Call for Abstracts: The 2022 Wesley Lanyon Award

Corrected post 10/5/21: The 2022 Wesley Lanyon Award winner will be invited to organize a symposium at the 2023 meeting not 2022, as previously stated.


The American Ornithological Society (AOS) is pleased to invite abstract submissions for the 2022 Wesley Lanyon Award, which recognizes an early-career ornithologist who authors the best integrative review paper on avian science to be published in either AOS journal, Ornithology or Ornithological Applications. Members of the AOS who are doctoral students or no further than three years beyond the Ph.D. are invited to submit abstracts of their proposed papers to compete for this award. The journals’ senior editors will review all submissions and invite up to six entrants to submit full manuscripts for peer review. The prize will be awarded to the individual who proposed the winning paper and led the writing. 

Submitted reviews will encompass the breadth of applied and basic research subdisciplines in ornithology and be aligned with the targeted journal’s mission and scope. We seek novel, integrative reviews that advance ornithology and go beyond a simple review of a body of literature. Prospective authors are encouraged to read Emma Sayer’s 2018 article, The anatomy of an excellent review paper.

The 2022 Wesley Lanyon Award provides a $1,500 honorarium to the winner, as well as a $1,000 travel stipend and gratis registration to attend the 2023 AOS annual meeting, where the winner will organize a symposium on their winning review topic. The winner will be announced to the public as soon as the winning paper is selected; the award will be conferred at the 2023 AOS annual meeting.

Wesley “Bud” Lanyon served as the 37th President of the Society. Throughout his career, Bud served as a steadfast and committed leader in ornithology and of the Society, and was recognized as a generous and respected mentor of many generations of scientists. He was particularly keen to support investigators in the midst of writing their dissertations or who had recently completed their doctoral degrees, recognizing that they possess a thorough understanding of the current literature and are poised to provide novel insights into classic areas of ornithology or to elucidate emerging fields of study.   

Applicants should submit abstracts of their proposed papers by 30 October 2021 in the AOS Member Portal.

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