The purpose of this fellowship is to provide financial assistance to deserving students conducting waterfowl or wetland research in North America.
The most recent winner of this award is Casey Setash for her work at Colorado State University. Casey’s PhD project will focus on waterfowl productivity in a flood-irrigated system in the North Platte Basin.
Effective water management is essential for both agricultural production and waterfowl habitat and is more pressing than ever due to growing human demands for water, drought, and climate change. Casey will evaluate waterfowl production before and after irrigation infrastructure improvements. Specifically, she will measure the impacts of management change on:
- Nest survival
- Nest density
- Abundance during peak stopover and breeding periods
Results from this study will be used to inform best management practices benefitting both agricultural producers and waterfowl managers.
About the Fellowship
The competition is open to graduate students based at any North American university. It will be awarded based upon the following criteria:
- The qualifications of the applicant
- The scientific soundness of the student’s research proposal
- Originality and creativity in study design
- Expected contributions of the study to wetland or waterfowl ecology
- The importance of the proposed research to conservation
- Achievability of the work.
One award of up to $5,000 per year (Canadian funds) is available to provide personal or research support for the successful applicant. The award is renewable for up to two additional years for PhD students and once for students pursuing a Master’s degree, assuming annual approval of a satisfactory progress report and the need for continuing financial support.
For additional information on this fellowship, download the Graduate Fellowships Background document.
Past Fellowship Winners
2017-2018: Kelsey Navarre, MSc. Temporal covariation of demographic rates in lesser scaup (Aythya affinis) and management implications, Colorado State University.
2016: Megan Ross, MSc. Ecological factors affecting midcontinent light goose recruitment, University of Saskatchewan
2013-2015: Christopher Malachowski, PhD. Factors influencing habitat selection, movement patterns, and population dynamics of the engendered Hawaiian duck (Anas wyvilliana) on Kaua‘I, Oregon State University
2011-2012: Mark Wiltermuth, PhD. Interaction of land use and wet-dry cycles on invertebrate populations in prairie wetlands: Implications of waterbird habitat conservation, North Dakota State University
2008-2010: Anne Mini, PhD. Comparative foraging ecology of two sympatric specialized grazers, Dusky Canada and Cackling Geese in the Willamette Valley, Oregon, Oregon State University