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Human Exposure & Atmospheric Sciences Staff

Nicolle S. Tulve

Title: Research Physical Scientist

EPA Division: Human Exposure and Atmospheric Sciences Division

EPA Branch: Exposure Measurements and Analysis Branch

Narrative:
Nicolle’s research activities focus on understanding young children’s exposures (both aggregate and cumulative) to chemicals (pesticides, phthalates, brominated flame retardants, perfluorinated chemicals, chemicals found in consumer products) and non-chemical stressors found in their everyday environments (home, daycare, school) by collecting multimedia measurements and activity pattern information in observational exposure measurement studies and analysis of extant data and information. This research emphasizes better understanding children’s total environments and their interactions with their environments (including home, community) in order to reduce exposures, improve health, and minimize risk. Generating and understanding exposure factors are essential to this research.

Education/Training:

  • USEPA, Post-Doctoral Fellow, ORD/NERL, RTP, NC, 2000
  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Clarkson University, 1999
  • M.S., Environmental Health and Toxicology, School of Public Health, SUNY Albany, 1994
  • B.S., Biology, Oswego State University, 1992

Professional Experience:

  • Lead for the Enhancing Children’s Health Project within the Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Research Program, USEPA, ORD, RTP, NC 2011-present
  • Lead for the Children’s Exposure Research Task within SHC, USEPA, ORD, RTP, NC 2011-present
  • Team Lead for the Children’s Exposure Measurement Research Program (NERL), USEPA, ORD, NERL, HEASD, RTP, NC 2007-present
  • Research Physical Scientist, USEPA, ORD, NERL, HEASD, EMAB, RTP, NC 2009-present
  • Acting Associate Director for Human Health, USEPA, ORD, NERL, HEASD, RTP, NC 2008-2009
  • Research Physical Scientist, USEPA, ORD, NERL, HEASD, EMAB, RTP, NC 2000-2008
  • Research Scientist (detail), USEPA, OPP, HED, Washington, DC 6/2002-10/2002
  • Research Physical Scientist, USEPA, ORD, NERL, Post-Doctoral Fellow, RTP, NC 1999-2000

Professional Societies and Affiliations:

  • American Chemical Society
  • International Society of Exposure Science
  • Sigma Xi

Select Awards and Honors:

  • USEPA Superior Accomplishment Recognition Award, 2012
  • USEPA Bronze Medal for SHC Matrix Interfaces and Project Action Leads, 2011
  • USEPA Level III STAA Award, 2011
    • Multimedia measurements and activity patterns in an observational pilot study of nine young children by Tulve et al., 2008 (Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, 18(1):31-44)
    • Organophosphorus and pyrethroid insecticide urinary metabolite concentrations in young children living in a southeastern United States city by Naeher et al., 2010 (The Science of the Total Environment, 408(5):1145-1153)
    • Methodologies for estimating cumulative human exposures to pyrethroid pesticides by Tulve et al., 2011 (Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, 21(3):317-327)
  • USEPA Superior Accomplishment Recognition Award, 2011
  • USEPA Level I STAA Award, 2010
    • A Meta-Analysis of Children's Hand-to-Mouth Frequency Data for Estimating Non-Dietary Ingestion Exposure by Xue et al., 2007 (Risk Analysis, 27(2):411-420);
    • A Meta-Analysis of Children's Object-to-Mouth Frequency Data for Estimating Non-Dietary Ingestion Exposure by Xue et al., 2010 (Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, 20(6):536-545)
  • USEPA NERL Special Achievement Award – Community Service, 2010
  • USEPA Superior Accomplishment Recognition Award, 2009
  • USEPA NERL Special Achievement Award, 2009
  • USEPA Level III STAA Award, 2008
    • Pesticide Measurements from the First National Environmental Health Survey of Child Care Centers Using a Multi-Residue GC/MS Analysis Method by Tulve et al., 2006 (Environmental Science and Technology, 40(20):6269-6274), 2008
  • USEPA Special Accomplishment Recognition Award, 2008
  • USEPA Children’s Environmental Health Excellence Award for Science Achievement (Team Award), 2007
  • USEPA Special Accomplishment Recognition Award, 2007
  • USEPA NERL Special Achievement Award, 2007
  • USEPA Special Accomplishment Recognition Award, 2005
  • USEPA Special Accomplishment Recognition Award, 2004
  • USEPA Special Accomplishment Recognition Award, 2003
  • USEPA Bronze Medal for Commendable Service, 2003

Published & Presented Research (1999-Present)

Contact Info:
Nicolle Tulve
Human Exposure & Atmospheric Sciences Division
National Exposure Research Laboratory
US EPA Office of Research and Development
109 TW Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Telephone: 919-541-1077
Email: tulve.nicolle@epa.gov

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