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Biology professor John Quinn receives ASB award

Furman University Assistant Professor of Biology John Quinn (foreground) conducting field research with students.

John Quinn, assistant professor of biology at Furman University, has received the Research Award from the Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB).

The award was presented at the group’s 79th annual meeting, which took place March 28-31 in Myrtle Beach and drew approximately 800 biologists.

The award is presented to an ASB member for outstanding research. A written manuscript or publication and an oral presentation at the annual meeting are required. Quinn received the award for his paper and presentation entitled “Zoning does not improve the availability of ecosystem services in urban watersheds. A case study from Upstate South Carolina, USA.”

Co-author of the presentation was 2017 Furman sustainability science graduate Melanie Brown, who serves at the university as project coordinator and data analyst.

Quinn joined the Furman faculty in 2012. Before coming to Furman, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

His awards include FIRST IV Postdoctoral Scholar funded by the National Science Foundation; Teaching Award of Merit from North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture; Award for Teaching Excellence from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) Holling Family Award; and Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists award for Best Paper in 2009.

He holds two bachelor’s degrees from Drake University, a master’s from the University of Louisiana, and a doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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