Latin American Fellowship

Chair

Members

  • S. T. Álvarez-Castañeda
  • J. A. Cook
  • M. M. Diaz
  • E. A. Lacey
  • T. E. Lacher
  • Jr., M. A. O'Connell
  • J. A. Salazar-Bravo

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.

2014 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.  This award honors Oliver 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.

The 2014 recipient of the Pearson Award is Dr. Hugo Mantilla-Meluk of Colombia.  Dr. Mantilla-Meluk received a B.A. Biology from the National University of Colombia in 1999, and a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology and Systematics, at Texas Tech University. After continuing as a post-doc at Texas Tech, he returned to Colombia to serve as Professor and Curator of the Mammal Collection at the Technological University of the Chocó. There, he mentored 18 undergraduate students and helped grow the mammal collection.  He was the first postdoctoral associate of the Institute of Natural Sciences at the National University of Colombia. He also founded the Colombian Society of Mammalogists.   He was hired as the mammalogy professor at Quindío University, where he teaches General Biology, Functional Evolution of Mammals, Vertebrate Systematics, and Biogeography and where he established the collection of mammals.  He has been prolific in publishing papers on his broad research interests spanning ecology, biogeography, morphology, taxonomy, and evolution, working primarily with bats and primates.  His current focus is investigating how the uplift of the Andes has influenced the evolution of Colombian mammals.  He has been described as being extraordinarily energetic with a seemingly infinite willingness to collaborate.  Congratulations to Dr. Mantilla-Meluk!

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. Kristina Ernest, (ernestk@cwu.edu) 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. Kristina Ernest, (ernestk@cwu.edu) 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)