SSAR Victor Hutchison Student Poster Award Winners for 2016 Announced
The SSAR student poster awards honor Victor Hutchison for his extensive contributions to herpetology and the development of future herpetologists. The sixth annual SSAR Victor Hutchison Student Poster Awards were presented at the 60th Annual Meeting of the SSAR and the Joint Meeting of Ichthyology and Herpetology in New Orleans, Louisiana, 6-10 July 2016. This year there were 53 poster submissions, our highest number of submissions so far. In recognition of outstanding student poster presentations at the annual meeting, a single award was given in each of the following categories: Evolution, Genetics, & Systematics (3 eligible presentations), Ecology, Natural History, Distribution, & Behavior (23 presentations), Physiology & Morphology (9 presentations), and Conservation & Management (12 presentations). All awardees received a check for US $200 and a book from CRC Press.
This year’s judges were Tiffany Doan (Chair, University of Central Florida), Catherine Aubee (US Environmental Protection Agency), Nirvana Filoramo (Worcester State University), Marina Gerson (California State University, Stanislaus), Michelle Koo (Museum of Vertebrate Zoology), Mark Mills (Missouri Western State University), Carol Spencer (Museum of Vertebrate Zoology), Steven Whitfield (Zoo Miami), and Thomas Wilson (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga).
The Winners – Ecology, Natural History, Distribution, & Behavior: Berlynna Heres (Marshall University), “Ambush Site Selection in Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes Using Vegetation Analysis and Radio Telemetry.” Evolution, Genetics, & Systematics: Kathryn Mercier (University of Central Florida), “Unearthing the evolutionary history of Mole Skinks.” Physiology & Morphology: Jake Pruett (Indiana State University, Terra Haute), “Polymorphic Male Blue-bellied Lizards (Sceloporus parvus) Exhibit Differences in Circulating Testosterone Levels and Relative Abundance of Volatile Organic Compounds”. Conservation & Management: Alex Cameron (John Carroll University), “Can Species Distribution Models Predict Abundance?”
Award Information and Guidelines
The SSAR Victor Hutchison Student Poster Award provides recognition for the best student posters presented at the annual meeting of the SSAR. To be eligible, the presented poster must be the result of research conducted by the individual making the presentation. The research must have been conducted while the student was enrolled in either an undergraduate or graduate degree program. Students entering the competition must be members of SSAR. The presentations will be judged by the SSAR student prize committee. One Victor Hutchison Student Poster Award of U.S. $200 (plus a book gift from CRC Press) may be given in each of the following four categories:
1) Evolution, Genetics, & Systematics
2) Ecology & Behavior
3) Physiology & Morphology
4) Conservation & Management
The Victor Hutchison Student Poster Award will be judged by the following criteria:
Quality of Research
Quality of the Visual Display of the Research
Professionalism and Confidence of the Presenter
Students may win the award only one time. Please indicate the appropriate category for which you are applying on the abstract submission form. For tips on making a great poster see: Poster Recommendations.
Contact Tiffany Doan for further information.