robert storer, funder of aos's katma award

Nominations for AOS’s Katma Award are open until 13 December 2019.

AOS’s Katma Publication Award recognizes papers proposing ideas or testing theories that replace current dogma or settled opinion and that could change the course of thinking about the biology of birds. Papers may also include those that propose a largely untested idea or those that develop and advance it. The award may be given to research articles, short communications, or commentaries (including editorials and reviews) of any length published in any scientific venue within the two preceding years. This unique award was established by the Cooper Ornithological Society in 2003 through a generous gift of the late Robert W. Storer.

The Katma Award is given only when it is merited, no more than once a year. The award consists of a $2500 prize plus a certificate and is announced at the society’s annual meeting. Papers with one or two authors are preferred; nomination of papers with several co-authors must specify the contribution of each. Self-nominations are eligible for consideration.

Submit a Nomination

Nominations for the Katma Award are due 13 December 2019. 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.

Nominations for the Katma Award should include a PDF of the paper or series of papers and a one- to two-page letter describing how the nomination fits the qualifications outlined above.

Previous Katma Award Winners

2019Benjamin Winger, Giorgia Auteri, Teresa Pegan, & Brian Weeks. 2018. A long winter for the Red Queen: rethinking the evolution of seasonal migration. Biol. Rev. 94: 737-752.
2016Muhammad Asghar, Dennis Hasselquist, Bengt Hansson, Pavel Zehtindjiev, Helena Westerdahl, & Staffan Bensch. 2015. Hidden costs of infection: Chronic malaria accelerates telomere degradation and senescence in wild birds. Science 347: 436-438.
2015Bailey McKay & Robert Zink. 2014. Sisyphean evolution of Darwin’s finches. Biol. Rev. 90: 689-698.
2013Kenneth P. Dial, Brandon E. Jackson, & Paolo Segre. 2008. A fundamental avian wing-stroke provides a new perspective on the evolution of flight. Nature 451: 985-989.
2011Sievert Rohwer, Keith A. Hobson, & Vanya G. Rohwer. 2009. Migratory double breeding in neotropical migrant birds. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 106: 19050-19055

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