Vanessa Quinn, Ph.D.
Title: Professor of Biological Sciences, Associate Dean of Honors, Director of the Student Research Office
Subject Area: Animal Behavior
Department: Biological Sciences
College: Engineering and Sciences
Building: SWRZ Room: 104
Phone: (219) 785-5457
- Ph.D. Life Sciences, Indiana State University, 2001
- M.S. Biology, Northern Michigan University, 1997
- B.S. Zoology and Psychology, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1993
My research interests are in the area of animal behavior. Past and current projects in my lab have included studies on the impact of human foot traffic on butterfly oviposition behavior, the impact of mode of communication on crayfish aggressive behavior, and chemical communication in crayfish.
I am interested in understanding how animals signal to conspecifics in the areas of aggression and mate choice. The type of signal an animal uses to communicate is influenced by the environment, the type of information that is being transmitted, and individuals who will receive the information.
- Quinn, V.S. 2015. Undergraduate students respond more favorably to E-mail or text reminders than verbal reminders alone. Global Education. 2015(3):17-20.
- Quinn, V.S. 2015. Using astrology to confront and discuss pseudoscience in the classroom. The American Biology Teacher. 77:542-548.
- James, P.M.A., Cooke, B., Brunet, B., Lumley, L., Sperling, F., Fortin, M.-J., Quinn, V.S., and Sturtevant, B.R. 2015. Life-stage differences in spatial genetic structure in an irruptive forest insect: Implications for dispersal and spatial synchrony. Molecular Ecology 24:296-309.
- Quinn, V.S. 2013. The effect of greenhouse gases on the frequency and intensity of black willow scale (Chionaspis salicisnigrae) infestation. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 122:40-43
- Bennett, V.J., V.S. Quinn, and P.A. Zollner. 2013. Exploring the implications of recreational disturbance on an endangered butterfly using a novel modeling approach. Biodiversity and Conservation. 22:1783-1798.
- Quinn, V.S., C.-C. Tsai, and P.A. Zollner. 2010. Distribution of the plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius) in the grassland physiographic regions of Indiana. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science. 119:87-94
- Quinn, V.S. and D.K. Hews. 2010. The evolutionary decoupling of behavioral and color cued in a multicomponent signal in two Sceloporus Ethology 116:509-516.
- Jenkins, S., & V.S. Quinn. 2010 Impact of an Online HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention Course on College Student Participants – A Pilot Study. AIDS Online International.
- Kubiske, M.E., Quinn, V.S., Marquardt, E., and Karnosky, D.F. 2008. Effects of elevated atmospheric CO2 and/or O3 on intra- and interspecific competitive ability of aspen. Plant Biology. 9:342-355.
- Kubiske, M.E., V.S. Quinn, W.E. Heilman, E.P. McDonald, P.E. Marquardt, R.M. Teclaw, A.L. Friend, and D.F. Karnosky. 2006. Feedback between climate change and the carbon cycle: Climatic variation mediates CO2 and O3 effects on forest growth. Global Change Biology 12:1054-1068.
- King, J.S., M.E. Kubiske, K.S. Pregitzer, G.R. Hendrey, C. Giardina, E.P McDonald, V.S. Quinn, and David F. Karnosky. 2005. Net primary production in young stands of trembling aspen, paper birch, and sugar maple as affected by elevated atmospheric CO2. New Phytologist 168: 623-636.
- Quinn V.S. and D.K. Hews. 2005. Detection and response to conspecific chemical cues by ornate tree lizards (Urosaurus ornatus). Journal of Herpetology 39(2):496-499.
- Quinn, V.S. and D.K. Hews. 2003. Abdominal color variation in phrynosomatid lizards is correlated with dermal melanin density. Copeia 2003:858-864.
- Quinn, V.S., M. Klukosky, and D.K. Hews. 2001. Longevity of paint marks and the lack of effect on survivorship and growth of Sceloporus lizards. Herpetological Review. 32(2):92-93.
- Graves, B.M. and V.S. Quinn. 2000. Temporal persistence of alarm pheromones in skin secretions of the salamander, Plethodon cinereus. Journal of Herpetology. 34:287-291.
- Quinn, V.S. and D.K. Hews. 2000c. Dermal melanin density explains variation in a phylogenetically labile color signal in Sceloporus lizards: correlational and experimental evidence. American Zoologist. 40(6):1182.
- Quinn, V.S. and D.K. Hews. 2000b. Species variation in female preference for male behavioral and morphological signaling traits. American Zoologist. 40(6):1182.
- Quinn, V.S. and D.K. Hews. 2000a. Signal and behavioural response to the signal are not evolutionarily coupled in males: aggression affected by replacement of an evolutionarily lost colour signal. Proceedings of the Royal Society London, Series B. 267:755-758.
- Quinn, V.S. and B.M. Graves. 1999b. A technique for sexing red-backed salamanders (Plethodon cinereus). Herpetological Review. 30:32.
- Quinn, V.S. and B.M. Graves. 1999a. Space use in response to conspecifics by the red-backed salamander (Plethodon cinereus, Plethodontidae, Caudata). Ethology 105:993-1002.
- Quinn, V.S. and B.M. Graves. 1998b. Home pond discrimination using chemical cues in Chrysemys picta. Journal of Herpetology. 32:457-461.
- Quinn, V.S. and B.M. Graves. 1998a. Responses to the odors of conspecifics by the crayfish Orconectes virilis. Crustaceana. 71:856-861.
- Rowan, J. & Quinn, V.S. Advancing Undergraduate Student Research at Purdue University Northwest. Indiana NASA Space Grant. $15,000.
- Quinn, V.S. 2015.The Effect of Habitat on Roadkill in the Dunes National Park. Indiana Academy of Science. $800.
- Klosinski, K., L. Gielda, and V.S. Quinn. 2015. Anatomy and physiology modules to improve performance in nursing classes. Purdue North Central Course Improvement Grant – $2200.
- Quinn, V.S., Fielding, H., Warren, A., Bishop-Morris, K., and Rowan, J. 2015. Honors writing for STEM: Catalyzing growth in general scientific literacy and STEM student research. $20,000. Purdue University North Central Collaborative Research Grant Program.
- Zollner, P., Blythe, R.M., Chapman, R.N., Ma, Z., and Quinn, V.S. 2014. Integrating Ecological, Landscape and Social Information for Wildlife Conservation and Management in Indiana. Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Grant Request: $74,084.
- Rigg, S. & V.S. Quinn (faculty adviser for Delta Sigma). 2014. Delta Sigma Science Fair. Indiana Campus Compact. $1250
- Rigg, S. & V.S. Quinn (faculty adviser for Delta Sigma). 2013. Influenza Vaccination Drive. Indiana Campus Compact Grant. $1250.
- Quinn, V.S. 2011. Sabbatical Request: Active Learning in the Non-Major Biology Classroom. One semester sabbatical release.
- Variation in Sensitivity of a Local Butterfly Community to Recreational Activities. 2012 Flora Richardson Foundation – $7498
- Effects of Dual Credit Participation on the Section, Performance, and Time of Completion of College for Northern Indiana Students. 2010. Jessica A. Thomas and Vanessa S. Quinn. College of Science Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Project Grant –$1000.
- GeoScience Meeting –$600.
- Implications of recreational disturbance on ovipositing Karner blue butterflies. Vanessa S. Quinn and Victoria Bennett. Indiana Academy of Science. $2819.44. (January – December, 2009).
- Student Volunteerism in the Restoration of Coffee Creek – a Local Watershed Preserve. Quinn, V.S. Purdue University North Central. $800 (September, 2009 – September, 2011)
- The Use of Conceptual Inventories to Assess Student Understanding in Biology. Quinn, V.S. Purdue University North Central. Quarter-time release request. (August, 2010 – December, 2010)
- Simulating the implications of recreational disturbance on Karner blue butterflies (Lycaeides melissa samuelis) at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Bennett, V., Quinn, V.S., & P.A. Zollner. SEA grant $10,000. January, 2010 – Present.
- Population Connectivity of Spruce Budworm in Relation to Distance and Host Tree Patterns in Northern Minnesota and Ontario. Purdue Research Foundation Summer Faculty Grant. Vanessa Quinn. $8000. (June – August 2007).
- Distribution of the plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius) in the grassland physiographic regions of Indiana. Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Co-Primary Investigators: Patrick A. Zollner and Vanessa S. Quinn. $8,000 (May, 2008-August, 2009)
- Designing Pest-Resistant Forest Landscapes: A Multi-scale Test of the Importance of Spatial Pattern. United States Department of Agriculture. Co-Primary Investigators: Brian Sturtevant, Phillip Townsend. $460,000 (June, 2005 – Oct, 2008).
- Dissertation Research: Endocrine Coupling of Display Behavior and Display Morphology for Sexually Dimorphic Aggressive Signals that Differ in Two Sister-Species. National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant. $9286 (May, 2000)
- Female Response to Abdominal Coloration in Sceloporus Lizards: A Comparative Approach. Indiana State University Graduate School Travel Award. $150 (March, 2000)
- The Effect of Androgens on the Dermal Chromatophore Unit of Sceloporus Lizard Ventral Coloration.
- Indiana Academy of Science. $700 (March, 1999)
- Indiana State University Graduate School Research Grant. $150 (March, 1999)
- The Behavioral Significance of Blue Belly Patches in Sceloporus Lizards.
- Indiana Academy of Science. $600 (March, 1998)
- Indiana State University Graduate School Grant. $200 (March, 1998)
- American Museum of Natural History-Southwestern Research Station Graduate Student Fund. $700 (April, 1998)
- American Museum of Natural History- Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund. $1000 (May, 1999)
- Gaige Award, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. $500 (April, 2000)
- American Museum of Natural History-Southwestern Research Station Graduate Student Fund. $500-Grant declined (May, 2000)
- Histology of the Blue Belly Patches in Sceloporus Lizards.
- Indiana State University Graduate School Grant. $200 (October, 1997)
- Indiana Academy of Science. $1100 (December, 1997)
- Homing in Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta).
- Spooner Grant, Northern Michigan University. $500. (April, 1996)
- Excellence in Education Grant, Northern Michigan University. $1000. (April, 1996).
- Geographic Variation in Redback Salamanders (Plethodon cinereus).
- Michigan Polar Equator Grant, Michigan Polar Equator Club. $500. (June, 1996)
- Excellence in Education Grant, Northern Michigan University. $1000 (April, 1995)
- BIOL143 – Current Topics in Biology
- BIOL205 – Biology for Elementary Educators I
- BIOL206 – Biology for Elementary Educators II
- BIOL286 – Introduction to Ecology and Evolution
- BIOL288 – Introductory Field Ecology
- BIOL324 – Natural History of the Smoky Mountains
- BIOL357 – Animal Physiology
- BIOL407 – Senior Capstone
- BIOL460 – Herpetology
- BIOL461 – Animal Behavior
- BIOL462 – Evolution of Human Mating Systems