Tracy QuirkTracy Quirk

Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences

Phone: (225) 578-6426



Office: 3173 Energy, Coast & Environment Building, Baton Rouge LA 70803

Bachelor's Degree(s): University of Vermont, 1998

Master's Degrees(s): University of Louisiana Lafayette, 2005

Ph.D.(s): 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 matter and nutrient linkages between coastal wetlands and rivers, estuaries, and submerged aquatic ecosystems.

Classes Taught:

OCS 4006 Wetland Field Experience: Florida Everglades, Mangroves, and Seagrasses

OCS/BIO 4308 Plants in Coastal Environments

OCS 7124 Applied Coastal Plant Ecology

Recent Publications:

*=lead author is a student or postdoctoral scholar of T. Quirk

Unger, V.*, T. Elsey-Quirk, C.S. Sommerfield, and D.J. Velinsky. 2016. Stability of organic carbon accumulation in Spartina alterniflora-dominated marshes of the mid-Atlantic US. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. DOI 10.1016/j.ecss.2016.10.001

Elsey-Quirk, T. 2016. Impact of Hurricane Sandy on salt marshes of New Jersey. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. DOI 10.1016/j.ecss.2016.09.006

Elsey-Quirk, T. and S. Adamowicz. 2016. Influence of physical manipulations on short-term salt marsh morphodynamics: examples from the north and mid-Atlantic coast, USA. Estuaries and Coasts 39: 423-439. DOI 10.1007/s 12237-015-0013-9

Elsey-Quirk, T. and M.A. Leck. 2015. Patterns of seed bank and vegetation diversity along a tidal freshwater river. American Journal of Botany 102: 1996-2012. DOI 10.3732/ajb.1500314

Elsey-Quirk, T., A. Smyth, M. Piehler, D.J. Velinsky. 2013. Exchange of nitrogen through an urban tidal freshwater wetland Philadelphia, PA. Journal of Environmental Quality 42: 584-595. DOI 10.2134/jeq2012.0287

Elsey-Quirk, T., Seliskar, D.M., and J.L. Gallagher. 2011. Differential population response in allocation, phenology, and tissue chemistry in Spartina alterniflora. Plant Ecology 212: 1873-1885. 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.


2016 – 2018 T. Elsey-Quirk and R.D. DeLaune. Evaluation of Blue Carbon Potential in Created Marshes of Louisiana. LA Sea Grant

2013 – 2018 Geyer, W.R., P. Hoagland, D.K. Ralston, C.K. Sommerfield, G.R. Parsons, B. J. Chant, T. Elsey-Quirk. Toward Sustainable Urban Estuaries in the Anthropocene. NSF Coastal SEES.

2012 – 2013 T. Elsey-Quirk. Changes in Salt Marsh Morphology Due to Hurricane Sandy February 2013-January 2014. NSF RAPID

2011 – 2014 Velinsky, D.J. and T. Elsey-Quirk. Ecosystem services of Tidal Wetlands in Barnegat Bay: Nitrogen Removal. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

2011 – 2013 T. Elsey-Quirk and D.J. Velinsky. The Influence of Estuary Geomorphology on Accretion of Coastal Wetlands: a Potential for Priority Planning for New Jersey Coastal Areas Vulnerable to Sea Level Rise. New Jersey SeaGrant