Dr. J. Andrew Roberts

Dr. Roberts with a Sea Cucumber on KauaiAssociate Professor & Ohio State Newark Research Coordinator

  • (Newark) The Ohio State University at Newark, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, 1179 University Drive, Newark, OH 43055, Office: 2060 Founders Hall
  • (Columbus) The Ohio State University, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, 318 W. 12th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210, Office: 320 Aronoff Lab, Lab: 1508 & 1534 Museum of Biological Diversity
  • Email: roberts.762@osu.edu
  • Phone: 740-366-9178
  • Skype: j.andrew.roberts
  • Twitter: @spiderprofessor

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor (2010-present). Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, The Ohio State University at Newark
  • Assistant Professor (2004-2010). Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, The Ohio State University at Newark
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor (2003-2005). Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow (2003-2004). “Collaborative Research: Sensory Ecology of an Animal Communication Network,” (National Science Foundation IBN 0239164/0238854) (Co-PI) G.W. Uetz (PI), University of Cincinnati, Department of Biological Sciences

Administrative Appointments

  • Research Coordinator (2011-present). The Ohio State University at Newark. (Responsibilities) 1) Monitor progress on externally funded research programs; 2) Write specifications for evaluation or monitoring of programs by outside agencies; 3) Assist department personnel in writing periodic reports to comply with grant requirements; Maintain files on grants and monitor paperwork connected with grant-funded programs; 4) Report on campus’s grant activity; 5) Liaison with personnel in the Office of Sponsored Programs; 6) Track indirect cost recovery (IDC) and communicate with principal investigators about the distribution and expenditure of IDC funds.
  • Unit Budget Manager (2005-2006, 2008-2009, 2011-2013). The Ohio State University at Newark. Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology.  (Responsibilities) 1) Serve as a liaison between Newark Campus Biology faculty and Newark Campus administration; 2) Oversee the laboratory supervisor, laboratory assistant(s), full and part time lecturers; 3) Manage the Biology budget (and any related budgets); 4) Schedule Anatomy, Biology, Entomology, and/or EEOB courses at Ohio State Newark and assign instructors; 5) Organize meetings of the Newark Biology faculty; 6) Manage an assessment plan for Introductory Biology classes at Ohio State Newark.
  • Student Research Forum Coordinator (2005-2013). The Ohio State University at Newark. (Responsibilities) 1) Event coordinator that organizes and plans annual, interdisciplinary undergraduate research forum including annual budget review and management, reservation of space, hiring caterers, advertising, web page maintenance, guest speaker invitations, collection and review of abstracts, seeking and organizing teams of judges for oral and poster presentations, and emceeing award ceremony.

Education

  • PhD (2003) University of Cincinnati (Biological Sciences; Behavioral Ecology) Dissertation Title: Multi-modal Communication in Spiders: Information Content and Consequences of Signal Apparency. Dr. George W. Uetz, Advisor
  • MS (2001) (Non-Thesis), University of Cincinnati (Biological Sciences; Chemical Ecology)
  • BS (1995) Purdue University (Neurophysiology)

Grant Support

  • Scholarly Activities Grant (2015) The Ohio State University at Newark. Co-PI with Shauna Weyrauch (Ohio State Newark Biology) “Wild Coshocton: A camera-trapping program to monitor bobcats (Lynx rufus) in Coshocton county.” $3,463.00
  • Faculty Initiated Student Assistantship Grant (2015) The Ohio State University at Newark. Co-PI with Shauna Weyrauch (Ohio State Newark Biology) “Wild Coshocton: A camera-trapping program to monitor bobcats (Lynx rufus) in Coshocton county.” $1,953.00
  • Student Assistantship Grant (2011) The Ohio State University at Newark. “Assessing critical thermal limits in the wolf spider Schizocosa ocreata.” $2,000.00
  • Investments in Impact Grant (2010) The Ohio State University at Newark. “Physical Environment and Physiological Constraints on Signaling in Wolf Spiders.” $51,210.00
  • Scholarly Activities Grant (2010) The Ohio State University at Newark. “Pheromones and Spider Silk: Chemical Communication in a Wolf Spider.” $3,913.00
  • Scholarly Activities Grant (2009) The Ohio State University at Newark. “Stress and strain: Environmental influences on silk biomechanics in a cave spider.” $3,968.00
  • Student Assistantship Grant (2009) The Ohio State University at Newark. “Seismic signaling in the wolf spider Schizocosa bilineata.” $2,000.00
  • Investments in Impact Grant (2008) The Ohio State University at Newark. “Animal Tracking and Behavioral Analysis System” $43,670.00
  • Student Assistantship Grant (2007) The Ohio State University at Newark. “Context dependent mate choice: Evaluating a model system” $1500.00
  • Scholarly Activities Grant (2007) The Ohio State University at Newark. “Collaborative research: A comprehensive survey of Ohio caves,” $3585.20
  • Scholarly Activities Grant (2006) The Ohio State University at Newark. “Context-dependent mate choice: Establishing a model system,” $2550.00
  • NSF Subaward (OSP# OSP05174, UC PATS# 23548) (2005) University of Cincinnati. From NSF/IOB-0239164 “Collaborative Research: Sensory Ecology of an Animal Communication Network” $31,070.00
  • Research to the Undergraduate Grant (2005) The Ohio State University at Newark. Co-PI with Dr. Jerry Curtis (OSUN, French) and Dr. Melissa Jungers (OSUN, Psychology) $16,536.00
  • Scholarly Activities Grant (2005) The Ohio State University at Newark. “Roberts & Cabral: The Baker Hall Woodland Habitat Enclosure,” Co-PI with Dr. Jose Cabral (OSUN, Chemistry) $2500.00
  • Student Assistantship Grant (2005) The Ohio State University at Newark. “Communication in a Complex Environment: Consequences of Signal Apparency” $1518.72
  • Teaching Enhancement Grant (2005) The Ohio State University at Newark. “Animal Behavior in the Classroom” $1250.00
  • Travel for Scholarly Activities Grant (2004) The Ohio State University at Newark. “Impact of El Nino on Group Formation” $1,200.00
  • National Science Foundation Grant (2003) “Collaborative Research: Sensory Ecology of an Animal Communication Network,” Co-PI with Dr. George W. Uetz (PI, Univ. Cincinnati) and Dr. David Clark (Co-PI, Alma College) IBN 0239164/0238854 $464,000.00

Teaching

Course Instruction

  • Introductory Biology (Bio 1101/HE1101)

Graduate Seminars

  • (AU2013) EEOB 8896.02 Current Topics in Behavior
  • (AU2008) EEOB 881.05: Speciation in Birds
  • (AU2007) EEOB 881.05: Evolution of Bird Coloration
  • (SP2007) EEOB 881.02: Pheromones and Animal Behavior

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