Steven J. Wagner

General education professor


  • B.A., biology, University of South Florida, 1981
  • M.S., zoology, Clemson University, 1984
  • Ph.D., zoology, Clemson University, 2004


  • SCAD Presidential Fellowship for Faculty Development, 2009
  • American Wind Energy Association second annual Offshore Wind Power Workshop, 2009
  • Lander Foundation Grant with Dr. Jennifer Dever, Avian species diversity study: StarFort National Historic Site, 2001
  • Faculty Development Grant, Lander University, 1996
  • Travel award from Association of Field Ornithologists, 1996
  • Travel award from New Zealand Organizing Committee of the 20th International Ornithological Congress, 1990
  • Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research, Locomotor Activity and Brain Biogeninc Amine Levels: Diurnal and Seasonal Variation in Migratory Birds, 1988


American Ornithologists' Union; Animal Behavior Society; Carolina Bird Club; Cooper Ornithological Society; Eastern Bird Banding Association; Georgia Ornithological Society; Sigma Xi; Coastal Group Georgia Sierra Club; coordinator of the Jasper County, South Carolina, Spring Migration Count; South Carolina Bird Records Committee; Breeding Bird Survey volunteer (Biological Resources Division of USGS); South Carolina state coordinator for the Breeding Bird Survey (Biological Resources Division of USGS); compiler for the Long Cane, South Carolina, Christmas Bird Count (National Audubon Society); coordinator of the Oconee County, South Carolina, spring and fall North American Migration Count

Publications and Presentations


  • "First breeding records for Tree Swallows in South Carolina," The Chat, Vol. 66: 145-148, Wagner, S. J., S. Stegenga and B. Hilton, Jr., 2002
  • "Georgia's second state record for Townsend's Warbler," The Oriole, Vol. 61: 81-82, Mizrahi, D. and S. J. Wagner, 1996
  • "Reliability of aging criteria by feather characteristics of eastern bluebirds," Journal of Field Ornithology, Vol. 65: 504-507, Plissner, J. H., S. J. Wagner and P. A. Gowaty, 1995
  • "Correlates of dominance in intraspecific and interspecific interactions of song sparrows and white-throated sparrows," Animal Behaviour, Vol. 39: 522-527, Wagner, S. J. and S. A. Gauthreaux, Jr., 1990
  • "Laboratory and field investigation of skull pneumatization in song and swamp sparrows," Journal of Field Ornithology, Vol. 61: 34-40, Hamel, P. B. and S. J. Wagner, 1990
  • "Breeding season aggression of female and male eastern bluebirds (Sialia sialis) to models of potential conspecific and interspecific egg dumpers," Ethology, Vol. 78: 238-250, Gowaty, P. A. and S. J. Wagner, 1988
  • "Northern Flicker nesting on the ground," Chat, Vol. 50: 20-22, Wagner, S. J. and S. M. Miller, 1986
  • "Status of the House Finch in South Carolina, including discovery of two nests in Clemson," Chat, Vol. 48: 5-7, Hamel, P. B. and S. J. Wagner, 1984


  • The impact of Hurricane Hugo on the breeding birds of Francis Marion National Forest, Association of Field Ornithologists, Jekyll Island, Georgia, 1996
  • Sex differences in aggressive responses of eastern bluebirds to models of conspecifics, 20th International Ornithological Congress, Christchurch, New Zealand, Wagner, S. J. and P. A. Gowaty, 1990
  • Sources of variation in aggression during egg-laying among female eastern bluebirds (Sialia sialis), Animal Behavior Society, Highland Heights, Kentucky, Wagner, S. J. and P. A. Gowaty, 1989
  • Behavioral dominance and weight loss in two species of Emberezine finches, Animal Behavior Society, Raleigh, North Carolina, Wagner, S. J., 1985
  • Behavioral dominance and weight loss in two species of Emberezine finches, International Ethological Congress, Toulouse, France, Wagner, S. J., 1985