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Jan. 9, 2013

Contact: Lesley Fry (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph (419) 995-8284

Ohio State Lima professor receives research grant

Research could help conserve declining species

Dr. Jackie Augustine, assistant professor of biology at The Ohio State University of Lima, recently received a research grant from The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences through its Support for Regional Campus Faculty Research/Creative Activity Program. The award is $2000 and will help purchase equipment necessary to conduct her research.

Augustine and a graduate student will spend March through June in western Kansas studying the habitat requirements of two related grassland gamebird species. They hope to determine whether the two species of prairie-chickens are using similar habitats and which habitat characteristics increase nesting success and survival of prairie-chickens. This data is necessary to guide management decisions; one of the species is being considered for listing as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

This is the first such award received by a faculty member on the Ohio State Lima Campus and grows out of a new initiative by the College of Arts and Sciences to provide financial support for the research and creative activities of Ohio State faculty teaching on the regional campuses of the University.

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