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Jackie Augustine, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. (Biology) Kansas State University
M.S. (Biological Sciences) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
B.A. (Botany), B.S. (Zoology) Miami University, Oxford OH

Contact Information:

Office: Science Building 330
Phone: 419-995-8237
Email: augustine.63@osu.edu
Mailing address:
4240 Campus Dr.
Lima, OH 45804

Jackie Augustine has been on the faculty at OSU-Lima since 2009, but has been an Instructor or Teaching Assistant for over 10 years. She currently teaches BIOL 1113 Energy Transfer and Development, EEOB 3320 Organismal Diversity, and EEOB 3420 Behavioral Ecology. She appeals to multiple learning styles by incorporating problem-based learning, field trips, and hands-on activities whenever possible.

Research Interests
Jackie Augustine is a behavioral ecologist who specializes in mating strategies of birds. She is particularly interested in the proximate environmental and hormonal factors mediating reproductive success of avian species. Her general approach has been to observe wild birds, conduct experiments, analyze data using advanced statistical methodology, and elucidate underlying genetic and physiological processes with blood and fecal analyses. Her research has specifically addressed these topics: 1) linking testosterone levels and genetic diversity with reproductive behavior and male mating success, 2) using modern statistical approaches to provide unbiased demographic estimates for a declining grassland bird, and 3) determining how song quality and output affects reproduction.

Graduate Students: Prospective students seeking a graduate program are asked to send a letter of enquiry in the fall for current research opportunities. Successful applicants should have a solid foundation of field and research experience, competitive grades and GRE scores, research interests in behavioral ecology, and excellent communication. Additionally, demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team is necessary. Generally, students will conduct coursework at the main campus (Columbus) and travel to Kansas in the spring to conduct field work on prairie-chickens, although students may also develop their own research projects. To learn more about the Graduate Program in Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, visit eeob.osu.edu/grad/graduate-program.  

Undergraduate Students: Dr. Jackie is looking for motivated students interested in collaborating on future research projects. You may help capture wild birds, observe their behavior in their natural environment, and monitor their reproductive success. You can be as involved as you want to be: just volunteer when you are available or conduct a research project spanning one semester or the entire summer! You can even get paid to conduct your own summer research through the Undergraduate Research Office! In the past, students were able to obtain summer research fellowships ($3500 to conduct summer research), present their research locally and at national conferences, and graduate ‘with research distinction’ on their transcript.  The deadline for summer funding is in March, so please contact Dr. Jackie in January if you plan on applying. Otherwise, contact Dr. Jackie at any time for current research opportunities.


Augustine, J.K., and D.R. Trauba. 2014. Potential for behavioral species isolation between Greater Prairie-Chickens and Sharp-tailed Grouse in west-central Minnesota. Journal of Ethology.  DOI:  10.1007/s10164-014-0410-8

Hale, J.A., D.A. Nelson, and J.K. Augustine. 2014. Are vocal signals used to recognize individuals during male-male competition in Greater Prairie-Chickens (Tympanuchus cupido)? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 68: 1441-1449. DOI: 10.1007/s00265-014-1751-6

Augustine, J.K., and B.K. Sandercock. 2011. Demography of female Greater Prairie-Chickens in unfragmented grasslands in Kansas. Avian Conservation and Ecology 6(1):2.  DOI: 10.5751/ACE-00429-060102

Augustine, J.K., J.J. Millspaugh, and B.K. Sandercock.  2011.  Testosterone mediates mating success in Greater Prairie-Chickens.  In Studies in Avian Biology 39:195-208.

Research projects of current lab members

Erin Linderman (M.S. Student) The use of vocal signals during species recognition in Greater and Lesser Prairie-Chickens (Tympanuchus spp.)

Megan Ahrns (Undergraduate) Effectiveness of predator guards on nest boxes for House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon)

Alex Crawford (Undergraduate) A test of the effectiveness of diatomaceous earth to reduce mite load and increase reproductive success of the House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)

Alex Davis (Undergraduate) Do House Wrens signal predator type in their alarm calls?

Katie Philpot (Undergraduate) Are male House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon) open-ended or closed-ended learners?

Jackie Smith (Undergraduate) A hematological study of House Wrens and its association with morphology

Research projects of former lab members

Jennifer Hale (M.S. 2013). The role of male vocal signals during male-male competition and female mate choise in Greater Prairie-Chickens (Tympanuchus cupido)

Ryan Kinn
(B.S. 2014) Response to chemical cues from a predator in a cavity-nesting bird species, the House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)

Zee Kahn
(B.S. 2015) Microhabitat characteristics associated with House Wren presence and nesting success.

Nate Sackinger
(B.S. 2015) Do male House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon) vary their singing among various reproductive stages?

Jacob Sawmiller
(B.S. 2012) Effect of habitat type on parental care in House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon)

Kristin Schafer
(B.S. 2012) Seasonal variation in the song of male House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon)

Luke Krohn (B.A. 2012) Differences in feeding rates and reproductive success of House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon) between a disturbed and natural site

All undergraduate theses are available on OSU’s Knowledge Bank (http://kb.osu.edu).