Jackson Award

Chair

Members

  • Virginia (Ginny) Hayssen
  • Matthew E. Hopton
  • Alicia V. Linzey
  • Duane A. Schlitter

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.

2020 Hartley Jackson Award Recipient

The 2020 recipient of the Hartley H. T. Jackson award for service to the ASM is Elmer J. Finck. After working with the Konza Prairie program in several capacities from 1981-1989, he was on the faculty of Emporia State University as both an Assistant and Associate Professor. In 2001 he joined the faculty of Fort Hayes State University as a Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. He retired in July 2019.

Elmer is a Patron Member of the ASM and has been a member of the ASM for over 43 years. He received his AS in Math degree from the College of Lake County in 1972, his BS degree in Fish and Wildlife Management from the University of North Dakota in 1974, and his MS in Biology/Plant Ecology from UND in 1979 where he studied the “Effects of oxidized coal on mine spoils and the growth and chemical composition of wheatgrasses”. He was awarded a PhD from Kansas State University in 1983, having completed a dissertation on “Male behavior, territorial quality and female choice in the dickcissel (Spiza americana).”

Elmer’s research interests are wide-ranging not only in Mammalogy, but also in Ornithology, and Wildlife Management. Studies have included northern long-eared bats, southern flying squirrels, Franklin’s ground squirrel, white-faced ibis, spotted skunk, black-tailed prairie dog, American Pronghorn, free roaming cats, waterfowl diets, and human dimensions of wildlife management just to name a few.

His professional career of over 40 years has been not only in service to the American Society of Mammalogists but also to regional, state, and local scientific communities. These include President of the Kansas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, President and Co-founder of the Central Plains Society of Mammalogists, President of the Kansas Ornithological Society, Editor of the Prairie Naturalist and the list goes on. The list of his 54 graduate students, presentations, and publications fills many pages.

Within the ASM, Elmer has accumulated at least 72 years of committee service (including the Membership Committee, Conservation Award Committee, Education and Graduate Student Committee, Mammal Images Library Committee and the Program Committee). Add to this, 6 years on the ASM Board, 24 years as Business Manager of the Mammal Slide/Image Library, was on the Local Committee for the 71st and 78th Annual Meeting, and was co-host for the 98th meeting at Kansas State University. Depending on how one totals the years of service it is probably approaching 100 years overall. Whatever the total number is, Elmer has never been just another name on a committee. Elmer wasn’t on a committee or in any other position unless he was actively involved. Much of what Elmer has done is often “behind-the-scenes”. This is typical of Jackson awardees.

While Elmer has retired from the faculty at Fort Hays State University, he continues his research activities and service to the scientific community. He was conferred the status of Professor Emeritus at FHSU in 2019. Continuing service is a hallmark of previous Hartley H. T. Jackson awardees.

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 Dan Odell.

Nominations should include a statement regarding adherence to the ASM Code of Professional Conduct. For example:

As a part of preparing this nomination, I have read and understood the American Society of Mammalogists' Code of Professional Conduct (here). To the best of my knowledge, the individual I am nominating exemplifies the high caliber of professional conduct that the ASM expects and promotes as required to be eligible for this award, as well as to retain this recognition should they be the award recipient.

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+

2020+

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).