Erin Lindquist

Erin Lindquist

Professor of Biological Sciences; Environmental Sustainability Program Coordinator

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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

Research 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 defores


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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