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Erik D. Lindquist, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Biology and Environmental Science; Chair, Department of Biological Sciences

Interest and areas of expertise

Tropical canopy amphibians, woodland vernal pool ecosystems, conservation biology, and reconciliation ecology and sustainable community development.

  • 1991, B.S. – Zoology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  • 1995, M.S. – Zoology, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • 1997, Ph.D. – Zoology, The Ohio State University, Columbus
Classes I teach
  • Tropical Biology
  • Animal Behavior
  • Ornithology
  • Herpetology
  • Environmental Issues and Sustainable Solutions
  • Cultures and Ecosystems of Malaysia and Borneo

Dr. Lindquist’s Ph.D. research at the Ohio State University explored communication among "earless" harlequin frogs. He has devoted nearly 20 years to the ecology, conservation and management of the Panamanian golden frog and other endangered tropical amphibians. Lately he has become involved in researching hollow microfiber filters for use in household potable water systems in Bolivia, Colombia, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Fiji.  Lindquist has extensive experience in research, teaching, and service in Latin America. He believes that excellence in science instruction must move beyond the passive learning environment into a learning space that is visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.  He has taught 400 students in 10 countries around the world in over 40 academic and outreach travel experiences since 1999.  As a professor, he strives to make every effort to encourage students to become introspective by examining their lives, their faith, and their world, and as a result of this process, he hopes that students develop character and a greater sense of meaning and fulfillment in life.  He and his wife Molly have four children and extensively travel through Central and South America, Southeast Asia, and Eastern Africa.  The Lindquists also serve as advocates for Food for the Hungry, a Christian international relief and development organization.

Dr. Lindquist was featured in an interview with Sir David Attenborough in the BBC documentary series, Life in Cold Blood.  His work on visual signaling behavior in the Panamanian Golden Frog was a highlighted piece in the second episode, “Land Invaders.”

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