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Anna Young, Ph.D.

Department of Biology and Earth Science

Assistant Professor

B.S., University of Arizona, 1998
Ph.D., New Mexico State University, 2011

Research and Teaching Interests
Anna Young is the director of the Zoo & Conservation Science Program at Otterbein University. She teaches Introduction to Zoo and Conservation Science, Conservation Biology, Animal Behavior, and leads the sophomore and junior practicums that occur at the Ohio Wildlife Center and Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Anna’s dissertation and postdoc research focused on vocal learning, behavior, and social stress in captive budgerigars, a small parrot. Before attending graduate school she worked at the Phoenix Zoo as a zookeeper, and at Reid Park Zoo as a zoo educator. Her continued research focus at Otterbein is animal communication, social behavior, and the role of zoos in conservation. Additionally, her research interests have expanded to STEM pedagogy, and the role of student motivation in academic persistence and performance. 


  • Dahlin, C.R., A.M. Young, B. Cordier, R. Mundry & T.F. Wright. 2014. A test of multiple hypotheses for the function of call sharing in female budgerigars, Melopsittacus undulatus. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 68: 145-161.

  • Young, A.M. & D. Hallford. 2013. Validation of a fecal glucocorticoid metabolite assay to assess stress in the budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus). Zoo Biology, 32: 112-116.

  • Young, A.M., E. Hobson, L. Bingaman Lackey & T.F. Wright. 2012. Survival on the ark: life-history trends in captive parrots. Animal Conservation, 15: 28–43.

International Faculty Enrichment Grant, Otterbein University - 2013: $11, 820
Science, Culture, and Modernity in Chengdu, China

NSF WIDER    DUE-1347243 (Co-PI) - 9/2013 – 8/2016: $241,254
Opening Doors: A Wider Examination of STEM Teaching and Learning, Culture and Support at Otterbein University

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