Gina Quiram ’06


Visiting Assistant Professor at Gustavus Adolphus College

My research focuses on the ecology and evolution of invasive species.  Like Zebra Mussels, Emerald Ash Borer, and Eurasian Water Milfoil, invasive species are species that are causing some sort of ecological or economic harm and/or harm to human health.  Often these species have been introduced new areas outside of their evolutionary home.  People go to great lengths to manage invasive species with the goal of reducing the harm that they cause.  Invasive species provide biologists the opportunity to study ecological changes and rapid evolution as these species are introduced, establish, spread, invade, and are managed.  My dissertation work has focused on understanding how introducing beetles from Germany has resulted in the evolution of a wetland invader in Minnesota (purple loosestrife: Lythrum salicaria).  I am interested in the multifaceted way that management alters the ecology and evolution of invasive species.  I have ongoing projects investigating the effectiveness of managing Oak Wilt, a fungal infection killing Oak trees in MN, as well as investigating how management efforts change the fungal communities inside leaf tissue of invasive plants. 


Ph.D. Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior – University of Minnesota

2006 B.A. Biology – Gustavus Adolphus College

Peer Reviewed Publications:

Asplen, M. K., E. Bruns, A. David, R. F. Dennison, M. C. Kaiser, C. Lacroix, E. Mohl, K. Prescott, 

     G. Quiram, J. Stanton-Geddes, J. Vincent, P. Wrag, G. May. 2012 Do trade-offs have explanatory   

     power for the evolution of organismal interactions? Evolution 66(5): 1297–1307.


Larson, D., L. Phillips-Mao, G. Quiram, L. Sharpe, R. Stark, S. Sugita, A. Weiler. 2011                  

       A framework for sustainable invasive species management: environmental, social, and economic

       objectives. Journal of Environmental Management. 92: 14-22.


Koch, K. A., G. L. Quiram, and R. C. Venette. 2010 A review of oak wilt management: a  summary of   

       available treatment options and their efficacy. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 9(1): 1-8.

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
BIO-101Principles Lab72013/FA and 2012/FA
BIO-101Principles of Biology42013/FA and 2012/FA
BIO-102Organismal Biology Lab32014/SP and 2013/SP
BIO-102Organismal Biology32014/SP and 2013/SP
BIO-202Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior Lab12014/SP
BIO-344ST:Invasive Species12013/SP