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Jackie Augustine holding a prairie-chicken in KansasEducation

Ph.D., Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS (2007)

Dissertation title: Factors affecting the demography of a lek-mating bird: The Greater Prairie-Chicken

M.S., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI (2003)

Thesis title: The effects of environmental variation and female condition on reproduction in Tree Swallows

B.S. Zoology & B.A. Botany, Miami University, Oxford, OH (2000)

Honors Thesis title: Genetic determination of the winter diet of urban Merlins in Wisconsin

 

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, The Ohio State University, Lima, OH (2015-present)

Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University, Lima, OH (2009-2015)

Assistant Professor, Fixed Term, Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, MN (2008-2009)

Biology Instructor, Wartburg College, Waverly, IA (2008)

Biology Instructor, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS (2007)

 

Honors

OSU-Lima Faculty Award for Student Mentorship, The Ohio State University, Lima, OH (2011)

Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Award Nominee, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (2011)

 

Teaching
Jackie Augustine has been on the faculty at OSU-Lima since 2009. 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.  She is actively engaged in learning new teaching techniques to increase student engagement and comprehension.

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, 3) determining how song quality and output affects reproduction, and 4) determine factors affecting species recognition and mate choice in a hybrid zone.

Graduate Students : Prospective students seeking a graduate program are asked to send a letter of inquiry 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. Students with a masters degree are preferred, but everyone considered.  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! 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 February, so please contact Dr. Jackie in January if you plan on applying. Otherwise, contact Dr. Jackie at any time for current research opportunities.

Publications

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 33(1):15-24.  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

Geoff Gould (Ph.D. Student) The relationship between UV signals and parasite load in Lesser Prairie-Chickens (Tympanuchus spp.)

Alexander 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

Rebecca Elting (Undergraduate) Effectiveness of permethrin in reducing mite load in nests of House Wrens

Darien Sproesser (Undergraduate) Does egg coloration signal female quality in House Wrens?

 

Research projects of former lab members

Jennifer Hale (M.S. 2013). The role of male vocal signals during male-male competition and female mate choice in Greater Prairie-Chickens (Tympanuchus cupido).  Jennifer is currently a Laboratory Manager at Arizona State University.

Megan Ahrns (B.S. 2015) Effectiveness of predator guards on nest boxes for House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon).
Megan is graduating in Dec 2015 and hopes to enter professional school in the medical field.

Alexandria Crawford (B.S. 2014) A test of the effectiveness of diatomaceous earth to reduce mite load and increase reproductive success of the House Wren (Troglodytes aedon).  Alex is a Chief Medical Scribe and hopes to enter professional school in the medical field.

Ryan Kinn (B.S. 2014) Response to chemical cues from a predator in a cavity-nesting bird species, the House Wren (Troglodytes aedon). Ryan is pursuing a Doctor of Dentistry degree at the University of Kentucky.

Zee Kahn (B.S. 2015) Microhabitat characteristics associated with House Wren presence and nesting success. Zee is pursuing a Doctor of Dentistry degree at The Ohio State University.

Nate Sackinger (B.S. 2015) Do male House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon) vary their singing among various reproductive stages? Nate hopes to enter professional school in the medical field.

Jacob Sawmiller (B.S. 2012) Effect of habitat type on parental care in House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon).  Jacob completed his Masters Degree in Criminal Justice.

Kristin Schafer (B.S. 2012) Seasonal variation in the song of male House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon). Kristin is pursuing a Doctor of Medicine degree at Toledo University.

Luke Krohn (B.A. 2012) Differences in feeding rates and reproductive success of House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon) between a disturbed and natural site.  Luke is happily employed as a high school biology teacher.

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

 

 Service

Breeding Bird Survey Volunteer. US Geological Survey. Ohio. Survey two breeding bird survey routes (Kalida and Botkins). Each consists of three work days in June, one day for scouting the route, one for the actual survey, and one for data entry.

Program Coordinator. Tri-Moraine Audubon Society. Recruit speakers for monthly meetings. Visit Tri-Moraine’s website at: http://www.tri-moraineaudubon.org/