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The winners of the 2011 AOU Research Awards have been announced.


The American Ornithologists’ Union received 132 applications for their 2011 AOU Research Awards. The 30 winners were:


  • Amber Albores, University of Illinois, Factors affecting host selection and host use strategies of Brown-headed Cowbirds
  • Michael Andersen, University of Kansas, Inferring process from pattern: using multi-locus coalescence analysis to investigate an insular avian hybrid zone
  • Elizabeth Beckman, University of New Mexico, Gene flow and phylogenetic history in a rapid continental radiation: the South American siskins
  • Alexandra Bentz, Appalachian State University, Influence of maternal effects on Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) offspring behavior and physiology
  • Bhart-Anjan Bhullar, Harvard University, The deep evolutionary and molecular developmental origins of the bird face
  • Pierre-Paul Bitton, University of Windsor, The evolution of trogons (Aves: Trogonidae): Phylogeny and plumage characteristics
  • E. Keith Bowers, Illinois State University, Allocating offspring sex: robust daughters and sensitive sons?
  • Kira Delmore, University of British Columbia, Post-zygotic isolation in a migratory divide between Swainson’s Thrushes
  • Ryan Germain, University of British Columbia, Effects of individual phenotype vs. nest site quality on reproductive success in birds
  • Sarah Goodwin, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Do neighbors matter? Spatial ecology and song performance in Chipping Sparrows
  • Maricel Graña Grilli, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Migration and carry over effects on Antarctic Skuas
  • Julie Hart, University of Vermont, Climate change, premature seed fall, and the decline of crossbills
  • Peter Hosner, University of Kansas, Testing the Pleistocene aggregate island diversification model in the Philippine archipelago
  • Michelle Jusino, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Red-cockaded Woodpeckers and heartwood infecting fungi: a possible mutualism with conservation implications
  • Kelsey Low, Villanova University, Plumage brightness and reproductive success of male Carolina Chickadees (Poecile carolinensis) and Black-capped Chickadees (P. atricapillus) in a dynamic hybrid zone
  • James Maley, Louisiana State University, Selection on osmoregulatory genes in the salt glands of King and Clapper rails
  • Matt McKim-Louder, University of Illinois, Post-fledging dispersal of a brood parasite, the Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Emily McKinnon, York University, Carry-over effects of winter ecology on condition and spring migration strategy of Wood Thrush
  • Joseph Niederhauser, University of Central Florida, Habitat differences in nestling survival: maladaptive responses to predators or food limitation?
  • Jessica Oswald, University of Florida, Past and present: The biogeography of Peruvian tropical dry forest passerines
  • Michael Polito, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Oxidative stress and life history trade-offs in penguins
  • Vanya Rohwer, Queen's University, Fitness consequences and selective mechanisms favoring local nest morphologies in Yellow Warblers (Dendroica petechia); Nathan Senner, Cornell University, Climate change and long-distance migrants
  • Katherine Stryjewski, Boston University, Genomic consequences of sympatry and allopatry in an extraordinary avian radiation
  • Jason Townsend, SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Use of stable isotopes to track mercury bioaccumulation and food web biomagnification in forest-dwelling Catharus thrushes
  • Krystal Tsosie, Arizona State University, Putative role of glucose as a cryo-protective adaptation in birds
  • Deborah Visco, Tulane University, Does nest predation cause declines of understory insectivores in fragmented Neotropical rainforest?
  • Catherine Viverette, Virginia Commonwealth University, A comparative phylogeography and landscape genetic analysis of Chesapeake Bay Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) populations
  • Benjamin Winger, University of Chicago/The Field Museum, Understanding variability in avian speciation across biogeographic barriers
  • Stephanie Wright, The Ohio State University, Innate predispositions in the song learning of Black-capped and Carolina chickadees.

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 70 proposals and their high overall quality made the final decisions very difficult.

Winners of the 2011 AOU Research Awards (2).pdf

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