Jon C. Pigage

Jon Charles Pigage
Associate Professor
Office:  Osborne Center B329
Phone:  (719) 255-3835


Ph.D., Biology - University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
M.S., Biology - University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
B.S., Wildlife Management and Conservation, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

Research Interests:

With an undergraduate degree in wildlife biology and graduate studies concentrating in mammalogy and physiology, I have remained interested in these areas of study. Although my earlier studies and graduate students concentrated on natural history and rodent fleas, I am currently involved with studies on mule deer does and red foxes. The purpose of the mule deer research is to elucidate the effects of military training on the short and long term activities of the does and their choices of parturition sites. Currently graduate students under my supervision are studying bird populations around a military air field as they may relate to bird-aircraft strike hazards, landscape use and behavior of red foxes in an urban environment, and wildlife use of guzzlers. In addition, I am a Research Associate at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science where I collaborate with colleagues on the identification of fleas from small mammals in the museum's collection.

Selected Publications:

  1. Pigage, J.C. and H.K. Pigage. 2010. Summer activity pattern and home range of northern pocket gophers in an alfalfa field. Prairie Naturalist 42(3/4):142-144.
  2. Pigage, H.K., J.C. Pigage, R.D. Peyton, and M.L. Klaber. 2010. Preliminary study of fleason rodents in three Colorado counties. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases10(1):102. (Abstract)
  3. Pigage, H.K., J.C. Pigage and J.F. Tillman. 2005. Fleas associated with the northern pocket gopher (Thomomys talpoides) in Elbert County, Colorado. Western North American Naturalist 65(2):210-214.

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 3220 Animal Physiology
  • BIOL 3600 Histology
  • BIOL 3700 General Ecology
  • BIOL 4280/5280 Mammalogy
  • BIOL 4350/5350 Human Anatomy
  • BIOL 4430 Animal Ecology
  • BIOL 4440 Winter Ecology

Student Research Projects

  • Undergraduate:  none
  • Graduates:  none

Student research opportunities

Students with a background in ecology can find employment with government agencies at the local, county, state, and federal level. Graduate students have been employed by the Federal Government with the County Public Health Dept., U.S. Army, and the U.S. Forest Service. Students have also gone on to graduate school in the doctoral program.

Prerequisites for student research projects:

  1. Admission to the graduate program.

Contact Us

University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Department of Biology
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
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