The Cooper Ornithological Society announced the winners of three professional awards during the society’s annual meeting, held in August at the North American Ornithological Conference in Washington, D.C.
The Young Professional Award recognizes early-career researchers for their outstanding scientific research and contributions to the ornithological profession. In 2016, the society awarded Young Professional Awards to Daniel Baldassarre, University of Miami (Sexual selection and speciation in the red-backed fairywren) and Peter Hosner, University of Florida (‘Continental’ bird speciation in an oceanic archipelago).
The Loye and Alden Miller Research Award for lifetime achievement in ornithological research was presented to Walter Koenig, for his foundational contributions to ornithology, ecology, and behavioral ecology and the uniting of these and related disciplines through his integrative, interdisciplinary investigations of birds and their environments. His long-term study of Acorn Woodpeckers, which he continues to lead after more than four decades of continual investigation, is among the most influential of such studies, in part because it has continued to evolve as new generations of field and lab techniques provided opportunities to ask new questions at all levels of biological organization, from proximate to ultimate.
The Katma Award, for an outstanding paper related to ornithology that offers unconventional idea or innovative approaches, was presented to Drs. Muhammad Asghar, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, Dennis Hasselquist, Lund University, Lund, Sweden, Bengt Hansson, Lund University, Pavel Zehtindjiev, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria, Helena Westerdahl, Lund University, and Staffan Bensch, Lund University, for their paper “Hidden costs of infection: Chronic malaria accelerates telomere degradation and senescence in wild birds” which appeared in 2015 in Science (347:436–438).
Learn more about COS’s professional awards here.