Alexander Wilson Prize

The Alexander Wilson Prize is awarded for the best paper presented at the meeting the WOS Annual Meeting with a student as the sole presenting author. Occasionally, at larger WOS meetings, Council approves additional awards. In most years, awards include a $300 prize.

2018 Lee Bryant, Arkansas State University: “Evaluating relationships between eastern hemlock decline and Louisiana Waterthrush demographics and behavior in Great Smoky Mountains National Park”
2017 Betsy Evans, Florida Atlantic University: “Dietary plasticity of Wood Storks in response to human-induced rapid environmental change in south Florida”
2016 Sahas Barve, Cornell University: “Elevational movement patterns drive hemoglobin concentration in Himalayan birds: a Tensing and Hillary story”
2015 Megan Skrip, University of Rhode Island: “Migrating birds on stopover prepare for, and recover from, oxidative challenges posed by long-distance flight”
2014 Dana Moseley, UMass Amherst: “Evidence of innate predispositions and learning of female preferences in Swamp Sparrows”
2013 Daniel Baldassarre, Cornell University: “Experimental evidence of asymmetrical introgression of a sexual trait via extra-pair mating”
Olga Milenkaya, Virginia Tech University: “Testing the condition-quality hypothesis: condition indices are repeatable but do not predict reproductive success or survival””
2012 Andrés Cuervo, Louisiana State University: “Evolutionary assembly of the Andean avifauna: A comparative phylogeographic study of diversification and elevational distribution”

WOS Student Presentation Award: Kristen Dybala, University of California, Davis, and PRBO Conservation Science, “Effects of weather and fledge date on survival in juvenile Song Sparrows vary by developmental stage”

2011 Nicole M. Davros, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: “An experimental test of density-dependent reproduction in Prothonotary Warblers, Protonotaria citrea
2010 Stephanie G. Wright, Villanova University: “Hybrid chickadee vocalizations change as the hybrid zone moves northward in southeastern Pennsylvania”
2009 Sarah Pabian, The Pennsylvania State University: “Calcium and forest bird habitat quality”
2008 Curtis W. Burney, Louisiana State University: “Comparative phylogeography of Neotropical birds: ecology predicts levels of genetic differentiation”
2007 Kara Belinsky, University of Massachusetts, Amherst: “Are color and song redundant signals of male quality in chestnutsided warblers?”
2006 Corey E. Tarwater, University of Illinois: “Life history implications of the post-fledging period in a neotropical passerine”
2005 Christopher Hofmann, University of Maryland-Baltimore County: “Pigment co-deposition and the masking of carotenoids in Orchard and Fuertes’s orioles” (co-authored with Thomas Cronin, Kevin Omland, & Kevin McGraw)
2004 Dana M. Hawley, Cornell University, “The price of the pecking order: how dominance status mediates immunity in wintering House Finches (Carpodacus mexicanus)”
2003 Natalie Dubois, “Does cavity availability affect female mate choice or maternal investment in House Wrens”
2002 Kathi L. Borgmann: “Influence of landscape context on exotic shrub cover in riparian forests: implications for breeding birds”
2001 Dawn E. W. Drumtra: “The importance of two habitat quality parameters, food and nest site availability, on settlement of Prothonotary Warblers, Protonotaria citrea