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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 10 years. She currently teaches EEOB 405 Organismal Diversity and BIOL 1114 Biological Sciences: Form, Function, Diversity, and 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) experimentally linking testosterone levels with morphology, territoriality, 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 environmental conditions affect 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, be able to work independently, and excellent communication. 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 http://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, or conduct hormone analyses. 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! 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 B. K. Sandercock. 2011. Demography of female Greater Prairie-Chickens in unfragmented grasslands in Kansas. Avian Conservation and Ecology 6(1): 2.  http://dx.doi.org/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.

Current Lab Member research projects

Jennifer Hale (M.S. student). Vocalizations of Greater Prairie-Chickens.

Neil Hefner (Undergraduate). Influence of soil moisture on the abundance and diversity of mushrooms (Fungi: Ascomycota and Basidiomycota).

Zee Kahn
(Undergraduate). Microhabitat characteristics associated with House Wren presence and nesting success.

Kevin Oxenrider
(Ph.D. student). Habitat associations and reproductive success of two co-occurring prairie grouse.

Nate Sackinger (Undergraduate). Seasonal changes in House Wren vocalizations.

Former Lab Member research projects
Samantha Kramer (B.S. 2012). Avian Diversity in Wetlands, Prairies, and Forests.

Luke Krohn (B.A. 2012). Breeding Ecology of House Wrens in Two Habitats.

Megan Rutledge
(B.S. 2011). Fecundity of male House Wrens varies with mating status.

Jacob Sawmiller (B.S. 2012). Feeding behavior of House Wrens in three habitats representing different levels of human disturbance.

Kristin Schafer (B.S. 2012). Vocalizations of House Wrens throughout the breeding cycle.