Gene Sattler, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

Office: Micro/Molecular Hall (Dorm 13) 214
Phone: 434-582-2229

B.S. Toledo University
M.S. Ohio State University
Ph.D. University of Maryland

Courses taught 
BIOL 224 General Biology I
BIOL 225 General Biology II
BIOL 400 Biology Seminar
BIOL 408 Animal Behavior 
BIOL 418 Vertebrate Natural History
BIOL 419 Ornithology

Professional Memberships 
American Ornithologists' Union
Wilson Ornithological Society
Cooper Ornithological Society
Eastern Bird-Banding Association
Animal Behavior Society
Hawk Migration Association of NA

The “other Dr. Sattler” in the department is the younger brother of Dr. Paul Sattler by eight years and has been at Liberty since 1996. He grew up in Toledo, Ohio, his first love is birds, and he listens to classical music. He has worked as a summer naturalist and as a zookeeper at the Toledo and Cincinnati Zoos. His doctoral research at the Smithsonian Institution used molecular markers to examine the genetics, behavior, morphology, and ecology of hybridizing Black-capped and Carolina chickadees. In the fall he spends time on the “Bald Spot” documenting local hawk migration, and also bands migrating Northern Saw-whet Owls in the area. His wife, Christy, formerly worked as a children’s nurse.


  • 2007. Sattler, G. D., Sawaya, P., and M. J. Braun.  An assessment of song admixture as an indicator of hybridization in Black-capped Chickadees (Poecile atricapillus) and Carolina Chickadees (Poecile carolinensis).  The Auk 124:926-944.
  • 2005. Bronson, C. L., T. C. Grubb, Jr., G. D. Sattler, and M. J. Braun.  Reproductive success across the Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) and Carolina Chickadee (P. carolinensis) hybrid zone in Ohio.  The Auk 122:759-772.
  • 2003. Sattler, G., T. Dalmas, R. Ferrell, and R. Bruno eds.  The Birds of Lynchburg, Virginia and Vicinity: 2003 Revision.  Lynchburg Bird Club, Lynchburg, Virginia.
  • 2003. Bronson, C. L., T. C. Grubb, Jr., G. D. Sattler, and M. J. Braun. Mate preference: a possible causal mechanism for a moving hybrid zone. Animal Behavior 65:489-500.
  • 2001. Sattler, G. D, Jamie Perdue, Daryl Rich, and Matthew Zagorski. Preliminary survey of autumn hawk migration in the inner piedmont of Virginia. In K. Bildstein and D. Klem eds., Hawkwatching in the Americas. Hawk Migration Association of North America.
  • 2000. Sattler, G. D. and M. J. Braun. Morphometric variation as an indicator of genetic interactions between Black-capped and Carolina chickadees at a contact zone in the Appalachian Mountains. Auk 117:427-444.
  • 1985. Sattler, G. D. and J. Bart. A technique for evaluating observer efficiency in raptor migration counts. In M. Harwood, ed., Proceedings of Hawk Migration Conference IV. Hawk Migration Association of North America. 
  • 1984.  Sattler, G. D. and J. Bart. Reliability of counts of migrating raptors: an experimental analysis.  Journal of Field Ornithology 55:415-423.