Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, 2009
  • B.S., Environmental Science and Management, Michigan State University, 2002
Licenses & Certifications
  • 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Operation and Emergency Response Certification (HAZWOPER)
Professional Affiliations
  • Society of Freshwater Science—SFS
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry—SETAC
    • National and Regional North Atlantic Chapter

Dr. Kulacki specializes in aquatic ecology and ecotoxicology. He has 10 years of experience in studying the effects of anthropogenic stressors on aquatic organisms and ecosystems. He is familiar with the risks associated with numerous environmental pollutants, including biological, chemical, and physical stressors, and with the various methods available to evaluate their effects.   

Dr. Kulacki has performed standard versions of many aquatic toxicological bioassays, and has also modified existing protocols to provide additional important ecological information. In addition to laboratory work, Dr. Kulacki has experience in field-based analysis of the environmental quality of lakes and streams.

Dr. Kulacki's doctoral research investigated the effects of room-temperature ionic liquids — an emerging class of industrial solvents — on freshwater primary producers and consumers. His post-doctoral work focused on the effects of engineered nanoparticles on benthic and pelagic primary producers and consumers, and on the relative effects of anthropogenic stressors, including eutrophication, biodiversity loss, and herbicides, on the structure and function of stream communities. He has worked effectively on multidisciplinary teams that included chemical engineers, mathematical modelers, microbial ecologists, and watershed planners.