peter stettenheim, aos award namesake
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In 2018, AOS established the Peter R. Stettenheim Award, a new service award meant to carry on the tradition of the Cooper Ornithological Society’s Cooper Honorary Member Award, one of the oldest awards in ornithology. The award recognizes an individual well established in their career who has performed outstanding and extensive service to AOS. This award celebrates members who may have served in elected or appointed positions, but also emphasizes volunteer contributions, mentoring, and committee participation. The award consists of a framed certificate and honorarium.

The award honors Peter Stettenheim, an enthusiastic leader of both the American Ornithologists’ Union and the Cooper Ornithological Society who served in society governance and contributed in many ways to advance ornithology. Peter was a Life Member, Elective Member, and Fellow of the AOU, serving as a Council Member as well as Vice President (2001-2002). He was Editor of The Condor and Life Histories of the Birds of North America (a.k.a. Birds of North America), an Honorary Life Member of the Cooper Society, and a Patron and Investing Trustee of the Wilson Ornithological Society. Peter was a well-respected expert on avian anatomy and functional morphology but had a broad appreciation and interest in ornithology. He passed away in 2013 and was known by many of us as a kind and gentle giant.

Submit a Nomination for the Stettenheim Award

Nominations for AOS Service Awards are now closed. Please check back in 2020 for the dates of the next nomination cycle.

Nominations must be submitted through our online Member Portal.

  • Clicking “Apply Now” on the page linked above will direct you to a login screen. If you have previously created an account, your Login ID is your email address. After logging in, you will be redirected to the Senior Professional Award nomination page.
  • If you have not previously created an account, click Create Account at the lower left to set up your profile.
  • You can also navigate to the submission page from the Member Portal homepage under “Open Competitions” in the lower right.

To submit a nomination for the Stettenheim Award, you will need to upload a written summary describing why the nominee should be recognized with the award.

Previous Stettenheim Award Winners

2019 Phil Stouffer & Mark Hauber
2018 Anna Chalfoun

Winners of the Cooper Honorary Member Award

2016   Carla Cicero
2016   Jeffrey F. Kelly
2015   Brett K. Sandercock
2015   Susan K. Skagen
2014   Abby N. Powell
2013   Katie M. Dugger
2013   Mercedes S. Foster
2013   Michael A. Patten
2012  No recipient
2011  No recipient
2010  Carl Marti
2010  Thomas Martin
2009  No recipient
2008  Fritz Knopf
2008  Blair Wolf
2007  Kimberly A. Sullivan
2006  Bonnie S. Bowen
2006  David S. Dobkin
2006  Eileen M. Kirsch
2005  Barbara E. Kus
2005  Martin G. Raphael
2004  No recipient
2003 Theresa Bucher
2003  John Rotenberry
2002  Walt Koenig
2001  Shelia Mahoney
2001  K. Michael Scott
2000  Stephen Russell
1999  No recipient
1998  Terrell D. Rich
1997  No recipient
1996  Glenn E. Walsberg
1995  Luis F. Baptista
1995  Richard F. Johnston
1995  Edwin O. Willis
1994  Elsie C. Collias
1994  Charles T. Collins
1993  Sandra L. Gaunt
1993  Dennis M. Power
1993  Charles Van Riper III
1992  Richard C. Banks
1992  John W. Hardy
1991  Russell R. Balda
1991  Lloyd R. Kiff
1991  Jared Verner
1990  Joseph R. Jehl, Jr.
1990  Martin L. Morton
1990  C. J. Ralph

1989  Elizabeth A. Schreiber
1989  Ralph W. Schreiber
1988  George A. Bartholomew
1988  Lois Chambers Stone
1987  John T. Emlen
1987  Ned K. Johnson
1987  James R. Nothern
1986  Howeard L. Cogswell
1985  Peter Stettenheim
1984  Robert W. Storer
1983  William R. Dawson
1982  Keith L. Dixon
1981  Nicholas E. Collias
1979  James G. Miller
1979  Oliver P. Pearson
1978  Harold F. Mayfield
1976  Ralph J. Raitt
1975  James R. King
1974  Wilson C. Hanna
1974  Eben McMillan
1974  Ian McMillan
1974  Virginia D. Miller
1973  Dean Amadon
1973  Jane R. Durham
1972  L. Richard Mewaldt
1972  Kenneth E. Stager
1971  Enid K. Austin
1970  Barbara Blanchard DeWolfe
1970  Donald S. Farner
1970  Marquis Y. Yamashina
1969  Herbert Friedmann
1969  Robert T. Orr
1969  Erwin Stresemann
1968  William H. Behle
1968  Thomas R. Howell
1967  John Davis
1965  Theed Pearse
1963  Hildegarde Howard
1963  Frank A. Pitelka
1963  John G. Tyler
1962   Jack C. Von Bloeker, Jr.
1960  Jean Delacour
1960  Ed. N. Harrison
1960  W. J. Sheffler
1960  Alexander F. Skutch
1958  Junea W. Kelly
1957  C. V. Duff
1956  Jean M. Linsdale

1956  Alden H. Miller
1956  Alexander Wetmore
1955  A. Brazier Howell
1953  Chester C. Lamb
1952  Walter K. Fisher
1952  Clark P. Streator
1950  Harry Harris
1950  Robert T. Moore
1949  Annie M. Alexander
1949  Henry W. Carriger
1949  Stanley G. Jewett
1949  J. R. Pemberton
1949  John Robertson
1949  Fred A. Schneider
1948  Rollo H. Beck
1948  Louis B. Bishop
1947  Joseph F. Dixon
1947  Hilda Wood Grinnell
1947  Harry R. Painton
1943  Howard Robertson
1942  Harold Michener
1942  Josephine R. Michener
1942  George Willett
1940  William A. Bryan
1936  Allan Brooks
1936  W. Lee Chambers
1936  Loye H. Miller
1933  Arthur C. Bent
1932  Alfred W. Anthony
1932  Albert M. Ingersoll
1931  Charles W. Richmond
1929  J. Eugene Law
1929  Theodore S. Palmer
1926  Carton W. Evermann
1924  Albert K. Fisher
1924  Joseph Mailliard
1922  G. Frean Morcom
1920  Florence M. Bailey
1917  Edward W. Nelson
1912  Frank Stephens
1910  Joel A. Allen
1910  Foster Ellenborough Lascelles
1909  Henry W. Henshaw
1909  Clinton H. Merriam
1905  Robert Ridgway
1898  Walter E. Bryant
1886  Lyman Belding
1886  James G. Cooper

    From the field

    I hope you enjoyed this week’s posts! It has been fun working with the many great people who’ve helped make this project happen, and it’s exciting to consider all the research and conservation possibilities that lie ahead. I’ve been focusing on Spotted and Barred Owl ecology, but next year I’m joining @cornellbirds to tackle the challenge of identifying the vocalizations of potentially hundreds of other species that are in the raw audio! Can anyone identify any species in that spectrogram? Photos by Kevin Wood, @whatbirdisthis, & me. #birds #wildlife #science #outdoors #ornithology #birdsong #birdcalls
[Thanks, @cmmwood! If YOU are an AOS member and would like to be featured here for a week, please get in touch.]Barred Owls are more territorial than Spotted Owls, and having tagged both I can confirm that this aggression carries over to their behavior when handled. I was fortunate to occasionally work with Dennis Rock, who has a wealth of owl capturing experience. When a Barred Owl chomped down on his finger, he told me to just leave it because it would then be easier for me to finish tagging the bird! However, the next season when I took a full fist of talons to my palm, I definitely fixed the problem right away. Later that night we created gloves that provided some protection without impairing dexterity. Photos by @nkryshak. #ornithology #birds #owls #wildlife #science #conservation
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[Our thank to AOS member Connor Wood (@cmmwood), who's taking over this account for the week!]We deployed passive recording units designed and built by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (@cornellbirds). Once the raw audio data was back at base, we compressed the files and copied them onto two sets of hard drives — better safe than sorry! This is a boring part of the job, but when you’re collecting 30 TB of data each year, careful management is really important. We then scanned the data for the vocalizations of Spotted and Barred Owls, and those results allowed us to develop multi-season occupancy models for both species. Picture three is a spectrogram, or visual representation of sound, of a Spotted Owl “four-note” call. Photos by me. #ornithology #birds #wildlife #science #owls
[Our thank to AOS member Connor Wood (@cmmwood), who's taking over this account for the week!]To assess the status of the Sierra Nevada Barred Owl population, we conducted passive acoustic surveys across over 6,000 square kilometers of mountainous terrain in the Lassen and Plumas National Forests. This meant some great campsite views and, for better or worse, accessing some sites with fatbikes! Photos by me. #ornithology #wildlife #science #ecology #owls #california
[Our thanks to AOS member Connor Wood (@cmmwood), who's taking over this account for the week!]Over the last century, Barred Owls (first picture) have expanded from their historic range in eastern North America and are now found throughout the Pacific Northwest and northern California. Long-term studies have shown that they outcompete their smaller cousin, the Spotted Owl (second picture). Barred Owls have been documented sporadically in the northern Sierra Nevada since the late 1980s, but until my teams conducted our acoustic surveys, there was no concrete data on their density and distribution in the region. Photos by @dannyhofstadter and myself. #ornithology #birds #wildlife #owls #science #conservation #ecology
[Our thanks to AOS member Connor Wood (@cmmwood), who's taking over this account for the week!]
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