Research biologist who successfully develops research objectives and goals to educate those in biology. Adept and successful in writing grant proposals and manuscripts. Exceptional communicator who works well on diverse teams.
Expert in data analysis and experimental design
Leader in data presentation
Proficient in statistical analysis and ArcGIS software
Communication liason to scientists and non-scientists
Mentor to over 100 STEM students
Primary Investigator (PI) for 12 original projects
Awarded several grants from internal and external funding sites
Over 12 peer-reviewed journal publications
Over 26 contributions to scientific meetings and conferences
Instructor of record: biology, ecology, limnology, ichthyology, zoology, botany, and human biology
Invited speaker for several professional meetings/ workshops
Chair of the biology goal team (2 years)
Invited panel member: Suwanee River Task Force, FL DOE
Chair: Georgia Gwinnett
College (GGC) general biology goal team
Program coordinator: GGC general biology track
Selection committee member for new faculty hires
Assistant Professor August 2009 to May 2015Georgia Gwinnett College － Lawrenceville, GA
Taught biology majors
Mentored 50-60 students each year
Developed new inquisitive laboratories for biology, ecology and limnology courses
Created, established and
managed undergraduate research projects
Collected field samples and
analyzed data; presented and published results
Inspired and encouraged STEM students to be enthusiastic scientists
Awarded research grants
Ecologist August 2006 to August 2009United States Environmental Protection Agency － Cincinnati, OH
Initiated and developed two multidisciplinary
exposure research studies
Collected, managed and analyzed data; published
and presented results
Collaborated with multidisciplinary team for
stream exposure research
Interacted with federal agencies (USEPA, WVEPA,
Post Doctoral Biologist August 2004 to August 2006The Ohio State University － Columbus, OH
Collected, managed and analyzed field and
Published and presented results at national and
Created ArcGIS hydraulic models for all Ohio Fish
and Wildlife hatchery ponds and Ohio DOE coal-fired
power plant ash ponds.
Developed bioassay to test potential anti-fouling
properties of paints
Developed and taught "Ichthyology" and "Human Biology" courses
Graduate and Post Doctoral Researcher August 1995 to August 2004University of Florida － Gainesville, FL
Proposed new research relating to the field of aquatic
ecology and received funding.
Collected, managed, and analyzed field, laboratory, and
Managed and supervised ongoing aquatic research in the
Gulf of Mexico, Silver Springs, and the Suwanee River and its estuary, and
the coral reefs on Grand Cayman Island
Presented research at international and national
Supervised and managed undergraduate and graduate
research assistants in both the field and a laboratory setting.
OPS Wetland Biologist May 1994 to August 1995Indiana Department of Natural Resources － Peru, IN
Reviewed wetland permitting compliance and Section 404
and reviewed Mitigation Banking Instruments, bank parcel development packages,
mitigation plans, as-built reports, or as monitoring reports for stream and/or wetland
Coordinated permit violations with the Army Corp of Engineers
Educated public at on-site permit inspections on the value and importance
and interacted with landowners and stakeholders explaining regulatory issues
with tact and understanding.
Ph.D. : Aquatic BiologyUniversity of Florida － Gainesville, FL, USA
Named Provost Fellowship Award
Graduate Student of the Year Award
Master of Science : Aquatic EcologyUniversity of Florida － Gainesville, FL, USA
Bachelor of Science : Ecology and EvolutionPurdue University － West Lafayette, IN, USA
*Certified QAQC chemical analyst and water quality sampling technician
*Certified Scientific Research SCUBA Diver
*Certified Boat operation (up to 25ft)
*Certified First Aid, CPR, DAN Oxygen Provider
Russell, JE, et al. 2015. Bridging the Undergraduate Curriculum Using
an Integrated Course-Embedded Undergraduate Research Experience (ICURE)
CT, Quinlan, EL et al. 2013. Effects of a chronic lower range of triclosan exposure on a
stream mesocosm community. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 32:2874-2887.
Quinlan, EL et al. 2011. Temporal Dynamics of Periphyton Exposed to Tetracycline in Stream
Mesocosms. Environmental Science & Technology 45:10684-10690.
Quinlan, EL et al. 2009.
Microzooplankton grazing and the control of phytoplankton biomass in the
Suwannee River estuary, USA. Hydrobiologia 632:127–137.
Quinlan, EL, et al. 2008.
Response of primary producers to nutrient loading in Silver Springs,
Florida, USA. Aquatic Botany
Quinlan, EL & EJ Phlips. 2007.
Phytoplankton assemblages across the marine to low-salinity transition
zone in a blackwater dominated estuary. Journal of Plankton Research
Conroy, JD, Quinlan, EL et al. 2007. Cylindrospermopsis in Lake Erie: testing
its association with other cyanobacterial genera and major limnological
parameters. Journal of Great Lakes Research 33:519–535.
Phlips, EJ, et al. 2007. Meterological influences on algal bloom
potential in a nutrient-rich blackwater river.
Freshwater Biology 52: 2141-2155.
Bledsoe (Quinlan), EL, et al. 2006. A comparison of
biofouling communities associated with free-ranging and captive Florida
manatees (Trichechus manatus manatus). Marine Mammal Science 22:997-1003.
Phlips, EJ, et al. 2006.
Factors effecting the distribution
bahamense var. bahamense in
coastal waters of Florida. Marine Ecology Progress Series 322:99-115.
Bledsoe (Quinlan), EL, et al. 2004.
The relationships between phytoplankton biomass, nutrient loading and
hydrodynamics in an inner-shelf estuary.
Bledsoe (Quinlan), EL & EJ Phlips. 2000. Relationships between phytoplankton standing
crop and physical, chemical and biological gradients in the Suwannee River and
plume region, U.S. A. Estuaries 23:458-473.
enthusiastic researcher and educator
advanced problem-solving for field and laboratory studies
GIS software: ARCGIS
Statistical Software, Microsoft Office Suite including Access