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Dr. Tracy Quirk Named SCH Kleckner Scientist in Residence

May 15, 2013

Dr. Tracy Quirk

Dr. Tracy Quirk

Dr. Tracy Quirk, assistant professor in the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science, was named the Kleckner Scientist in Residence at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (SCH), a college preparatory school in Philadelphia. Over a three-day period, Quirk will educate SCH students on the field of wetland studies while introducing them to her current research at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Quirk’s visit will also include a field trip to the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum Marsh, and a workshop for teachers on integrating wetland studies into their science curriculums.

The Kleckner Scientist in Residence is an endowed position honoring Florence Kleckner, a beloved science teacher who inspired hundreds of students at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy for more than three decades. Each year the Kleckner Scientist in Residence brings in talented scientists to share their current work and passions with the students and teachers.

Dr. Tracy Quirk obtained a B.S. degree in wildlife and fisheries biology at the University of Vermont, an M.S. Degree in ecology and environmental science at the University of Louisiana Lafayette, and a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in marine biosciences. Before coming to Drexel, she was a Ruth Patrick Postdoctoral Scholar at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, where she coordinated intensive monitoring of coastal wetlands in the Delaware Estuary and Barnegat Bay, NJ. Quirk has worked with several federal agencies including the U.S. Geological Survey National Wetland Research Center, the National Park Service, and the US Forest Service in diverse ecosystems such as salt marshes along the Gulf Coast, the Copper River Delta in Alaska, and coastal dunes of northern California. Quirk’s recent projects include nutrient cycling in an urban tidal freshwater wetland, the effect of interior open water ponds on wetland accretion, and long-term monitoring surface elevation, plant community, and soil and water chemistry changes in tidal freshwater and salt water wetlands of the mid-Atlantic.