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2011 COS Awards

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The COS Loye and Alden Miller Research Award for lifetime achievement in ornithological research was presented to Susan M. Haig, Wildlife Ecologist with the U. S. Geological Survey's Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Corvallis, Oregon. A full citation will be published in The Condor.


The Painton Award was given to Mark Riegner for his 2008 paper, "Parallel evolution of plumage pattern and coloration in birds: implications for defining avian morphospace,” Condor 110:599-614.


The Katma Award, for an outstanding paper related to ornithology that offers unconventional ideas or innovative approaches, was presented to Sievert Rohwer, Keith Hobson, and Vanya Rohwer for their 2009 paper, Migratory double breeding in Neotropical migrant birds (PNAS 106: 19050-19055).


Two COS Young Professional Awards were given to

  • Matthew D. Carling, Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center, University of Wyoming, for "Genetics of speciation: insights from Passerina buntings"
  • Karl S. Berg, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, for "Vertical transmission of vocal memes in wild parrots"

COS presented two awards to students for outstanding presentations:

  • Vanya Rohwer, for his paper with Paul Martin, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, received the A. Brazier Howell Award for “Fitness consequences and selective mechanisms favoring local nest morphologies in Yellow Warblers: nest transplant experiments between subarctic and temperate populations”
  • Kyle Horton, for his paper with Sara Morris, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY, received the Frances F. Roberts Award for “Flight calls in wood-warblers: do migrants respond to conspecifics calls?”

COS awarded two Mewaldt-King Awards ($1000 each) to

  • Ann McKellar, Queen's University for her proposal "Does winter rainfall influence breeding phenology and behaviour in a long-distance migratory songbird?"
  • Joanna Wu, University of Hawai'i at Hilo, for her proposal "Seed dispersal ecology in endemic versus exotic birds in Hawai'i"

Benjamin Winger, University of Chicago, was given the Grinnell Award for his proposal "Understanding variability in population differentiation across a biogeographic barrier".

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