Grants-in-Aid

Chair

Members

  • R. M. Brigham
  • B. Buttler
  • L. N. Carraway
  • C. J. Conroy
  • T. L. Derting
  • J. W. Dragoo
  • J. A. Esselstyn
  • K. E. Galbreath
  • S. Gehrt
  • J. R. Goheen
  • G. D. Hartman
  • V. Hayssen
  • C. Himes
  • D. M. Kaufman
  • J. L. Koprowski
  • H. C. Lanier
  • S. C. Loeb
  • R. A. Long
  • K. Lyons
  • B. McMillan
  • M. D. Matocq
  • M. L. McKnight
  • E. C. Oaks
  • D. K. Odell
  • B. S. Pasche
  • C. M. Pinto
  • D. Post
  • A. W. Reed
  • D. M. Reeder
  • T. E. Roberts
  • R. K. Rose
  • K. C. Rowe
  • R. L. Schooley
  • P. T. Stapp
  • H. H. Thomas
  • P. M. Velazco

History and Mission

The Grants-in Aid Committee was formed in 1971 (Gill and Wozencraft, 1994) to enhance and support graduate research by identifying and funding research proposals pertaining to mammals. Additionally, this committee nominates the outstanding graduate students that best meet the conditions and criteria set forth for the American Society of Mammalogists Fellowship and the Albert R. and Alma Shadle Fellowship.

2015 Albert R. and Alma Shadle Fellowship Recipient

The Albert R. and Alma Shadle Fellowship is awarded to a graduate student in recognition of current accomplishments and future potential in Mammalogy. This year the award is $4,521. The 2015 recipient of the Albert R. and Alma Shadle award is Silvia Pavan from the City University of New York and the American Museum of Natural History.

Ms. Pavan has published 8 scientific papers in such journals as American Museum Novitates, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, and Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. She has presented her research at multiple conferences across North and South America, including the annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists. Ms. Pavan has received numerous fellowships, the award for the best oral presentation at the 2010 Brazilian Congress of Mammalogy, and research grants totaling approximately $18,000. She is a member of the Brazilian Society of Mammalogy and the American Society of Mammalogists.

Ms. Pavan has been described as “one of the most hard-working young scientists whom I have met”, whose work “is characterized by its rigor, depth, and creativity.” She has also been described as “a great ambassador for Brazilian mammalogy” and “one of the most impressive South American mammalogists I have encountered.” One letter writer says, “Silvia is surely the only Graduate Fellow in the history of the Smithsonian’s Division of Mammals to actually publish a major result of her fellowship during the course of a 10-week fellowship, a perfect signal of her rapid productivity and exquisitely organized planning.”

Ms. Pavan’s research focuses on the phylogeny, biogeography, and systematics of the genus Monodelphis (short-tailed opossums), the most species-rich genus of New World marsupials.  

2015 ASM Fellowship Recipient

The ASM Fellowship is the highest award made to a graduate student member of our Society.  The award is intended to recognize current outstanding accomplishments in Mammalogy, service to ASM, as well as the potential for a productive, future role in professional Mammalogy.  This year the award is $7,500.  The recipient of the 2015 American Society of Mammalogists Award is Kayce Bell from the University of New Mexico.

Ms. Bell is the author of 5 publications in journals such as Bioscience, Heredity, Animal Conservation, and Journal of Biogeography. She has presented at numerous scientific conferences, including 7 first-authored presentations at meetings of the American Society of Mammalogists. Ms. Bell has received over $30,000 in research funding, including two Grants-in-Aid of Research from the ASM and a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation. Ms. Bell has been a member of the American Society of Mammalogists for over 10 years, and has served our society as a reviewer for the Journal of Mammalogy and by serving on the Program Committee and the Public Education Committee. She also served as a student member of the ASM Board of Directors from 2011-2013.

Ms. Bell’s research has been described as having “tremendous potential to explore fundamental questions in host/parasite dynamics and co-evolutionary history, as well as the dynamic historical biogeography of western North America.” Ms. Bell is described as “a highly productive and broadly engaged mammologist who has already contributed a great deal to our professional society” and “an up and coming star in the American Society of Mammalogists.” 

Ms. Bell’s research addresses the co-evolution of host-parasite interactions, using chipmunks and their parasites (ectoparasite sucking lice and endoparasitic pinworms), and integrates traditional and next-generation DNA sequencing approaches to investigate hypotheses about co-evolutionary relationships. 

Streaming Presentations 

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AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MAMMALOGISTS FELLOWSHIP IN MAMMALOGY

A single graduate fellowship in mammalogy is provided annually by the Board of Directors of ASM at the recommendation of the Grants-in-Aid Committee. The amount of the award for the academic year 2010-2011 has been set at $10,000, and also will include a set of the available ASM Special Publications. The fellowship is intended to recognize current accomplishments in mammalogy, service to ASM, and the potential for a productive, future role in professional mammalogy. Applicants may be any graduate student members of ASM enrolled at a college or university for the forthcoming academic year and engaged in research in mammalogy. See the grants page for current application, instructions, and submission dates.

ALBERT R. AND ALMA SHADLE FELLOWSHIP IN MAMMALOGY

A single graduate fellowship in mammalogy is provided annually by the Albert R. and Alma Shadle Endowment Fund. The award is made by the Buffalo Foundation at the recommendation of the Grants-in-Aid Committee of ASM. Generally, the award is approximately $4,000-4,500. In addition, a set of ASM Special Publications and Mammalian Species will be presented to the Shadle Fellow. The fellowship is intended to promote a professional career in mammalogy by allowing the recipient greater freedom to pursue research, but is not a grant in support of a specific research project. Applicants must be enrolled as graduate students in a college or university in the United States and be engaged in research in any area of mammalogy. See the grants page for current application, instructions, and submission dates.

GRANTS-IN-AID OF RESEARCH

Awards are made available by the Board of Directors of the Society in amounts not to exceed $1500.00 (US) to graduate and upper-level undergraduate students who are members of the Society at the time of application. Awards primarily will be for support of field or laboratory work in any area of mammalogy, or for the purchase of supplies and small items of equipment related to such research. See the grants page for current application, instructions, and submission dates.

ALBERT R. AND ALMA SHADLE FELLOWSHIP

presented by the Buffalo Foundation to a student enrolled in a university/college in the United States to promote a professional career in mammalogy by allowing the recipient greater freedom to pursue research

1970-1979

  • 1972—James Joule, University of Houston;
  • 1972—William J. Bleier, Texas Tech University
  • 1973—Philip D. Gingerich, Yale University
  • 1974—Patricia W. Freeman, University of New Mexico
  • 1975—Thomas J. O’Shea, Northern Arizona University
  • 1976—John L. Hoogland, University of Michigan
  • 1977—Ira F. Greenbaum, Texas Tech University
  • 1978—Kenneth D. Rose, University of Michigan
  • 1979—Peter V. August, Boston University

1980-1989

  • 1980—Michael A. Bowers, University of Arizona
  • 1981—Gary G. Kwiecinski, Cornell University
  • 1982—W. Christopher Wozencraft, University of Kansas
  • 1983—Duke S. Rogers, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1984—Craig S. Hood, Texas Tech University
  • 1985—Robert M. Sullivan, University of New Mexico
  • 1986—Cynthia E. Rebar, Kansas State University
  • 1987—Kimberlyn Nelson, Harvard University
  • 1988—Ronald A. Van Den Bussche, Texas Tech University
  • 1989—Brett R. Riddle, University of New Mexico

1990-1999

  • 1990—Robert D. Bradley, Texas Tech University
  • 1991—Craig L. Frank, University of California, Irvine
  • 1992—Jennifer K. Frey, University of New Mexico
  • 1993—James W. Demastes, Louisiana State University
  • 1994—Douglas A. Kelt, University of New Mexico
  • 1995—Theresa A. Spradling, Louisiana State University
  • 1996—Dawn M. Kaufman, University of New Mexico
  • 1997—Link Olson, University of Chicago
  • 1998—Thomas Risch, Auburn University
  • 1999—Jay F. Storz, Boston University

2000-2009

  • 2000—Sara Kathleen Lyons, University of Chicago
  • 2001—Steven R. Hoofer, Oklahoma State University
  • 2002—Christine L. Hice, Texas Tech University
  • 2003—Antoinette J. Piaggio, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • 2004—Jacob R. Goheen, University of New Mexico
  • 2005—Sergio Solari, Texas Tech University
  • 2006—Ryan Norris, University of Vermont
  • 2007—Paul Velasco, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • 2008—Andrew Edelman, University of New Mexico
  • 2009—Brandi Coyner, Oklahoma State University

2010+

  • 2010—Bret Pasch, University of Florida
  • 2011—Justin Lack, Oklahoma State University
  • 2012—C. Miguel Pinto, American Museum of Natural History and City University of New York
  • 2013—Joseph R. Burger, University of New Mexico
  • 2014—Nicté Ordóñez-Garza, Texas Tech University
  • 2015—Silvia PavanCity University of New York and the American Museum of Natural History

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MAMMALOGISTS FELLOWSHIP

presented to a student in recognition of current accomplishments in mammalogy, service to ASM, and the potential for a productive, future role in professional mammalogy

2000-2009

  • 2001—Richard D. Stevens, Texas Tech University
  • 2002—Andrew McAdam, University of Alberta
  • 2003—Debra M. Shier, University of California, Davis
  • 2004—Kristofer M. Helgen, South Australia Museum, Adelaide
  • 2005—Jacob R. Goheen, University of New Mexico
  • 2006—Sergio Solari, Texas Tech University
  • 2007—Justin Boyles, Indiana State University
  • 2008—Jacob Esselstyn, University of Kansas
  • 2009—Jonathan Pauli, University of Wyoming

2010+

  • 2010—Peter Larsen, Texas Tech University
  • 2011—Bret Pasch, University of Florida
  • 2012—Ryan Long, Idaho State University
  • 2013—C. Miguel Pinto, American Museum of Natural History
  • 2014—Melissa Merrick, University of Arizona
  • 2015—Kayce BellUniversity of New Mexico