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AOU Special Membership Classes
Congratulations: 2015 Fellows, Honorary Fellows, and Elective Members!
Fellows: Dan Ardia, David Bonter, Courtney Conway, Patricia Escalante-Pliego, Jeanne Fair, Deborah Finch, Cameron Ghalambor, Linnea Hall, Jeremy Kirchman, Bruce Lyon, Jim Rivers, Dave Shutler, Doug Stotz, Phil Unitt, Christopher Witt
Honorary Fellows: Gisela Kaplan and Tsukasa Nakamura
Elective Members: Michael Andersen, Thomas Benson, Jeffrey Buler, Chris Clark, Catherine Graham, Meg Hatch, Gerald Hough, John McCormack, Conor McGowan, Cristina Miyaki, Sara Oyler-McCance, Susan Smith Pagano, Victoria Saab, Michael Ward
The AOU recognizes three classes of special membership as described in Article I of the Bylaws. Individuals are elected to these categories in recognition of their contributions to ornithology and to the AOU.
Current Fellows, Honorary Fellows, and Elective Fellows are listed by category below, and are also identified by special memberships codes in The Flock, the membership directory of the Ornithological Societies of North America (OSNA).
The Committee on Nomination of Fellows and Elective Members encourages any member of the AOU to nominate new Fellows and Elective Members. The AOU welcomes nominations in order to recognize individuals for their diverse contributions to ornithology and to the society. Nominations of qualified individuals from under-represented groups are strongly encouraged.
The Committee on Nomination of Honorary Fellows is responsible for developing the slate of candidates for Honorary Fellows when openings are available.
Honorary Fellows shall be limited to 100. They are chosen for exceptional ornithological eminence and must be residents of a country other than the United States of America or Canada at the time of their election. Ornithologists who are not currently members of the AOU are eligible for nomination.
Fellows are nominated based on their exceptional and sustained contributions to ornithology and/or service to the AOU. At the time of their election, Fellows must be Honorary Fellows or Elective Members in good standing who are residents or citizens of a political subdivision of the Western Hemisphere.
Elective Members are nominated based on their significant contributions to ornithology and/or service to the AOU. At the time of their election, Elective Members must be Members in good standing who are residents or citizens of a political subdivision of the Western Hemisphere.