Award Winner: Peter Hosner

In 2016 AOU and COS presented annual awards to honor members for outstanding service and contributions to science. Today we’re featuring a winner of COS’s Young Professional Award: Dr. Peter Hosner of the University of Florida.

Image of Peter HosnerFirst awarded in 2009, the Young Professional award recognizes early-career researchers for outstanding scientific research and contributions to the ornithological profession (see a list of past winners).

Dr. Hosner investigates how geographical, environmental, and ecological factors limit avian distributions and how these factors influence patterns of diversification. Continue reading…

Award Winner: Daniel Baldassarre

In 2016 AOU and COS presented annual awards to honor members for outstanding service and contributions to science. Today we’re featuring a winner of COS’s Young Professional Award: Dr. Daniel Baldassarre of Princeton University.

Image of Daniel BaldassarreFirst awarded in 2009, the Young Professional Award recognizes early-career researchers for outstanding scientific research and contributions to the ornithological profession (see a list of past winners).

Dr. Baldassarre studies the intersection between behavioral ecology and speciation and recently began a project to investigate phenotypic plasticity in desert and woodland breeding populations of the phainopepla. Continue reading…

Award Winner: Mary Caswell Stoddard

In 2016 AOU and COS presented annual awards to honor members for outstanding service and contributions to science. Today we’re featuring the winner of AOU’s Ned K. Johnson Young Investigator Award.

Image of Mary Caswell StoddardDr. Mary Caswell Stoddard of Princeton University won the Ned K. Johnson Young Investigator Award, recognizing work by an ornithologist early in his or her career who shows distinct promise for future leadership in the profession (see a list of past winners).

Dr. Stoddard’s highly innovative and interdisciplinary research focuses on the ecological and behavioral implications of avian color vision complexity. Continue reading…

 

 

Award Winner: James Herkert

In 2016 AOU and COS presented annual awards to honor members for outstanding service and contributions to science. Today we’re featuring the winner of the prestigious Jenkinson Award.

Image of James HerkertDr. James Herkert (Director of Resource Conservation, Illinois Department of Natural Resources) won the Marion Jenkinson AOU Service Award, given to an individual who has performed continued extensive service to the AOU. Dr. Herkert, recognized for his influential research on grassland birds, served as an outstanding and forward-thinking steward of AOU’s assets while treasurer of the society for nearly a decade. Continue reading…

Award Winner: John Fitzpatrick

In 2016 AOU and COS presented annual awards to honor members for outstanding service and contributions to science. Today we’re featuring the winner of AOU’s prestigious Schreiber Award.

Image of John Fitzpatrick (Credit: Dustin Angell)Dr. John Fitzpatrick, head of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, won the Ralph W. Schreiber Conservation Award, recognizing extraordinary scientific contributions to the conservation, restoration, or preservation of birds and their habitats.

Under Dr. Fitzpatrick’s leadership, the Cornell Lab has grown into a force for conservation, with education and outreach programs that bring bird science to the public. His work on the ecology of Florida Scrub-Jays has helped slow the decline of this threatened species.

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