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Mark Quinn

Assistant Scientist/Instructor

Curriculum vitae (pdf)


Ph.D. (1985, Entomology), Pennsylvania State University, University Park
M.S. (1981, Biology/Ecology), University of Oregon, Eugene
B.S. (1976, Zoology), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Field of Interest

Landscape ecology of agricultural and grassland systems

Teaching Experience

World Agricultural Systems, Washington State University and University of Idaho
Introductory Environmental Science, University of Idaho
Introductory Plant Physiology, University of Idaho
Plant-Insect Interactions: Mechanisms of Insect-Plant Interactions, University of Idaho
Plant-Insect Interactions: Host Plant Resistance, University of Idaho
Introductory Integrated Pest Management, University of Idaho
“Insect Outbreaks” Seminar, University of Idaho and Washington State University
Metapopulation Dynamics Seminar, University of Idaho

Teaching  –  Crop/Soils 360 – World Agricultural Systems – 2019 Syllabus (pdf)
Crop and non-crop systems interact at different spatial and temporal scales.  These large-scale interactions affect local population and community dynamics and can affect pest outbreaks.  Mark Quinn is studying various landscapes in the western United States to determine the effects of regional landscape factors on local pest problems.   For one project, involving Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, he is examining the effects of native plants, non-native plants, and CRP land on insect communities and trophic groups.  It will provide a better understanding of insect-plant-wildlife interactions and help us determine how to create plant communities to enhance biological control agents for crop pests, and habitat for wildlife.  Another project is being conducted to determine the effects of regional climate patterns, defined by various climate indices, on outbreaks of grasshoppers in the western United States.  Results from this project have shown that grasshopper outbreaks are related to complex spatial and temporal changes in climate patterns, and that recent climate change has affected our ability to predict outbreaks.


Quinn, M.A. 2009. Biological nitrogen fixation and soil health improvement. Pp. 229-247, In W. Erskine, F. Muehlbauer, A. Sarker and B. Sharma (eds.), The lentil: botany, production and uses. CABI, Wallingford, UK.

Andress, E., M. Quinn, and J. Gould. 2008. Multivariate analysis of Bemisia tabaci Biotype “B” and associated parasitoid populations within the Imperial Valley agricultural system. Pp. 287-306, In J. Gould, J. Goolsby and K. Hoelmer (eds.), Classical biological control of Bemisia tabaci in the United States. Springer, New York.

Quinn, M. A. 2004. Influence of fragmentation and crop system on Columbia Basin shrubsteppe communities. Ecol. Appl. 14: 1634-1655.

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