Jackson Award

Chair

Members

  • Matthew E. Hopton
  • C. William Kilpatrick
  • David M. “Chip” Leslie, Jr.
  • Suzanne B. McLaren
  • Thomas J. “Mac” McIntyre

 

History and Mission

The Jackson Award was established in 1977 to provide recognition to persons who have given long and outstanding service to the American Society of Mammalogists. The committee evaluates nominations received and makes a recommendation of a recipient to the Board of Directors.  The award  is named in honor of Hartley Jackson, a man who was instrumental in founding ASM.

2015 Hartley Jackson Award Recipient

The 2015 recipient of the Hartley H. T. Jackson Award for service to ASM is Joseph F. Merritt, who is the senior mammalogist at the Illinois Natural History Survey. He is a physiological ecologist and functional morphologist specializing in adaptations of small mammals, in particular, to cold. He is also the author of 3 books: Mammals of Pennsylvania, Biology of Small Mammals, and (with Feldhamer et al.) Mammalogy: Adaptation, Diversity, Ecology.

 

In the past 32 years, Joe Merritt has served on various committees and as a member of the ASM Board of Directors. Of the committees, his most notable service has been on the Editorial Committee, which oversees all publications of the Society (also known throughout the years as the Publications Committee and the Publications Advisory Board). His efforts over a period of 22 years have assured that ASM publications have been of high quality.

 

Joe began his editorial service as an Associate Editor of Journal of Mammalogy. He proved to be such an enthusiastic and skilled editor that he was next appointed Editor of Mammalian Species and Special Publications. This dual job included not only the period when Mammalian Species was being published at its peak rate of 30 or more accounts per year, but it was also when Special Publication 11, Seventy-five Years of Mammalogy (1919-1994), was published. The anniversary volume was ready in time for the annual meeting, and the Board expressed special thanks to Joe for moving the book through the editorial process in record time. Subsequently Editor Merritt was appointed to almost every editorial position in the Society―Journal Editor, Managing Editor of the Journal (before this position was handled by our publisher), and again Editor for Special Publications.

 

One of Joe’s most remarkable services to ASM was that he agreed to be the Journal Editor for a 2nd time. He had already put in 17 years as an editor, but a few years ago Joe willingly took over as Journal Editor again. He now continues to serve as Journal Editor.

 

For his outstanding service to the American Society of Mammalogists we recognize Joseph F. Merritt with the 2015 Hartley H.T. Jackson Award for Service to ASM.

 

Past Awardees

Click here for past recipients of the Hartley H. T. Jackson Award.

Nominations for the Hartley H. T. Jackson Award

The Hartley H. T. Jackson Award honors individuals with a long and outstanding record of service to mammalogy and the American Society of Mammalogists.  Nominees should have extensive service in areas such as governance of the Society, special projects of the Society, editing of Journal of Mammalogy or Mammalian Species (Editors, Associate Editors, or others), and/or serving on multiple committees of the Society.

Candidates may be nominated by any member who is familiar with the candidate’s service to the Society and mammalogy in general.  A letter of nomination (2 pages maximum) should describe the candidate’s extensive service and should elaborate the reasons why this person should be considered for the award.  The single letter of nomination and a curriculum vita for the nominee should be sent to Barbara Blake (e-mail: bhblake@uncg.edu) before 10 February.  If the nominated candidate is judged competitive by the Jackson Committee, the nominator will be asked to send a complete nomination packet (nominating letter, curriculum vita, and up to 4 additional letters of support incorporated into a single PDF).  The nominator should send the PDF to Barbara Blake by 22 March.  The Committee then will review the completed nomination packets of all candidates.  The recipient will be announced at the banquet of the annual meeting of the Society.  Nominations are not retained from previous years.

Click here for past recipients of the Hartley H. T. Jackson Award

Download a PDF version of the nomination procedures here.

 

HARTLEY H. T. JACKSON AWARD for long and outstanding service to ASM

1970-1979

  • 1978—William B. DavisTexas A&M University
  • 1979—William H. Burt, University of Michigan

1980-1989

  • 1980—Bryan P. Glass, Oklahoma State University
  • 1981—No recipient
  • 1982—No recipient
  • 1983—J. Knox Jones, Jr., Texas Tech University
  • 1984—Oliver P. Pearson, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1985—Sydney Anderson, American Museum of Natural History
  • 1986—Murray L. JohnsonBurke Memorial Washington State Museum
  • 1987—Donald F. HoffmeisterUniversity of Illinois
  • 1988—Karl F. KoopmanAmerican Museum of Natural History
  • 1989—No recipient

1990-1999

  • 1990—Marie A. Lawrence, American Museum of Natural History
  • 1991—John O. WhitakerJr., Indiana State University
  • 1992—B. J. VertsOregon State University
  • 1993—J. Mary TaylorCleveland Museum of Natural History
  • 1994—Robert J. BakerTexas Tech University
  • 1995—James A. LackeyState University of New York—Oswego
  • 1996—Don E. WilsonSmithsonian Institution
  • 1997—Clyde JonesTexas Tech University
  • 1998—Gordon L. Kirkland, Jr.Shippensburg University
  • 1999—Elmer C. Birney, Bell Museum of Natural History and University of Minnesota

2000-2009

  • 2000—Richard W. Thorington, Jr.National Museum of Natural History
  • 2001—Suzanne B. McLaren, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
  • 2002—H. Duane Smith and Dahnelle SmithBrigham Young University
  • 2003—No recipient
  • 2004—Hugh H. GenowaysUniversity of Nebraska State Museum
  • 2005—Alfred L. GardnerU. S. Geological Survey Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
  • 2006—David M. "Chip" Leslie, Jr.U. S. Geological Survey and Oklahoma State University
  • 2007—Barbara H. BlakeUniversity of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • 2008—Michael A. MaresSam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and University of Oklahoma
  • 2009—Glennis A. Kaufman, Kansas State University

2010+

 

  • 2010—Thomas J. “Mac” McIntyreNational Marine Fisheries Service
  • 2011—Matthew E. HoptonU. S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • 2012—No recipient
  • 2013—C. William Kilpatrick, University of Vermont
  • 2014—Daniel K. OdellHubbs−SeaWorld Research Institute
  • 2015—Joseph F. Merritt, Illinois Natural History Survey

Vernon Bailey (R) and Jackson (L)The Hartley H.T. Jackson Award was established in 1977 to recognize individuals who have given outstanding service to ASM.  The award is named in honor of Hartley Jackson (1881–1976), a man instrumental in founding the American Society of Mammalogists.  The first meeting was held in 1919, but Jackson had envisioned forming a society for the study of mammals since 1902, when he was in college.

Hartley was interested in birds and mammals from an early age, starting a bird collection when he was 11 and turning his attention to mammals when he was 14.  His first publication, at age 16, was a note on screech owls, and his next, as a student at Milton College, was on meadow voles of Wisconsin.  While in college, he saw the advantages of the organizations fostering ornithology, and he recognized the value of a society for mammalogists.  He discussed his idea with friends and later with colleagues, but they were not very encouraging.  Still, he carried his dream.

In 1910, after receiving a Master’s degree from University of Wisconsin, he was hired by the United States Biological Survey to work on their mammal collection; a career he was to follow for decades. He continued to talk about a society for mammalogists and thought of possible ways to make it happen; gradually some colleagues became interested.  However, it was not until December 1918 that there was any action, when the head of the Biological Survey, E. W. Nelson, appointed a committee to consider forming such a society and asked Hartley Jackson to chair it.  Hartley apparently convinced the committee, for not only did they decide it was a good idea to form an organization of mammalogists, but they went right to work on it, making a list of prospective members, gathering funds, and drafting rules and bylaws.  They worked feverishly for 3 months, with Hartley’s wife, Anna, helping with typing lists and documents (on a typewriter they rented for her).  By the end of March they had received more than 250 favorable responses, and in April 1919 they held their first meeting - with 60 of the charter members present.  ASM was born! 

Jackson held several offices in the new Society, including President, Corresponding Secretary, Editor of Journal of Mammalogy¸ and member of the Board of Directors.  In 1920 he also pushed to establish an endowment fund, especially to fund publications.  Here was a man who embodied service to ASM – as founder of the Society and of the Reserve Fund he got us off to a firm start.

When Hartley Jackson began his career with the research staff of the Biological Survey, he took charge of their growing mammal collection.  Over the next 41 years he moved through various positions and numerous reorganizations of the Survey.  He also studied for a Ph.D. degree at nearby George Washington University, completing it in 1914.  Jackson initially did field work, much of it in Arizona and Wisconsin, but with his advancements in the Survey he spent more time in supervisory positions and less on his own research.  His main research interest was the mammalogy of his native state of Wisconsin, particularly the distribution and taxonomy of mammals and Merriam’s concept of life zones.  He spent years working on his primary publication, the book Mammals of Wisconsin, and finally saw it published in 1951, the year he retired.

Sources

  • Aldrich, John W.  1977.  In memoriam: Hartley Harrad Thompson Jackson.  (1881-1976).  Journal of Mammalogy 58:691-694.
  • Anon.  1919.  American Society of Mammalogists: by-laws and rules adopted April 3, 1919.  Journal of Mammalogy 1:49-51.
  • Hoffmeister, Donald F. 1994a.  Hartley H. T. Jackson and the American Society of Mammalogists.  Journal of Mammalogy 75(1):i-ii.
  • Hoffmeister, Donald F. 1994b.  The importance of the United States Bureau of Biological Survey in the formation of the American Society of Mammalogists.  Journal of Mammalogy 75(3):i-ii.
  • H[ollister], N.  1919.  Editorial comment.  Journal of Mammalogy 1:47-49.

Figures

Mammals of Wisconsin
  • Fig. 1.  Hartley Jackson (right) with colleague Vernon Bailey, 1937.  Photo from the files of the Biological Survey Unit, United States Geological Survey Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.
  • Fig. 2.  Hartley Jackson, 1957; photo courtesy of The Washington Biologists’ Field 
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  • Fig. 3.  Mammals of Wisconsin, first published in 1951.  From website of University of Wisconsin Press, http://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/0474.htm (accessed 13 November 2013).