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Jason R. Courter

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Jason R. Courter
wpbhegre+znybar+rqh 330.471.8168
Timken Science 243

Assistant Professor of Biology

I was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and grew up working on my family's Christmas tree farm.  I currently live in Canton with my wife (Lynn) and two children.  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family outdoors, birding, traveling, and playing the guitar and banjo.  My hope is that through my classes students are equipped to understand and care for the natural world and are amazed by it complexity.


  • B.S. Taylor University
  • M.S. Eastern Kentucky University
  • Ph.D., Clemson University


2013 - Present, Assistant professor of Biology, Malone University
2012 - 2013, Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Taylor University - Upland, IN
2009 - 2012, Research Assistant, Clemson University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife - Clemson, SC
2008, Rocky Mountain Summer Field Instructor, Taylor University Biology Department
2007 - 2009, Teaching Assistant, Eastern Kentucky University Biology Department - Richmond, KY
2003 - 2007, High School Biology and Earth Science Educator, Christiansburg High School - Christiansburg, VA
2002, Nation Science foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates, Hope College Biology Department - Holland, MI

Teaching Assignments

Wildlife Biology
Environmental Science
General Biology I and II

Recent Scholarly Work

Arab A and JR Courter. 2014. Spatio-temporal trend analysis of spring arrival data for migratory birds.
     Communications in statistics - simulation and Computation.  Advance online publication.
     doi: 10.1080/03610918.2013.809100.

Courter JR, RJ Johnson, KG Hubbard, WC Bridges. 2013. assessing migration of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
     at broad temporal and spatial scales.  Auk 130: 1-11. Editor's Choice Award and popular media coverage by
     The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and National Public Radio.

Courter JR, RJ Johnson, CM Stuyck, BA Lang, EW Kaiser. 2013. Weekend bias in Citizen Science data reporting:
     implications for phenology studies.  International Journal of Biometerology 57:715-720.

Courter JR and G Ritchison. 2012. Assymetries in mobbing behavior among nuclear flockmates.
     The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 124:627-630.

Zelt J, JR Courter, A Arab, RJ Johnson, S Droege. 2012 Reviving a legacy Citizen Science project to illuminate
     shifts in bird phenology.  International Journal of Zoology 2012:1-6.

Surasinghe TD, JR Courter, RF Baldwin, RJ Johnson. 2012. Use of threat-analysis to assess the effects of land
     development on biodiversity in a Blue Ridge-Piedmont landscape.  Journal of Conservation Planning 8:1-11.

Surasinghe TD, JR Courter. 2012. Citizen science as a teaching lab in ecology.  Bioscene 38(2): 16-20.

Courter JR. 2011 Graduate students in conservation biology: helping bridge the Research-
     Implementation Gap.  Journal for nature Conservation 20:62-64.

Courter JR and G Ritchison. 2010. alarm calls of Tufted Titmice convey information about predator size
     and threat.  Behavioral Ecology 21:936-942.