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Sandy Provides New Answers to Old Questions for BEES Professor

July 18, 2013


Tracy Quirk taking measurements in New Jersey

Hurricane Sandy landed right on top of Dr. Tracy Quirk’s wetland monitoring stations – but it wasn’t all bad news.

Tracy Quirk, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science at Drexel University, had been performing wetland research for several years at monitoring sites in Barnegat and Delaware Bays in New Jersey. Recording devices installed at these sites continuously measured water level and salinity for a wide range of wetland studies. As Sandy hit and water levels rose, those measurements continued.

“We have continuous data on how long these areas were flooded and how high the water rose at these sites,” said Quirk.

After Sandy, Quirk recognized that the storm data could provide new answers to the questions she’d been investigating about how wetland ecosystems sustain themselves and function. And she could learn how marshes respond to the severe disturbance effect of the storm, too.

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