James G. Cooper Early Professional Award
The James G. Cooper Early Professional Award recognizes early-career ornithological researchers for their outstanding contributions in any field of ornithology. It consists of a certificate, $500 honorarium, and a travel stipend of up to $1000 and gratis registration to attend the annual meeting. Awardees are also invited to give a plenary at the annual meeting. The award is named in honor of James G. Cooper, a pioneering naturalist and ornithologist in the western regions of North America.
Candidates may nominate themselves for the award, be nominated by another member(s) of AOS, or be added to the slate of candidates by the Early Professional Awards Committee, which selects the annual awardees. The successful nominee will excel in research and show distinct promise for leadership in ornithology within and beyond North America. In addition, they must:
- Be a current member of AOS.
- Be within/up to the end of their third year post terminal degree (Master’s or PhD) or in the final nine months of their graduate studies at the time of the annual meeting. (An extra year of eligibility is granted for parental leave.)
- Have not received the award previously.
2019 Karan Odom and Kyle Horton
2018 Kristen Covino
2017 Nancy Chen and Riccardo Ton
2016 Daniel Baldassarre and Peter Hosner
2015 Jared Wolfe and Elizabeth Gow
2014 Conor Taff and Mary Caswell Stoddard
2013 Christina Riehl and Henry Streby
2012 Luciano Naka and Morgan Tingley
2011 Matthew Carling and Karl Berg
2010 Zachary Cheviron, with finalists Andrea Townsend and Daniel Barton
2009 Jamie Cornelius, with finalists Karie Decker and Eben Paxton