TWS was proud to honor many distinguished members during the 19th Annual Conference. Our congratulations to this year’s award winners!
Student Chapter of the Year
Presented to the outstanding student chapter to encourage and recognize exceptional achievements.
California University of Pennsylvania Student Chapter
Student Chapter Advisor of the Year
Presented to recognize exceptional mentorship of a TWS student chapter.
Carol Bocetti, California University of Pennsylvania
Distinguished Service Award
Presented to individuals who have made a long-term commitment to the The Wildlife Society based on membership longevity and service.
- Bill Samuel, Canadian Section
- Del Benson, Central Mountains and Plains Section
- Robert Brooks, Northeast Section
- Charlie Bruce, Northwest Section
- Ed Hackett, Southeastern Section
- Frank Baucom, Southwest Section
- Marshall White, Western Section
Donald H. Rusch Memorial Game Bird Research Scholarship
Assists a graduate student studying upland game bird or waterfowl biology and management.
Honors innovative programs and individuals that promote diversity in employment, academic enrollment, and membership.
Dr. Bruce D. Leopold and Career Discovery Internship – USFWS
Jim McDonough Award
Recognizes a Certified Wildlife Biologist making a significant contribution to the profession by being active in TWS locally and through program implementation and development of new techniques or approaches.
Thomas E. Moorman
Conservation Education Award
Honors outstanding accomplishments in the dissemination of conservation knowledge to the public in the categories of writings, media, programs, and audio-visual works.
Kenton Vaughan, Mark Caswell, Margus Jukkum, and Travis Livieri for Return of the Prairie Bandit
Group Achievement Award
Recognizes an organization’s outstanding wildlife achievement that is consistent with and/or assists in advancing the objectives of The Wildlife Society.
Southeastern Bat Diversity Network
Excellence in Wildlife Education Award
Celebrates exemplary teaching by individual faculty members.
W. Daniel Edge
Wildlife Publication Awards
Recognizes excellence in scientific writing characterized by originality of research or thought and a high scholastic standard in the manner of presentation.
S. T. Knick and J. W. Connelly for Greater sage-grouse: ecology and conservation of a landscape species and its habitats. Cooper Ornithological Society, Studies in Avian Biology No. 38. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA. 2011.
E. D. Forsman, R. G. Anthony, K. M. Dugger, E. M. Glenn, A. B. Franklin, G. C. White, C. J. Schwarz, K. P. Burnham, D .R. Anderson, J. D. Nichols, J. E. Hines, J. B. Lint, R. J. Davis, S. H. Ackers, L. S. Andrews, B. L. Biswell, P. C. Carlson, L. V. Diller, S. A. Gremel, D. R. Herter, J. M. Higley, R. B. Horn, J. A. Reid, J. Rockweit, J. P. Schaberl, T. J. Snetsinger, and S. G. Sovern. for Population demography of northern spotted owls. Cooper Ornithological Society, Studies in Avian Biology No. 40., University of California Press, Berkeley, CA. 2011.
John G. Kie, J. Matthiopoulos, J. Fieberg, R. A. Powell, F. Cagnacci, M. S. Mitchell, J.-M. Gaillard, and P. R. Moorcroft for The home range concept: are traditional estimators still relevant with modern telemetry technology? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B 365:2221-2231. 2010.
(This article appears in the Philosophical Transactions B issue entitled Challenges and opportunities of using GPS-based location data in animal ecology, compiled and edited by Francesca Cagnacci, Luigi Boitani, Roger A Powell and Mark S Boyce. The entire issue – including the winning article – is completely free to access at http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/365/1550.toc)
A. R. Litt and R. J. Steidl for Interactive effects of fire and nonnative plants on small mammals in grasslands. Wildlife Monographs 176:1-31. 2011.
Caesar Kleberg Award for Excellence in Applied Wildlife Research
Recognizes those whose body of work, in both inquiry and discovery, has resulted in application of management and conservation “on the ground.”
Recognizes members who have distinguished themselves through exceptional service to our profession.
- Mark S. Boyce
- Ellen G. Campbell
- Alan Crossley
- Timothy M. Green
- Evelyn Merrill
- Mark R. Ryan
- Allyn J. Sapa
- Bill Vodehnal
- Monty Whiting, Jr.
- Emily J. Williams
Special Recognition Service Award
Recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the wildlife profession.
Edward E. Bangs
Recognizes continuous outstanding service to any area of concern to The Wildlife Society.
E. O. “Oz” Garton and James M. Peek
Aldo Leopold Memorial Award
Honors distinguished service to wildlife conservation and is the highest honor bestowed by the Society.
Daniel J. Decker
Other Conference Recognitions
In addition to the awards, President Paul Krausman recognized the following members for their service to TWS during the members meeting.
19th Annual Conference Arrangements Committee Co-Chairs
David Kennedy and Don Whittaker
19th Annual Conference Program Committee Chair
Certification Review Board Member 2006 – 2012
Best Student Papers and Posters
Our thanks to all the volunteer judges and to the donors of student prizes: Rite in the Rain, Forestry Suppliers, Paula Fong Illustrations, Women of the Cloud Forest, and Skulls Unlimited International for their help in making this portion of the 2012 conference a success
Best Student Poster
Diego Johnson, University of Nevada Las Vegas, for “The role of birth synchrony as a mechanism for an Allee effect in a translocated pronghorn population.”
Best Student Paper
Graham Frye, Boise State University, for “Effects of sagebrush chemical composition on diet and habitat use by an avian herbivore, the greater sage-grouse.”
Best Student Research-in-Progress Posters
Kyle Seewald, Michigan State University, for “To get to the other side: The role of roads, landscape, and season in road crossing behaviors of deer.”
Jamie Groves, Boise State University, for “Investigation of behavioral responses of burrowing owls to experimental brood parasitism in southwestern Idaho.”
Alexandra Swanson, University of Minnesota, for “Fine-scale spatiotemporal partitioning facilitates coexistence between lions and cheetah in the Serengeti.”
Annual Quiz Bowl
Humboldt University defeated 13 other teams of undergraduate students from the U.S. and Canada to win the 15th Annual Student Quiz Bowl. State University of New York-ESF was the runner up.
2012 Photo Contest Winners
- People’s Choice, Avery Cook
- 1st Place, Deidre Lantz
- 2nd Place, Richard Guenzel
- 3rd Place, Kirk Ohgman
- People’s Choice, David McGuire
- 1st Place, Richard Guenzel
- 2nd Place, David McGuire
- 3rd Place, John Hayes
- People’s Choice, Harriet Allen
- 1st Place, Laura Tessler
- 2nd Place, Caylen Cummins
- 3rd Place, Valerie Elliott
- People’s Choice, John Hayes
- 1st Place, Julia Bach
- 2nd Place, Will Lawton
- 3rd Place, Danielle Munzing
- People’s Choice, Deidre Lantz
- 1st Place, David Eads
- 2nd Place, John Hayes
- 3rd Place, Caylen Cummins
- People’s Choice, Will Lawton
- 1st Place, Kachina Rowland
- 2nd Place, Will Lawton
- 3rd Place, Danielle Munzing
- People’s Choice, Leslie Bliss-Ketchum
- 1st Place, Caitlen Ott-Conn
- 2nd Place, Leslie Bliss-Ketchum
- 3rd Place, Leslie Bliss-Ketchum
- People’s Choice, Bridget Sousa
- 1st Place, Bridget Sousa
- 2nd Place, Kachina Rowland
- 3rd Place, Ellen Beller
Best of Show