Kushlan Research Award
Jim Kushlan has been a driving force behind research and conservation of the world’s herons for over three decades. He was Director of the Patuxent Environmental Science Center for the US Geological Service, Chair of the Department of Biology at the University of Mississippi, Director of the Center for Water Resources Studies at East Texas State University, and Research Biologist with the U.S. Department of the Interior. Dr. Kushlan received his doctorate from the University of Miami in 1974 and has written or co-authored scores of scientific papers and scholarly books. The generous grant to the Waterbird Society in 2000 established an endowment to provide support for the research award in his name.
About the Kushlan Research Award
The goal of the Kushlan Research Award in Ciconiiform Biology and Conservation is to encourage significant scientific advances in the biology, ecology, or conservation biology of wading birds (i.e. herons, storks, ibises, and their taxonomic allies). The grants committee currently solicits proposals that focus on:
- Species relationships within the group
- The status, range, and population sizes of little-known species of Ciconiiformes
These grants are open globally to any student, professional, or amateur. Financial and education status of applicants are not considerations. Selection is made by a committee based on the applicant’s likelihood of publishing timely and substantial contributions to the literature. Depending on the scientific merit of the competition, awards will be offered in most years – one or more awards from $1,000 to $7,000 will be made. View past Kushlan Research Award winners.
Application materials should include 5 pages: (a) a cover sheet (click here) and abstract summarizing the work with all contact information, (b) three pages of narrative to include Background and Rationale, with hypotheses or questions stated, Methods, Literature Cited, and whether it is part of any cooperative (e.g. matching funds) project, and (c) a budget page.
Proposals are due by February 1st. The award or awards, if any, will be announced no later than March 1st.
The recipients of awards are expected to publish their reports in peer-reviewed outlets and acknowledge both the Kushlan Award and the Waterbird Society for support. The recipients are also expected to submit a short (1-2 page) report to the Grants Committee summarizing the results of their research project.