor Award Exceptional/Outstanding ORD Technical Assistance to Regions or Program Offices, 2007
  • US OPM, Federal Executive Institute Graduate, July 2006
  • USEPA/ORD, Science Communication Award, 2004
  • USEPA/OW, Honor Award Bronze Medal, 2003
  • USEPA/ORD, Bronze Medal for Commendable Service, 2003
  • USEPA/OWM, Honor Award Bronze Medal, 2002
  • USEPA/OW, Honor Award Bronze Medal, 2001

Publications and Presentations

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