George Waring | Zoology Program | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Agriculture, Life and Physical Sciences

George Waring

Professor Emeritus



Dr. Waring's research spans the following: (1) ethology and vertebrate natural history; (2) applied animal behavior of wild, domesticated, and zoo animals; (3) behavioral development and ecological interactions; (4) computer modeling behavior of animals in groups using adaptive fuzzy systems; (5) visual and auditory communication of birds and mammals; (6) biological impacts of human activities on wild vertebrate populations; and (7) conservation biology related to alien species.


Ph.D., Colorado State University

Course taught

Diversity of Animals: The Vertebrates, Natural History of Vertebrates, Upland Game Birds and Selectively-Managed Species, Ornithology, Animal Behavior, Seminar in Animal Behavior

Areas of interest

Animal Behavior, Applied Ethology, Vertebrate Biology

Recent Publications

Waring, George H. 1997. Behavior and habitat use of axis deer on Maui, Hawaii. Abstracts, Annual Meeting of the Animal Behavior Society, College Park, Maryland. 

Waring, George H. 1998. Behavior and ecology of Jackson's chameleons on Maui, Hawaii. Abstracts, Annual Meeting of the Animal Behavior Society, Carbondale, Illinois.

Waring, George H. 1998. Status and behavior of newly-established parrot population of Maui, Hawaii. Abstracts, North American Ornithological Conference, St. Louis, Missouri.

Waring, George H. 1999. Foraging behavior, habitat utilization, and status of pueos (Asio flammeus sandwichensis) on Haleakala Volcano, Maui, Hawaii. Proceedings of the Southwestern and Rocky Mountain Division, American Association for the Advancement of Science 39(2):35.

Waring, George H. 2000. Survey of federally-funded marine mammal research and studies, FY74-99. Publication PB2001-103492. National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA. 174 p.

Waring, George H. 2000. Reactive distances: their utility in applied ethology. Abstracts, Annual Meeting of the Animal Behavior Society, Atlanta, Georgia.

Gillie, Lynn L. and George H. Waring. 2003. Dog training laboratory: applied animal behavior. Pp. 159-165 in B. J. Ploger and K. Yasukawa [eds.], Exploring Animal Behavior in Laboratory and Field: An Hypothesis-Testing Approach to the Development, Causation, Function, and Evolution of Animal Behavior. Academic Press, San Diego.

Waring, George H. 2003. Horse Behavior, Second Edition. Noyes Publications/William Andrew Publishing, Norwich, New York. 442 p.