Congratulations to the 2019 Student Presentation Award Winners

Every year, the American Ornithological Society bestows a range of Student Presentation Awards on students at all levels (undergraduate, masters, and doctoral) who present outstanding posters or oral presentations at the our annual meeting. With 120 students competing for awards at this year’s recent annual meeting in Anchorage, our 70-plus volunteer judges had their work cut out for them! Congratulations to all of this year’s winners, listed below, each of whom received a $500 honorarium with their award, and congratulations as well to every single student who presented research at this year’s meeting — your contributions helped make the Anchorage meeting a huge success!

Nellie Johnson Baroody Award


Robert Wiebe, “Integrating machine learning and citizen science data to generate high-performing species distribution models for the globally vulnerable Gray Tinamou (Tinamus tao)”

Robert B. Berry Student Award


Sirena Lao, “Investigating the influence of polarized light and artificial night lighting on bird-building collisions”

Mark E. Hauber Award

[not pictured] Mary Mack Gray, “Exploratory Behavior in Brown-Headed Nuthatches may Indicate Successful Population Reintroduction Strategy”


Cameron Rutt, “Experimental forest fragmentation alters interaction networks of Amazonian mixed-species flocks”

A. Brazier Howell Award


Jordan Herman, “To kill a mockingbird: the combined effects of two radically different parasites”

Frances F. Roberts Award


Nicole A. Gutierrez Ramos, “Consequences of infection by Haemoproteus parasites in the Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola)”

AOS Council Awards

[not pictured] Kylee Dunham, “Using integrated models to identify ecology and population dynamics of a threatened arctic species”


Amanda Hegg, “Invasive plants and bird nesting success in Missouri River riparian forests”


Maria Stager, “Out in the cold: a novel approach to understanding the physiological drivers of phenotypic flexibility in Dark-eyed Juncos”


Jenna Curtis, “Characterizing a century of species losses in an isolated tropical forest fragment”

Honorable Mentions

Shannon Skalos, “Migration, Home Range, and Dispersal of Adult and Juvenile Northern Harriers (Circus hudsonius) in Suisun Marsh, California”

Garima Gupta, “Testing the proposed IUCN Green List categories and criteria”

Frank Fogarty, “Bias in estimated breeding-bird abundance from individual movement”

Fabio Tarazona-Tubens, “What factors influence nest survival of the endangered Yellow-headed Amazon?”

Felipe Campos-Cerda, “The nidobiome as a framework to understand microbiome assembly”

Cody Kent, “Behavioral niche partitioning reexamined: do behavioral foraging differences predict dietary differences?”

Libesha Anparasan, “Tracing nutrient sources to lipid production in a passerine using stable isotope (δ13C, δ2H) tracers”

Kaiya Provost, “Comparative genomics reveal modes of differentiation in North American warm desert birds”

Emily Donahue, “Survival and non-breeding habitat selection of Loggerhead Shrikes in agricultural landscapes of Arkansas”

Christopher Tyson, “Provisioning coordination increases with mate familiarity in a long-lived pelagic seabird, the Manx shearwater”

Carly Paget, “Rapid Detection of Avian Blood Parasites and West Nile Virus in the Common Loon Utilizing Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification”

Corrine Genier, “Dietary costs and benefits of lakeshore vs aggregate pit breeding in Bank Swallows (Riparia riparia)”

Katherine Gura, “Great Gray Owl Home Range and Habitat Selection During the Breeding Season”

Rebecca Wilcox, “Multi-scale approach to evaluating space use in invasive avian dispersers and the implications for seed dispersal”

Carl Lundblad, “Intraspecific variation and adaptive significance of a little-known life-history trait, laying interval length, along a latitudinal gradient”

Erin Grabarczyk, “What drives flexible signaling? Anthropogenic noise and social context affect male house wren vocal behavior”

Breanna Bennett, “Won’t you be my neighbor? Distribution of nesting pairs within a hybrid-zone chickadee population”

Theadora Block, “Dominance rank and sex predict social network position in winter social groups in a passerine bird”

Austin Spence, “Will low oxygen slow range shifts? Response to a novel high elevation environment from populations across a hummingbird range”

David Slager, “Seasonal and directional dispersal behavior in an ongoing dove invasion”

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