Quay Dortch, Ph.D.
Dr. Quay Dortch is consulting for CSS, Inc, which contracts with NOAA for her work as a Senior HAB Scientist. She provides advice to NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Research on Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) research and response and co-leads an effort to establish a National HAB Observing Network (NHABON). Before retiring, she managed the Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (ECOHAB) Program and the Prevention, Control, and Mitigation of Harmful Algal Blooms Program (PCMHAB) that provide funding for research. She also briefed Congressional staff and helped develop legislation pertaining to HABs and hypoxia. From 1986-2003 she was a faculty member at Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, where she conducted research on HABs and hypoxia in the northern Gulf of Mexico and taught courses in marine science. From 1981 to 1986 she was a Research Scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Oceanography, an M.S. in Chemistry from Indiana University, and a B.A. with Honors in Chemistry from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. Dr. Dortch is the author or co-author of more than 100 scientific papers and federal agency reports and plans. She has gone on oceanographic cruises in many locations, including Antarctica and in a submersible to the bottom of the Gulf of Maine.