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Corey Tarwater receives Ned K. Johnson Young Investigator Award

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Corey Tarwater


This award recognizes work by an ornithologist early in his/her career who shows distinct promise for future leadership in the profession. The award honors Ned K. Johnson, a lifelong supporter and former President (1996-1998) of the AOU.



This year, the Ned K. Johnson Young Investigator Award goes to Dr. Corey Tarwater, a postdoc at the University of British Columbia.



Corey started her academic career at the University of Illinois. Her M.S. work on life history traits of Antshrikes in Panama carried over to her doctoral work also with Jeff Brawn at Illinois.



Her dissertation research focused on the behavior and survival of newly fledged young in the tropical rainforests of Panama, a period in the life cycle that is difficult to study due to the mobility of young birds. By tracking offspring for 6-9 months after they left the nest, Corey was able to estimate pre-reproductive survival and its influence on life history, and to understand the role of phenotypic traits in dispersal.



Her graduate research resulted in 10 publications in peer-reviewed journals of which 7 were first authored with most appearing in top-tier journals.


Corey spent 2 years as a  postdoctoral researcher in Steve Beissinger’s lab at UC `Berkeley.  Using Steve’s 25-year field study of a parrot in Venezuela, Corey has examined trade-offs among life history traits by linking life-time fitness and evolutionary change to environmental and individual variation.



She is now working on a second postdoc with Peter Arcese at UBC on  Life history trade-offs and the influence of climate change, species introductions, and genetics on population growth, slow/fast life histories, and lifetime reproductive success using a 36-year study of a pedigreed population of song sparrows.



Corey is a member of AOU, COS and WOS, and regularly attends their meetings, where she has served as session chairs and judged student presentations. Moreover, Corey continues to pursue her interests in the tropical birds by annually conducting field work in Panama following the same antshrike system she initiated work on in 2005. Her study has now grown


into a long-term research project that she has used to mentor Latin American students.



All told, Dr. Tarwater has accomplished a tremendous amount in her young career and the AOU is so pleased and proud to name her as our Young Investigator of 2013.

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