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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BIO-102

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. Students may not receive credit for both BIO-101 (16) and BIO-102. BIO-102 may not be enrolled after successful completion of BIO-111 (11).

BIO-222

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.

BIO-340

Ecology

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.

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., 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. 2012. Sharing a vision for biodiversity conservation and agriculture. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. DOI 10.1017/S1742170512000154.
  • 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.
Education
Ph.D.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.S.
University of Louisiana
B.A.
Drake University
B.S.
Drake University

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