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 Ralph W. Schreiber Conservation Award.
The Ralph W. Schreiber Conservation Award, established in
2005, recognizes extraordinary scientific contributions to the conservation,
restoration, or preservation of birds and/or their habitats by an individual or
small team. The award honors Ralph Schreiber, a prominent figure in the
American Ornithologists’ Union known for his enthusiasm, energy, and dedication
to research and conservation. The award consists of a framed certificate and an
honorarium provided by the society’s endowed Ralph W. Schreiber Fund. This
year, the Schreiber Award goes to Dr. José Maria Cardoso da Silva.
A native of Belém in the Brazilian Amazon, José is a leading
conservation scientist who has achieved prominence on the international stage.
His many achievements include contributions to science-based conservation
initiatives for endemic birds in Brazil’s Cerrado, Caatinga, Atlantic Forest,
and Amazon regions. His efforts at translating ornithological information into
conservation policies have led to the creation of at least 80,000 square
kilometers of protected areas in Brazil.
José is a Professor in the Department of Geography and
Regional Studies at the University of Miami, where his teaching and research
focus on biogeography, conservation science, and sustainable development. He has
published more than 130 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in three
languages as well as co-editing nine books. His most recent book is on
Caatinga, the largest tropical dry forest region in the Americas. His papers
cover a range of subjects, from avian systematics to sustainable development,
and have been published in several prestigious ornithological and
multidisciplinary journals. During his career, José has mentored more than 28
graduate students, most of whom are currently leading avian research and
conservation efforts in Brazil.
In recognition of these contributions to avian conservation,
AOS is pleased to name José Maria Cardoso da Silva as the 2019 recipient of the
Ralph W. Schreiber Conservation Award.
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 Loye & Alden Miller Research Award.
The American Ornithological Society (AOS) Loye and Alden
Miller Research Award is given for lifetime achievement in ornithological
research. Loye Holmes Miller and his son, Alden, left a remarkable legacy to
the field of ornithology and to the Cooper Ornithological Society (COS).
Together they sponsored 30 Ph.D. students, 28 in avian biology, and their
students went on to train in turn a total of 166 scientists. Alden also made
contributions to the COS and to ornithology as a long-standing editor of The Condor. This year, AOS is pleased to
honor A. Townsend Peterson as the recipient of the Loye and Alden Miller
Dr. “Town” Peterson is a University Distinguished Professor
with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a Senior Curator
with the Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum at the University of
Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. Town has made lifetime contributions in two major
areas of ornithology. The first is the study of the alpha taxonomy of birds,
especially the phylogenies of recently-radiated avian clades. Linked to this
work have been studies of the basic biogeographies of bird distributions and
regional variation in the composition of local avifaunas. His research has
taken him around the world to complete detailed site inventories and to utilize
natural history records from major scientific collections. Town is particularly
well known for his contributions to understanding the biogeography of the birds
of Mexico. The second major component of his research had been the study of the
ecology and geography of species’ distributions. He has made important
contributions to the techniques now widely used for modeling species’
ecological niches and geographic distributions, with diverse applications for a
range of topics in ecology, including conservation planning, the biology of
invasive species, and understanding transmission of zoonotic diseases in
Town has a distinguished record of research productivity
that includes the book Mapping Disease
Transmission Risk (2014, John Hopkins Univ. Press), the monograph Ecological Niches and Geographic
Distributions (2011, Princeton Univ. Press), and over 530 peer-reviewed
articles, including first-authored work in Science
(1999, “Conservatism of ecological niches in evolutionary time”) and Nature (2002, “Future projections for
Mexican faunas under global climate change scenarios”). His scientific legacy
includes training of 16 M.Sc. students, 31 Ph.D. students, and 11 postdoctoral researchers,
many of whom are now working at different international institutions around the
world. He became an AOS Fellow in 2004.
For his lifetime contributions to the understanding of avian
diversity and biogeography, AOS is proud to present the Loye and Alden Miller
Research Award to Dr. Town Peterson.
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 Early Professional Awards.
The American Ornithological Society (AOS) is pleased to announce Dr. Karan Odom, Dr. Kyle Horton, and Dr. David Toews as the 2019 recipients of the society’s Early Professional Awards, the James G. Cooper Early Professional Award and the Ned K. Johnson Early Investigator Award.
The James G. Cooper Early Professional Award recognizes
early-career ornithological researchers (through the end of their third year
post terminal degree) for their outstanding contributions in any field of
ornithology. First awarded in 2009 by the Cooper Ornithological Society, this
award recognizes early-career researchers for outstanding scientific research
and contributions to the ornithological profession. The 2019 James G. Cooper Early Professional Awards are presented to Dr. Karan Odom and Dr. Kyle Horton.
Karan is currently an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Mike
Webster’s lab at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Her research focuses on the
evolution of elaborate traits, specifically song, in female as well as male
birds. She combines large-scale phylogenetic comparative methods and field
studies to evaluate the evolutionary pressures that have led to similar songs
in males and females of some species and strong dimorphism (including loss of
female song) in other species. She began her ornithological career under the
mentorship of Jed Burtt as an undergraduate at Ohio Wesleyan University and
then went on to complete her M.S. with Dan Mennill at the University of Windsor
and her Ph.D. with Kevin Omland at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
(UMBC). Karan is also a co-founder of The Female Bird Song Project, a citizen
science initiative aimed at increasing female bird song recordings in biological
collections. Karan is very interested in promoting women in science, which she
does through extensive mentorship of young women researchers and joining her
colleagues in pointing to the prominent role women scientists have played in
discoveries about female bird song. She was selected as an Elective Member of
AOS in 2017.
Kyle is currently a Rose Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the
Cornell Lab of Ornithology; he is working on leveraging remote-sensing tools,
like radar, to better understand how many migrants fill the nighttime airspace,
determine where and when migrants are impacted by artificial light, and how
radar can be used to forecast and mitigate these impacts. He received his B.S.
in Biology from Canisius College in 2011, where his interest in ornithology and
migration ecology was sparked while working alongside Sara Morris. He completed
his M.S. in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware in 2013 with Jeffrey
Buler and his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Oklahoma
in 2017 with Jeffrey Kelly. His work has been published in a broad range of
journals and has been covered by NPR, The Washington Post, The New York Times,
Science, Nature, and many other media outlets. Kyle works on BirdCast, a
Cornell Lab of Ornithology program aimed at making migration forecasts
accessible to scientists, conservationists, and bird watchers alike. Kyle will
be joining Colorado State University as an assistant professor in fall 2019.
The Ned K. Johnson Early Investigator Award recognizes work
by an ornithologist early in his or her career (four to seven years post
terminal degree) who shows distinct promise for future leadership in the
profession. The American Ornithologists’ Union (AOU) established this award in
2006 to honor Ned K. Johnson, a lifelong supporter of the AOU and its former
president (1996–1998). The 2019 Ned K.
Johnson Early Investigator Award is presented to Dr. David Toews.
David joined the Biology Department at Pennsylvania State
University in January of 2019. His lab utilizes genomic tools to address
questions about avian evolution, and identifying the genes that underlie
important ecological traits, such as plumage or migration behavior. His work
has mostly been focused on New World wood warblers and hybrid zones between
closely-related warbler species.
David was most recently a postdoctoral researcher in Irby
Lovette’s lab at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, where he held an NSERC
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship. At
Cornell, David worked on several research projects, including understanding the
genomic consequences of extensive hybridization between Golden-winged and
Blue-winged warblers. David also contributed to teaching at Cornell, including
a weekly graduate discussion group focused on “non-model genomics” as well as
undergraduate field courses to the Galapagos and Patagonia. David obtained both
his M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia, under the
supervision of Darren Irwin. There he studied behavioral, physiological, and
genetic interactions among subspecies of Yellow-rumped Warblers and between
Pacific and Winter wrens. David is passionate about avian natural history and
conservation as well as translating evolutionary biology research to a broad
and diverse audience.
Awardees receive a cash prize, travel funding to
attend the annual AOS meeting, and a framed certificate, and are invited to
present plenary talks at the meeting. In recognition of their outstanding work
in the early years of their careers, AOS is pleased to recognize Dr. Odom, Dr.
Horton, and Dr. Toews with this year’s Early Professional Awards.
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 Peter R. Stettenheim Service Award.
In 2018, the American Ornithological Society (AOS) established the Peter R. Stettenheim Service Award, intended to carry on the tradition of the Cooper Honorary Member Award, one of the oldest awards in ornithology, which was discontinued when the Cooper Ornithological Society merged with the American Ornithologists’ Union to form AOS in 2016. This award is made in honor of a senior ornithologist who has provided extraordinary service to AOS. In 2019, the award is being presented jointly to Dr. Philip Stouffer and Dr. Mark Hauber.
Phil Stouffer was Associate Editor of The Auk from 2002 to 2013 and Editor-in-Chief of The Condor: Ornithological Applications from
2013 to 2019. As the focus of the journal changed from general ornithology to
applied ornithology, Dr. Stouffer managed the transition smoothly, raising the
impact factor of the journal to first place among ornithology journals
worldwide in the process. In addition to his decade-long stint as an editor for
the society’s journals, Dr. Stouffer also served as Scientific Program Chair
for the North American Ornithological Congress in New Orleans in 2002 and has
been a judge for Cooper Ornithological Society Student Presentation Awards and
AOS Student Presentation Awards. Dr. Stouffer received his Ph.D. from Rutgers
University in 1989 and is currently the Lee F. Mason Professor in the School of
Renewable Natural Resources at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.
Mark Hauber was Associate Editor of The Auk from 2009 to 2011 and Editor-in-Chief of The Auk: Ornithological Advances from
2013 to 2018. Like Dr. Stouffer, Dr. Hauber expertly marshalled The Auk through the change from a
general journal of ornithology to a journal that focused on fundamental
knowledge of birds and the examination of broad biological concepts through
study of birds. In addition to his singular editorial contributions, Dr. Hauber
has served as a member of the society’s Student Awards Committee, Diversity and
Inclusion Committee, Communications Committee, and Publications Committee. He
has been an outstanding advocate for diversity in the society, both raising
awareness and encouraging participation. Dr. Hauber completed his Ph.D. at
Cornell University in 2002 and is currently the Harley Jones Van Cleave
Professor of Host-Parasite Interactions in the Department of Evolution,
Ecology, and Behavior at the School of Integrative Biology of the University of
Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL.
In recognition of their outstanding service to AOS publications,
the society is proud to recognize Mark Hauber and Phil Stouffer as the second
recipients of the Peter R. Stettenheim Service Award.
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.