Dr. John Quinn has been at Furman University since 2012. Before coming to Furman, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Recent awards for teaching and research include FIRST IV Postdoctoral Scholar; Teaching Award of Merit from North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture; Award for Teaching Excellence from UNL IANR Holling Family Award; Louisiana Assoc. of Professional Biologist's Best Paper 2009.

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Seminar in Biology

Presentations of current topics in biology by students, faculty, and visiting scientists. Emphasis is on effective oral communication and critical examination of scientific information and ideas.


Biology and the Environment

The basic principles common to living organisms, with emphasis on environmental biology. Designed for non-science majors. Topics include: ecology, evolution, biodiversity, and environmental issues, plus a synopsis of cellular biology, genetics, and physiology.


Research and Analysis

Introduction to purposes and methods of scientific inquiry. Topics include: philosophy of science, research design, use of biological literature sources, fundamental laboratory techniques, statistical analysis, and survey of careers in biology. Laboratory includes designing, performing, and reporting on research projects.



The interactions between organisms and their environments, and the consequences of these interactions for population dynamics, community structure, and the flow of energy and matter through ecosystems. Also, consideration of environmental issues and conservation. Laboratories include local field work, experiments, and possibly one or two overnight/weekend field trips.


Tropical Ecology

The composition, structure, and function of tropical ecosystems, communities, and populations. Laboratories focus on ecological sampling methods.



The relationship between principles of applied ecology and socioeconomic systems viewed through the lens of a growing demand for sustainable food production.


Tch Mthds & Mtrls in Biology

Practicum for developing teaching skills in biology, including the laboratory and field work. Topics include planning and preparation, safety and storage, and instruction. Practicum will provide experiences teaching in the university classroom.


Environment and Society

Interdisciplinary examination of the causes, potential solutions and ethical dilemmas associated with environmental problems on various spatial, temporal, political and social scales (individual to global).


Birds and Society

Birds fill many roles in society. Examples abound in science, fashion, sports, and religion. As such, birds serve as an important window to understand human-environment interactions. In this seminar, we read and discuss how our ideas about birds reflect changing ideas about nature and society.

Dr. John Quinn's research addresses the conservation of biodiversity in managed and novel ecosystems, avian ecology, behavioral ecology, and creation of tools for improving decision-making related to biological diversity in working landscapes. His immediate and long-term research questions consider restoration and conservation of biodiversity in agricultural and urban ecosystems, documenting the resulting benefits and costs to society, and an improved understanding of the linkages and feedback between environmental and social system. Dr. Quinn's research employs experimental, observational, and statistical techniques to evaluate theory for both basic and applied research questions. The tools he uses include fieldwork, GIS applications, and spatial and statistical modeling. While ecology provides the foundation to his work, Dr. Quinn greatly enjoys and benefits from interaction with peers beyond his discipline. He anticipates that his future research will follow the path of biology and sustainability science to understand complex relationships in coupled human natural systems.

*Denotes undergraduate coauthor

  • Quinn, J.E., Wood, J. 2016. Application of a coupled human-natural system framework to identify challenges and opportunities for conservation in private lands. Ecology and Society. In Press

  • Wood, J., Quinn, J.E. 2016. Local and landscape metrics identify opportunities for conserving cavity-nesting birds in a rapidly urbanizing ecoregion. Journal of Urban Ecology 2(1): juw003

  • Ernstes, R., Quinn, J.E. 2016. Response of songbird vocalizations to increased traffic noise as an indicator of an altered soundscape in human systems. Cities and the Environment. 8 (1):7

  • Quinn, C., Quinn, J.E. 2016. Building Blocks of Resilience: Hands-on Modeling and Sharing of Resilience Concepts. In Byrne, L. 2016. Learner-centered Teaching Activities for Environmental and Sustainability Studies. Springer

  • Andersen, C.B., Donovan, R.K., Quinn, J.E. 2015. Human Appropriation of Net Primary Production (HANPP) in an agriculturally-dominated watershed, southeastern USA. Land. 4(2):513-540.

  • Quinn, C., Quinn, J.E., Halfacre, A., 2015. Digging Deeper: A case study of farmer conceptualization of ecosystem services in the American South. Environmental Management. 56(4):802-813.

  • Oden, A., J. Brandle, M. Burbach, M.B. Brown, J.E. Quinn. 2015. Variation in avian vocalizations during the non-breeding season in response to traffic noise. Ethology. 121(5):472-479.

  • Thorn, H., Quinn, J.E., Roark, A. 2015. Reproductive and developmental effects of tributyltin, bisphenol A, and 17 β-estradiol in pale anemones (Aiptasia pallida). Endocrine Disruptors 3(1). doi: 10.1080/23273747.2015.1030062
  • Quinn, J.E., J. Brandle, R. Johnson. 2014. Identifying opportunities for conservation embedded in cropland anthromes. Landscape Ecology. 29(10):1811-1819.

  • Martin, L.J. J.E. Quinn, E.C. Ellis, M.R. Shaw, M. Dorning, C.E. Kraft, L. Hallett, N.E. Heller, R.J. Hobbs, E. Law, N. Michel, M. Perring, P.D. Shirey, R. Wiederholt. 2014. Conservation opportunities across the world’s anthromes. Diversity and Distributions. 20(7):45-755.

  • Quinn, J.E., A. Oden, J. Brandle. 2013. The influence of different cover types on American Robin nest success in organic agroecosystems. Sustainability. 5:3502-3512.

  • Quinn, J.E., J. Brandle, and R. Johnson. 2013. A farm-scale biodiversity and ecosystem services assessment tool: The Healthy Farm Index. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability. 11(2):176-192.

  • Quinn, J.E., J. Brandle, and R. Johnson. 2012. The effects of land sparing and wildlife-friendly practices on grassland bird abundance within organic farmlands. Agriculture Ecosystems, & Environment. 161:10-16.

  • Quinn, J.E., J. Brandle, and R. Johnson. 2012. A farm-scale biodiversity and ecosystem services assessment tool: The Healthy Farm Index. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability DOI:10.1080/14735903.2012.726854.

  • Quinn, J.E. 2013. Sharing a vision for biodiversity conservation and agriculture. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems.  and Food Systems. 28(1):93-96.

  • Quinn, J.E., J. Brandle, R. Johnson, and A. Tyre. 2011. Accounting for detectability in the use and application of indicator species: A case study with birds. Ecological Indicators 11:1413-1418.

  • Johnson, R.J., J.A. Jedlicka, J.E. Quinn, J.R. Brandle 2011. Global perspectives on birds in agricultural landscapes. Pages 55-140 in: Campbell W.B., Ortiz S.L. (editors) Issues in agroecology ? present status and future prospectus, volume 1, Integrating Agriculture, Conservation and Ecotourism: Examples from the Field. Springer.

  • Quinn, J.E., J.R. Brandle, and R.J. Johnson. 2009. Development of a Healthy Farm Index to assess ecological, economic, and social function on organic and sustainable farms in Nebraska?s four agroecoregions. Pages 156-170 In: Franzluebbers, A.J., ed. 2009. Farming with Grass: Achieving Sustainable Mixed Agricultural Landscapes. Ankeny, IA: Soil and Water Conservation Society.

  • Quinn, J.E., and K.M. Tolson. 2009. Proximate mechanisms of parasite egg rejection by the Northern Mockingbird. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 12:180-183.

  • Quinn, C., and J.E. Quinn. 2009. The Great Patagonia Land Grab: A Case Study on International Biodiversity, Conservation and Environmental Politics. National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, State University of New York at Buffalo.

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