Grinnell Award

Chair

Members

  • Brandi S. Coyner
  • George A. Feldhamer
  • Marjorie D. Matocq
  • Phil D. Sudman
  • Robert M. Timm

History and Mission

The Joseph Grinnell Award was established by the Board of Directors in 1996 to honor individuals who have made outstanding and sustained contributions to education in mammalogy over a period of at least 10 years. The award recognizes excellence in education in the broadest sense. It encompasses not only the traditional roles of teaching undergraduate and graduate students in academic institutions, but also educational activities such as production of materials for federal, state, or local agencies, public education through creation of museum displays, and enhancement or encouragement of education through stewardship activities. Candidates may be nominated by colleagues, supervisors, students, or others familiar with their devotion to, and execution of, their educational activities.

2019 Joseph Grinnell Award Recipient

The 2019 recipient of the Joseph Grinnell Award is Dr. Donald Kaufman, Professor of Biology at Kansas State University and Director of the Konza Prairie Research Natural Area.

At Kansas State University, Don taught Mammalogy, Wildlife Management, and General Biology for over 35 years.  Students universally regarded Don’s classes as the best in their curriculum.  For his inspiration of students, Don was recognized by K-State as an “Extraordinary Teacher.”  In addition to traditional classroom teaching, Don regularly engaged in public outreach education through the Konza Prairie Biological Station.

Don has sponsored 6 PhD students, 8 MS/MA students, 2 postdoctoral fellows, 23 undergraduate research projects, and served on an additional 33 graduate committees. He was nominated for the Grinnell Award by several of his former graduate and undergraduate students.  These students uniformly praised Don for his level of investment in their development as scholars, and all credit him for their own lifelong passion and commitment to mammalogy and education.

Don’s research with his students has led to over 180 publications.  His work and that of his students has focused on small mammal community ecology in the tallgrass prairies of North America.  His immense contributions to our understanding of mammalian ecology in prairie systems has led to his recognition as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  The National Science Foundation has repeatedly sought Don’s expertise to further develop their programs to maintain long-term ecological research and biological field stations.  At a regional level, Don has applied his knowledge of mammalian ecology and evolution to the development of scientifically-informed wildlife management and conservation programs throughout the Central Plains.

In recognition of his outstanding and sustained contributions to the integration of education, research, and conservation in mammalogy, the American Society of Mammalogists names Dr. Donald Kaufman as the recipient of the 2019 Joseph Grinnell Award.

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Past Awardees

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Nominations for the Joseph Grinnell Award

The Joseph Grinnell award recognizes excellence in education in the broadest sense. It encompasses not only the traditional roles of teaching undergraduate and graduate students in academic institutions, but also educational activities such as production of materials for federal, state, or local agencies, public education through creation of museum displays, and enhancement or encouragement of education through stewardship activities.

Candidates may be nominated by colleagues, supervisors, students, or others familiar with their devotion to, and execution of, their educational activities. A letter of nomination, maximum length two pages, should detail the candidate's excellence in education in mammalogy and should elaborate the reasons why this individual should be considered for this award. The committee appreciates clear evidence of excellence in teaching or mentorship or the high quality of other educational products.  Such evidence could include summaries of teaching evaluations, student comments, student success, or other assessments of the effectiveness of educational activities.

The letter of nomination, the candidate’s curriculum vita, and up to 4 additional letters of support should be sent to Marjorie Matocq by 1 March (mmatocq@cabnr.unr.edu) as a single PDF document. The recipient will be announced at the banquet of the annual meeting of the Society. Nominations are not retained from previous years.

JOSEPH GRINNELL AWARD for excellence in education in mammalogy

1990-1999

  • 1997—B. Elizabeth Horner, Smith College
  • 1998—James L. PattonMuseum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1999—Philip Myers, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan

2000-2009

  • 2000—Robert J. BakerTexas Tech University
  • 2001—Timothy E. Lawlor, Humboldt State University
  • 2002—John B. BowlesCentral College, Pella, Iowa
  • 2003—David J. SchmidlyOklahoma State University, Texas Tech University, and Texas A&M University
  • 2004—Norman A. SladeUniversity of Kansas
  • 2005—Mark S. Hafner, Museum of Natural Science, Lousiana State University
  • 2006—Jerry R. Choate, Fort Hays State University
  • 2007—Peter D. Weigl, Wake Forest University
  • 2008—R. Mark BrighamUniversity of Regina
  • 2009—David M. ArmstrongUniversity of Colorado

2010+

  • 2010—Enrique P. LessaFacultad de Ciencias, Universidad de la Republica Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 2011—George A. FeldhamerSouthern Illinois University
  • 2012—James H. BrownUniversity of New Mexico, Albuquerque
  • 2013—Ricardo Ojeda, CONICET (the Argentine  national research agency), Instituto Argentino de Investigaciones de  las Zonas Aridas, Centro Científico Tecnológico
  • 2014—Troy Best, Auburn University
  • 2015—Robert C. DowlerAngelo State University
  • 2016—Joseph A. Cook, University of New Mexico
  • 2017—Robert M. TImm, University of Kansas
  • 2018—M. Denise DearingUniversity of Utah
  • 2019—Donald Kaufman, Kansas State University