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2012 AOU Research Award winners

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The American Ornithologists’ Union received 141 applications for their 2012 AOU Research Awards. The 30 winners were:

  • Glenn Seeholzer, Louisiana State University, Transcriptomic Signatures of High-Altitude Adaptation
  • Michael Hallworth, Smithsonian Institution's Migratory Bird Center, Quantifying migratory connectivity of a migratory songbird using direct and indirect techniques
  • Daniel Hooper, University of Chicago, Chromosomal inversions and the incipient speciation of juncos (genus Junco)
  • Andrea Ayala, University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, Effects of helminth co-infection on virus susceptibility and infectiousness in a model Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) system
  • Vanya Rohwer, Queen's University, Chemical nest defense in South African birds
  • Melanie Guigueno, The University of Western Ontario, Sex differences in spatial cognition in Brown-headed Cowbirds: testing the adaptive specialization hypothesis in a species with sex-role-reversed use of space
  • Michael Wells, University of Minnesota, Testing for novel indicators of kin-directed investment in a cooperative wren
  • Yula Kapetanakos, Cornell University, Using non-invasive, genetic mark-recapture to develop a comprehensive demographic assessment of critically endangered Asian vultures
  • Clark Rushing, University of Maryland, College Park/Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, Effective natal dispersal in migratory birds: Quantifying the reproductive costs of natal dispersal and winter habitat quality
  • Mikus Abolins-Abols, Indiana University, Does interaction between hormonal axes mediate evolution of behavior?
  • Jennifer Walsh, University of New Hampshire, Testing for patterns of selection and haldane's rule in an avian hybrid zone
  • Jared Wolfe, Louisiana State University, The demographic and genetic response of bird communities to pervasive forest clearing in the central Amazonia
  • Michael Harvey, Louisiana State University, Phylogeographic discord in the comparative genomic history of Amazonian birds
  • Taylor Callicrate, Smithsonian Institution & University of Maryland, Population declines and genetic variation: serial bottlenecks in the Laysan Finch
  • Dustin Reichard, Indiana University, Investigating the production and function of low-amplitude songs using microphone-transmitters
  • Jacob Job, Western Michigan University, Can you hear me now: Does urban noise induce plasticity in populations of Chipping Sparrows (Spizella passerina)?
  • Jessica Ebers, The College of William & Mary, A novel test of the immunocompetence handicap hypothesis
  • Sara Bebus, University of Memphis, Long-term effects of developmental corticosterone on cognitive abilities in Florida Scrub-Jays
  • Jose Roberto Sosa Lopez, University of Windsor, Morphological constraints and ecological adaptation in the evolution of Troglodytes wren songs
  • Elizabeth Schultz, University of California Davis, Investigating seasonal modulation in immunity and reproduction in an opportunistic breeder
  • Christine Lattin, Tufts University, Why does corticosterone vary seasonally in wild birds?: A receptor's-eye view
  • Lukas Klicka, San Diego State University, Phylogeographic structure and conservation genetics of the Bell's Vireo
  • Wakana Kirihata, Cornell University, Intralocus sexual conflict in the Zebra Finch
  • Kristin Kovach, University of Windsor, The function of duetting behavior in Thryothorus wrens
  • Michael Akresh, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Examining carry-over effects in Prairie Warblers using stable-isotope analysis
  • Kenton Buck, The College of William and Mary, Evaluating the potential for adaptive response to mercury in captive-dosed Zebra Finches
  • Samantha Lantz, Tulane University, How do environmental drivers impact social organization and intensity of sexual selection in Red-backed Fairy-Wrens?
  • Katie LaBarbera, University of California at Berkeley, Cryptic responses to climate change in an elevationally widespread bird, the Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis thurberi)
  • Talia Sechley, University of Guelph, A novel mechanism linking climate change to fitness: multiple tests of the hoard-rot hypothesis in Gray Jays (Perisoreus canadensis)
  • Joseph Manthey, University of Kansas, Consequences of secondary contact in Picoides woodpeckers.


Hearty congratulations to all the winners. The Chair also would especially like to thank the committee, Drs, Raoul Boughton, Lynn (Marty) Martin, Brian Peer, Jordon Price, Stephen Pruett-Jones, Scott Robinson, Beth Slikas, Charles Thompson, and Linda Whittingham for their hard work. Each member read over 80 proposals and the high overall quality of those proposals made the final decisions very difficult.

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