Erin Lindquist

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

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Professional biography

Dr. Lindquist coordinates the new Environmental Sustainability major and minor at Meredith College. She teaches introductory biology courses for non-majors, and several courses for biology and environmental sustainability majors including plant biology, environmental science, and terrestrial field studies. She also leads a summer study abroad course, Tropical Ecosystems, in Costa Rica for Meredith students in the odd years. 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. In Raleigh she and her students study the ecology of an urban, fragmented forest on the campus. Prior to starting at Meredith College in August 2006, Lindquist was a Resident Professor at the Organization for Tropical Studies (Duke University) teaching tropical biology field courses in Costa Rica.


Undergraduate Research: Dr. Lindquist likes to be actively engaged in research with her students, and has long-term forest plots in Costa Rica and on the Meredith campus. She and her research students maintain a 1-hectare permanent study plot in the Meredith Forest where they study the dynamics of vegetation, herbivores, and small mammals. Dr. Lindquist is co-PI on a national research network called Ecological Research as Education Network. EREN is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and supports ecological research efforts by faculty and students at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs). As part of EREN, Dr. Lindquist is 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 which is funded by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. Students are mentored by postdoctoral research associates at Duke, UNC, and NC State.


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