Congratulations to This Year’s Student Membership Award Winners!

Congratulations to the 2019 recipients of AOS’s Student Membership Awards! These awards provide one year of free membership to students who have not previously been members of the society. Winners, we hope you will take advantage of the many benefits of AOS membership and consider joining us at our annual meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, this June!

Fernando Lòpez, National University of La Plata, Argentina
Dilini Abeyrama, University of Lethbridge, Canada
Roxan Chicalo, University of Guelph, Canada
Matthew Fuirst, University of Guelph, Canada
Kiirsti Owen, University of Windsor, Canada
Marc-Olivier Beausoleil, McGill University, Canada
Ignacio Gutierrez Vargas, University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Pablo Muñoz, University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Priti P. Bangal, Indian Institute of Science, India
Patience Shito, University of Limpopo, South Africa
Stephen Edwards, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
Garima Gupta, Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Kevin Krajcir, Arkansas State University, United States
Elliott Bloom, California State University Northridge, United States
Kristen S. Ellis, Colorado State University, United States
Seth Inman, Yale University, United States
Graham Montgomery, University of Connecticut, United States
Liam U. Taylor, Yale University, United States
Karen Gallardo Cruz, University of Hawaii at Hilo, United States
Kathleen Callery, Boise State University, United States
Patricia Kaye Dumandan, Boise State University, United States
Hannah Scharf, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, United States
Nicholas Antonson, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, United States
Stephanie Stanton, Western Michigan University, United States
Dylan Smith, Kansas State University, United States
Mallory Young, Louisiana State University at Alexandria, United States
Michael Rowley, Villanova University, United States
Eliza Foli, Western Michigan University, United States
Amber Ng, Western Michigan University, United States
Stephanie Cunningham, University of Missouri, United States
Taylor Heuermann, Villanova University, United States
Sarah Clements, University of Missouri, United States
Rachael Mady, Cornell University, United States
Marae Lindquist, University of North Carolina Wilmington, United States
Lauren Schaale, University of North Carolina Wilmington, United States
Leanna DeJong, The Ohio State University, United States
Aaron Skinner, The Ohio State University, United States
Daniel Stoner, Kutztown, United States
William Harrod, Allegheny College, United States
Luke Wilde, University of South Carolina, United States
Drew Finn, Texas A&M University, United States
Ryan Howell, Brigham Young University, United States
Lynn Walter, Virginia Commonwealth University, United States

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 welcomes new Communications Specialist

Rebecca_Heisman_03 - CopyAOS is excited to welcome Rebecca Heisman as our new Communications Specialist! Rebecca will be working part time through the end of the year and joining AOS as our first full-time communications staff member in January 2019. Among other duties, Rebecca will be taking the reins of AOS’s Twitter account, Facebook page, and website.

Rebecca spent the past four years as a freelance writer and science communicator (with The Auk and The Condor among her clients). Prior to that, she earned a master’s degree in natural resources and was a field technician for bird research projects in Canada and Australia.

Rebecca is looking forward to finding new ways that AOS’s various communications channels can serve the society’s members. If you have any ideas to share about this, she’d love to hear from you! You can contact her at

Importance of Participating in the Process of Nominations

A great way to become engaged in your society is to participate in annual nominations and elections for Officers and Councilors. We invite all members to submit nominations for the four AOS Elective Councilor positions, the AOS Secretary and the AOS Treasurer. Nominations should be submitted to the Secretary by 30 November 2018. Note: nominations require the consent of the nominee. Please e-mail nominations to AOS Secretary, Andrew Jones, at

Elections will take place by electronic and paper ballots in advance of the 137th Stated Meeting of the AOS in Anchorage, AK, in June 2019. We are pleased that our incumbent Secretary Andrew Jones, and Treasurer Rebecca Kimball, have agreed to stand for re-election. Of the twelve Elective Councilors, four are elected annually to serve terms of approximately three years, beginning at the close of the next Stated Meeting. Elective Councilors rotating off Council at the conclusion of the 137th Stated Meeting in Anchorage next June are Melissa Bowlin, Renee Duckworth, Scott Edwards, and Nathaniel Wheelwright. Continuing to serve in 2019-2020 will be Elective Councilors Anna Chalfoun, Abby Powell, Andrea Townsend, Mike Webster, Sara Morris, Sharon Gill, Peter Dunn, and Christopher Witt.

Additional information describing AOS’s governance and the nomination-election process is available on the website.

Please e-mail nominations and any inquiries to AOS Secretary, Andrew Jones, at

Faces of AOS: Evan M. Adams Bio

• Email:

• Twitter Handle:

• Website/Blog/Etc:

• My position with AOS:
Early Professional Committee Member and Subcommittee — Professional Development Co-Chair

• My current full-time title and institution:
Quantitative Ecologist, Biodiversity Research Institute

• My current career stage:
Early Professional

• My lineage of mentors/labs:
Masters- Peter Frederick at the University of Florida
Ph.D. – Brian Olsen at the University of Maine.
Post-doc – Beth Gardner at the University of Washington.

• #badlyexplainyourjob:
I want to know how birds respond to environmental change. So I get help counting birds from a bunch of people, figure out who is the best at counting birds, then correct everybody’s counts and figure out why bird populations change.

• My favorite bird and why:
The Blackpoll Warbler because they fly for three days over the open ocean and are tiny.

• I am involved with AOS because:
I am interested in both bird conservation and science and the AOS is an organization that is committed to both.

• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
The community of excellent scientists and the learning I get to do with them.

• Birds are important to me because:
Birds are beautiful animals that tell us really interesting and important things about how the world works. I like to like to do research on them so we can understand those things better and also do the best possible job of keeping the current diversity of birds on this planet.

• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Find a great mentor who can both get you excited about science but also turn that passion into great science.

• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
I’d like to better understand how birds are going to adapt to climate change and non-analog climates.