Grants-in-Aid

Chair

Members

  • Adam A. Ahlers
  • Robbie Burger
  • Bruce Butler
  • Chris J. Conroy
  • Terry L. Derting
  • Jacob A. Esselstyn
  • Stan Gehrt
  • Thomas C. Giarla
  • Jacob R. Goheen
  • Peter Guiden
  • Greg D. Hartman
  • Virginia (Ginny) Hayssen
  • Andrew G. Hope
  • Angela Hornsby
  • Dawn M. Kaufman
  • John L. Koprowski
  • Hayley C. Lanier
  • Peter Larsen
  • Susan C. Loeb
  • Bryan S. McLean
  • Stephen G. Mech
  • Melissa J. Merrick
  • Daniel K. Odell
  • Nicté Ordóñez Garza
  • Bret S. Pasche
  • Aaron W. Reed
  • Trina E. Roberts
  • Kevin C. Rowe
  • James Ryan
  • Robert L. Schooley
  • 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.

2020 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 2020 recipient of the Albert R. and Alma Shadle award is Jesse Alston of the University of Wyoming. 

Mr. Alston has published in journals including Conservation LettersBiological Conservation, and Forest Ecology and Management. He has independently raised over $220,000 to support his research from numerous organizations, including the National Park Service, Prairie Biotic Research, the Wyoming Chapter of The Wildlife Society, and the American Society of Mammalogists. He has written about science, policy, and the environment for several public media outlets, including FiveThirtyEight and High Country News, and is on the pre-print editorial team at Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. He is an active member of ASM, serving on the Human Diversity, African Graduate Student Research Fund, and Biodiversity Committees, and has presented at the past two annual meetings.

Mr. Alston's dissertation work combines field research and analyses of a large biometric data set to link thermal ecology to behavior, reproduction, and biogeography in bats. He is also working on several additional projects concerning disease ecology, animal movement, demography, conservation, and open science. He plans to use funds from the Shadle Fellowship to expand the scope of his ongoing field research at Jewel Cave National Monument and to attend the next ASM annual meeting.

2020 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 2020 American Society of Mammalogists Fellowship is Jonathan Nations of Louisiana State University.

Mr. Nations has received grants from the American Society of Mammalogists, The Society of Systematic Biologists, as well as a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. He is a recent recipient of the NSF Postodoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology. He has published work in Evolution, The Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society, and The Journal of Mammalogy. He has been a member of ASM for 9 years and has presented at 6 ASM meetings as well as the International Mammalogical Congress in 2017. He is an active member of ASM, serving on both the Nomenclature and Biodiversity Committees

Jon’s dissertation work focuses on the interplay of function, history, and ecology on morphological evolution. His work combines data from museum specimens with myriad methodologies, such as phylogenetic inference, 2D and 3D morphometrics, stable isotope ecology, and multilevel modeling, to investigate the role of locomotion in the generation and maintenance of diversity in a species-rich group of small mammals, the murine rodents. Museum collections form the keystone of his research, and he is passionate about combining specimen data with current technologies to better understand mammalian diversity. He plans to use his ASM Fellowship funding as support, and to continue building both specimen collections and collaborations in Southeast Asia.

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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+

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+