Student Grants

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 $1000 each with no restrictions on how the grant monies may be used.

Western Meadowlark

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.

Applications must be received by March 29, 2024. Awards will be announced at the April 25, 2024 Palouse Audubon Program Meeting. There are no restrictions on how the grant money is to be used however, in order for Palouse Audubon to share in the activities supported by the grant and to let the students share some of their findings, we strongly encourage that the recipient present a program on their research results at a future program meeting. See Grant Application for the required application form.  For questions, contact any of the chapter officers.

Previous grant winners:

Katherine Burgstahler,
Fiona McKibben, UI
Neil Paprocki, UI
Sam Owens, UI

2021 and 2022 NO GRANTS ISSUED

Aaron Young, UI
Conserving sagebrush species in a changing landscape: How habitat structures influence community composition.

Kevin Jones, WSU

Jessica Tir, Washington State University and Guedry Faust of University of Idaho.
Ms. Tir predicts that birds alter their vocalizations in response to changing food availability and she will test this by evaluating the vocal response to reduced food availability using captive wild-caught pine siskins.
Ms. Faust  is studying the vascular flora of the Selkirk Mountains of Idaho with a focus on the contemporary use of floras.

Nicole Krauss, WSU, Exploring Effects of Two Major Environmental
Pressures–Predation Pressure and Food Availability–on Female State,
Reproductive Decisions, and Maternal Effects

Carl Lundblad, UI, Does Nest Microclimate Constrain the Reproductive Success of
Burrowing Owls Breeding Along a Latitudinal Gradient?

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”