Tanya Quist

Tanya Quist

Associate Professor of Practice - School of Plant Sciences
Director - University of Arizona Campus Arboretum

Selected Adaptation Projects

  • As Director of the University of Arizona Campus Arboretum, Tanya provides statewide education and campus leadership promoting science-based stewardship and conservation of urban trees. Campus Arboretum projects emphasize the use of trees as low-cost contributors to local and regional climate adaptation and urban resilience. Working with students, University operations and community collaborators, project address the need for well managed, healthy, diverse urban forests capable of providing the ecosystem services necessary for local and global climate adaptation, urban resilience and human health.

Selected Publications

  • Peter Warren, Tanya Quist, Ursula Schuch, Chris Erickson, Bob Celaya and John Richardson (2015) “Pine Engraver Beetles in the Low Elevation Sonoran Desert in Tucson.” Extension Bulletin 1689 University of Arizona CALS Press.
  • Tanya M. Quist, Irina Sokolchik, Huazhong Shi, Robert J. Joly, Ray A. Bressan, Albino Maggio, Meena Narsimhan , Xia Li. (2009). HOS3, an ELO-like Gene, Inhibits Effects of ABA and Implicates a S-1-P/ Ceramide Control System for Abiotic Stress Responses in Arabidopsis thaliana. Molecular Plant 2 (1):138-151.
  • Tanya M. Quist, Shuji Yokoi, Ray A. Bressan, Paul M. Hasegawa and Robert J. Joly (2004). Differential regulation of plasma membrane aquaporin transcripts in Arabidopsis in response to environmental stress: Proposed roles for aquaporins in regulating plant water balance. Recent Research Developments in Biochemistry Vol. 5. Editor S.G.Pandalai.
  • Bruno Ruggiero, Hisashi Koiwa, Yuzuki Manabe, Tanya M. Quist, Gunsu Inan, Franco Saccardo, Robert J. Joly, Paul M. Hasegawa, Ray A. Bressan, and Albino Maggio (2004) Uncoupling the Effects of Abscisic Acid on Plant Growth and Water Relations. Analysis of sto1/nced3, an Abscisic Acid-Deficient but Salt Stress-Tolerant Mutant in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology 136:3134-3147.
  • Tanya M. Quist, C. Frank Williams. (1999). Irrigation water quality and ion balance in leaves of deciduous ornamental trees. Journal of Plant Nutrition 22(6):1011-1019.
  • Tanya M. Quist, C. Frank Williams, M. L. Robinson (1999). Effects of varying water quality on growth and appearance of landscape plants. Journal of Environmental Horticulture 17(2):88-91.

Employment Highlights

  • Tanya Quist received a Ph.D. from Purdue University working in The Center for Plant Environmental Stress Physiology to explore plant drought stress using whole plant physiological and molecular genetics approaches. She has also studied the effects of water quality and cultural practices on growth and performance of woody landscape plants and taught post-secondary courses for more than 13 years in subjects relating to the interactions of plants with the natural and built environments.


  • Ph.D., Plant Environmental Stress Physiology, Purdue University
  • M.S., Water Quality and Woody Plant Horticulture, Brigham Young University
  • B.S., Horticultural Science, Brigham Young University
Geographic Area
Expertise Area
Ecology and Restoration
Human Dimensions of Climate Change
Natural Resources Management
Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach
Sustainability Options and Infrastructure