UW Professor to Receive First-Ever Stettenheim Award

Anna Chalfoun, a University of Wyoming associate professor of zoology, has been named recipient of the first-ever Peter R. Stettenheim Service Award.

An award certificate and honorarium will be presented in mid-April at the annual meeting of the American Ornithological Society, also known as the AOS, in Tucson, Ariz.

Chalfoun is receiving the award for her service to the AOS, which resulted from the merger of the Cooper Ornithological Society and the American Ornithologists' Union in 2017. The AOS is an international society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of birds, enriching ornithology as a profession and promoting a rigorous scientific basis for the conservation of birds.

Stettenheim, for whom the award is named, was a noted ornithologist until his death in 2013.

The award recognizes an individual established in his or her career and who has performed outstanding and extensive service to the AOS. Chalfoun currently serves on the AOS Conservation Committee, was an AOS council member from 2015-17 and was on the merger advisory committee during 2016-17.

Chalfoun is also an assistant leader for the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and a member of the UW Program in Ecology faculty

Chalfoun’s research in her lab spans the disciplines of ecology, evolution, behavior and conservation biology. Her main research focus is understanding the processes and factors that influence wildlife-habitat relationships, particularly in understanding why organisms select particular habitats and under what contexts such choices are adaptive.

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