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Anna Young, Ph.D.

Department of Biology and Earth Science

Assistant Professor


New Mexico State University, Ph.D. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Arizona, B.S. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Personal Bio
Anna Young is the director of the Zoo & Conservation Science Program at Otterbein, developed in conjunction with the Columbus Zoo. She teaches Introduction to Zoo Science, Conservation Biology, Animal Behavior, and leads the sophomore and junior practicums that occur at the Ohio Wildlife Center and Columbus Zoo. 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.

Young, A., E. Hobson, L. Bingaman Lackey & T. Wright. 2012. Survival on the ark: life- history trends in captive parrots. Animal Conservation, 15: 28–43. Young, A. & D. Hallford. 2012. Validation of a fecal glucocorticoid metabolite assay to assess stress in the budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus). Zoo Biology. doi: 10.1002/zoo.21041

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