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educator , writer

Susan E. Quinlan is an American writer, wildlife biologist and educator.


Mrs. Quinlan was born in Denver, Colorado, United States, on August 19, 1954. She is a daughter of Marvin Wayne (a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey) and Lola Frances (a librarian; maiden name, Lahr) Quinlan.


Susan E. Quinlan graduated from Colorado State University, earning her Bachelor of Science in 1975. In 1979 she received from University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Master of Science in wildlife biology.


Mrs. Quinlan acted as a research fellow of Alaska Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, Fairbanks, from 1976 till 1977. Between 1978 and 1979 Susan E. Quinlan hedl the post of a biological technician at U.S. Forest Service, Seward, AK. In 1980 she was a biological technician at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, AK.

During 1981-1988 Susan E. Quinlan joined the staff of Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Fairbanks, working as a game biologist. Then she served at Linnaea Associates (natural history interpretation and research services), Fairbanks, as a partner and consultant, with clients including Special Expeditions, Inc., Alaska Department of Fish and Game, U.S. Fish an Wildlife Service, Friends of Creamer’s Field, an U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (1988).

She hes been a contributor to Alaska: Southeast to McKinley, 1986, and of articles to periodicals, including Highlights for Children, Alaskafest, and Alaska Fish and Game Trails. Author of teacher’s guides, curriculum materials, natural history interpretive materials, and numerous published scientific articles and reports.


  • Susan E. Quinlan is a terrific author of a huge number of articles and books, for which she has received several awards.


Quotations: "My primary career interest is to share my fascination with nature and science with other people. Through my years of education and work as a wildlife biologist, I gradually realized that people who are trained as biologists look at nature differently than other People. This different way of looking at things results from acquired nature observation skills and from learning about the research of other scientists. One of uiy goals as a writer is to help others learn to look at nature in the ways that a biologist might. I also want to interpret the research work of scientists in ways that children and non-scientists can understand and enjoy. I hope to inspire or encourage people to get out, observe carefully, and discover nature firsthand."

"Since The Case of the Mummified Pigs is my first book I still consider myself an aspiring writer, but I would advise anyone who aspires to anything to not give up even if progress towards your goal is slow. Keep working at what you love, even if it is only in spare moments between more pressing matters. Also, make contacts with people that are working towards similar goals so that you can share setbacks and triumphs, as well as information and insights about your field."


  • Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators , United States

  • founder, 1979, education chairperson, 1993-1994

    Arctic Audubon Society , United States

  • Alaska Natural Resources and Outdoor Education Association , United States


  • Other Interests

    bird-watching, watercolor painting, hiking, canoeing, sewing, Chinese cooking, reading (especially nonfiction and science fiction)


She married William A. Lehnhausen, a biological consultant, on April 15, 1978. The couple has one child, Willow Hope Yunai.

Marvin Wayne Quinlan - American

Lola Frances (Lahr) Quinlan - American

William A. Lehnhausen - American - biological consultant