Merriam Award

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  • Rick S. Ostfled
  • Bruce D. Patterson
  • Janet Rachlow
  • Kelly Stewart
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C. Hart Merriam Award

In 1974, the American Society of Mammalogists established the C. Hart Merriam Award to honor outstanding contributions to mammalogy through research, teaching, and service (Journal of Mammalogy 55:694, 1974). In 1996, the Board of Directors amended these criteria so that the award is now given in recognition of outstanding research in mammalogy. Nominees are typically established scientists who are actively engaged in research and who have made significant contributions to the science of mammalogy over a period of at least 10 years. The recipient is invited to address the Society in a plenary session at its annual meeting, as well as to prepare a manuscript for publication in the Journal of Mammalogy that is based on this presentation.

Nominations for the Merriam Award will be considered without regard to national citizenship and activity in the Society. Click here to see previous awardees.

2018 C. Hart Merriam Award Recipient

The C. Hart Merriam Award is given to eminent scholars in recognition of outstanding research in mammalogy over a period of at least 10 years. C. Hart Merriam was the first chief of the Division of Economic Ornithology and Mammalogy of the United States Department of Agriculture (the precursor of the national Fish and Wildlife Service), and a founding member of the American Ornithologists' Union, the National Geographic Society, and the American Society of Mammalogists. Among other contributions to mammalogy and science, he developed the concept of "life zones" to classify biomes of North America.

Photo courtesy https://www.ualberta.ca/science/about-us/contact-us/faculty-directory/stan-boutinDr. Stan Boutin of the University of Alberta is the 2018 recipient of the C. Hart Merriam Award. He obtained his B.S. from the University of Alberta (Honors), and his M.S. (Zoology) and Ph.D. (Zoology) from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Boutin served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Guelph, and ultimately was promoted through the professorial ranks at the University of Alberta. He now holds the Alberta Biodiversity Conservation Chair in the Department of Biology. Dr. Boutin has an exceptional record of publications, including 266 peer-reviewed papers. He also has published 1 book, and edited another—he has an additional 19 publications as book chapters and in symposia. He remains remarkably active with 57 papers published in the past 5 years, many with his numerous M.S. and Ph.D. students, and his Post-Doctoral Fellows. Dr. Boutin also has done an excellent job of funding his research and that of his graduate students and Post-Doctoral Fellows. Since 1984, he has received $30 million from NSERC (the Canadian equivalent of NSF) and other sources. Dr. Boutin has made significant contributions to our understanding of mammalian behavioral ecology, population dynamics, and conservation biology. The body of research for which Dr. Boutin is most renowned is his ground-breaking research into the factors that drive the evolution and dynamics of wildlife populations. Using mammals as his primary focus, he has made major and fundamental contributions to our understanding of predator-prey dynamics, the role of food, habitat selection and spacing behavior as factors determining population size, and the contributions of the genotype and phenotype of organisms in facilitating their responses to changing environments. Using judicious field experiments and one of the longest population studies on any mammal (data on ~10,000 individual squirrels sampled over more than 25 years), allowed him to test hypotheses and extend theory in areas as diverse as the effects of personality on reproduction, senescence, energetics, maternal effects and other key components that underpin individual fitness. Dr. Boutin’s contributions to science have not gone unnoticed. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and has received the Society’s Romanowski Medal for contributions to environmental sciences. He was honored with the J. Gordin Kaplin Award for excellence in research (the University of Alberta’s highest research honor). He received the William Rowan Distinguished Service Award from the Alberta Chapter of The Wildlife Society, as well as 2 Outstanding Publication Awards from The Wildlife Society.

Photo courtesy University of Alberta
 

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The American Society of Mammalogists is now accepting nominations for the C. Hart Merriam Award. The C. Hart Merriam Award is given to eminent scholars in recognition of outstanding research in mammalogy over a period of at least 10 years. C. Hart Merriam was the first chief of the Division of Economic Ornithology and Mammalogy of the United States Department of Agriculture, and a founding member of the American Ornithologists’ Union, the National Geographic Society, and the American Society of Mammalogists. Among other contributions, he developed the concept of “life zones” to classify biomes found in North America. Nominations for the Merriam Award will be considered without regard to national citizenship or activity in the ASM.

Persons interested in nominating someone for the Merriam Award should send a packet containing a letter of nomination, a copy of the nominee’s CV, and 3-5 letters of nomination (all incorporated into a single PDF) via email to Terry Bowyer (bowyterr@isu.edu) by 1 March.

C. HART MERRIAM AWARD for outstanding research contributions to the science of mammalogy

1970-1979

  • 1976—James N. Layne, Archbold Biological Station, University of Florida, and Cornell University
  • 1977—J. Knox Jones, Jr., Texas Tech University and University of Kansas
  • 1978—James S. Findley, University of New Mexico
  • 1979—Terry A. Vaughan, Northern Arizona University and Colorado State University

1980-1989

  • 1980—Robert J. Baker, Texas Tech University
  • 1981—John F. Eisenberg, University of Florida, National Zoological Park, University of Maryland, and University of British Columbia
  • 1983—James L. Patton, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1985—Michael H. Smith, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory and University of Georgia
  • 1986—William Z. Lidicker, Jr., Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1987—Hugh H. Genoways, University of Nebraska State Museum, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and Texas Tech University
  • 1988—Jerry R. Choate, Sternberg Museum of Natural History, Fort Hays State University
  • 1989—James H. Brown, University of New Mexico, University Arizona, University of Utah, and UCLA

1990-1999

  • 1991—Timothy H. Clutton-Brock, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England
  • 1992—Guy G. Musser, Department of Mammalogy, American Museum of Natural History
  • 1993—Charles J. Krebs, University of British Columbia
  • 1994—Gail R. Michener, University of Lethbridge
  • 1995—M. Brock Fenton, York University
  • 1996—Katherine Ralls, National Zoological Park
  • 1997—Kenneth B. Armitage, University of Kansas
  • 1998—Thomas H. Kunz, Boston University
  • 1999—Carleton J. Phillips, Texas Tech University, Illinois State University, and Hofstra University

2000-2009

  • 2000—Michael A. Mares, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, University of Oklahoma, and University of Pittsburgh
  • 2001—Theodore H. Fleming, University of Miami
  • 2002—George O. Batzli, University of Illinois
  • 2003—R. Terry Bowyer, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  • 2004—O. J. Reichman, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2005—Kay E. Holekamp, Michigan State University
  • 2006—David Macdonald, Oxford University
  • 2007—Robert S. Hoffmann, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (retired)
  • 2008—Christopher Dickman, University of Sydney
  • 2009—Richard Ostfeld, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

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