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William J. Quinn, PhD
Professor of Biology and Computer Science

Phone: 512-448-8457

  • PhD in Forestry at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1982
  • MS in Forestry at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1978
  • BS in Forest and Range Management at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 1973
Why I Teach

I do my best to imagine being in my students’ shoes in order to get a stronger sense of what they need to learn and grow as individuals. In the classroom, I like to move around so that I can literally see and hear things from my students’ perspectives.

Outside of the classroom, I provide my students with a variety of research opportunities in order to enhance their understanding of particular subject areas. This kind of hands-on experience helps to develop their skills and overall knowledge. I love watching my students learn and grow.

  • Assistant Area Manager and Range Conservationist, United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, North Carolina State University
  • Systems Analyst/Programmer, Science Applications, Inc.
  • Interim Associate Academic Dean, St. Edward’s University
  • Chair of Biology Program, St. Edward’s University
  • Interim Dean of the School of Natural Sciences, St. Edward’s University

Quinn’s research includes in-depth studies of plant biology, soils, water quality and bird habitats in the U.S. and Europe. He has published a variety of papers on topics that directly impact environmental management and sustainability.

Recent research presentations include: “Iron Reductase Activity in Annual Sunflower,” “Temperature and Vegetative Effects on Soil Respiration in an Alkaline Clay of Central Texas,” “Water Quality: Surveillance of Potential Exogenous Nutrients in a Watershed Bordered by Residential Development.”

Professional Affiliations and Awards
  • Texas Academy of Science, President and Fellow
  • American Society of Plant Biologists
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • St. Edward’s University Teaching Excellence Award