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Janice Crook-Hill, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor, Biology
Phone: 706-864-1931

Office: Health and Natural Sciences, 433, Dahlonega
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Areas of Expertise: Evolution of Behavior, Ornithology

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 1101/1101L Introductory Biology
  • BIOL 1107K Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 1108K Principles of Biology II
  • BIOL 4080 Ornithology


  • Ph.D., Biology, State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry, 1984
  • M.S., Zoology, Rutgers University, 1981
  • B.S., Biology, The Ohio State University, 1977

Research/Special Interests

Dr. Crook-Hill studies avian biology, and is especially interested in the evolution of behavior and conservation. With the help of student researchers, she is monitoring a population of the Golden-winged Warbler on Brawley Mountain in Fannin County, as part of an international conservation effort.  The species is in severe decline throughout much of its range, especially in Georgia.  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service have implemented a project to restore suitable habitat on Brawley Mountain. The monitoring efforts involve mapping individual territories using GPS and GIS, recording and analyzing songs, and conducting point counts in an effort to determine the size of the population and evaluate the effects of the habitat enhancement.  In addition, she is working with Dr. McCaskill to develop a native woodland garden on the North Georgia Dahlonega campus, which will serve both conservation and educational purposes.  Future plans are to study Northern Mockingbirds and human recognition, and to establish a habitat to attract Common Nighthawks on the roof of the Health and Natural Sciences Building. Past research has focused on mating behavior and parental care (including infanticide) in Barn Swallows, and song recognition in Blue-winged and Golden-winged Warblers and their hybrids.  If any of these pique your interest or if you are curious about any aspect of avian biology you are welcome to contact her.


Crook, Janice R. 1984. Song variation and interspecific discrimination in Blue-winged Warblers. Wilson Bulletin 95: 95-109

Crook, Janice R. and William M. Shields. 1985. Sexually selected infanticide by adult male Barn Swallows. Animal Behavior 85: 754-756

Personal Information

Dr. Crook-Hill grew up in Ohio and has lived in New Jersey, New York, and New Hampshire prior to moving to Georgia. She and her husband live in Cumming where they have (almost) raised three sons, Adam, Noah, and Ben. In addition to teaching and studying biology, she enjoys hiking, reading, and playing cello with the North Georgia Chamber Symphony, a community orchestra based in Dahlonega.

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