Jim Kushlan Award Winners


  • Frequency, diversity, and significance of antimicrobial genes in White Stork in Madrid along an anthropogenic risk gradient, Raquel Francisco
  • Using Saddlebill Storks as an umbrella wetland species in western Zambia, Jonah Gula


  • Using environmental DNA sampling to determine heron and bittern occupancy in western Michigan: a metegenomics approach, Anastasia Rahlin
  • Evaluating potential genetic adaptation and increased population resilience in the federally-listed Wood Stork (Mycteria americana), Kate Schlepr


  • Predicting wading bird foraging habitat and prey in dynamic intertidal systems, Marisa Martinez
  • Patterns and processes in wetland bird diversity: A study of the waterscapes in Telangana, India, Deepthi Chimalakonda


  • Population genetic structure and connectivity of Glossy Ibis, Simone Santoro and Alejandro Centero-Cuadros


  • Sacred Ibis foraging and its effect on Schistosoma-transmitting snails, Jared Bakusa
  • Population viability modeling of Reddish Egrets in Texas, Sarah Durham (Texas State University – San Marcos)


  • The Birds and Vegetation of Tram Chim National Park, Vietnam: A model for wetland restoration and wading bird conservation in the Mekong Delta, Paul Senner (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Population, Habitat Preference and Conservation Status of Lesser Adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus) in eastern Nepal, Prabha Pandey (Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal)


  • An examination of gene flow between distinct management units of the Reddish Egret, Golya Shahrokhi (Texas State University – San Marcos)


  • Reducing extinction risk of the Critically Endangered Dwarf olive ibis, Bostrychia bocagei, Alice Ward-Francis


  • Waterbird diversity, abundance and threats in Mwea Rice Irrigation Scheme, Rogers K. Makau
  • Analysis of population trends of the Ciconiiformes of Madagascar, Rado Andriamasimanana


  • Linking whooping crane behavior, environmental drivers, and territory plasticity, J. Wozniak with E. Smith
  • Assessing the role of Ciconiiformes birds in ecosystem services to control potential pests in rice paddies of Ahera in western Kenya, N. Otieno


  • Genetic characterization of Cuban flamingo colonies, Roberto Carlos and Frias Soler
  • Comparative analysis of population sizes and conservation status of wading birds in Chitwan and Makwanpur District, Central Nepal, Bhaiya Khanal


  • No Award


  • MHC variation as a proxy for wildlife health in North American wading birds, Marcel van Tuinen, U. North Carolina-Wilmington, USA
  • Crane Foundation. Wading bird abundance and habitat preferences in rice-dominated districts in Uttar Pradesh, India, Kolla Gopisundar (U. of Minnesota, USA [PhD student] and Intern)
  • The distribution and abundance of the locally threatened grey-crowned crane in Lake Victoria, Kenya, Moses Abonga (Lake Victoria Sunset Birders, Kenya)


  • Conservation of high Andes wetlands: comparing the influences of 2 flamingo species on aquatic ecosystems function and structure in Southwestern Bolivia, Marita Davison
  • Assessment of the genetic structure of the reddish egret, Austin Hill


  • A comparative and experimental study of species related differences in behavior and appearance of 5 species of frigatebirds, Vinni Madsen
  • Developmental measures of pollution impacts of pond herons in northern India, J.A. Urfi and Robert Bleiweiss


  • Ecological research on giant ibis in Northwestern Cambodia, Omaliss Keo
  • Does power (watts) output while foraging differ between breeding and nonbreeding seasons? Alan Maccarone


  • The discovery of a huge colony of Agami Herons: A unique research opportunity for this cryptic species, Dr. Eric Vidal, France
  • Ecology, conservation and management of the Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus, Greg P. Clancy, New South Wales, Australia
  • Feeding ecology of the Buff-necked Ibis in Sierra Grande, Córdoba, Argentina, Ricardo Torres, Córdoba, Argentina


  • Genetic variation and movement patterns of Australian Ciconiiformes, Terry Chesser, Canberra, Australia


  • The Shoebill Stork (Balaeniceps rex): a phylogenetic enigma, Bonnie Gulas-Wroblewski, Chicago, Illinois
  • Genetic variation and movement patterns of Australian Ciconiiformes, Terry Chesser, Canberra, Australia


  • The influence of color dimorphism on the ecology of Reddish Egrets in south Texas, Clay Green, University of Lafayette


  • Foraging ecology and breeding biology of the sharp-tailed ibis in the southern Llanos, Venezuela, Jorge Perez Eman