Ducks Unlimited Canada
Institute for Wetland & Waterfowl Research
PO Box 1160
Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada
R0C 2Z0

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In addition to fellowships, IWWR continues to recognize achievements of previously-supported students with the following awards:

Echo Travel Award: This travel award is intended to help students attend a conference, and thereby advance their careers.

IWWR Publication Award: This award is given to students who have made outstanding contributions to wetland or waterfowl conservation through publications of supported research.

Echo Travel Award

This annual award of $1000 (USD) is given to support travel to a scientific conference relevant to the winner’s career objectives and to DUC. The award commemorates outstanding contributions of the Echo Lake crew to science-based conservation and their desire to help advance careers of promising professionals as they are about to or that have recently graduated. This is a time period when they may have limited access to funds and when their careers could benefit from exposure and networking opportunities at meetings.

Key Timelines

  • Application deadline is May 30, 2018
  • Money will be awarded once decision is made, within one month of deadline.

Eligibility

  • All IWWR students who are either within one year of graduation or have graduated from their supported programs within three years (36 months) of the application deadline
  • Must give an oral presentation
  • Can highlight results of supported or new research of relevance to DUC
  • Conference must occur within calendar year
  • Cannot have previously won the Echo Award
  • Cannot be an IWWR employee
  • Meeting must occur within one year after award deadline

Application Process

  • Please submit the following information to IWWR@ducks.ca in no more than 2 pages:
    • Name, graduation date (or time since graduation), employment status
    • Statement of conference relevance to:
      • Advancing you career aspirations
      • DUC’s science-based conservation
    • Conference name, date, and website
    • Presentation abstract
    • CV (not included in page count)
    • Letter from supervisor confirming anticipated graduation date if not yet graduated (not included in page count and not required if already graduated)

Selection Criteria

  • Decisions will be made by DUC staff based on the following criteria:
    • Relevance of conference to applicant’s career aspirations and to DUC
    • Quality of abstract, e.g. clarity, scientific merit, management implications
    • Achievements of applicant, given the current stage of their career

Reporting Requirements

  • Submit proof of attendance. Failure to attend will require discussion with DUC with respect to reasons and return of funds
  • A brief write up of benefits obtained from attending, suitable for sharing with donors

Publication Award

Established in 2010, this award recognizes IWWR supported students who have successfully published research that makes a significant contribution to waterfowl and wetland conservation science.

Each year, the Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research (IWWR) awards up to two researchers with the IWWR Student Publication Award. In addition to recognition, recipients receive $500.

Eligibility criteria

  • Only students who have received financial support from IWWR will be considered for this award.
  • The student must have played a significant role in data collection, data analysis and preparation of the manuscript.
  • Publications must have the student as the senior author.
  • Student publications are only considered if they are submitted for publication within five years of the thesis defense.
  • Papers are assessed by year of publication.
  • Students who are IWWR staff (permanent, term, contract) at the time of publication review are not eligible for consideration for the award. Students who are Ducks Unlimited Canada or Ducks Unlimited Inc. staff outside of IWWR are eligible for consideration.

IWWR Student Publication Award Recipients

2016

Finger, T.A., A.D. Afton, M.L. Schummer, S.A. Petrie, S.S. Badzinski, M.A. Johnson, M.L. Szymanski, K.J. Jacobs, G.H. Olsen, and M.A. Mitchell. 2016. Environmental factors influence lesser scaup migration chronology and population monitoring. Journal of Wildlife Management 80: 1437-1449. Read story.

Provencher, J.F., M.R. Forbes, H.L. Hennin, O.P. Love, B.M. Braune, M.L. Mallory, and H.G Gilchrist. 2016. Implications of mercury and lead concentrations on breeding physiology and penology in an Arctic bird. Environmental Pollution 218: 1014-1022. Read story.

2015

Harms, N.J., P. Legagneux, H.G. Gilchrist, J. Bêty, O.P. Love, M.R. Forbes, G.R. Bortolotti, and C. Soos. 2015. Feather corticosterone reveals effect of moulting in the autumn on subsequent reproductive output and survival in an Arctic migratory bird. Proceeding of the Royal Society B 282: 20142085. Read story.

Lavretsky, P., J.M. Dacosta, B.H. Hernández-Baños, A. Engilis Jr., M.D. Sorenson, and J.L. Peters. 2015. Speciation genomics and a role for the Z chromosome in the early stages of divergence between Mexican ducks and mallards. Molecular Ecology 24: 5364-5378. Read story.

2014

Barker, N.K.S., S.G. Cumming, and M. Darveau. 2014. Models to predict the distribution and abundance of breeding ducks in Canada. Avian Conservation & Ecology 9: 7.

2013

No award given.

2012

Nicolai, C.A., J.S. Sedinger, D.H. Ward, and W.S. Boyd. 2012. Mate loss affects survival but not breeding in black brant geese. Behavioral Ecology 23: 643-648.

2011

Coulton, D.W., R.G. Clark, D.W. Howerter, M.G. Anderson, and L.I. Wassenaar. 2011. Costs and benefits of natal dispersal in yearling mallards Anas platyrhynchos. Journal of Avian Biology 42: 123-133.

2010

Schummer, M.L., S.S. Badzinski, S.A. Petrie, Y.-W. Chen, and N. Belzile. 2010. Selenium accumulation in sea ducks wintering at Lake Ontario. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 58:854-862.

Card, S.M. and S.A. Quideau. 2010. Microbial community structure in restored riparian soils of the Canadian prairie pothole region. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 42: 1463-1471.