Latin American Fellowship

Chair

Members

  • J. Dunnum
  • K. Ernest
  • T. E. Lacher
  • M.F. Nery
  • 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 1 March. Details are provided in this pdf file.
  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 1 March. Details are provided in this pdf file.

2017 Latin American Student Field Research Awards

The Latin American Student Field Research Award is made annually to support research projects in Latin America by graduate students. Eligible students must be citizens of Latin American countries, and their projects must be field-oriented investigations of natural history, conservation, ecology, systematics, wildlife biology, biogeography, or behavior.

This year, we selected 5 applicants.  Each of these students will receive a $1500 award:

  • Laura Abondano (Columbia): Mating strategies of female wooly monkeys (Lagothrix lagotricha poeppigii): implications for female mate choice in a promiscuous primate. Unviersity of Texas at Austin
  • Germán Botto Nuñez (Uruguay): Effect of landscape fragmentation in bat population dyanmics and disease persistence in Uruguay. Montana State University
  • Antonela Marozzi  (Argentina): Physiological mechanisms involved in Guanaco (Lama guanicoe) reproduction and population growth. CONICET
  • Ricardo Sampaio (Brazil): Human-wildlife conflicts in Amazonian extractive reserves: spatial footprint and impact of subsistence hunters on forest vertebrates. Unviersity of Sao Paulo
  • Amdand Vicente-Santos (Costa Rica): Cave dwelling bats ecology and land use change: assessing the dilution effect. Emory Unviersity

2017 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 $5,000 to help establish or consolidate their research programs, and up to $2,000 for travel to the mammal meetings the year following the award.

Dr. Eliécer Gutiérrez is originally from Venezuela, where he completed a Licenciatura degree in Biology at the Universidad de los Andes. He then continued his studies at the City University of New York, obtaining a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior in 2012. Dr. Gutiérrez obtained the prestigious Peter Buck Fellowship from the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution, where he was a postdoctoral researcher from 2012 to 2015. Since that year, he has been a research associate of Smithsonian Institution. In 2016 he moved to Brazil, where he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Universidade de Brasília, and then, in 2017, he accepted a position as visiting professor at Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, in the Rio Grande do Sul state. Dr. Gutiérrez is interested on a broad arrange of empirical, methodological, and conceptual questions pertaining to systematics, biogeography, and evolutionary ecology. Most of his work has either focused on or employed data of Neotropical marsupials, rodents, bats, and artiodactyls. His research and perspective pieces have been published in journals including Journal of Mammalogy, Mammal Review, Ecography, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Ecology and Evolution, Ecography, American Museum Novitates, Nature, and Science. Dr. Gutiérrez is heavily involved in education of students through university courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, mentoring students' research, and participating on workshops and invited seminars at universities. Congratulations to Dr. Eliécer Gutiérrez!

LATIN AMERICAN STUDENT FIELD RESEARCH AWARD

(deadline for the receipt of application materials: 1 March)

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 this pdf file.

To be considered, all application materials must be submitted by 1 March via webform accessible here.

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: 1 March)

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 submitted by 1 March through a webform accessible here. Details are provided in this pdf file.

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)
  • 2016Mario Fernando Garces Restrepo (from Colombia; University of Wisconsin)
  • 2016Antonella Panebianco (from Argentina; Universidad de Buenos Aires)
  • 2016Edson Fiedler de Abreu Junior (from Brazil; Universidade de São Paulo)
  • 2016Daniela Arenas-Viveros (from Colombia; Texas Tech University)
  • 2016Carlos Carrion (from Ecuador; University of New Mexico)
  • 2017—Laura Abondano (from Columbia; Unviersity of Texas at Austin)
  • 2017—Germán Botto Nuñez (from Uruguay, Montana State University)
  • 2017—Antonela Marozzi (from Argentina; CONICET)
  • 2017—Ricardo Sampaio (from Brazil; Unviersity of Sao Paulo)
  • 2017—Amdand Vicente-Santos (from Costa Rica; Emory Unviersity)