The Wilson Ornithological Society

Research Grant Recipients

Louis Agassiz Fuertes Grants

Alyssa Borowske, University of Connecticut (research mentor: Dr. Chris Elphick): "Effects of Life History Strategies on Migration Timing and Distance in Tidal Marsh Sparrows"

Alyssa Borowske
Alyssa Borowske

Molly Staley, Auburn University (research mentor: Dr. Geoffrey E. Hill): "Understanding the mechanisms of pathogen host switches and emerging infectious diseases in wild birds"

Hall/Mayfield Grant

David Jakim: "Port Washington Habitat Matters"


WOS Student Research Grants

Stephanie Y. Chin, College of William and Mary (research mentor: Dr. Dan Cristol): "The effect of dietary methylmercury exposure on parental care of an avian model species"


Misha Blizard, University of Chicago (research mentor: Dr. Stephen Pruett-Jones): "Proximate Mechanisms of Female Aggression in a Sex-Role Reversed Species"

Misha Blizard
Misha Blizard

Katherine Freeman, Department of Biology, Villanova University (research mentor: Dr. Robert L. Curry): "Impacts of post-fledgling survival on reproductive success in an endangered and cooperatively breeding tropical passerine"

Kate Freeman
Kate Freeman

Marisa Lim, Stony Brook University (research mentor: Dr. Catherine Graham): "Investigating the genetic basis of high altitude adaptation in Andean hummingbirds"


Paul A. Stewart Grants

Kathryn McCollum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (research mentor: Dr. John P. Carroll): "Conservation of Kori Bustards (Ardeotis kori kori) on Private and Public Lands on a Semi-Arid Landscape in Botswana"


Jack Stenger, University of Cincinnati (research mentor: Dr. Kenneth Petren): "Impact of climate change on the migratory behavior and dispersal of Eastern Bluebirds during a 150-year span"


Emily J. Williams, Kansas State University (research mentor: Dr. W. Alice Boyle): "Grasshopper Sparrows on the move: what drives within-season dispersal in Grasshopper Sparrows?"


David Zonana, University of Colorado - Boulder (research mentor: Dr. Rebecca Safran): "How do sexual signals mediate social interactions?: applying social network theory to signal-driven social transactions in the barn swallow (Hirundo rustica)"


The Committee received 156 applications for the awards.

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