Jackson Award



  • 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.

2014 Hartley Jackson Award Recipient

The 2014 recipient of the Hartley H. T. Jackson Award for service to ASM is Daniel Odell, recently retired from Hubbs−SeaWorld Research Institute where he was a Senior Research Scientist.  His research interests are in natural history of small cetaceans and habitat use and feeding behavior of bottlenose dolphins.  

Dan Odell has actively served on committees for most of the years he has been an ASM member.  Dan has been a member of 8 different committees—for periods of 8−35 years each—with an accumulated total of 128 committee years.  During the 2013-2014 year, he served on 7 committees, more than any other member.  Committee chairs with whom he has worked invariably describe him as a quiet, conscientious committee member who does more than his share.  His responsibilities have been varied.  On the Marine Mammal Committee, during the times he was chair, one of his responsibilities was to write position papers for controversial issues, some of which were placed in evidence in government lawsuits.  He is also a member (and a founder) of the Society for Marine Mammalogy and has served as a bridge between that organization and ASM.  On the Informatics Committee one of his responsibilities has been to handle the hundreds of inquiries which come into the website.  His efforts on the Program Committee have contributed significantly to the smooth selection of workshops and symposia for our annual meeting.  On the Animal Care and Use Committee, which recently prepared ASM guidelines on care and use of wild mammals, Dan provided a perspective on marine mammals which no other committee member had.  Similarly, on the Grants-in-Aid Committee his knowledge has been critical in assessing grant applications dealing with marine mammals.  His background and general conscientious approach have also been valuable to Conservation Awards, Legislation and Regulations, and Public Education committees. 

For his outstanding service to the American Society of Mammalogists we recognize Daniel K. Odell with the 2014 Hartley H.T. Jackson Award.

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


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


  • 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—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—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—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

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.


  • 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.


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).