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1 December 2011 Comments And News


Please join us in Reno, Nevada, June 22–26, 2012 for the 92nd annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists. Conference and registration information is available at or follow the link from the “Meetings” tab on the ASM web page at The conference will be in the Peppermill Resort Spa & Casino, a unique hotel with a mountain-view terrace with heated pools, a 3-story health spa, complimentary cabaret entertainment, 10 restaurants, and 17 themed bars. A block of rooms is reserved at the Peppermill for $89 (Montego Bay) or $109 (Peppermill Tower) and is available now for booking.

Members of the Society and others located outside North America who are interested in attending the meeting should consider this announcement as official notification of the meeting. The scientific program will include simultaneous oral platform sessions, evenings highlighting poster presentations, as well as symposia and plenary speakers. A full social agenda is planned with evening socials, banquet, picnic, Run-for-Research, and student mixers.

The first Call for Abstracts will be issued 1 February 2012, and the deadline for receipt will be 5:00 P.M. (1700 h) CST on 15 April 2012. In addition to the information posted on the meeting website, additional announcements containing information on the meeting will be published in future issues of the Journal of Mammalogy. Take advantage of the Early Bird registration costs (ends 31 January 2012) and register for an excellent and stimulating meeting. Regular registration dates are 1 February–1 May 2012.

For information about registration, please see the “Contact Us” tab at or email For information about conference content, please email For other inquiries, please contact the chair of the Program Committee: Janet K. Braun, Sam Noble Museum, University of Oklahoma, 2401 Chautauqua Avenue; Norman, OK 73072, USA; voice 405-325-0801; fax: +405-325-7699; email:


In 1974 the American Society of Mammalogists established the C. Hart Merriam Award to honor outstanding contributions to mammalogy through research, teaching, and service. In 1996 the Board of Directors amended these criteria so that the award is now given in recognition of outstanding research in mammalogy. Nominees should be established scientists who are actively engaged in research and who have made significant contributions to the science of mammalogy over a period of at least 10 years. The recipient is invited to address the Society in a plenary session at its annual meeting, as well as to prepare a manuscript for publication in the Journal of Mammalogy that is based on this presentation.

Nominations for the Merriam Award will be considered without regard to national citizenship and activity in the Society. Previous awardees have been J. N. Layne, J. K. Jones, Jr., J. S. Findley, T. A. Vaughan, R. J. Baker, J. F. Eisenberg, J. L. Patton, M. H. Smith, W. Z. Lidicker, Jr., H. H. Genoways, J. R. Choate, J. H. Brown, T. Clutton-Brock, G. G. Musser, C. J. Krebs, G. R. Michener, M. B. Fenton, K. Ralls, K. B. Armitage, T. H. Kunz, C. J. Phillips, M. A. Mares, T. H. Fleming, G. O. Batzli, R. T. Bowyer, O. J. Reichman, K. E. Holekamp, D. W. Macdonald, R. S. Hoffmann, C. R. Dickman, R. S. Ostfeld, and G. Ceballos.

To facilitate the nomination and review process the Merriam Award Committee has adopted the following schedule. Persons interested in nominating someone for the Merriam Award should send a single letter of nomination and a copy of the nominee's CV via email to Gerardo Ceballos ( by 1 February 2012. Based on these materials, the Committee will select candidates for more extensive consideration. Nominators for the finalists will be asked to arrange to have up to 5 additional letters of support sent via email to Gerardo Ceballos by 15 March 2012. The recipient of the award will be announced at the banquet at the annual meeting.


The H. H. T. Jackson Award was established in 1977 for the purpose of providing recognition to individuals who have rendered long and outstanding service to the American Society of Mammalogists. Previous awardees are William B. Davis, William H. Burt, Bryan P. Glass, J. Knox Jones, Jr., Oliver Pearson, Sydney Anderson, Murray Johnson, Donald F. Hoffmeister, Karl F. Koopman, Marie A. Lawrence, John O. Whitaker, Jr., B. J. Verts, J. Mary Taylor, Robert J. Baker, James A. Lackey, Don E. Wilson, Clyde Jones, Gordon L. Kirkland, Jr., Elmer C. Birney, Richard W. Thorington, Jr., Suzanne B. McLaren, H. Duane and Dahnelle B. Smith, Hugh H. Genoways, Alfred L. Gardner, David M. Leslie, Jr., Barbara H. Blake, Michael A. Mares, Glennis A. Kaufman, Thomas J. McIntyre, and Matthew E. Hopton.

Nominations and letters of support should contain specific information on the nominee's service to the ASM. A complete nomination package includes: 1) a nomination letter; 2) a recent version of the nominee's curriculum vitae; and 3) no more than 5 letters of support. All of these materials should be incorporated by the nominator into a single PDF document and transmitted via e-mail to ensure receipt be Guy N. Cameron (E-mail: no later than 15 March 2012. Nomination materials will not be carried forward from previous years. The awardee is announced at the banquet of the annual meeting of the society.


The Joseph Grinnell Award was established by the Board of Directors of the American Society of Mammalogists in 1996 to honor individuals who have made outstanding and sustained contributions to education in mammalogy over a period of at least 10 years. The award recognizes excellence in education in the broadest sense. It encompasses not only the traditional roles of teaching in graduate and undergraduate institutions, but also administrative activities that further educational programs in mammalogy, as well as educational activities such as the production of materials for federal, state, or local agencies, public education through the creation of museum displays, and enhancement or encouragement of education through stewardship activities. Previous winners are B. Elizabeth Horner, James L. Patton, Phillip Myers, Robert J. Baker, Timothy E. Lawlor, John B. Bowles, David J. Schmidly, Norman A. Slade, Mark S. Hafner, Jerry R. Choate, Peter D. Weigl, R. Mark Brigham, David A. Armstrong, Enrique P. Lessa, and George A. Feldhammer.

Candidates may be nominated by colleagues, supervisors, students, or others familiar with their devotion to, and execution of, their educational activities. A letter of nomination, maximum length 2 pages, should detail the candidate's excellence in education in mammalogy and should elaborate the reasons why this individual should be considered for the award. Nominations will be evaluated by the Grinnell Committee and full documentation will be solicited for all candidates judged to be competitive.

A single letter of nomination should be sent to David J. Schmidly ( before 1 February 2012. Completed nomination packets (up to 4 letters of recommendation, candidate's CV, and other written materials illustrating the candidate's longtime commitment to excellence in education in mammalogy) are due by 15 March 2012. The recipient will be announced at the banquet at the ASM annual meeting in 2012 and will be invited to present during a plenary session at the subsequent annual meeting.


In 2002 the American Society of Mammalogists established 2 conservation awards to recognize outstanding contributions to the conservation of mammals and their habitats. The Aldo Leopold Award is awarded to a well-established individual who has made a lasting scientific contribution to the conservation of mammals and their habitats. The recipient will be invited to address the Society in a plenary session at its annual meeting the following year. Previous awardees are Edward O. Wilson, Russell A. Mittermeier, George B. Schaller, Rodrigo A. Medellín,

Virgilio Roig, Helene D. Marsh, Herbert H. T. Prins, and Rubén M. Bárquez. The William T. Hornaday Award is awarded to a current undergraduate or graduate student who has made a significant scientific contribution as a student to the conservation of mammals and their habitats. The awardee will be offered a travel grant to attend the ASM meetings in Alaska and will be invited to present a paper on their conservation activities at the plenary session. Previous awardees are Brent Sewall, Isabel Beasley, Angelia Vanderlaan, Jan Schipper, and Enzo Aliaga-Rossel. Nominees should have contributed substantially to 1) the conservation of 1 or more mammalian species, subspecies, or populations, 2) the conservation of mammalian assemblages and communities, or 3) advancing the field of conservation biology through focal research on mammals. Persons contributing to the conservation of land or marine mammals are eligible for consideration. We interpret “contribution” broadly to include 1) scientific research or political activism that has resulted in the preservation of an imperiled species; 2) development of protective management recommendations; 3) acquisition of new knowledge regarding the conservation status or causes for declines of mammalian species or populations; 4) the protection of significant mammalian habitat; or 5) promotion of the conservation of mammals through public education.

All persons are invited to submit nominations for these awards. For each award the nomination packet should include the following 5 items: 1) a brief narrative (2 pages maximum) that introduces and describes the conservation accomplishments of the nominee; 2) as an addendum to this narrative, a list of relevant journal articles, government and NGO reports, newspaper clippings, and other materials that chronicle and corroborate the conservation-related accomplishments of the nominee; 3) a current CV or résumé; 4) contact information for the nominator and nominee; and 5) letters of recommendation. For the Aldo Leopold Award include letters of recommendation from 3 individuals familiar with the nominee's contributions to mammalian conservation; one of the letters must be from the nominator. For the William T. Hornaday Award include letters of recommendation from 2 individuals familiar with the nominee's conservation activities. One of these letters must be from the student's research advisor.

Electronic submissions of nominations and supporting documents are strongly encouraged. Completed nomination packets should be sent to or Dr. Victor Sánchez-Cordero, Departmento de Zoología, Instituto de Biología, UNAM, Apto. Postal 70-153. Mexico, DF. 04510. Deadline for receipt of completed nominations is 15 March 2012. Recipients will be announced at the banquet at the ASM annual meeting in June 2012.


This award honors Oliver P. Pearson′s remarkable 6 decades of work in Latin America and his steadfast support for Latin American mammalogists of all ages and degrees of professional development. The award offers financial support to young professional mammalogists who hold academic or curatorial positions in Latin America, to help them establish or consolidate their research programs. A single award in the sum of $5,000 will be given each year. Up to an additional $2,000 is offered for the recipient to attend the mammal meetings of the year following the award. The funds may be used to carry out fieldwork, purchase supplies or specialized equipment, attend scientific meetings, visit collections or other academic institutions, and other research-related activities.

Applicants may be of any nationality. At the time of application, he or she must have the following qualifications: 1) a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree conferred within the previous 5 years; 2) an academic (postdoctoral, teaching, curatorial, or other comparable research-oriented) position in a Latin American institution; and 3) membership in the American Society of Mammalogists.

Acceptable formats for application materials include pdf (preferred) and Word (doc and rtf files). Letters scanned in jpeg format are also acceptable. Detailed instructions can be downloaded from the ASM website ( Applications should include the following 4 elements: 1) A 1-page statement that describes a) the nature and responsibilities of his or her academic position, b) professional interests and goals for the next few years, and c) detailed justification documenting how and why the award would benefit the applicant′s research program; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a copy of 1 published or accepted research paper; 4) 2 letters of recommendation from established professionals familiar with the applicant, based either in Latin America or abroad.

To be considered, all application materials must be sent electronically to Dr. Kristina A. Ernest (; phone 509-963-2805) by APRIL 15. Recipients will be announced at the annual banquet of the American Society of Mammalogists, but awardees need not be present to receive the award.


Journal of Mammalogy and Mammalian Species are available online to all ASM members with back issues available via JSTOR. Members will also receive print copies of the Journal for an annual membership fee of $75 for regular members ($55 for students), or they may elect to receive online only versions of both publications for an annual fee of $55 ($20 for members in developing countries). Institutions may subscribe at a rate of $270 for print and online access to the Journal, $95 for online-only access to Mammalian Species, or $325 for both publications.

PDF files for the first 823 Mammalian Species accounts (1969 to 2008) are also available online via the URL below:


Approximately 24–26 accounts are planned for publication in 2011. Each account is 2–14 pages in length and reviews the biology of a particular species in a standard format.

Mammalian Species accounts are produced by assignment only. Upon written request to the Editor for Mammalian Species, exclusive privileges to produce an account will be granted for 2 years; a 1-year extension may be requested if a manuscript is near completion at the end of the initial assignment. At the Editor's discretion, assignments not submitted at the end of this period may be cancelled. A maximum of 5 species may be reserved at 1 time. No free copies are given to authors; page charges may be paid on a voluntary basis.

Mammalian Species is available online only to all ASM members, as of 2006; print copies will no longer be published. Orders for yearly sets of accounts within the past 5 years should be sent to Christy Classi, ASM Association Manager, 810 East 10th Street, P.O. Box 1897, Lawrence, KS 66044; 785-843-1235; FAX -1274; Individual accounts are no longer available for purchase. Requests for assignment of species and other editorial queries should be addressed to Meredith Hamilton, Editor of Mammalian Species, Department of Zoology, 501 Life Sciences West, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078, 405-744-9685; FAX -7824;


The Mammal Images Library is a non-profit educational service of the American Society of Mammalogists. The goal of the library is providing images of mammals for educational purposes worldwide. The present collection consists of >1,500 images depicting >800 species, 440 genera, 100 families, and 27 orders. More than 110,000 images are now in use at >3,000 institutions in about 50 countries. Images suitable for optical projection for nonprofit, educational purposes may be viewed and obtained on the Society's website at Please remember to credit the photographer and the library if images are used for optical projection.

In addition to optical projection for nonprofit instruction, many of the images can be employed (with permission) for other purposes, including commercial uses. For permission to use images for purposes other than nonprofit optical projection, contact the committee chair: David Huckaby, California State University, Long Beach, Department of Biological Sciences, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, California 90840-3702;; 562-985-4869; FAX 562-985-8878.

The Library continually seeks new images for the collection and urges anyone having images to contribute them. For information about contributing images, contact the committee chair. The committee thanks the hundreds of people that have contributed images thus far.


The International Relations Committee has devised a method of providing membership in ASM to mammalogists from outside the United States and Canada who wish to become members, but simply cannot afford to. Some members already sponsor ASM membership for foreign mammalogists on a continual basis. However, others who are unable to provide a full membership on a continual basis, may wish to contribute a partial membership or a full membership during some years. Such is now possible through contributions to the Sponsor Fund. The Fund will be handled as follows:

  1. From time-to-time, a form on which a member can state his or her name, address, and amount of donation to the Sponsor Fund will be printed in the back of the Journal of Mammalogy and on the reverse of the mailing label that accompanies the Journal.

  2. When money in the Fund reaches any multiple of the current amount for annual dues, dues for a mammalogist in need of sponsorship will be paid. Contributions will be used directly to sponsor foreign members: the Fund will not be of the type from which only the interest is used to pay memberships.

  3. Money in the Fund will be managed through the Secretary-Treasurer's office.

  4. The Secretary-Treasurer shall be designated as the sponsor of record.

  5. At the end of 3 years members of the International Relations Committee will verify that sponsored individuals still need and want sponsorship. Sponsorship from the Fund could extend to a maximum of 5 years.

Members should submit names and mailing and e-mail addresses of foreign mammalogists in need of sponsorship to the chair of the International Relations Committee: Duane Schlitter;


Members and subscribers are advised that the Journal of Mammalogy is mailed in February, April, June, August, October, and December. Address changes MUST be in the hands of Christy Classi, ASM Association Manager, 810 East 10th Street, P.O. Box 1897, Lawrence, KS 66044; 785-843-1235; FAX -1274; by the 1st day of the month of mailing. United States addresses must have zip codes. Address changes are expedited if former address, with zip code, is included.


ASM has a “buddy system” to assist authors who are not native English speakers. “Buddies” are mammalogists who have offered to preview manuscripts that need editorial revision for English. Authors interested in having a manuscript previewed should contact the Journal Editor or an Associate Editor for Journal of Mammalogy. Individuals interested in having their names added to the list of “buddies” should contact Alicia Linzey (


We are now accepting proposals for Postdoctoral Fellowships at The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent). We are looking to support innovative approaches to outstanding problems in evolutionary biology. Proposals are due December 1. For more information, please see our website at


Proposals for Sabbaticals, Working Groups and Catalysis Meetings are now being accepted at The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent). We are looking to support innovative approaches to outstanding problems in evolutionary biology. In particular, proposals that have a clear interdisciplinary focus, or involve evolutionary concepts in non-traditional disciplines, are strongly encouraged, as are proposals that demonstrate international participation and a mix of senior and emerging researchers, including graduate students. Proposals are accepted twice a year, with deadlines on July 10 and December 1. Proposals for Sabbaticals may be for up to a full year. We also accept proposals for short-term visits (2 weeks to 3 months; deadlines on January 1, April 1, July 1 and September 1). For more information, please see our website at


NESCent is now including graduate training in its portfolio, by offering one-semester fellowships for graduate students to pursue research with a NESCent sabbatical scholar, a NESCent postdoctoral scholar, or a NESCent Working Group. Deadlines are January 1 (for a fall semester fellowship) and July 1 (for a spring semester fellowship). For more information, please see our website at


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2011 American Society of Mammalogists
"Comments And News," Journal of Mammalogy 92(6), 1440-1443, (1 December 2011).
Published: 1 December 2011

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