Program in Environmental Science
B.S., Environmental Science, Western Washington University
M.S., Marine Biology, University of South Carolina, College of Charleston
My graduate and post-graduate work focused on the unintentional impacts of human activities on marine and estuarine environments. In collaboration with the National Marine Mammal Stranding Network and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, I detected and quantified the presence of persistent organic pollutants (including pesticides and flame retardants) in the body tissues of temperate and subtropical dolphin populations. At the University of South Carolina I took part in the interdisciplinary, multi-partner Land-Use Ecosystem Study (LU-CES). Our laboratory quantified the microbial response to nutrient loading in estuaries adjacent to golf courses and residential developments.
Tuerk, K.J.S., J. R. Kucklick, W.E. McFee, R.S. Pugh, and P.R. Becker. 2005. “Factors influencing persistent organic pollutant concentrations in the Atlantic white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus acutus).” Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 24: 1079-1087.
Tuerk, K.J.S., J.R Kucklick, P.R. Becker, H.M. Stapleton, and J.E. Baker. 2005. “Persistent organic pollutants in two dolphin species with focus on toxaphene and polybrominated diphenyl ethers.” Environmental Science and Technology. 39: 692-698.
Tuerk, K.J.S. and C.M. Aelion. 2005. “Microbial nitrogen removal in a developing suburban estuary along the South Carolina coast.” Estuaries and Coasts. 28; 364-372.
Aelion, C.M. and K. Tuerk. 2005. “Technology development for environmental problems of the Southeastern United States.” International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management. 5: 183-202.
Kucklick, J.R., K.J.S. Tuerk, S.S. Vander Pol, M.M. Schantz and S.A. Wise. 2004. “Polybrominated diphenyl ether congeners and toxaphene in selected marine standard reference materials.” Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. 378: 1147-1151.
ESC 111 Topics in Environmental Science
ESC 113 Environmental Science I
ESC 114 Environmental Science II
ESC 281 Science Behind News Stories