Student Awards

We are pleased to announce the Waterbird Society Student Presentation Awards for 2015

There were 21 oral and 10 poster presentations by students at the 2015 Bar Harbor meeting. The 10 judges used a standardized judging form to evaluation presentations.

Best student paper award: Glenna Clifton, How loons swim: a high-speed, underwater view

Student paper award: Kate Ruskin, Latitudinal Trends in Saltmarsh Sparrow (Ammodramus caudacutus) Fecundity across its Global Range

Best Poster: Golya Shakrokhi, An examination of gene flow among distinct management units of the Reddish Egret

Poster award: Gillian Holmes, Nest site selection of Dunlin near Churchill, Manitoba in a changing environment

_________________________________________________________________         We are pleased to announce the Waterbird Society Student Presentation Awards for 2014

Best student paper award: Lauren Scopel, Colony collapse in an arctic tern metapopulation: food, weather, or predation?

Student paper award: JP Ceyca, Levels of mercury and cadmium in the eggs of eight seabird species from Sinaloa, northwest Mexico

Some of the students receiving travel awards in 2014:




We are pleased to announce the Waterbird Society Student Presentation Awards for 2013

Best student paper award: Laura Zango, Dynamic feeding strategies of Cory’s Shearwaters over the breeding season as revealed by GPS and stable isotope analyses

Student paper award: Michelle Avis, Flight behavior of breeding Piping Plovers Charadrius melodus: implications for risk of collision with turbines and other human structures

Best student poster award: Amy Rutter, Assessing provisioning rates of Common Terns

Student Poster award: Pedro Miguel Araujo, Using triglycerides to evaluate migratory strategies in wetland passerines



NAOC Student Award -2012

We are pleased to announce the Waterbird Society Student Presentation Award for 2012:

Sarah Trefry, University of New Brunswick

“Wing marker woes: a case study and meta-analysis of the impacts of wing and patagial tags”. Sarah’s PhD research is on frigatebirds.

Photo: Sarah Trefry

Waterbird Society 2011 Annual Meeting
Student Presentation Awards

We had a total of 24 student papers and 15 student posters.

We gave out one award in the category Best Poster to:

Stephen Wurfel, co-authored with Matthew Hillman and Sarah Karpanty. “Foraging activity across the diel cycle of nesting Black Skimmers.”

 We gave out three paper awards, two were student paper awards:

Sarah Saunders, co-authored with Erin Roche, Todd Arnold and Francie Cuthbert. “Site familiarity increases fledging success in Piping Plovers.”

Elizabeth Craig, co-authored with Brian Dorr, Katie Hanson-Dorr. “‘You are what you eat…plus a few permil.‘ Diet-tissue fractionation in the Double-crested Cormorant.”

 And the best paper award went to:

Gopisundar, Kolla. “Simplified landscapes, complex patterns: factors influencing waterbird abundance in the perennially cultivated Gangetic floodplains, India.”


Waterbird Society 2009 Annual Meeting
Student Presentation Awards

There were 35 oral paper and 32 poster presentations by students.  Three awards were given for posters and two for papers.

Student Award Winners- Poster Presentations

Jessica Amenta, Best Poster Award for completed study

*Jessica Amenta, Stephen Oswald, Jennifer Arnold, Pennsylvania State University, Berks Campus, Reading, Pa, United States
Title: Interspecific Differences in Heat Loss Behavior under Identical Climatic Conditions

Andrea Claassen, Best Poster Award for study in progress

*Andrea Claassen1, Todd Arnold2, Erin Roche1, Francesca Cuthbert2,  1Conservation Biology Graduate Program, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, United States, 2Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, United States
Title: Nest Survival and Renesting by Piping Plovers in the Great Lakes Region USA

Monika Parsons, Noteworthy Poster

*Monika Parsons1, Cynthia Loftin2, Frederick Servello1,  1Department of Wildlife Ecology, University of Maine, Orono, ME, United States, 2USGS Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Orono, ME, United States
Title: Evaluation of Two Temperature-sensing Devices to Detect Incubation Recesses, Nest Abandonment, and Hatch Date of Common Eiders (Somateria mollissma)

Student Award Winners- Oral Presentations

Jennifer Doucette, Best Paper Award

*Jennifer L Doucette, Björn Wissel, Christopher M Somers
Title: Food for thought: Combining conventional and novel techniques to study double-crested cormorant diet

Ingrid Barcelo, Noteworthy Paper Award

*Ingrid Barcelo, Felipe Chavez-Ramirez
Title: Winter Diet of Sandhill Cranes in Northern Mexico: Implications for Foraging Behavior

Student Award Winners- Travel Awards

Travel funds were awarded to ten students from the U.S. and Canada.

Recipient Amount
Amenta, Jessica $175
Parsons, Monika $175
Intini, Kyna $175
King, Laura $175
Clarkson, Charles $175
Smith, Gregory $200
Baker, Nnataniel $225
Claassen, Andrea $225
Raynor, Edward $225
Perry, Anna $225
Total $1975


Waterbird Society 2008 Annual Meeting
Student Presentation Awards


Best Paper Award: Sean Murphy (U.S.)
Investigating the Demographics of a Shorebird Near the Northern Limit of its Range.

Noteworthy Paper 1: Paul Smith (Canada)
Predator Abundance and Incubation behavior Explain Interannual and Interspecific Patterns of Nest Success for Arctic Breeding Shorebirds.

Noteworthy Paper 2: Melissa Pink (Canada)
The Role of Changing Aquatic Ecosystems on Avian Predators: Do Forster’s Terns Respond to the Aquatic Environment As Well As to Changes in Prey Abundance?

Noteworthy Paper 3: Elizabeth Bates (U.S.)
Genetic Diversity and Population Structure of Reddish Egrets in Texas.


Best Poster Award: Rafael Ordonez (U.S.)
Simple and Inexpensive Devices to Measure Heart Rate of Incubating Birds.

Noteworthy Poster Award: Jeff R. Troy (U.S.)
Reduction in the Breeding Range of Newell’s Shearwaters Puffinus Newelli on Kauai, Hawaii: Evidence and Insights from Field Surveys and GIS Modeling.