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Tracy Quirk, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Assistant Scientist, Wetland Ecology, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Dr. Tracy Quirk

Office: Patrick Center, Academy of Natural Sciences
Phone: 215.299.1109
Email: quirk@ansp.org


Education

  • BS, Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, University of Vermont, 1998
  • MS, Ecology and Environmental Science, University of Louisiana Lafayette, 2005
  • PhD, Marine Biosciences, University of Delaware, 2009

Research Interests

Wetland ecological function as it relates to plant and microbial contributions to nutrient and carbon cycling and accretion dynamics, human impacts on wetland ecosystems, and organic and nutrient linkages between coastal wetlands and rivers, estuaries and submerged aquatic ecosystems.


Selected Publications

  • Elsey-Quirk, T., A. Symth, M. Piehler, D. J. Velinsky. In prep. Seasonal changes in denitrification rate in an urban tidal freshwater wetland.
  • Elsey-Quirk, T., Seliskar, D. M., and J. L. Gallagher. 2011. Differential population response of allocation, phenology, and tissue chemistry in Spartina alterniflora. Plant Ecology DOI 10.1007/s11258-011-9960-9.
  • Elsey-Quirk, T., Seliskar, D. M., Sommerfield, C. K., and J. L. Gallagher. 2011. Salt marsh carbon pool distribution in a mid-Atlantic lagoon, USA: sea level rise implications. Wetlands DOI 10.1007/s13157-010-0139-2.
  • Elsey-Quirk, T., Seliskar, D. M., and J. L. Gallagher. 2011. Nitrogen pools of macrophyte species in a coastal lagoon salt marsh: implications for seasonal storage and dispersal. Estuaries and Coasts 34: 470-482.
  • Elsey-Quirk, T., Middleton, B. A., and C. E. Proffitt. 2009. Seed flotation and germination of salt marsh plants: the effects of stratification, salinity, and/or inundation regime. Aquatic Botany 91: 40-46.
  • Elsey-Quirk, T., Middleton, B. A., and C. E. Proffitt. 2009. Seed dispersal and seedling emergence in a created and natural salt marsh on the Gulf of Mexico coast in southwest Louisiana, USA. Restoration Ecology 17: 422-432.


Courses Taught

  • General Chemistry