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Anna Young , Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of
Biology and Earth Science

p/ 614.823.1324
e/ ayoung@otterbein.edu
Office: Science Center, 114


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


  • Wendel, P.J., Young, A.M., J.M. Esson & KM. Plank. (in preparation). Motivational decline and recovery in higher education STEM courses. Science Education.  
  • Esson, J. M., KM. Plank, P.J. Wendel & A. M. Young. (in preparation). A mixed method, multi-disciplinary study of STEM teaching practices at a primarily undergraduate institution. Journal of Research in Science Teaching
  • Dalton, R*., K Krumlauf & A.M. Young. (in preparation). Assessing Impacts of Human­ Wildlife Conflict using Records from an American Midwest Wildlife Rehabilitation Facility. Journal of Wildlife Management.  
  • Sewall, KB., A. M. Young & T.F. Wright. 2016. Social calls provide novel insights into the evolution of vocal learning. Animal Behaviour, 120: 163-172.  
  • 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 undulatusBehavioral 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.

Affiliations & Awards


  • International Faculty Enrichment Grant, Otterbein University - 2016: $12,000
    Ecology and Conservation in South Africa: Building Educational and Research Opportunities
  • Summer Writing Grant, Otterbein University - 2015: $1000 
  • 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
  • Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology Grant-In-Aid of Research - 2007: $1000

Personal Biography

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. 

/ Office of Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs is located in Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St.

Office Hours

M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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