Congratulations to Student Travel Awardees!!

The student award committees of the AOU, COS, and SCO are happy to announce the winners of the student travel award competition. These students submitted expanded abstracts and other information to obtain funding needed to complete their travel plans for attending PDX08.

Thanks to the joint student awards committee headed by Mike Webster and Barbara Kus for the time they invested in ranking the awardees.

This year's awardees includes the following students:

Last Name First Name Degree Institution Title
Alvarado Allison Ph.D. UCLA
Balenger Susan Ph.D. Auburn Univ  
Baquero L. Andrea Carolina Undergrad Univ de los Andes MATE RECOGNITION SYSTEM DIVERGENCE IN RESPONSE TO RECENT ANTHROPOGENIC HABITAT CHANGES IN AN OCEANIC ISLAND (SÃO TOMÉ) ENDEMIC PASSERINE (SPEIROPS LUGUBRIS)
Bartzen Blake M.S. Univ. Saskatachewan ESTIMATING HABITAT DEGRADATION AND RECOVERY RATES USING MULTISTATE MODELLING: AN EXAMPLE USING AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS ON CANADIAN PRAIRIE WETLANDS
Bayard de Volo Shelley Ph.D. Colorado State Univ PHYLOGEOGRAPHY OF NORTHERN GOSHAWKS:  EVIDENCE OF A VICARIANT PAST AND LIMITED POST-GLACIAL GENE FLOW
Beckmann Christa Ph.D. Univ Sydney Behavioural responses of Australian raptors to a novel food source: the invasive toxic cane toad
Beddia Kimberly Undergrad Rowan Univ INTER-ISLAND WHISPER SONG DIVERGENCE IN A SPECIES OF HAWAIIAN HONEYCREEPER, THE ‘AMAKIHI
Benson Thomas Ph.D. Arkansas State Univ TEMPORAL, HABITAT, AND LANDSCAPE PREDICTORS OF PREDATION ATTEMPTS AT SWAINSON’S WARBLER NESTS BASED ON VIDEO MONITORING
Bidwell Mark Ph.D. Univ Saskatachewan ECOSYSTEM DISTURBANCE AND COMMUNITY DYNAMICS OF BOREAL-BREEDING WATERBIRDS
Blundel Melissa Undergrad Humboldt State Univ BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD BEGGING AND FEEDING BY HOST PARENTS: DOES EXAGGERATED BEGGING LEAD TO EXAGGERATED PROVISIONING?
Boyer Alison Ph.D. Univ New Mexico Consistent Ecological Selectivity Through Time in Pacific Island Avian Extinctions
Bradley David M.S. Univ Windsor SOLOS, DUETS, AND CHORUSES: THE FORM AND PUTATIVE FUNCTION OF VOCAL BEHAVIOR IN THE RUFOUS-NAPED WREN, A COOPERATIVELY BREEDING NEOTROPICAL SONGBIRD
Brewster Katherine M.S. Univ. Saskatachewan
Cabanne Gustavo Sebastian Ph.D. Universidade de Sao Paulo Phylogeography of the South American Atlantic forest endemic Xiphorhynchus fuscus (Dendrocolaptidae): systematics and biogeographic implications
Camfield Alaine Ph.D. Univ BC The influence of ambient temperature on Horned Lark incubation behavior in an alpine environment
Carling Matt Ph.D. Louisiana State Univ THE ROLE OF THE Z-CHROMOSOME IN THE MAINTENANCE OF REPRODUCTIVE ISOLATION BETWEEN PASSERINA CYANEA AND PASSERINA AMOENA
Chandler Richard Ph.D. U Mass Amherst
Cheviron Zac Ph.D. Louisiana State Univ ALTITUDINAL VARIATION IN GENE EXPRESSION IN RUFOUS-COLLARED SPARROWS (ZONOTRICHIA CAPENSIS).
Chin Eunice Ph.D. Trent Univ  
Claramunt Santiago Ph.D. Louisiana State Univ IS FURNARIIDAE AN ADAPTIVE RADIATION? A NEW TEST USING MORPHOMETRIC DIVERSITY
Cohen Emily Ph.D. Univ Southern Mississippi MIGRANT-HABITAT RELATIONS AND MOVEMENT ECOLOGY OF RED-EYED VIREOS DURING SPRING STOPOVER
Colbeck Gabriel Ph.D. Washington State Univ NORTH-SOUTH SONG VARIATION AND THE POTENTIAL FOR A UNIDIRECTIONAL BARRIER TO GENE FLOW IN THE BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER
Conover Ross Ph.D. Iowa State Univ AVIAN REPRODUCTION IN MANAGED HABITATS AMONGST INTENSIVE AGRICULTURE: MAKING ROOM FOR SUCCESS
Coulton Dan Ph.D. Univ. Saskatoon TESTING THE SITE FAMILIARITY HYPOTHESIS BY ASSESSING CONSEQUENCES OF NATAL DISPERSAL DECISIONS IN YEARLING FEMALE MALLARDS
Covino Kristen M.S. Univ Maine The Role of Energetic Condition on Migratory Decisions of Passerines in the Gulf of Maine Region
Cyr Nicole Postdoc Wellesley College Glucocorticoids as indicators of stress
Dauphine Nico Ph.D. Univ Georgia Bird community responses to logging in white-sand forests in western Amazonia 
DeLuca William Ph.D. U Mass Amherst Effects of recreational hiking trails on montane bird occupancy and detectability
Dobbs Robert Ph.D. Queens Univ FORAGING BEHAVIOR OF AMERICAN REDSTARTS DURING THE NONBREEDING SEASON: EFFECTS OF HABITAT, SEASON, AND BODY MASS.
Doh Kimberly M.S. Univ Regina Sprague’s Pipit nestling growth patterns in native and planted grassland habitats
Dor Roi Ph.D. Tel Aviv Univ Heritability of morphological and life-history traits in the house sparrow: are juvenile traits less heritable than adult traits?
Eggert Lisa Ph.D. CleM.S.en Uni PARASITIZED BROWN PELICAN NESTLINGS HAVE INCREASED RATES OF GROWTH AT SUBLETHAL LEVELS OF INFESTATION
Farrington Heather Ph.D. Univ Cincinnati  
Fisher Ryan Ph.D. Univ Regina From Wiens to Robel: Is it time for a more informed approach to quantify grassland bird habitat relationships?
Francis Clinton Ph.D. UC Boulder EFFECTS OF GAS WELL COMPRESSOR NOISE ON NEST SITE SELECTION AND BIRD COMMUNITY COMPOSITION IN PIÑON-JUNIPER WOODLANDS OF NORTHWEST NEW MEXICO
Franks Samantha M.S. Simon Fraser STABLE ISOTOPE ANALYSIS ALLOWS CRYPTIC YEARLING IDENTIFICATION IN WESTERN, LEAST, AND SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS
French Sarah Ph.D. UC Riverside LINKING SPECIES’ ECOLOGICAL TRAITS WITH ENVIRONMENTAL ATTRIBUTES: EVIDENCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL FILTERS AT SMALL SPATIAL SCALES
Frey Sarah M.S. Uni Vermont THE IMPORTANCE OF SCALE IN DETERMINING CHANGES IN SITE OCCUPANCY FOR A MONTANE FOREST SONGBIRD IN VERMONT
Fuller Janina Ph.D. Louisiana State Univ  
Garvin Julie Postdoc Maui forest bird recovery project Survival estimates of the endangered Maui Parrotbill (Pseudonestor xanthophrys) and the Maui Alauahio (Paroreomyza montana)
George Gregory Ph.D. West Virginia Uni FORAGING HABITAT AND BEHAVIOR OF THE CERULEAN WARBLER
Giovanni Matthew Ph.D. Univ Nebraska Lincoln AGE-STRUCTURED SURVIVAL AND THE CONSEQUENCES OF PARAMETER UNCERTAINTY FOR WESTERN MEADOWLARK POPULATION GROWTH IN THE NEBRASKA SANDHILLS
Gomez Juan Pablo M.S. Univ de los Andes PHYLOGENETIC STRUCTURE OF TYPICAL ANTBIRD (THAMNOPHILIDAE) COMMUNITIES 
Grodzinski Uri Ph.D. Tel Aviv Univ Signaling of need versus learning: can hungry nestlings be trained to reduce their begging?
Guigueno Mélanie M.S. Univ Manitoba Egg burial by yellow warblers (Dendroica petechia): Manifestation of nest sanitation?
Haas Skye Undergrad Northern Michigan Uni DNA FROM FECES CONFIRM.S. A FIRST STATE RECORD BIRD
Haché Samuel M.S. Univ Moncton Demographic response of the Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) to experimental selection harvesting
Hanna Zachary Undergrad UC Berkeley PHYLOGEOGRAPHY OF THE ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER (VERMIVORA CELATA)
Hargrove Lori Ph.D. UC Riverside SHIFTS IN ELEVATIONAL DISTRIBUTIONS OF BREEDING BIRDS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: A MANIFESTATION OF CLIMATE CHANGE?
Hewett Erin Ph.D. Virginia Tech DETERMINANT AND CONSEQUENCES OF SOCIAL RANK IN JUVENILE RED-COCKADED WOODPECKERS (PICOIDES BOREALIS)
Howie Mikaela M.S. William & Mary The Spread of Aquatic Mercury into a Riparian Ecosystem
Jacobsen Frode Ph.D. Univ Maryland Congruence between nuclear and mitochondrial DNA: concatenation of multiple nuclear introns resolves a well-supported phylogeny of New World orioles (Icterus)
Joos Cara Ph.D. Univ Missouri Shrub encroachment and condition of wintering Sage Sparrows in southern New Mexico
Kim Miran Ph.D. Univ Glasgow, UK Does incubation behavior relate to eggshell background color?
Kimball Scott Ph.D. Ohio State Univ REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS DOES NOT AFFECT MATE OR NEST SITE FIDELITY IN TREE SWALLOWS OR EASTERN BLUEBIRDS
Kleiber Danika M.S. UBC  
Kuhlman Joshua M.S. Univ Southern Florida ACUTE STRESS EFFECTS ON IMMUNITY IN THE HOUSE SPARROW.
Labbe Michelle M.S. U Mass Amherst DO INVASIVE PLANTS AFFECT ABUNDANCE OF FOREST BIRDS IN EARLY-SUCCESSIONAL HABITATS DURING THE POSTFLEDGING SEASON?
Latif Quresh Ph.D. UC Riverside Unexpected consequences of nest habitat preference for Yellow Warblers
Lee Myung-Bok M.S. UC Riverside Matrix Matters: Effects of Anthopogenic Land Uses on Riparian Birds in an Arid Region
Lindsay Andrea M.S. Ohio State Univ SEASONAL EVENTS AND ASSOCIATED CARRY-OVER EFFECTS IN A NEOTROPICAL MIGRATORY SONGBIRD: THE YELLOW WARBLER
Lohnes Rebecca Ph.D.? Cornell NEST SITE SELECTION BY THE COMMON NIGHTHAWK IN KANSAS TALLGRASS PRAIRIE
Loss Scott Ph.D. U Minnesota Nestling passerines are not important hosts for West Nile virus in a transmission “hot spot”
MacDade Lauren M.S. Ohio State Univ CONTRIBUTION OF EMERGENT AQUATIC INSECTS TO REFUELING PERFORMANCE IN SPRING MIGRANT SONGBIRDS 
Martinsen Ellen Ph.D. Univ Vermont SPECIATION OF THE AVIAN MALARIA PARASITES
McElhone Patrick M.S. West Virginia Uni CERLUEAN WARBLER POPULATION AND HABITAT CHANGES ALONG BREEDING BIRD SURVEY ROUTES IN THE CENTRAL APPALACHIANS.
McKay Bailey Ph.D. Univ Minnesota PHYLOGEOGRAPHY OF THE YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER (DENDROICA DOMINICA)
Mercadante Austin M.S. Auburn Out of sight, out of mind? Visibility affects nest site selection in Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica)
Merkord Chris Ph.D. Univ Missouri Altitudinal migration of birds in southeastern Peru
Naka Luciano Ph.D. Louisiana State Univ Contact zones and phylogeographic breaks in northwestern Amazonian Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)
Nemeth Zoltan Ph.D. Univ Southern Mississippi SOCIALITY ON THE GO: INFORMATION ACQUISITION UNDER MULTIPLE ECOLOGICAL CONSTRAINTS IN MIGRATING SONGBIRDS
Nooker Jacqueline Postdoc Wartburg College NATURAL VARIATION IN TESTOSTERONE PREDICTS MALE MATING SUCCESS
Odell Nicole Ph.D. UC Davis DIFFERENITAL YOLK HORMONAL INVESTMENT IN A CONSPECIFIC BROOD PARASITE
Odom Karan M.S. Univ Windsor  
Oh Kevin Ph.D. Univ Arizona COMPARATIVE MATE CHOICE PROMOTES SPATIOTEMPORAL STRUCTURING OF SEXUAL TRAITS AND GENETIC COMPLEMENTARITY IN A PASSERINE BIRD
Palacios Maria Gabriela Ph.D. Iowa State Univ EFFECTS OF AGE ON IMMUNE FUNCTION – DEVELOPMENT AND SENESCENCE.
Parrish Michael M.S. Univ Georgia CHANGES IN AVIAN ABUNDANCE AND DIVERSITY ACROSS URBAN-RURAL GRADIENTS IN GEORGIA
Perktas Utku Postdoc Hacettepe Univ, Turkey ECOGEOGRAPHIC CORRELATES OF MORPHOMETRIC VARIATION IN THE COMMON CHAFFINCH
Peterson Anna Ph.D. Univ Minn Duluth BREEDING BIRD COMMUNITY RESPONSE TO HARVEST IN RIPARIAN BUFFERS IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA, USA
Pomara Lars Ph.D. Univ Texas REGIONAL AND LANDSCAPE INFLUENCES ON BIRD COMMUNITY COMPOSITION IN THE NORTHEASTERN PERUVIAN AMAZON
Reichart Letitia Ph.D. Washington State Univ MOLECULAR IDENTIFICATION OF BROOD PARASITES:  EVIDENCE OF A MIXED REPRODUCTIVE STRATEGY IN RUDDY DUCKS
Rensel Michelle Ph.D. University of Memphis  
Robinson Orin M.S. Univ South Alabama Post-Katrina Avian Diversity of Coastal Alabama Islands
Rubenstein Dustin Postdoc UC Berkeley Environmental unpredictability and the evolution of cooperative breeding in African starlings
Sagario Maria Cecilia Ph.D. Univer de Buenos Aires MOVEMENT PATTERNS OF SPARROWS IN CENTRAL MONTE DESERT, ARGENTINA
Sands Joseph Ph.D. Texas A&M INVASIVE EXOTIC GRASSES AND GRASSLAND BIRDS: CASE STUDIES FROM SOUTH TEXAS.
Schmidt Kari Ph.D. Columbia Univ  
Shustack Daniel Ph.D. Ohio State Univ ARE URBAN FORESTS UNDERUTILIZED BY NEOTROPICAL MIGRATORY BIRD SPECIES?
Slay Christy Ph.D. Univ Arkansas USING MINIATURE VIDEO CAMERAS TO IDENTIFY NESTLING PREDATORS AND DOCUMENT NESTING BEHAVIOR OF FOUR SHRUBLAND BIRD SPECIES IN WESTERN CONNECTICUT
Smith Brian Ph.D. UNLV DIVERSIFICATION AND HISTORICAL DEMOGRAPHY OF THE NORTHERN CARDINAL, CARDINALIS CARDINALIS
Smith Lauren Undergrad Ohio Wesleyan THE GEOGRAPHY OF PARROT COLORATION
Sperry Jinelle Ph.D. Univ Illinois Snake activity affects seasonal variation in nest predation risk for birds
Spiess Cynthia M.S. Southern Illinois Univ Toward Utilization of Neuro-Fuzzy SysteM.S. for Taxonomic Identification Using Psittacines as a Case Study
Sprague Rachel Ph.D. Univ Montana EFFECTS OF GLUCOCORTICOID PHYSIOLOGY, AGE, AND ENVIRONMENT ON PARENTAL BEHAVIOR ON ALBATROSS 
Sturge Rachel Ph.D. U maryland, BC Revising the New World Oriole Phylogeny: Greater Antillean Oriole (Icterus dominicensis) Paraphyly and Colonization of South America from Caribbean Islands
Suarez-Rubio Marcela Ph.D. Univ Maryland DOES EXURBAN DEVELOPMENT INFLUENCE BIRD DIVERSITY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA?
Sussman Allison Undergrad Univ Delaware EXAMINING SPECIES RANGE CHANGES BASED ON SUCCESSIVE ROUNDS OF BREEDING BIRD ATLASES
Tarr Nathan M.S. North Carolina State Univ THE EFFECTS OF OFF-ROAD VEHICLE DISTURBANCE ON NONBREEDING SHOREBIRD BEHAVIOR AND HABITAT USE
Tarwater Corey Ph.D. Univ Illinois  
Templeton Christopher Ph.D. Univ Washington SPATIAL MOVEMENTS OF JUVENILE SONG SPARROWS AFFECT SONG LEARNING
Vijayan Robin Ph.D. National Inst Advanced Studies, India Mountain gaps determine population structure of a threatened, endemic bird in the montane forests of Western Ghats, India
Wada Haruka Postdoc Virginia Polytech Transient elevation of corticosterone alters begging behavior and growth of white-crowned sparrow nestlings
Withey John Postdoc STRI Tropical Forest Songbird Behavior and Movements in Human-dominated Landscapes
Wright Natalie M.S. Univ Florida Morphological and genetic differences between avian populations on the continental islands of Trinidad and Tobago
Young Lindsay Ph.D. Univ Hawaii Chicks raising chicks: successful same sex pairing in Laysan Albatross

Any questions about the awards should be directed to Mike Webster (mwebster@wsu.edu).