Jackson Award

Chair

Members

  • Barbara Blake
  • Virginia (Ginny) Hayssen
  • Matthew E. Hopton
  • Alicia V. Linzey

 

History and Mission

The Jackson Award Committee was established in 1977 to recognize members who have given long and outstanding service to the American Society of Mammalogists. The committee evaluates nominations and recommends a recipient to the Board of Directors.  The award is named in honor of Hartley H. T. Jackson, a man who was instrumental in founding ASM and who served the Society in numerous roles over many years.

2019 Hartley Jackson Award Recipient

The recipient of the 2019 Hartley H. T. Jackson Award for service to ASM is Edward J. Heske.  Following a highly productive career as a mammalian ecologist at the Illinois Natural History Survey and adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois, Ed retired from INHS (in 2016) and moved to Albuquerque (home of his postdoc with Jim Brown), where he is now associated with the Museum of Southwestern Biology, University of New Mexico.

Ed is a Patron Member of the ASM.  He first joined in 1980 while a PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received an ASM Grant-in-Aid for his research on the California vole.  He has remained productive throughout his career, with over 100 peer-reviewed publications and one book, thematically spanning the ecology and natural history of mammals; population and community ecology; reproductive biology and socio-ecology of rodents; and consequences of habitat fragmentation, habitat loss, and land conversion for mammalian ecology. 

The Hartley H. T. Jackson Award recognizes individual ASM members who have given long and outstanding service to the Society, and Ed has a record that exemplifies service in many forms, including elected positions, editorial positions, and service on a number of ASM committees.  In addition to his outstanding teaching, research, and publication career, Ed has devoted a large part of his professional career in service to the ASM.  He was elected to three terms on the Board of Directors before election to President-elect, followed by President and Past President (the latter includes life-long membership on the Board of Directors).  He has accumulated a total of 48 committee-years of service on seven ASM committees, including serving as Chair of three important committees – Grants-in-Aid (GIA), Resolutions, and Planning and Finance.  He is well-remembered for presenting the Host Resolution at ASM Annual Meetings for five years (including dressing up as God and a polar bear for some added humor), and also chaired an ad hoc committee to address the problem of declining membership in ASM in 2012.  While these efforts highlight Ed’s dedication to the ASM, his main activities have been in support of ASM publications and our student programs. He served as Associate Editor, Editor for Special Features, and Editor-In-Chief (twice) of the Journal of Mammalogy.  As Chair of GIA, he re-structured and enlarged the committee, developed a new method for ranking the increasingly large number of proposals, and continually pushed for increased funding.  Ed was an activist President, and one of the things he is most proud of is acting on a suggestion by his predecessor (Michael Mares) and promoting the establishment of the Travel Awards program.  During the initial years of this program, Ed contributed personal matching funds to increase the number of awards that could be supported, and he – somewhat shamelessly – sold raffle tickets at the Annual Meeting to add more funds to the program, until the Travel Awards program became an ASM tradition with sufficient Board support. This level of commitment to ASM typifies Jackson Awardees, and members such as Ed make this the great society that it is.

Past Awardees

Click here for past recipients of the Hartley H. T. Jackson Award.

Nominations for the Hartley H. T. Jackson Award

The Hartley H. T. Jackson Award honors individuals with a long and outstanding record of service to mammalogy and the American Society of Mammalogists.  Nominees should have extensive service in areas such as governance of the Society, special projects of the Society, editing of Journal of Mammalogy or Mammalian Species (Editors, Associate Editors, or others), and/or serving on multiple committees of the Society.

Candidates may be nominated by any member who is familiar with the candidate’s service to the Society and mammalogy in general. A letter of nomination (2 pages maximum) should describe the candidate’s extensive service and should elaborate the reasons this person should be considered for the award. The letter of nomination, a curriculum vita for the nominee, and up to 4 additional letters of support (all incorporated into a single PDF) should sent to Daniel K. Odell (e-mail: d2tm2@juno.com) by 1 March. The recipient will be announced at the annual meeting of the Society. Nominations are not retained from previous years. Please send any questions about the award or the nomination to Barbara Blake.

Click here for past recipients of the Hartley H. T. Jackson Award

Download a PDF version of the nomination procedures here.

 

HARTLEY H. T. JACKSON AWARD for long and outstanding service to ASM

1970-1979

  • 1978—William B. DavisTexas A&M University
  • 1979—William H. Burt, University of Michigan

1980-1989

  • 1980—Bryan P. Glass, Oklahoma State University
  • 1981—No recipient
  • 1982—No recipient
  • 1983—J. Knox Jones, Jr., Texas Tech University
  • 1984—Oliver P. Pearson, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1985—Sydney Anderson, American Museum of Natural History
  • 1986—Murray L. JohnsonBurke Memorial Washington State Museum
  • 1987—Donald F. HoffmeisterUniversity of Illinois
  • 1988—Karl F. KoopmanAmerican Museum of Natural History
  • 1989—No recipient

1990-1999

  • 1990—Marie A. Lawrence, American Museum of Natural History
  • 1991—John O. WhitakerJr., Indiana State University
  • 1992—B. J. VertsOregon State University
  • 1993—J. Mary TaylorCleveland Museum of Natural History
  • 1994—Robert J. BakerTexas Tech University
  • 1995—James A. LackeyState University of New York—Oswego
  • 1996—Don E. WilsonSmithsonian Institution
  • 1997—Clyde JonesTexas Tech University
  • 1998—Gordon L. Kirkland, Jr.Shippensburg University
  • 1999—Elmer C. Birney, Bell Museum of Natural History and University of Minnesota

2000-2009

  • 2000—Richard W. Thorington, Jr.National Museum of Natural History
  • 2001—Suzanne B. McLaren, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
  • 2002—H. Duane Smith and Dahnelle SmithBrigham Young University
  • 2003—No recipient
  • 2004—Hugh H. GenowaysUniversity of Nebraska State Museum
  • 2005—Alfred L. GardnerU. S. Geological Survey Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
  • 2006—David M. "Chip" Leslie, Jr.U. S. Geological Survey and Oklahoma State University
  • 2007—Barbara H. BlakeUniversity of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • 2008—Michael A. MaresSam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and University of Oklahoma
  • 2009—Glennis A. Kaufman, Kansas State University

2010+

 

Vernon Bailey (R) and Jackson (L)The Hartley H.T. Jackson Award was established in 1977 to recognize individuals who have given outstanding service to ASM.  The award is named in honor of Hartley Jackson (1881–1976), a man instrumental in founding the American Society of Mammalogists.  The first meeting was held in 1919, but Jackson had envisioned forming a society for the study of mammals since 1902, when he was in college.

Hartley was interested in birds and mammals from an early age, starting a bird collection when he was 11 and turning his attention to mammals when he was 14.  His first publication, at age 16, was a note on screech owls, and his next, as a student at Milton College, was on meadow voles of Wisconsin.  While in college, he saw the advantages of the organizations fostering ornithology, and he recognized the value of a society for mammalogists.  He discussed his idea with friends and later with colleagues, but they were not very encouraging.  Still, he carried his dream.

In 1910, after receiving a Master’s degree from University of Wisconsin, he was hired by the United States Biological Survey to work on their mammal collection; a career he was to follow for decades. He continued to talk about a society for mammalogists and thought of possible ways to make it happen; gradually some colleagues became interested.  However, it was not until December 1918 that there was any action, when the head of the Biological Survey, E. W. Nelson, appointed a committee to consider forming such a society and asked Hartley Jackson to chair it.  Hartley apparently convinced the committee, for not only did they decide it was a good idea to form an organization of mammalogists, but they went right to work on it, making a list of prospective members, gathering funds, and drafting rules and bylaws.  They worked feverishly for 3 months, with Hartley’s wife, Anna, helping with typing lists and documents (on a typewriter they rented for her).  By the end of March they had received more than 250 favorable responses, and in April 1919 they held their first meeting - with 60 of the charter members present.  ASM was born! 

Jackson held several offices in the new Society, including President, Corresponding Secretary, Editor of Journal of Mammalogy¸ and member of the Board of Directors.  In 1920 he also pushed to establish an endowment fund, especially to fund publications.  Here was a man who embodied service to ASM – as founder of the Society and of the Reserve Fund he got us off to a firm start.

When Hartley Jackson began his career with the research staff of the Biological Survey, he took charge of their growing mammal collection.  Over the next 41 years he moved through various positions and numerous reorganizations of the Survey.  He also studied for a Ph.D. degree at nearby George Washington University, completing it in 1914.  Jackson initially did field work, much of it in Arizona and Wisconsin, but with his advancements in the Survey he spent more time in supervisory positions and less on his own research.  His main research interest was the mammalogy of his native state of Wisconsin, particularly the distribution and taxonomy of mammals and Merriam’s concept of life zones.  He spent years working on his primary publication, the book Mammals of Wisconsin, and finally saw it published in 1951, the year he retired.

Sources

  • Aldrich, John W.  1977.  In memoriam: Hartley Harrad Thompson Jackson.  (1881-1976).  Journal of Mammalogy 58:691-694.
  • Anon.  1919.  American Society of Mammalogists: by-laws and rules adopted April 3, 1919.  Journal of Mammalogy 1:49-51.
  • Hoffmeister, Donald F. 1994a.  Hartley H. T. Jackson and the American Society of Mammalogists.  Journal of Mammalogy 75(1):i-ii.
  • Hoffmeister, Donald F. 1994b.  The importance of the United States Bureau of Biological Survey in the formation of the American Society of Mammalogists.  Journal of Mammalogy 75(3):i-ii.
  • H[ollister], N.  1919.  Editorial comment.  Journal of Mammalogy 1:47-49.

Figures

Mammals of Wisconsin
  • Fig. 1.  Hartley Jackson (right) with colleague Vernon Bailey, 1937.  Photo from the files of the Biological Survey Unit, United States Geological Survey Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.
  • Fig. 2.  Hartley Jackson, 1957; photo courtesy of The Washington Biologists’ Field 
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  • Fig. 3.  Mammals of Wisconsin, first published in 1951.  From website of University of Wisconsin Press, http://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/0474.htm (accessed 13 November 2013).