Latin American Fellowship

Chair

Members

  • J. Dunnum
  • K. Ernest
  • T. E. Lacher
  • M. A. O'Connell
  • M. Ortega
  • J. A. Salazar-Bravo
  • S. Solari

History and Mission

The Latin American Fellowship Committee grants two awards:

  1.  The Latin American Student Field Research award supports field projects by Latin American graduate students (details below). Each of five awardees will receive $1,500. The deadline for applications is 15 April. Details are provided in the pdf files under the "Files" tab.
  2. The Oliver P. Pearson award supports a young professional who holds an academic position in a Latin American institution within 5 years of receiving a Ph.D. or equivalent degree (details below). A single $5,000 award is granted each year. In addition, up to $2,000 is offered for the recipient to attend the ASM meetings of the year following the award. The deadline for each application is 15 April. Details are provided in the pdf file titled "Latin American Fellowship Application" under the "Files" tab.

2015 Oliver P. Pearson Award Recipient

The Oliver P. Pearson award supports a young professional in Latin America within 5 years of receiving a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, who currently hold an academic or curatorial position in Latin America.  Oliver Pearson conducted field work in Latin America over many years, and was a strong supporter of mammalogists of all ages and professional stages.  This award honors his commitment to the development of Latin American mammalogists.  The awardee receives  $5000 to help establish or consolidate their research programs, and up to $2000 for travel to the mammal meetings the year following the award.

The 2015 recipient of the Pearson Award goes to a South American biologist who exemplifies a highly productive career in mammalogy and field biology.  He received his PhD in Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile. Thesis title was “Genomic signatures of evolutionary processes in cetacean evolution: footprints of the return of mammals to the sea”. Then returned to his home country to made a Post‐Doc Position in Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil) and now is Professor at Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Brazil)

Dra. Mariana Freitas Nery received his B.A. Biology from the Universidade Federal de São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil in 2005, her Master of Science at Universidade Federal Rural Do Rio De Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and her Ph.D. in Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile. The quality of her dissertation was externally recognized as the Academia Chilena de Ciencias awarded it as the best doctoral thesis of 2014. Since 2008 ha has publish 17 papers, many in top journals. She has been prolific in publishing papers her lines of research are evolution, comparative genomics, phylogenetics, Evo-Devo, working primarily with marine mammals.  His current focus is investigating Genetics and Evolution of marine mammals.  Congratulations to Dra. Mariana Freitas Nery.

LATIN AMERICAN STUDENT FIELD RESEARCH AWARD

(deadline for the receipt of application materials: 15 APRIL)

The Latin American Student Field Research Award is made annually to support field research projects by Latin Americans in Latin America. Eligible students must be :

  • Citizens of Latin American countries (excluding Puerto Rico)
  • Currently enrolled in a graduate program.

Projects must be field-oriented investigations of natural history, conservation, ecology, systematics, wildlife biology, biogeography, or behavior of mammals. The selection committee, whose membership reflects these diverse fields and has field experience in Latin America, considers each of these areas of research equally important.

Application materials include a 2-page application and two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your scientific background and current academic program, one of which must be from your graduate advisor. All application materials must be sent to the Committee Chair in files attached to email messages. Acceptable formats include pdf (preferred) and Word (doc and rtf files). Letters scanned in jpg format also are acceptable. Although we encourage applications and letters in English, documents written in Spanish or Portuguese are acceptable. Detailed instructions are provided in the pdf file under the "Files" tab.

To be considered, all application materials must be sent electronically to Dr. Ticul Álvarez, (sticul@yahoo.com) by 15 APRIL.

The recipients will be announced at the Annual Banquet of the American Society of Mammalogists, but awardees need not be present to receive the award.

OLIVER P. PEARSON AWARD

(deadline for the receipt of application materials: 15 April)

This award honors Oliver P. Pearson’s remarkable six decades of work in Latin America and his steadfast support for Latin American mammalogists of all ages and degrees of professional development. The award offers financial support to young professional mammalogists who hold academic or curatorial positions in Latin America, to help them establish or consolidate their research programs. A single award in the sum of $5,000 will be given each year. Up to an additional $2,000 is offered for the recipient to attend the mammal meetings of the year following the award. The funds may be used to carry out fieldwork, purchase supplies or specialized equipment, attend scientific meetings, visit collections or other academic institutions, and other research-related activities.

Applicants may be of any nationality. At the time of application, he or she must have the following qualifications:

  • a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree conferred within the previous 5 years
  • an academic (post-doctoral, teaching, curatorial, or other comparable research-oriented) position in a Latin American institution
  • membership in the American Society of Mammalogists

Acceptable formats for application materials include pdf (preferred) and Word (doc and rtf files). Letters scanned in jpeg format are also acceptable. Applications should include the following elements:

  • A one-page statement that describes
    • the nature and responsibilities of his or her academic position
    • professional interests and goals for the next few years
    • detailed justification documenting how and why the award would benefit the applicant’s research program.
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Copy of one published or accepted research paper.
  • Two letters of recommendation from established professionals familiar with the applicant, based either in Latin America or abroad.

To be considered, all application materials must be sent electronically to Dr. Ticul Álvarez, (sticul@yahoo.com) by 15 APRIL. Details are provided in the pdf file titled "Latin American Fellowship Application" under the "Files" tab.

The recipients will be announced at the Annual Banquet of the American Society of Mammalogists, but awardees need not be present to receive the award.

OLIVER P. PEARSON AWARD

To support a young professional who holds an academic position in a Latin American institution within 5 years of receiving a Ph.D. or equivalent degree

 

2000-2009

  • 2004—Ulyses Pardiñas, Centro Nacional Patagónico, Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina
  • 2005—Yuri Leite, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Vitória, Brazil
  • 2006—Luis Fernando Aquirre, Universidad Mayor de San Simón, Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • 2007—Eduardo Secchi, Departamento de Oceanografia, Fundação Universidade Federal do Rio Grande, Rio Grande, Brazil
  • 2008—Juan Opazo, Instituto de Ecología y Evolución, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Austral de Chile

2010+

LATIN AMERICAN STUDENT FIELD RESEARCH AWARD

To support field research projects by Latin Americans in Latin America. Eligible students must be citizens of Latin American countries (excluding Puerto Rico) and currently enrolled in a graduate program

 

1990-1999

  • 1997—Maria Laura Lázaro (University of Uraguay )
  • 1998—Carlos Eduardo Ritti Filho (Instituto Nacional da Pesquisas da Amazônia)
  • 1999—Anja Brunet (University of Minnesota )

2000-2009

  • 2000—Cynthia Steiner (University Montpellier, France)
  • 2001—Gerardo Suzán (University New Mexico)
  • 2002—Adriana Ruiz E. (Universidad de Los Andes, Merida, Venezuela); 
  • 2002—Pablo Jarrin ( Boston University)
  • 2003—Matías Mora (Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, UNMdP, from Argentina); 
  • 2003—Gloriana Chaverri (Boston University )
  • 2004—Bernal Rodríguez (Instituto de Ecología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, from Costa Rica); 
  • 2004—María Viteri (from Ecuador, University of Idaho)
  • 2005—Adriana Bravo (from Peru, Louisiana State University);
  • 2005—Lucía Luna (from Peru, University of Michigan);
  • 2005—Heliot Zarza (from Mexico, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)
  • 2006—Lida Elena Pimper (University of Buenos Aires);
  • 2006—Horacio Bárcenas (National University of Mexico);
  • 2006—Ivanna Tomasco (Universidad de la Republica de Uruguay);
  • 2006—Laura May-Collado (Florida International University);
  • 2006—Miguel Pinto (Texas Tech University)
  • 2007—Jesús Fernández (Louisiana State University);
  • 2007—Noé de la Sancha (Texas Tech University);
  • 2007—Ignacio Benitez Moreno (Pontificia Universidade Católica de Rio Grande do Sul);
  • 2007—Maria Abarca Medina (Instituto Venezolano de Investigacion Científica);
  • 2007—María Clara Arteaga (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)
  • 2008—José Santos (from Brazil, University of California, Berkeley);
  • 2008—Lidia Franco (from Colombia, Universidad Austral de Chile),
  • 2008—Maron Galliez (Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro, Brazil);
  • 2008—Romina Pavé (Universidad del Litoral, Argentina); 
  • 2008—Silvina Bisceglia (Argentina, Universidad de Buenos Aires)
  • 2009—Laura Torres Morales (Instituto de Ecología, Vera Cruz, México);
  • 2009—María Paula Tujague (National University of La Plata, Argentina);
  • 2009—Gabriela Verónica García (Universidad de Buenos Aires);
  • 2009—Vanina Alejandra Fernández (Universidad de Buenos Aires)

2010+

  • 2010—Nicté Ordóñez-Garza (Texas Tech University);
  • 2010—Cristina Jasso del Toro (National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM);
  • 2010—Rosa Raquel Jessen (The University of Arizona, Tuscon);
  • 2010—Mariano Soley (City University of New York)
  • 2011—Francisca Astorga (Universidad Andrés Bello, Chile);
  • 2011—Loreto Correa (Universidad Austral de Chile);
  • 2011—Juan Diaz-Nieto (University of Minnesota);
  • 2011—Francisco Fonturbel (Universidad de Chile);
  • 2011—Bianca Montero (North Dakota State University)
  • 2013—Emma Gomez-Ruiz (Mexico);
  • 2013—Romina Pfoh (Argentina);
  • 2013Mariel Ruiz-Blanco (Argentina)
  • 2014—Carola Cañón Valenzuela (from Chile; University of la Plata, Argentina
  • 2014—Melquisedec (Melqui) Gamba-Rios (from Colombia; University of Tennessee)
  • 2014—Constanza Pasian (from Argentina; National University of Córdoba, Argentina)
  • 2014—Willy Pineda Lizano (from Costa Rica; Technological Institute of Costa Rica)
  • 2014—Julio Torres (from Paraguay; National University of la Plata, Argentina)
  • 2015—Esteban Brenes-Mora (from Costa Rica; Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, Costa Rica)
  • 2015—Cintya A. Segura-Trujillo (from México; Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste, México)
  • 2015—María Sol Gennuso (from Argentina; National University of Northeastern, Argentina)
  • 2015—Silvina Beatriz Bongiovanni (from Argentina; Universidad de San Juan, Argentina)
  • 2015—José Fernando Moreira Ramírez (from Guatemala; El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, México)