Grants and Awards



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  • National Science Foundation. REU supplement, with Dan Cristol (2016; $6,000)
  • National Science Foundation. U.S.-Australia IRES Collaboration: Behavioral ecology research training in Australia's tropical savannah, withJordan Karubian and Mike Webster (2016; $250,000)
  • National Science Foundation. Collaborative research: Does sexual selection promote speciation and extinction? A test with late Cretaceous Ostracoda from the US Gulf Coastal Plain, with Gene Hunt and Rowan Lockwood (2014, $199,700)
  • Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology. Developing sonic net technology to reduce the risks of bird-aircraft collision, with Mark Hinders (2014; $99,781)
  • National Science Foundation. Influence of mercury exposure on a songbird: An experimental test of the developmental stress hypothesis, with Dan Cristol (2013; $466,000)
  • Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations. Employing sonic nets to protect crops from pest bird species, with Mark Hinders (2012; $100,000)
  • Reves’ Center International Faculty Fellowship, College of William and Mary (2012)
  • National Science Foundation US-Australia IRES collaboration: Behavioral ecology research training in Australia's tropical savannah, with Jordan Karubian, Mike Webster (2012; $150,000)
  • Benjamin R. Altshuler Memorial Fund. Support a Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan based on a digital map showing all transit routes, bike facilities, and major community attractions (2011; $7000)
  • Army Research Office. The spread of zoonotic diseases through ectoparasites of birds in south east Virginia. (2011; $12,500)
  • Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence, College of William and Mary (2010)
  • American Association of Colleges and Universities Shared Futures: General Education for a Global Century curriculum and faculty development project. (co-writers, Teresa Longo, Tuska Benes, Cary Bagdassarian, Christine Nemacheck, Elizabeth Meade, Sue Peterson) (2010; $4,000)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (alpha chapter, College of William and Mary) Faculty Award for the Advancement of Scholarship (2009)
  • Sabbatical Research Fellow, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), University of California Santa Barbara (2008)
  • Army Research Office. Prevalence of zoonotic diseases in birds, ticks, and mosquitoes at Fort Eustis army base (2008; $24,508)
  • Andrew W Mellon Foundation grant from the to establish a Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Program and a Center for Geospatial Analysis in the Environmental Science and Policy program at W&M, Co-writer with Greg Hancock, Randy Chambers, Carl Strikwerda, and Linda Luvaas. (2008; $1,500,000)
  • National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis Sabbatical Fellowship (2007; $28,750)
  • National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site program grant in interdisciplinary watershed studies, with Randy Chambers and Greg Hancock (2006; $282,190)
  • Andrew W Mellon Foundation to enhance the undergraduate Environmental Science and Policy program at W&M, co-writer with Timmons Roberts, Randy Chambers, Greg Hancock, Rob Hicks, Dennis Taylor, Linda Luvaas (2004; $300,000)
  • National Science Foundation grant to integrate biological and mathematical approaches to studying metapopulation ecology, with Dan Cristol and Sebastian Schreiber (2004; $647,000)
  • Alumni Fellowship Award from College of William and Mary Alumni Foundation for outstanding teaching (2004)
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award to study symmetry perception in relation to behavioral ecology (2002; $527,477)
  • Jeffress Memorial Trust Research Grant to study visual asymmetry detection in starlings (2002; $29,312)
  • Wolfson Foundation (U.K.) Laboratory Refurbishment grant to equip a bioinformatics suite (2000; $120,000)
  • Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour Most Outstanding New Investigator (1999)
  • Royal Society of London University Research Fellowship (1997; $170,347)
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) grant to study perception of asymmetry in starlings (1998; $35,000)
  • Royal Commission of 1851 Research Fellowship (1997; $82,000)
  • Natural Environment Research Council (UK) grant to study trade-offs in sexual and somatic investment in starlings (1997; $39,000)
  • American Society of Naturalists Young Investigator Prize (1996)
  • Royal Society of London grant to study the flights costs of molt in birds (1996; $13,000)
  • Natural Environment Research Council (UK) Postdoctoral Fellowship (1994; $241,000)
  • Scientific and Engineering Research Council (UK) doctoral studentship (1991; $ 25,000)

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Last updated August 7, 2017