Grants-in-Aid

Chair

Members

  • J. Robert Burger
  • Bruce Butler
  • Chris J. Conroy
  • Thomas C. Giarla
  • Jacob R. Goheen
  • Peter Guiden
  • Greg D. Hartman
  • Virginia (Ginny) Hayssen
  • Andrew G. Hope
  • Angela Hornsby
  • Chris N. Jacques
  • Dawn M. Kaufman
  • Hayley C. Lanier
  • Peter Larsen
  • Bryan S. McLean
  • Stephen G. Mech
  • Melissa J. Merrick
  • Daniel K. Odell
  • Bret S. Pasche
  • Aaron W. Reed
  • Kevin C. Rowe
  • J. A. Soto-Centeno
  • Richard D. Stevens
  • Rob Swihart
  • Paul M. Velazco

History and Mission

The Grants-in Aid Committee was formed in 1971 (Gill and Wozencraft, 1994) to enhance and support graduate research by identifying and funding research proposals pertaining to mammals. Additionally, this committee nominates the outstanding graduate students that best meet the conditions and criteria set forth for the American Society of Mammalogists Fellowship and the Albert R. and Alma Shadle Fellowship.

2022 Albert R. and Alma Shadle Fellowship Recipient

The Albert R. and Alma Shadle Fellowship is awarded to a graduate student in recognition of current accomplishments and future potential in mammalogy. The 2021 recipient of the Albert R. and Alma Shadle award is Matt Snider of North Carolina State University. 

Matt Snider has proudly been a member of ASM since 2018, during which time he has attended all of the meetings in person, online, and happily in person again, allowing him to present various sections of his work. He now serves on the African Research Fellowship Committee and the Conservation Committee. With the assistance of funding from the GRFP, National Geographic, and NC State he has been able to continue his graduate studies under the tutelage of Dr Roland Kays and publish in various journals, including Journal of Mammalogy.

Building upon his nearly eight years living in sub-Saharan Africa as a research project manager and now a graduate student, he has been able to follow is passion for research on movement and community ecology. Some of these topics include home range dynamics of leopards (Panthera pardus) in relation to human density, medium and large sized mammal community changes along the habitat and elevation gradient on Mt Kenya, predator communities at the Straw-colored Fruit Bat (Eidolon helvum) migration in Zambia, and evaluating the utility of drones for large mammal surveys and anti-poaching efforts in Namibia. These field experiences have dovetailed with his passion for supporting local sustainability in conservation through building partnerships with local wildlife organizations and mentoring students in the US, Kenya, Zambia, and Namibia.

2022 ASM Fellowship Recipient

The ASM Fellowship is the highest award made to a graduate student member of our Society. The award is intended to recognize current outstanding accomplishments in mammalogy, service to ASM, as well as the potential for a productive, future role in professional Mammalogy. The recipient of the 2021 American Society of Mammalogists Fellowship is Marissa Dyck from Ohio University.

Marissa Dyck was born and raised in McMinnville Oregon. She graduated from the University of Wyoming with bachelor’s degrees in Zoology and Environment and Natural Resources. Marissa is currently pursuing a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology at Ohio University, under the mentorship of Dr. Viorel Popescu. Her research focuses on carnivore ecology and conservation in the US and Eastern Europe. Specifically, she uses non-invasive techniques coupled with statistical modeling to assess occupancy, interspecific interactions, and population viability of species such as lynx, wolves, bobcats, and coyotes.

Marissa has been a member of ASM since 2017 when she was an undergraduate student and has attended and presented at four ASM conferences since joining the society. She serves on the Conservation and the African Graduate Student Research Fund committees and was elected as a student representative to the Board of Directors in 2022. Marissa has also received grants-in-aid from ASM and Sigma Xi, and numerous grants and fellowships from Ohio University. She has published in journals such as Ecology and Evolution, Mammal Review, Journal of Mammalogy, and Ecology. Marissa is passionate about teaching and mentorship; throughout her graduate degree she has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate level courses in ecology and statistics and mentored over 25 undergraduate students.

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AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MAMMALOGISTS FELLOWSHIP IN MAMMALOGY

A single graduate fellowship in mammalogy is provided annually by the Board of Directors of ASM at the recommendation of the Grants-in-Aid Committee. The amount of the award for the academic year 2019-2020 has been set at $20,000. The fellowship is intended to recognize current accomplishments in mammalogy, service to ASM, and the potential for a productive, future role in professional mammalogy. Applicants may be any graduate student members of ASM enrolled at a college or university for the forthcoming academic year and engaged in research in mammalogy. See the grants page for current application, instructions, and submission dates.

  • Curriculum vita - 3-5 pages in length, but must include the following sections; peer-reviewed publications; other publications; presentations to professional meetings; research grants; memberships in professional societies; honors and awards; professional service
  • Arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to asmfellow@mammalsociety.org. One letter must be from your research advisor. Please make sure your advisor and other providers of letters of recommendation include your name in the subject line of the e-mail.
  • Names and contact information for 3 people who you have asked to provide letters in support of your applications (one of these must be your present research advisor) plus name and contact information for your department head or chairperson.
  • Summary of professional experience in mammalogy, research interests, and career goals. Limited to 1 page.
  • Abstract for thesis or dissertation research. Limited to 150 words.
  • Brief statement describing how you would use any support from ASM. Limited to 1 page.
  • Description of thesis or dissertation research project organized under the following headings: Title, Introduction, Objectives, Methods, Present Status of the Research (including preliminary results), Significance, and Literature Cited. Limited to 5 pages, double spaced, however, Literature Citations may be included on additional pages.

ALBERT R. AND ALMA SHADLE FELLOWSHIP IN MAMMALOGY

A single graduate fellowship in mammalogy is provided annually by the Albert R. and Alma Shadle Endowment Fund. The award is made by the Buffalo Foundation at the recommendation of the Grants-in-Aid Committee of ASM. Generally, the award is approximately $4,000. The fellowship is intended to promote a professional career in mammalogy by allowing the recipient greater freedom to pursue research, but is not a grant in support of a specific research project. Applicants must be enrolled as graduate students in a college or university in the United States for the forthcoming academic year and be engaged in research in any area of mammalogy. See the grants page for current application, instructions, and submission dates.

  • Curriculum vita - 3-5 pages in length, but must include the following sections; peer-reviewed publications; other publications; presentations to professional meetings; research grants; memberships in professional societies; honors and awards; professional service
  • Arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to shadle@mammalsociety.org. One letter must be from your research advisor. Please make sure your advisor and other providers of letters of recommendation include your name in the subject line of the e-mail.
  • Names and contact information for 3 people who you have asked to provide letters in support of your applications (one of these must be your present research advisor) plus name and contact information for your department head or chairperson.
  • Summary of professional experience in mammalogy, research interests, and career goals. Limited to 1 page.
  • Abstract for thesis or dissertation research. Limited to 150 words.
  • Brief statement describing how you would use any support from ASM. Limited to 1 page.
  • Description of thesis or dissertation research project organized under the following headings: Title, Introduction, Objectives, Methods, Present Status of the Research (including preliminary results), Significance, and Literature Cited. Limited to 5 pages, double spaced, however, Literature Citations may be included on additional pages.

GRANTS-IN-AID OF RESEARCH

Awards are made available by the Board of Directors of the Society in amounts not to exceed $1500.00 (US) to graduate and upper-level undergraduate students who are members of the Society at the time of application. Awards primarily will be for support of field or laboratory work in any area of mammalogy, or for the purchase of supplies and small items of equipment related to such research. See the grants page for current application, instructions, and submission dates.

  • Research Proposal - limited to 2 pages, 12 pt font, 0.5" margins. Literature Cited may be on a separate page.
  • Itemized budget for the proposed work. Travel to meetings, salary, and living expenses will not be supported.
    • Categorize each item as Equipment, Supplies, or Travel
    • Indicate expected source of funds (ASM, Sigma Xi, etc.) and indicate with an "X" if a commitment has been made for that item.
    • Give estimated total cost and amount requested from ASM.
  • Arrange for one letter of recommendation from your research advisor to be sent to ASM via a link that will be provided to them in an email (you must supply an email address).
  • If you have received a Grant-in-Aid of research previously, you will have to provide the year it was awarded, title of the proposal, amount awarded, status of any resulting publications, and a brief summary of progress.
  • For the file attachments, please use this naming convention: "LAST NAME _ DOCUMENT TYPE" (ex. Smith_Proposal.doc, Smith_Budget.doc, Smith_GIA.doc ). 

ALBERT R. AND ALMA SHADLE FELLOWSHIP

presented by the Buffalo Foundation to a student enrolled in a university/college in the United States to promote a professional career in mammalogy by allowing the recipient greater freedom to pursue research

1970-1979

  • 1972—James Joule, University of Houston;
  • 1972—William J. Bleier, Texas Tech University
  • 1973—Philip D. Gingerich, Yale University
  • 1974—Patricia W. Freeman, University of New Mexico
  • 1975—Thomas J. O’Shea, Northern Arizona University
  • 1976—John L. Hoogland, University of Michigan
  • 1977—Ira F. Greenbaum, Texas Tech University
  • 1978—Kenneth D. Rose, University of Michigan
  • 1979—Peter V. August, Boston University

1980-1989

  • 1980—Michael A. Bowers, University of Arizona
  • 1981—Gary G. Kwiecinski, Cornell University
  • 1982—W. Christopher Wozencraft, University of Kansas
  • 1983—Duke S. Rogers, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1984—Craig S. Hood, Texas Tech University
  • 1985—Robert M. Sullivan, University of New Mexico
  • 1986—Cynthia E. Rebar, Kansas State University
  • 1987—Kimberlyn Nelson, Harvard University
  • 1988—Ronald A. Van Den Bussche, Texas Tech University
  • 1989—Brett R. Riddle, University of New Mexico

1990-1999

  • 1990—Robert D. Bradley, Texas Tech University
  • 1991—Craig L. Frank, University of California, Irvine
  • 1992—Jennifer K. Frey, University of New Mexico
  • 1993—James W. Demastes, Louisiana State University
  • 1994—Douglas A. Kelt, University of New Mexico
  • 1995—Theresa A. Spradling, Louisiana State University
  • 1996—Dawn M. Kaufman, University of New Mexico
  • 1997—Link Olson, University of Chicago
  • 1998—Thomas Risch, Auburn University
  • 1999—Jay F. Storz, Boston University

2000-2009

  • 2000—Sara Kathleen Lyons, University of Chicago
  • 2001—Steven R. Hoofer, Oklahoma State University
  • 2002—Christine L. Hice, Texas Tech University
  • 2003—Antoinette J. Piaggio, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • 2004—Jacob R. Goheen, University of New Mexico
  • 2005—Sergio Solari, Texas Tech University
  • 2006—Ryan Norris, University of Vermont
  • 2007—Paul Velasco, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • 2008—Andrew Edelman, University of New Mexico
  • 2009—Brandi Coyner, Oklahoma State University

2010-2019

2020+

  • 2020—Jesse AlstonUniversity of Wyoming
  • 2021Savannah Bartel, University of Wisconsin
  • 2022Matt Snider, North Carolina State University

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MAMMALOGISTS FELLOWSHIP

presented to a student in recognition of current accomplishments in mammalogy, service to ASM, and the potential for a productive, future role in professional mammalogy

2000-2009

  • 2001—Richard D. Stevens, Texas Tech University
  • 2002—Andrew McAdam, University of Alberta
  • 2003—Debra M. Shier, University of California, Davis
  • 2004—Kristofer M. Helgen, South Australia Museum, Adelaide
  • 2005—Jacob R. Goheen, University of New Mexico
  • 2006—Sergio Solari, Texas Tech University
  • 2007—Justin Boyles, Indiana State University
  • 2008—Jacob Esselstyn, University of Kansas
  • 2009—Jonathan Pauli, University of Wyoming

2010-2019

2020+

  • 2020—Jonathan Nations, Louisiana State University
  • 2021Dana Green, University of Regina
  • 2022Marissa Dyck, Ohio University

GIA Recipients

2020+