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Anna Young , Ph.D.

Associate Professor , Director of the Zoo and Conservation Science
Department of
Biology and Earth Science

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


  • B.S., University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • Ph.D., New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

Research & Teaching Interests

  • Zoo and Conservation Science
  • Animal Behavior
  • STEM pedagogy


  • Young, A.M., P. Wendel, J. Esson & K. Plank. 2018. Motivational Decline and Recovery in Higher Education STEM Courses. International Journal of Science Educationhttps://doi.org/10.1080/09500693.2018.1460773.
  • Stains, M., Harshman, J., Barker, M. K., Chasteen, S. V., Cole, R., DeChenne-Peters, S. E., Eagan, M. K., Esson, J. M., Knight, J. K., Levis-Fitzgerald, M., McDonnell, L. M., Lee, C. J., Lo, S. M., McKay, T. A., Michelotti, N., Musgrove, A., Palmer, M. S., Plank, K. M., Rodela, T. M., Sanders, E. R., Schimpf, N. G., Schulte, P. M., Smith, M., Stetzer, M., Van Valkenburgh, B., Vinson, E., Weir, L. K., Wendel, P. J., Wheeler, L. B.,  & A.M. Young. 2018. Anatomy of STEM Teaching in American Universities:  A Snapshot from a Large-Scale Observation Study. Science, 359 (6383): 1468-1470. DOI: 10.1126/science.aap8892
  • Sewall, K., A. M. Young & T.F. Wright. 2016. Social calls provide novel insights into the evolution of vocal learning. Animal Behaviour, 120: 163-172.
  • Esson, J. M., K. Plank, P. Wendel & A.M. Young. 2016. A study of evidence-based practices in a U. S. university: Lessons for faculty development. In Pixel (Ed.) Conference Proceedings: New Perspectives in Higher Education, 5th Edition. Florence, Italy: libreriauniversitaria.it.
  • 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

As Director of the Zoo and Conservation Science Program, Dr. Young teaches Introduction to Zoo and Conservation Science, Conservation Biology, Animal Behavior, and leads practicums that occur at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Before attending graduate school she worked at the Phoenix Zoo as a zookeeper, and at Reid Park Zoo as a zoo educator. Dr. Young’s research focuses on vocal learning and social behavior in parrots, in both her aviary of budgerigars and in fieldwork in South Africa on the threatened Cape parrot. She also received an NSF WIDER grant to study the science of teaching and learning in STEM fields, which has resulted in a publication in the prestigious journal Science. Dr. Young has mentored over two dozen students in her research lab on their own projects which range from wildlife rehabilitation trends to giant panda behavior. She is also a member of the Association of Zoo and Aquarium’s Field Conservation Committee.

/ 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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