The AOS Schreiber Award honors extraordinary conservation-related scientific contributions by an individual or small team. The award is named for Ralph Schreiber, a prominent figure in American ornithology known for his enthusiasm, energy, and dedication to research and conservation, particularly of seabirds.
Contributions from throughout the world and over any time course are eligible for this award, which consists of a framed certificate and an honorarium. Activities may include: applied research, restoration, and educational actions that conserve birds, or preserve significant bird habitats; scientific examination of the principles of avian conservation and application of new insights into species restoration; and/or scientific evaluation, guidance, creation, and oversight of avian recovery programs or habitat reserve/restoration programs.
Schreiber Award Nomination Guidelines
Nominations are now open for the AOS Ralph W. Schreiber Conservation Award. Nominations must be made through the AOS Member Portal and are due by 15 December 2023.
Before submitting a nomination, please review the lists of previous recipients below. In recognition of the large number of ornithologists making outstanding contributions to our science, the AOS Council recommends that the Schreiber Award not be conferred upon the same individual more than once in their lifetime.
Generally an individual is expected to receive only one senior Award. However, since the Miller Award recognizes lifetime achievement in ornithological research, it is possible for an individual to receive a Miller Award after receiving a Schreiber or one of the other AOS senior awards, ideally only after an extended period of time since receiving one of the other Senior Awards. An individual nominee for the Schreiber Award must be a member of AOS at the time of nomination; in the case of a team nomination, at least one member of the team must be a member of the society at the time of their nomination.
Submit a Nomination
Nominations for AOS Conservation Awards are due by 15 December 2023. Nominations must be submitted through the AOS Member Portal.
- The page linked above will direct you to a login screen. If you have previously created an account in our Member Portal, enter your user name and password. After logging in, you will be redirected to the Senior Professional Award nomination page.
- If you have not previously created an account, click Register Now on the lower right to set up your profile.
To submit a nomination for the Schreiber Award, you will need to upload 1) a written summary (no more than 2 pages) describing the nominee’s contributions to ornithology and why they should be recognized with the award, and 2) a current CV of the nominee.
Previous Schreiber Award Recipients
2023 Lisa Sorenson & Stanley Senner
2022 David Ainley & Lindsay Young and Eric VanderWerf
2021 Francesca J. Cuthbert; & The Bird Ecology Group of the Faculty of Biology, University of Havana, Cuba led by Martin Acosta Cruz
2020 Jaime Collazo
2019 José Maria Cardoso da Silva
2018 John Sauer
2017 Daniel Roby
2016 John W. Fitzpatrick
2015 Joseph Wunderle
2014 Stephen Kress
2013 Sheila Conant
2012 Paul A. Johnsgard
2011 Robert S. Ridgely
2010 Northern Spotted Owl Long-Term Demography Research Team: Robert G. Anthony, Lowell V. Diller, Eric D. Forsman, Alan B. Franklin, Ralph J. Guttierrez, Dale R. Herter, J. Mark Higley, Joseph B. Lint, Charles Meslow
2009 Scott R. Derrickson
2008 Daniel W. Anderson
2007 Carl E. Bock and Jane H. Bock
2006 J. Michael Scott
2005 Thomas E. Lovejoy III