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Dr. Gene Sattler

Professor of Biology

(434) 582-2229
Center for Natural Sciences, Room 342


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


Dr. Gene Sattler has worked as a seasonal 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 coordinates students in a project banding migrating Northern Saw-whet Owls in order to study their migration dynamics, and also studies the local fall hawk migration.

Professional Memberships

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 225 General Biology II
  • BIOL 400 Biology Seminar
  • BIOL 408 Animal Behavior
  • BIOL 418 Vertebrate Natural History
  • BIOL 419 Ornithology
  • CRST 290 History of Life


  • 2015.  Burgess, S.C., R. J. Lock, G D. Sattler, and J. D. Oliver.  The energy benefits of the pantograph wing mechanism in flapping flight: Case study of a gull.  International Journal of Micro Air Vehicles 7(3):275-283.
  • 2014. Burgess, S. C., R. J. Lock, J. Wang, G. D. Sattler, and D. Oliver. The effect of aerodynamic braking on the inertial power requirement of flapping flight: case study of a gull. International Journal of Micro Air Vehicles 6(2):117-128.
  • 2013. Davidson, B. S., G. D. Sattler, S. Via, and M. J. Braun. Reproductive isolation in a sky island enclave of Appalachian birds. Ecology and Evolution 3(8):2485-2496.
  • 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.
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