Congratulations to the 2019 Student Presentation Award Winners

Every year, the American Ornithological Society bestows a range of Student Presentation Awards to students at all levels (undergraduate, masters, and doctoral) who present outstanding posters or oral presentations at the our annual meeting. With 120 students competing for awards at this year’s recent annual meeting in Anchorage, our 70-plus volunteer judges had their work cut out for them! Congratulations to all of this year’s winners, listed below, each of whom received a $500 honorarium with their award, and congratulations as well to every single student who presented research at this year’s meeting — your contributions helped make the Anchorage meeting a huge success! Continue reading “Congratulations to the 2019 Student Presentation Award Winners”

2019 Jenkinson Award Winner: Alice Boyle

In the lead-up to our annual meeting in Anchorage, we’ll be highlighting the winners of this year’s AOS awards on the blog. This week, the 2019 Marion Jenkinson Service Award.

The Marion Jenkinson Service Award is given to an individual who has performed continued extensive service to the American Ornithological Society (AOS), including holding elected offices but emphasizing volunteered contributions and committee participation. The award honors Marion Jenkinson Mengel, who served the American Ornithologists’ Union as treasurer and in other capacities for many years, and consists of a framed certificate and an honorarium. The 2019 award is presented to Dr. Alice Boyle.

Alice is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Biology at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. She earned a B.Mus. in viola performance at the University of British Columbia, then changed her career path to avian ecology, completing her Ph.D. in 2006 at the University of Arizona. Following her Ph.D., she spent the next five years on prestigious postdoctoral fellowships at the Universities of Western Ontario and British Columbia before taking up her present faculty position in 2012. While Alice has an impressive record of research achievement, with 34 publications in ecology and ornithology, she has also tirelessly served the Cooper Ornithological Society, American Ornithologists’ Union, and now AOS in the six years since she became a faculty member at Kansas State. From 2013 to 2016, for example she served on the COS Board, simultaneously serving on their Student Presentation Awards Committee and chairing their Publications Committee from 2014 to 2016. When the AOU and COS began to jointly publish The Auk and The Condor, she became co-chair of the societies’ joint Publications Advisory Committee. Alice continues to chair this committee today, and provided leadership throughout the merger of the two societies in 2016 and the transition to the new journal publishing partnership with Oxford University Press in 2018. She also chaired the committee to identify a new editor for The Auk in 2018.

In recognition of her outstanding and diverse service to AOS and its predecessor societies, the society is proud to name Alice Boyle as the recipient of the 2019 Marion Jenkinson Service Award.

Congratulations 2019 Student & Postdoctoral Travel Award Winners

This year, AOS is providing a record amount of travel funding — over $125,000 — to students and postdoctoral researchers attending our upcoming annual meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. These awards make it possible for early-career ornithologists who lack other funding sources to participate in our annual meetings, present their research, and take advantage of professional development opportunities. Congratulations to all of this year’s travel award recipients, and thank you to the awards committee for their hard work in evaluating the applications!

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Upcoming Dates & Deadlines

AOS_logo-k375k_stackedAOS members should have received an email last week reminding them of important upcoming dates and deadlines! In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of AOS dates you may want to add to your calendar.

2019 Meeting: Our 2019 annual meeting will be June 24-28 in Anchorage, Alaska. Registration is open now, and we hope you’ll be joining us to celebrate the summer solstice at 61° North latitude!

  • Symposium and Round Table proposal deadline: 15 December 2018
  • Abstracts submission & travel grant deadline: 15 February 2019
  • Early Bird Registration deadline: 15 March 2019

Council & Officer Nominations: We invite all members to submit nominations for four AOS Elective Councilor positions, AOS Secretary, and AOS Treasurer. Nominations require the consent of the nominee and should be emailed to AOS Secretary Andy Jones at Deadline: 30 November 2018.

Fellow & Elective Member Nominations: These special membership classes recognize members for their contributions to ornithology and/or service to AOS. Deadline: 30 November 2018.

Senior Professional, Early Professional, Service, & Katma Award Nominations: Nominate yourself or your colleagues for AOS’s prestigious ornithology awards. Full information available at the pages linked. Deadline: 14 December 2018.

Student Membership Awards: Please encourage eligible ornithology students to apply for AOS Student Membership Awards, which provide one year of free AOS membership to interested students who have not previously been members of the society. Deadline: 31 December 2018.

AOS 2019 Call for Symposia, Workshops, and Round Tables


The 137th meeting of the American Ornithological Society (AOS) will be held in Anchorage, Alaska, from 24–28 June 2019. We are now requesting proposals for symposia (half-day or full-day), lightning symposia, workshops, and round-table discussions at the conference.  

Proposals are due on 1 October 2018 for workshops and on 15 December 2018 for symposia and round-table discussions (see below).  

We seek a suite of thematic sessions at AOS on a wide range of timely topics that highlight exciting advances in ornithological research, management, education, and conservation. Proposals for symposia, lightning sessions, and round-table discussions that emphasize the theme of the 2019 AOS conference (Birds on the Edge: Dynamic Boundaries) are especially encouraged.


  • Symposia provide an opportunity to bring together invited experts to share their results and experience related to a new or timely topic in ornithology. The talks within a symposium should be focused around a central theme and allow for thorough coverage of that theme.  Organizers may request half- or full- day sessions; morning sessions include six 15-min timeslots, afternoon sessions include twelve 15-min timeslots, and all-day symposia include eighteen 15-min timeslots. Talks should be multiples of 15-min and each symposium may include a summary or panel discussion in its final 1-2 timeslots.
  • Lightning Symposia consist of pre-timed 5-min invited talks that address a common theme/question in ornithology. The organizer(s) of a lightning symposium will ensure that all talks are preset to 5-min with slides advancing automatically.
  • Workshops are hands-on learning exercises where participants sign up in advance, engage for the entire workshop, and leave with some new skill or knowledge set.  Workshop proposals should include the estimated and maximum number of participants; any required additional costs or charges to participants; and time, space and resource requirements (e.g., computing, room size/type, projection equipment, large table, field access, on-site printing). Workshops may be scheduled before (all day, 24–25 June) or during (evenings, lunch hour, 26–28 June) the main conference.
  • Round Tables are meetings that provide opportunities for individuals interested in a specific topic to meet in a programmed time to converse on current issues, discuss future directions, or generate planning documents. Round tables are not intended to include formal presentations.  

Organizers and invited speakers for all symposia, workshops, and round tables are expected to pay for full conference registration and are responsible for their own travel expenses. Organizer(s) of accepted symposia will be responsible for compiling and submitting abstracts for the presenters in their symposium. Instructions and deadlines will be provided to the organizers when they are notified of acceptance of the symposium. Organizer(s) will also be responsible for inviting and confirming attendance by prospective speakers at their symposium.

All proposals for workshops must be received by 1 October 2018.

All proposals for symposia and round-table discussions must be received by 15 December 2018.  

Send questions to the AOS Scientific Program Committee Chair, Courtney Conway (via email to with the subject AOS Symposium/Workshop.

See the Symposia and Workshops & Round Tables pages on the AOS 2019 meeting website for additional details and submission instructions.