Kelly   Barbour

Kelly Barbour

Kelly Barbour

 Kelly   Barbour

phone 859-344-3584
place S316
today My first year at TMU was 2021

B.S., zoo and conservation science, Otterbein University, Ohio

M.S., biological sciences, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio

Areas of Expertise and Research Interests

Areas of expertise include: animal behavior, sensory ecology, and conservation science. Research interests: environmental influences on animal welfare; anthropogenic effects on behavior and physiology within aquatic organisms; kin recognition in giant pandas; impact of sound, light, conspecifics, and enrichment on organism wellbeing.

Courses Taught: Anatomy & Physiology I & II Labs; Vertebrate Biology Lab


Jackson KM, Young AM, & Ayala JE. 2019. Social interactions and the role of kin recognition within juveniles of a solitary species, the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca). Invited submission to a special edition of the Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research,

Jackson KM & Moore PA. 2019. The intensity and spectrum of artificial light at night alters crayfish interactions. Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology,

Stienecker SL, Jackson KM, & Moore PA. 2019. The role of social and/or ecological contexts influences assessment strategy use in Tilapia. Ethology,


AZA Annual Conference, Virtual. 2020. “Examining penguin behavior, pre-habitat renovation at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden”

SICB Annual Conference, Tampa, FL. 2019. “The effects of artificial light at night: behavioral and physiological shifts within two crayfish species, Faxonius rusticus and Faxonius virilis

ABS Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada. 2017. “Social interactions in giant panda cubs (Ailuropoda melanoleuca): an investigation into the role of kin recognition”

Additional Information

Previous employment at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and MedVet, Cincinnati. Served as the Zoo’s animal excellence assistant. Documented behavioral and physiological changes in mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Created and collaborated on animal welfare related research projects, designed, facilitated data collection, and analyzed data. Held emergency doctor coordinator position at MedVet. Directly supported specific doctor(s) for a given shift by aiding in departmental workflow. Provided client communication for cases through drafting medical records, patient history, and discussing care plans as well as patient discharges. Assisted in providing treatments to patients, facilitating proper restraint tactics, documenting patient vitals, administering medications, and creating a master treatment spreadsheet for patient hospitalization.

Serves as work study supervisor for the Department of Biological Sciences.

Employee Roles
Departments Positions Titles
Biological Sciences Staff Senior Lab Coordinator & Instructor

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