American University of Central Asia - AUCA - GWENDOLYN MURDOCK

Academic Background:


Doctoral   Degree, General-Experimental Psychology, 1983

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia

Area of specialization: Comparative Psychology; Minor: Biology

Dissertation: Comparative Study of Behavioral Synchrony in Captive Bovid Herds


Master Degree, Biology, University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado

Thesis: Social Relationships of Woolly Monkeys at the Denver Zoo and the Los Angeles Zoo


Bachelor   Degree, Environmental Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado


Ongoing research projects:

Analysis of Bison Social Relationships: Behavioral Synchrony, Proximity, Similarity.

Ontogeny of Bison Antipredator Behavior.

Social Behavior of Sable Antelope.

Ontogeny of Social Relationships Among Wildebeest.



  1. Huffman, L.; Adamopoulos, A.; Murdock, G.; Cole, A.; McDermid, R. (2011). Strategies to motivate students for program assessment. Educational Assessment, 16 (2), 90-103. DOI: 10.1080/10627197.2011.582771
  2. Cathey, C. & Murdock, G.K. (2008). A successful departmental model: Missouri Southern State University. In R. Miller, R. Rycek, E. Balcetis, S. Barney, B. Beins, S. Burns, R. Smith, & M. Ware (Eds.) Developing, Promoting, and Sustaining the Undergraduate Research Experience in Psychology (pp 82-85). Washington D.C.: APA Division 2: Society for the Teaching of Psychology, an ebook available at
  3. Gray, K.S., Murdock, G.K. & Stebbins, C.D. (May/June 2002) Assessing study abroad’s effect on an international mission. Change, 34 (3), 44-51.
  4. Murdock, G.K. (1999) Sable antelope (Hippotragus niger) behaviour in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. Advances in Ethology 34: Supplements to Ethology, 160, O 263 (abstract).
  5. Larson, L. and Murdock, G.K. (1988) Small bison herd utilization and impact on tall grass prairie. Proceedings of the Eleventh North American Prairie Conference p. 243-245.
  6. Murdock, G.K., and Larson, L. (1986) Behavioral study of a small bison herd at prairie state park. Proceedings of the Tenth North American Prairie Conference No. 07.03.
  7. Murdock, G.K., Stine, W.W., and Maple, T.L. (1983) Observations of maternal-infant interactions in a captive herd of sable antelope (Hippotragus niger). Zoo Biology, 2, 215-224.
  8. Stine, W.W., Howe, L.L., Murdock, G.K., Newland, C.M., Conradsen, L., and Maple, T.L. (1982). The control of progression order in a captive herd of sable antelope (Hippotragus niger). Zoo Biology, 1, 89-110.
  9. Maple, T.L., Lukas, J., Murdock, G.K., Bunkfeldt, L., Bigg, K., Conradsen, L., Ellington, S., and Christenson, T. (1982) Notes on the birth of two sable antelopes (Hippotragus niger). International Zoo Yearbook, 22, 218-221.
  10. Maple, T.L., Murdock, G.K., and Lukas, J. (1981) Birth weights of african antelopes on St. Catherine's Island. Zoologische Garten, 5, 288-390.
  11. Murdock, G.K. (1981) Observation of sexual behavior of woolly monkeys at the Denver Zoo and the Los Angeles Zoo. American Journal of Primatology, 1, 352-353 (abstract).
  12. Quiatt, D., Everett, J., Luerssen, S., and Murdock, G. (1981) Problems in representing behavioral space-time. Proceedings of the VIIIth International Primatological Congress, Primate Behavior and Sociobiology, Chiarelli and Corruccini (Eds.), Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 121-129.
  13. Murdock, G.K. (1978) Maintainance and breeding of white-faced saki (Pithecia pithecia) at the Denver Zoo. International Zoo Yearbook, 18, 115-117.
  14. Murdock, G.K. (1977) Observation on the behavior of three species of Pongidae at the Denver Zoo: Curiosity and object manipulation. Journal of the Colorado-Wyoming Academy of Sciences, 9(1), 2 (abstract).
  15. Bickel, C.L., Murdock, G.K., and Smith, M.L. (1976) Hand-rearing a Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) at Denver Zoo. International Zoo Yearbook, 16, 195-198.



2007-2008 Fulbright Scholar

Outstanding Teacher for 1992, Missouri Southern Foundation, Missouri Southern State College, Joplin MO 64801.


Missouri Southern Grant for Faculty Study Abroad, 1996, 1998, 2005

Funding for Results, Psychology Department Multimedia Equipment, 1999

Missouri Department of Natural Resources, 1992

Missouri Southern Foundation, Faculty Development Grant, 1985-1988, 1996


Professional membership:

Animal Behavior Society

Midwestern Psychological Association

American Psychological Society

Sigma Xi


Academic courses taught:

Research methods in Applied Psychology- required course

Behavioral Statistics - required course


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