Congratulations to the 2018 AOS Student Presentation Award Winners!

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The AOS proudly recognizes the students receiving honors for the best oral presentations given at the 136th stated meeting of American Ornithology in Tucson, Arizona These awards are not ranked, but honor excellence in presenting original, significant science that advances our understanding of birds and their conservation. The 2018 awardees (listed in alphabetical order based on last names for categories with multiple awardees) are:

Nellie Johnson Baroody Award 

The Nellie Johnson Baroody Award recognizes an outstanding oral presentation by a student given on any topic. The award was established in 1980 by an anonymous donor, who endowed a fund in honor of the individual’s early mentor, Mrs. Baroody, an amateur birdwatcher in Berwyn, Illinois. The award includes an honorarium.

Calum Dixon, Colby-Sawyer College
Poster: Examining temporal changes in morphology, population dynamics, and wind migration patterns of raptor species migrating through Cape May, New Jersey







Robert B. Berry Award 

The Robert B. Berry Award recognizes the best oral presentation by a student on the subject of conservation. The award was established in 2007 at the annual meeting in Laramie, Wyoming, through the generous gift of Mr. Berry, a Wyoming rancher, philanthropist, Falcon Breeder, and conservationist. The award includes an honorarium.

Gavin Jones, University of Wisconsin
Presentation: Declining old-forest species as a legacy of large trees lost







Mark E. Hauber Award 

The Mark E. Hauber Award recognizes the most outstanding oral presentation by a student on avian behavior. The presentation must include statistical analysis of the behavior of individually identifiable birds in the wild or in captivity. The award was established in 2015 through a generous gift by Dr. Hauber, AOU’s 18th Editor of The Auk and a dedicated ornithologist and behavioral scientist. The award includes an honorarium.

Sara Lipshutz, University of Tennessee – Knoxville
Presentation: Female competition facilitates hybridization in sex-role reversed jacanas






Nadje Najar, University of Northern Colorado
Presentation: Latitude predicts repertoire size in migratory, but not sedentary, rock wrens (Salpinctes obsoletus)




AOS Council Awards 

The Council of the American Ornithological Society recognizes students at each annual meeting for their outstanding oral presentations given on any subject. The award includes an honorarium.

Erik Enbody, Tulane University
Presentation: Evolutionary genomics and transcriptomics of variable female plumage ornamentation in a New Guinea Malurus fairywren





Caroline Judy, Louisiana State University
Presentation: Genomic approaches to understanding speciation in Jamaican-endemic streamertail hummingbirds







Ahva Potticary, University of Arizona
Presentation: Stress-induced maternal effect links local competitive environment with large-scale changes in population demography







Elizabeth Schold, Virginia Commonwealth University
Presentation: A landscape approach to understanding breeding habitat of a rapidly declining migratory songbird







Anna Tucker, Auburn University
Presentation: Effect of resource mismatch on stopover mass gain dynamics for two Arctic-breeding shorebirds







Ryan Weaver, Auburn University
Presentation: Carotenoid metabolism strengthens the link between feather coloration and individual quality





AOS Council Awards Honorable Mentions

The Council of the American Ornithological Society recognizes students at each annual meeting for their outstanding oral presentations given on any subject.

Danielle Belleny, Tarleton State University
Poster: An evaluation of land restoration effects on northern bobwhite survival in north-central Texas 

Kristin Davis, Colorado State University
Presentation: Grazing and grassland birds: Does management affect abundance in Colorado’s shortgrass steppe

Brock Geary, Tulane University
Presentation: Condition-dependent foraging strategies of brown pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) in the northern Gulf of Mexico

Emily Griffith, University of Florida
Presentation: The Evolution of Tarsal Spurs in Galliformes

Chance Hines, Old Dominion University
Poster: An indirect mutualism between host-specific insects and Hackberry trees (Celtis spp), mediated by migratory songbirds

Logan Maxwell, University of New Hampshire
Presentation: Fitness consequences of hybridization in Saltmarsh and Nelson’s sparrows

Sabrina McNew, University of Utah
Poster: Epigenetic variation between urban and rural populations of Darwin’s finches

Corey Riding, Oklahoma State University
Presentation: Nocturnal lights affect bird-building collisions

Robert Taylor, California State University
Poster: Monitoring the Response of the Bird Community to Restoration of the Owens River, California

Joseph Welklin, Cornell University
Presentation: Winter mates impact summer dates: Linking non-breeding social environment and reproductive success in an Australian songbird

David Zonana, University of Colorado – Boulder
Presentation: Do birds of a feather covey together? Social networks and pair bonding within a sympatric Callipepla quail population