B.A. Major: Psychology, Minor: Biology. Focus: behavioral Neuroscience. Mount Union College (Alliance, OH).
Ph.D. Experimental Psychology, Animal Behavior, Conservation Behavior, Vocal and Non-Vocal Social Behavior
Working Relationships / Internships:
Sea World of Ohio (2003)
National Aquairum in Baltimore (2004)
Kent State University - NSF Undergraduate Research Fellow (2004)
Mote Marine Laboratory (2007)
University of Alberta, Dr. Chris Sturdy (2011 - current)
University of Tennessee, Dr. Todd Freeberg (2005 - Current)
Research and Teaching Areas
PSYCH 100: Introduction to Psychology
PSYCH 221: Child Development
PSYCH 280: Statistical Methods
PSYCH 290: Learning & Cognition
PSYCH 380: Psychology Research
PSYCH 390: Physiological & Perceptual
PSYCH 480: Experimental Psychology
PSYCH 488: Senior Thesis Research
Animal Behavior: vocal and non-vocal social behavior, communication, evolutionary / comparative studies, endocrinology, behavioral neuroscience, enriched environments
Wildlife Ecology: distribution of predator / prey relationships, habitat quality
Conservation Behavior: effects of anthropogenic disturbances (traffic noise, recreational sports, hunting / fishing), conservation policy
Husbandry / Captive Animal Care
- Peer-Reveiwed Publications:
Owens, J.L., O'Hatnick, A. & Stec, C. (2012). The effects of extended exposure to traffic noise on parid social and risk-taking behavior. Behavioural Processes, 91(1), 61-69. doi: 10.1016/j.beproc.2012.05.010
Bartmess, J., Branch, C.L., Browning, S., Owens, J.L., & Freeberg, T.M. (2010). Vocal signaling in the context of a perched predator model: a comparative study with Carolina chickadees (Poecile carolinensis), tufted titmice (Baeolophus bicolor), and white-breasted nuthatches (Sitta carolinensis). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology,64, 1187-1198.
Owens, J. L. & Freeberg, T. M. (2007). Variation in chick-a-dee calls of tufted titmice, Baeolophus bicolor: note type and individual distinctiveness. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 122, 1216-1226.
2013 & 2009 Science Alliance Award for Excellence in Research, University of Tennessee
2011 Research featured in an issue of Monitor on Psychology (Vol. 42, No. 9, pg. 25)
2011 Recognized by the 6th Division of the American Psychological Association (APA) as an outstanding Graduate Student Researcher.