Erin Lindquist

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences; Environmental Sustainability Program Coordinator
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Areas of Expertise
  • Forest ecology
  • Tropical biology
  • Conservation biology

Work Experience

Dr. Lindquist coordinates the Environmental Sustainability major and minor at Meredith College. She teaches several courses for biology and environmental sustainability majors including plant biology, environmental science, research methods in biology, and terrestrial field studies. She also teaches a summer study abroad course, Tropical Ecosystems, in Costa Rica for Meredith students in the odd years with her colleagues. Her research focuses on forest ecology and conservation. She has maintained a long term tropical forest regeneration study in Costa Rica and coauthored a bilingual plant taxonomy book of the trees of her study area with two undergraduate students.  Lindquist has also collaborated with various international colleagues to study the role of land crabs in tropical ecosystems.  Prior to her arrival at Meredith, Lindquist was a Resident Professor with the Organization for Tropical Studies and Duke University teaching tropical biology courses in Costa Rica.


Erin is a co-founder and Leadership Working Group member of the Ecological Research as Education Network (EREN), a NSF-funded national research network for faculty and students at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs). As part of EREN, Dr. Lindquist is co-lead scientist on the Permanent Forest Plot Project (PFPP). Dr. Lindquist also coordinates the Cooperative Mentored Research (CMR) Program for Meredith students at surrounding research institutions.  The program is funded by a Jessie Ball duPont Fund grant.  Students are mentored by postdoctoral research associates at Duke and UNC Chapel Hill.  Lindquist serves as the Coordinator of the Environmental Sustainability Initiative (ESI) at Meredith College which supports undergraduate summer research, faculty development, student green event awards, campus convocations, and the campus organic garden, among other sustainability projects on campus.  ESI is funded by a generous grant from the Margaret A. Cargill (MAC) Foundation.  

Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D. in Ecology, University of Georgia, 2003
  • B.S. in Biological Sciences, Cornell  University, 1997 (graduated summa cum laude)

Professional Credentials

Coordinator of the Environmental Sustainability Major/Minor and Environmental Sustainability Initiative (ESI)
Coordinator of the Cooperative Mentored Research (CMR) Program
Ecological Research as Education Network (EREN) co-PI and co-Lead Scientist


Dr. Lindquist likes to be actively engaged in research with her undergraduate students.  Her research focuses on how humans impact tropical and urban ecosystems.  In Costa Rica, her lab investigates how tropical forests regenerate from human-caused deforestation.  On the Meredith College campus, she and her students study the dynamics of vegetation, herbivores, and small mammals in an urban forest.  At both sites, her lab maintains permanent forest plots to investigate how the forest composition changes over time and with variable human impact.  As part of the collaborative Ecological Research as Education Network (EREN), Lindquist and her students work with other institutions to investigate ecological processes over large spatial scales in both the Permanent Forest Plot Project (PFPP) and TurtlePop project.  In the TurtlePop project, they are quantifying how urban landscapes impact the sex ratio of pond-dwelling turtles.

  • Janice Coffey Swab Sustainability Award, Meredith College, April 2014
  • Harry and Marion Eberly Faculty Development Award, Meredith College, April 2009
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Honors Program, Meredith College, April 2008
  • Research and Publication Initiative Stipend Award, Meredith College, 2007
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Graduate School, University of Georgia, February 2003
  • University-Wide Dissertation Completion Scholarship, University of Georgia, 2002-03
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, University of Georgia, February 2001
  • Women’s Club Dianne C. Davison Scholarship, University of Georgia, 2001
  • Dean Lindholm Travel Award, University of Georgia, 2000
  • Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award, Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia, April 2000
  • Graduate School Research Travel Award, University of Georgia, 2000
  • Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research Award, 2000
  • Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies Travel Award, University of Georgia, 1999
  • Robert A. Sheldon Memorial Award, University of Georgia, 1999


Jones, C.*, and E.S. Lindquist.  2012.  Utilization of woody debris by Peromyscus leucopus in a fragmented urban forest. Southeastern Naturalist 11(4):689-698.

Fieselman, L., and E.S. Lindquist. 2012.  The emerging environmental sustainability program at Meredith College: Exploring student and faculty interest and participation. In: Higher Education for Sustainability: Cases, challenges, and opportunities from across the curriculum, ed. Lucas Johnston. 

Lindquist, E.S., Anderson, L.J., and J.A. Simmons. 2011. Small colleges aided by research networks. Nature 478:458.

Powell, A.*, and E.S. Lindquist.  2011.  Effects of power-line maintenance on forest structure in a fragmented urban forest, Raleigh, NC.  Southeastern Naturalist 10(1):25-38.

Lindquist, E.S., Krauss, K.W, Green, P.T., O'Dowd D.J., Sherman, P.M., and T.J. Smith. 2009. Land crabs as key drivers in tropical coastal forest recruitment.  Biological Reviews 84(2):203-223.

Camacho-Céspedes, F.*, E.S. Lindquist, and G. Knight* (illus). 2007. Common Trees of Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve, Costa Rica.  National Institute of Biodiversity (INBio), Heredia, Costa Rica, 376 pp.

Lindquist, E.S., and C.R. Carroll. 2004. Differential seed and seedling predation by crabs: impacts on tropical coastal forest composition.  Oecologia 141(4):661-671.  

Lindquist, E.S., Aquadro, C.F., McClearn D.K., and K.J. McGowan.  2003. Field identification of Peromyscus leucopus noveboracensis and P. maniculatus gracilis in central New York.  Canadian Field-Naturalist 117(2): 184-189, 118(1): 157 (erratum).

Lindquist, E.S.  2003. Patterns of Coastal Forest Composition, Structure, and Recruitment, Costa Rica:  Functions of an environmental gradient, seed rain distribution, and crab predation pressure.  PhD Dissertation.  University of Georgia, Athens, GA. 

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