Research Grant recipients ~ 2018

Louis Agassiz Fuertes Grants

Chauncey Gadek,University of New Mexico (Advisor: Christopher C. Witt): “Replicated adaptation to altitude in marsh-dwelling songbirds: a natural experiment”

Rebecca Garlinger, Villanova University (Advisor: Bob Curry). “Sociality and dominance: behavioral mechanisms in a moving songbird hybrid zone”

Hall/Mayfield Grant

Ellie Roark: “Bird diversity in migration stopover habitat: assessing the value of extended duration audio recording”

WOS Student Research Grants


Anna Hiller, Louisiana State University (Advisor: Brant Faircloth): “ Testing the influence of gene flow in montane avian speciation”

Maria Stager, University of Montana (Advisor: Zachary Cheviron): “The drivers of variation in junco physiological flexibility”

Master’s Only

Elise Nishikawa, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Advisor: Jeffrey Brawn): “Does trophic niche predict nutritional state during unusual drought?”

Ari Rice, Villanova University (Advisor: Bob Curry): “The effects of malarial parasites on chickadee hybrid zone dynamics”

Paul A. Stewart Grants

Joely DeSimone, University of Montana (Advisor: Creagh Breuner): “Understanding the mechanisms underlying migratory departure in facultative migrants”

Vitek Jirinec, Louisiana State University (Advisor: Phil Stouffer): “Does microclimate change explain declines of terrestrial insectivores in Central Amazonia?”

Andrew Stillman, University of Connecticut (Advisor: Morgan Tingley): “Does juvenile recruitment explain patch-based population dynamics in the Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus)?”

Molly McDermott, University of Colorado Boulder (Adviser: Rebecca Safran): “How does non-breeding environment affect sexual signaling? A comparative analysis in two subspecies of Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)”


The Committee received 88 applications for the awards.

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