Jon Pigage, Ph.D.

Jon Pigage, Ph.D.

Jon Pigage, Ph.D.

In Memory: 1951-2018
UCCS Biology Department


  • 1980 Ph.D., Biology, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
  • 1975 M.S., Biology, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
  • 1973 B.S., Wildlife Management and Conservation, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

Research Interests

My recent research has focused on mammalian ecology involving the effects of military training on behavior of female mule deer, microbiomes of the intestinal tract of fox and Abert’s squirrels, and population genetics of Abert’s squirrels. 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 collection..

Selected Publications

  • Pigage, H.K., J.C. Pigage and J.R. Demboski. 2017. Survey of Siphonaptera from western North American chipmunk. Comparative Parasitology (in press).
  • Noble, C.W., J.M. Bono, H.K. Pigage, D.W. Hale and J.C. Pigage. 2016. Fine-scale genetic structure in female mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus). Western North American Naturalist 76(4):417-426.
  • Pigage, J.C. and R.D. Peyton. 2013. Dual capture of a Piñon deer mouse and a Silky pocket mouse resulting in consumption of the smaller animal. Prairie Naturalist 45(2):94-95.
  • Carragher, K.A., R.M. Clawges, R.L. Bunn, H.K. Pigage and J.C. Pigage. 2012. Effects of grassland alteration from mowing and fire on bird activity at a Colorado airfield. Human-Wildlife Interactions. 6(2):93-105.
  • Pigage, H.K., J.C. Pigage and R.D. Peyton. 2012. Siphonaptera of Peromyscus in the Niobrara Chalk Barrens, Colorado. Southwestern Naturalist. 57(2):210-212.
  • Pigage, J.C., R.L. Bunn and R.D. Peyton. 2011. Multiple bats entangled on cactus. Prairie Naturalist. 43(1/2):64-65.
  • 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

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
  • BIOL 4450 Ecology of Wildlife Disease