The William Brewster Memorial Award goes to the author or co-authors of an exceptional body of work on birds of the Western Hemisphere. The award was established in 1921 and is in honor of William Brewster, one of the founding members of the American Ornithologists’ Union. Previous recipients include Geoff Hill, Steve Beissinger, Joanna Burger, Spencer Sealy and John Fitzpatrick. This year the award, which consists of a medal and honorarium, is given to Dr. James D. Nichols.
Dr. Nichols is a senior scientist emeritus at the Patuxent Research Center in Maryland where he spent a distinguished 40-year career with the Migratory Bird and Habitat Research Laboratory associated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and now the US Geological Survey. His research has made major contributions to the development of quantitative analysis of wildlife populations with special emphasis on birds, including the development and refinement of mark-recapture models, occupancy modeling, and other approaches to understanding the dynamics animal populations. His analytical approaches to ornithology in particular, and animal conservation in general, are embodied in the theme of adaptive management, a principle he championed for waterfowl that is now the backbone of wildlife management.
Dr. Nichols received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1976. Since then, he has produced over 400 publications and reports including 294 peer-reviewed scientific publications and 4 books. They have been cited over 43,000. Through associations with 21 universities, Dr. Nichols has also mentored over 50 graduate students.
In recognition of a meritorious body of research on birds over a long and distinguished career, AOS is pleased to award Jim Nichols the 2017 Brewster Award.