Each year, the Palouse Audubon Society awards two grants in support of research supporting the chapter’s mission of promoting education, conservation, and restoration of natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats. One grant is available for a graduate student at Washington State University (WSU) and the other for a graduate student at the University of Idaho (UI). The grants are $500 each with no restrictions on how the grant monies may be used.
In order for us to share in activities supported by the grant and for the student to share some of his/her findings, we strongly encourage the recipients to present their research results at a future program meeting.
Grant applications for the current year are due by April 28. Grants are awarded at the chapter’s May meeting. See Student Grant Application for the required application form. For questions, contact any of the chapter officers.
Previous grant winners:
Laura Ehlen, UI, “Shrub Encroachment and Grassland Bird Communities”
Olivia Smith, WSU, “Roles of Wild Birds in Agroecosystems”
Lindsay Welfelt, WSU, “Using Stable Isotopes to Inform Bear Management and Education”
Korey Lynn Southerland, WSU, “Palouse Basin Model”
Jamie Jarolimek, UI, “Aspen Vulnerability and Effects on Wildlife”
Steven Edward Woodley, WSU, “Environmental Factors Triggering the Emergence of Eustenopus villosus and Larinus curtus within Centaurea solstitialis population on the Kramer Prairie in Southeastern Washington”
Douglas Barron, WSU, “Differential Allocation Toward Attractive Males is Offset by Decreased Reproductive Costs” (in Australian Red-backed Fairy-wrens)
Stephanie DeMay, UI, “Noninvasive monitoring of the endangered Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit”
Sarah Wannamaker, WSU, “Chemical communication in songbird reproductive behavior”
Brian Connolly, WSU, “Invasive Plant Effects in Palouse Prairie and Ponderosa Pine Forests”
Andrew Mackey, UI, “Venrenata Infestation Effects on Wildlife in CRP”
Bobbi Adams, WSU, “Genetic Characterization of Historic Upper Columbia Chinook Salmon”
Patrick Adam, UI, “Characterization of Animal Habitat Using Forest Structural Information Derived from Satellite and Airborne LIDAR”
Kristy Bellinger, WSU, “Environmental impacts on salmonids”
Teresa Lorenz, UI, “Cavity nesting birds in post-fire communities”
Marisa Olson, WSU, “Avian Immunology”
Jody Vogeler, UI, “The use of LiDAR to evaluate the relationship between forest structure and bird species richness on Moscow Mountain”