Robert Allan Mauck

Biology Department – Kenyon College

Gambier, OH 43022

(740) 427-5076 /




Ohio Wesleyan University          B.A. Pre-Modern Studies, 1978

The Ohio State University          Ph.D., Zoology, 1997



Kenyon College - Gambier, Ohio – 2013 to Present - Professor of Biology

Max Planck Institute für Ornithologie Radolfzell, Germany – Fall 2016 – Visiting Scientist

Kenyon College - Gambier, Ohio – 2007 to 2013 - Associate Professor of Biology

Kenyon College - Gambier, Ohio – 2002 to 2007 - Assistant Professor of Biology, Harvey F. Lodish Faculty Development Professor in the Natural Sciences

Bowdoin College - Brunswick, Maine – 2000 to 2001, 2004 to 2008 - Director, Bowdoin Scientific Station at Kent Island

Digital Scout International, LLC - Columbus, Ohio - 1995 to 2002 - Founder and Chief Technology Officer - Software development for athletic applications

Kenyon College - Gambier, Ohio - July 1998 to June 2000 - Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

The Ohio State University - Columbus, Ohio - 1989 to 1997 – Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant

Alaska Smokejumper Project - U.S. Bureau of Land Management , Fairbanks, Alaska - 1979 to 1987 - BLM-A Parachute System Research and Development Team, Equipment Development Specialist, Ram-Air Parachute Training Coordinator, Air Attack Coordinator/Spotter, Smokejumper

Anchorage Daily News- Anchorage, Alaska – Reporter/Correspondent from Fairbanks – 1985 to 1986

STIASSI Doves - Bologna, Italy  - 1986 - Assistant Coach for the Stiassi Doves American Football Team of the Associazione d'Italia di Football Americano



Mauck, R.A., S. Adrianowyscz, A. Hedd, I.L. Pollet, L.A. McFarlane Tranquilla, W.A. Montevecchi, C. McMahon, H. Acker, L. Taylor, J. McMahon, D.C. Dearborn. (2018) Female and male Leach’s Storm-Petrels pursue different foraging strategies during the incubation period. In review. Ibis: International Journal of Avian Science.

Wheelwright, N.T. and R.A. Mauck. (2018) Charles Ellsworth Huntington, 1919-2017 IN MEMORIAM. Auk 135(1): 158-159.

Hedd, A, I.L. Pollet, R.A. Mauck, N.M. Burgess, C.M. Burke, M. Mallory, L.A. McFarlane Tranquilla, W.A. Montevecchi, G.J. Robertson, R.A. Ronconi, D. Shutler, P.D. Taylor, S.I. Wilhelm. (2018) Foraging Areas, Offshore Habitat Use, and Colony Overlap by Incubating Leach's Storm-Petrels Oceanodroma leucorhoa in the Northwest Atlantic. PLOS One.

Mauck, R. A., Dearborn, D. C. and Huntington, C. E. (2017), Annual Global Mean Temperature explains reproductive success in a marine vertebrate from 1955-2010. Global Change Biology. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13982

Dearborn, D. C., A.B. Gager, A.G. McArthur, D.A., M.E. Gilmour, E. Mandzhukova, & R.A. Mauck. (2016). Gene duplication and divergence produce divergent MHC genotypes without disassortative mating. Molecular Ecology 25(17): 4355-4367.

Roth, T.H., K. Stocker & R.A. Mauck. (2016). Morphological changes in hippocampal cytoarchitecture as a function of spatial treatment in birds. Developmental Neurobiology. doi: 10.1002/dneu.22413. [Epub ahead of print]

Dearborn, D. C., A.B. Gager, M.E. Gilmour, A.G.  McArthur, D.A. Hinerfeld, & R.A. Mauck. (2015). Non-neutral evolution and reciprocal monophyly of two expressed Mhc class II B genes in Leach's storm-petrel. Immunogenetics 67(2): 111-123.

Gilmour, M.E., C.R. Lattin, L.M. Romero, M.F. Haussmann, R.A. Mauck. & D.C. Dearborn. (2015). Finding the best predictor of reproductive performance of Leach’s Storm-Petrels. Auk 132(1): 191-205.

Fricke, E. C., K.M. Blizzard, D.P. Gannon, & R.A. Mauck. (2015). Model of burrow selection predicts pattern of burrow switching by Leach's Storm-Petrels. Journal of Field Ornithology 86(4): 326-336.

Fasanello, V. J. ED Carlton, M Pott, NM Marchetto, E. Vaughn, K.J. McGraw, R.A. Mauck & M.F. Haussmann. (2015). Monomorphic Ornamentation Related to Oxidative Damage and Assortative Mating in the Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle). Waterbirds 38(1): 106-110.

Dearborn, D.C., A.B. Gager, M.E. Gilmour, A.G. McArthur, D.A. Hinerfield, & R.A. Mauck. 2014. Non-neutral evolution and reciprocal monophyly of two expressed Mhc class II B genes in Leach's storm-petrel. Immunogenetics 66(11): 671-674.

Matson, K.D., R.A. Mauck, S.E. Lynn, & B.I. Tieleman. 2014. Island life shapes the physiology and life history of Eastern bluebirds (Sialia sialis). Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 87 (1) 172-182.

Mauck, R.A., P.F. Doherty, Jr, & C.E. Huntington. 2012. Experience vs. effort: what explains dynamic  heterogeneity with respect to age? Oikos 121(9): 1379–1390.

Mauck, R.A., J.L. Zangmeister, J.C. Cerchiara, C.E. Huntington, & M.F. Haussmann. 2011. Male-biased reproductive effort in a long-lived seabird. Evolutionary Ecology Research 13(1): 19-33.

Kozlowski, C.P., R.A. Mauck, K.M. O’Reilly, J. Philipsborn, & R.E. Ricklefs. 2010. Changes in plasma hormone levels correlate with fledging in nestling Leach’s storm-petrels. General And Comparative Endocrinology  169: 91-97.

Cohen, A.A., R.A. Mauck, N.T. Wheelwright, C.E. Huntington, & K.J. McGraw. 2009. Complexity in relationships between antioxidants and demographic parameters in two distantly related bird species. Oikos 118(12): 1854-1861.

Zangmeister, J.L., M.F. Haussmann, J.A. Cerchiara, & R.A. Mauck. 2009. Incubation success and nest attendance: combining PIT and nest-temperature data reveals individual-specific behavior in Leach’s storm-petrels. Journal of Field Ornithology 80(4): 373-379.

Haussmann, M.F. and R.A. Mauck. 2008. Telomeres and Longevity: Testing an Evolutionary Hypothesis. Molecular Biology and Evolution 25 (1): 220-228.

Haussmann, M.F. and R.A. Mauck. 2008. New strategies for telomere-based age estimation. Molecular Ecology Resources 8 (2): 264–274

Tielemann, B.I., T.H. Dijkstra, J.R. Lasky, R.A. Mauck, G.H. Visser, and J.B. Williams. 2006. Physiological and behavioural correlates of life-history variation: a comparison between tropical and temperate zone House Wrens. Functional Ecology 20: 491-499.

Wheelwright, N.T., C.R. Freeman-Gallant, and R.A. Mauck. 2006. Asymmetrical incest avoidance in the choice of social and genetic mates. Animal Behaviour 71: 631-639.

Mauck, R.A., K. Matson, J., Philipsborn, and R.E. Ricklefs. 2005. Increase in the constitutive innate humoral immune system in Leach’s storm-petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa) chicks is negatively correlated with growth rate. Functional Ecology 19: 1048-1052.

Blackmer, A.L, R.A. Mauck, J.T. Ackerman, C.E. Huntington, G. Nevitt, and J.B. Williams. 2004. Exploring individual quality: basal metabolic rate and reproductive performance in Leach's storm-petrels. Behavioral Ecology 16: 906-913.

Mauck, R.A. and R.E. Ricklefs. 2004. Control of Fledging Age in Leach’s Storm-petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa): Chick development and pre-fledging mass loss. Functional Ecology 19: 73-80.

Mauck, R.A., T.C. Grubb, Jr. and C.E. Huntington. 2004.  Age-specific reproductive success: evidence for the Selection Hypothesis. Evolution 58: 880-885.

Mauck, R.A. and K.C. Harkless. 2001.  The effect of group membership on hiding behaviour in the northern rock barnacle, Semibalanus balanoides. Animal Behaviour 62: 743-748.

Mauck, R.A., E.A. Marschall, and P.G. Parker. 1999. Adult survival and imperfect assessment of parentage: effects on male parenting decisions. American Naturalist.  154: 99-109.

Wheelwright, N.T. and R.A. Mauck, 1998.  Philopatry, natal dispersal, and inbreeding avoidance in an island population of Savannah Sparrows.  Ecology 79: 755-767.

Huntington, C.E., R. Butler and R.A. Mauck.  1996.  Leach's Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa).  In Birds of North America, No. 233 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.)  The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA, and the American Ornithologists Union, Washington, D.C.

Mauck, R.A. and T.C. Grubb, Jr., 1995.  Petrel parents shunt all experimentally induced reproductive costs to their offspring. Animal Behaviour 49:999-1008.

Mauck, R.A., T.C. Waite and P.Parker, 1995.  Monogamy in Leach's Storm-petrel: DNA fingerprinting evidence. Auk 112:473-482.

Grubb, T.C., R.A. Mauck, and S.A. Earnst, 1993.  On No-chickadee zones in Midwestern North America: Evidence from the Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas and the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Auk 111:191-197.



M. S. Fennessy, R.A. Mauck, and E.R. Heithaus. 2006. Spatial investigations of populations and landscapes. in Teaching & Learning with GIS in the Liberal Arts (eds. D. Sinton and J. Lund). ESRI Press, Redlands, CA



Dearborn,, D.C., Gager, A.B.; McArthur, A.G.; Gilmour, M.E; Mandzhukova, E; Mauck, R.A. 2017.  How to Get Diverse MHC Genotypes Without Disassortative Mating. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. New Orleans.

Mauck, R.A., Adrianowycz, S.A., McMahon, C., Acker, H., Taylor, L., Dearborn, D.C. 2016. Sex-specific foraging behavior during the incubation period in Leach’s storm-petrels. 6th International Albatross and Petrel Conference. Barcelona, Spain, 19–23 Sept. 2016.

Wheelwright, N.T. and R.A. Mauck. 2016. Differential sensitivity to weather in nestlings of two co-occurring songbird species. North American Ornithological Congress 2016. Washington, D.C.

Glover, D., Mauck, R. & Marschall, E.  2015. Interactive effect of temperature-induced energetic benefits and shifts in feeding conditions on parental care strategies. Ecological Society of America, Centennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Burgess N.M., A. Hedd, R.A. Mauck and I.L. Pollet. 2014. Monitoring movements, foraging and mercury exposure of breeding Leach’s storm-petrels in Atlantic Canada. 35th annual meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry, Vancouver, BC, 9-13 Nov 14.

O’Connell, C., Villar-Leeman, C., Fricke, E. Gannon, D, Gannon, J. Mauck, R. 2013. The heat is on: air temperature, burrow temperature, and reproductive success in a long-lived seabird. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. San Francisco.

Mauck, R.A.,  Huntington, C.E., and Doherty, P.F., Jr. 2012. Climate, weather, and a long-lived seabird: What can fifty years of data tell us? Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Charleston.

Sorenson, G..H., Huntington, C.E., Mauck, R.A. 2012. Which way to turn? Within-colony movement patterns in a long-lived seabird. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Charleston.

Tun, K.M., Peiris, F.C., Carlton,  E.D., Matson, K.D., and Mauck, R.A. 2012. Finding the blue in bluebirds: what does full-spectrum data tell you about individual quality that a camera cannot?  Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Charleston.

Matson, K.D., Mauck, R.A., Lynn, S.E., and Tieleman, B.I. 2012. Island life and innate immunity: combining comparative and experimental approaches to better understand avian immune system evolution.  Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Charleston.

Marchetto, N.M., E.D. Carlton, R.A. Mauck, & M.F. Haussmann. 2010. Red Hot: Lipid peroxidation and color based assortative mating in black guillemots (Cepphus grille). Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Seattle.

Matson, K.D., M.P.K. Blom, B. Loznik, B.I. Tielemann & R.A. Mauck. 2010. Rearing environment, nest sanitation and chick growth and development. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Seattle.

Haussman, M.F. and R.A. Mauck. 2010. Energy, growth and oxidative stress in Leach’s storm-petrels
(Oceanodroma leucorhoa). Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Seattle.

P.A. Erickson, K.S. Nichols, G.W. Mitchell, R.A. Mauck, & M.F. Haussman. 2009. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket: growth, selfmaintenance, and fledgling survival in Savannah sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) chicks raised in experimentally manipulated broods. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Boston.

Nichols, K.S., P.A. Erickson, R.A. Mauck, & N.T. Wheelwright. 2009. Surf and turf: foraging choices of an island sparrow population. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Boston.

Matson, K.D., E.D. Carlton, J.L. Howard, C.A. Hudak, S.E. Lynn, & R.A. Mauck. 2009. Effects of an experimental immune enhancement, rather than an immune challenge, in a wild bird. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Boston.

Harn, L.J., Haussmann, M.F., & R.A. Mauck. 2009. Don’t count your chicks before they hatch: an experimental manipulation of incubation effort in Leach’s storm-petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa). Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Boston.

Brinda, S., A. Bender, R.A. Mauck and M.F. Haussmann. 2008. Heritability of telomere length in a wild population of Savannah sparrows (Passerculus sandwichensis). Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. San Antonio.

Carlton E.D., S.N. Stewart, M.F. Haussmann and R.A. Mauck. 2008. Flashy feet: color based assortative mating in the black guillemot (Cepphus grylle). Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. San Antonio.

Cerchiara, J.A., J.L. Zangmeister, M.F. Haussmann, & R.A. Mauck. 2007. Immunosenescence in a long-lived seabird. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Phoenix.

Moe, M.K., E.A. Vaughn, R.A. Mauck, & M. F. Haussmann. 2007. Fair Weather Food: The effect of weather variation on total plasma antioxidant levels of Leach’s storm-petrels. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Phoenix.

Vaughn, E.A., M. Pott, M.K. Moe, R.A. Mauck, & M.F. Haussmann. 2007. The Parent Trap: Breeding black guillemots (Cepphus grille) in better body condition have higher levels of lipid peroxidation. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Phoenix.

Zangmeister, J.L., J.A. Cerchiara, M.F. Haussmann, & R.A. Mauck. 2007. Inner beauty in a monomorphic species: immune quality influences mate-choice in Leach's storm-petrel. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Phoenix.

Lake, B., Johnson, A.S., Mauck, R.A. 2007. Influence of orientation and flow speed on feeding behavior and metabolism of the barnacle (Semibalanus balanoides). Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Phoenix.

R.A. Mauck and K.C. Harkless, 2000.  The effect of group membership on hiding behaviour in the northern rock barnacle, Semibalanus balanoides. Animal Behaviour Society.  August 2000. Atlanta, GA.


*Bold denotes undergraduate co-author



2018 Ohio Avian Research Conference, Denison University, Keynote Speaker

2017 Pulama Lana’i, Natural Resources Department, Lana’i, Hawaii

2017 Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand

2016 Max Planck Institute für Ornithologie, Radolfzell, Germany

2016 Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Institut für Tierökologie und Spezielle Zoologie, Gießen, Germany

2011 Department of Evolution, Ecology, & Organismal Biology, Ohio State University

2010 Animal Ecology Group, Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies, University of Groningen.

2009 University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario

2008 Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio

2006 Presidential Lecture. Kenyon College.

2005 Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine.

2004 Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio.



2016 – Newton Chun Award – Kenyon College – Climate and a long-lived seabird: what can 60 years of data tell us? - $8000

2009 – Labalme Development Grant – Kenyon College – Life history evolution and immune function: understanding trade-offs in birds - $4000

2009 – Junior Faculty Trustee Teaching Excellence Award, Kenyon College

2009 – Faculty Development Grant – Kenyon College - Climate change and breeding birds: perspectives from long-term studies - $2500

2007 – Faculty Development Grant – Kenyon College - Capture-Recapture Analysis of Marked Populations of Wild Animals - $2500

2005 – National Science Foundation – Telomere Dynamics and Individual Quality – Integrative Organismal Biology Program – PI – $535,000

2003 - Andrew W. Mellon Foundation – Collaboration with Technology Grant through the Midwest Instructional Technology Center (MITC) – GIS Workshop - $9,720

2000-2004, 2006 – Horatio B. Ebert Foundation – Support for undergraduate field research. $5000/year