THE AWARD: The James Koplin Travel Awards are given to up to six students who are the senior authors and presenters of a paper or poster to be presented at the RRF meeting for which travel funds are requested. A recipient from a previous year cannot apply in following years if working on the same degree. Applicants with the greatest financial need will receive the greatest consideration. The selection committee must receive all application materials by the deadline for regular abstracts. That date is included in the announcement of RRF’s annual meeting sent each year to the membership.
ABOUT JAMES KOPLIN: James Koplin was a long-standing member of The Raptor Research Foundation, who passed away in 1987. Perhaps the most significant contribution Jim made to the fields of raptor biology and wildlife ecology was in training young professionals. In his 20-plus years as an educator, thousands of young scientists took his courses in wildlife ecology, management and population dynamics. In recognition of his long-term commitment to training young ecologists, Jim Koplin's contributions are remembered through these travel grants.
TO APPLY: Application materials include:
• A cover letter
• A project description not to exceed one page, single spaced. The project description should be as detailed as one page will permit and must include a brief
introduction outlining the significance and importance of the research, a description of methods, including the analytical approach, and results.
• An itemized budget of costs associated with attending the meeting and an explanation of how the expenses not covered by this award will be met
• A letter of recommendation from the student’s major professor. The letter of recommendation is extremely important and should contain a thorough
evaluation of the applicant’s academic abilities, the significance of the research, the student’s relative contribution to the research, and his or her potential
for future contributions to the field of raptor biology.
AMOUNT: Up to $700 can be requested. The award will also include a free 1-year membership to RRF.
Number of Awards Issued per Year: up to 6
DEADLINE: Abstract submission deadline
Application Method: Apply online through June 30th. Please contact email@example.com with questions about your application. The online application opens in January each year.
|João Salvadore Falé
|Unravelling the trophic dynamics of sympatric raptors in the Tagus estuary during the non-breeding period.
|Assessing occupancy of an elusive forest raptor using passive acoustical monitoring
|Productivity and nest survival of White-tailed Hawks in south Texas during the 2021-2023 breeding seasons
|Dispersal movements of marked Harris’s Hawks among territories in south Texas
|Using feathers and blood to understand lead exposure rates in Golden Eagles migrating across Montana
|Natasha K. Murphy
|Identifying mitigation priority areas for human-Osprey conflict using habitat suitability and power infrastructure information.
|Foraging Behavior of American Kestrels is Influenced by External Temperature in North Texas.
|Diego Gallego García
|Latitude and body size determine the length of the post-fledgling dependence period in Accipitridae: a review.
|Stacia A. Novy
|Examining the relationships between beak shape and diet within a Nearctic-Neotropical raptor clade.
|American Kestrels Competing with European Starlings over Nestboxes in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
|Nesting and movement ecology of the American Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus).
|Rapid Urbanization Alters Winter Abundance and Sex Ratio in the American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
|Barn Owl (Tyto furcata) Nest Box Selection in Napa Valley, California: Is It Adaptive?
|Does Degree of Reddishness Matter? Polymorphism in Barn Owls (Tyto furcata), Diet Patterns, and Habitat Choice in Napa Valley
|Agriculture As a Driver of Population Dynamics in a Hemispheric Migrant
|What we know about raptor migration within South America
|Breeding-sites of the northern goshawk indicate high year-round species richness for birds in an urban ecosystem
|Seasonal time-energy allocation of an island restricted Falconid, the Striated Caracara, using a low-cost, open-source inertial movement GPS logger
|Rebecca A. McCabe
|Wintering space use of an irruptive species south of the Tundra
|Overwintering habitat use by a secretive forest raptor: the Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)
|Breeding Ecology of endangered Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus (Linnaeus,1758) in Gangetic Plains of Uttar Pradesh, India
|Linking local and regional weather variables to migration phenology in North American raptors
|Phylogenetic analysis of Elaninae Kites based on nucleotide sequences of mitochondrial and nuclear DNA
|Continental-Scale Patterns of Lead Exposure of Facultative Avian Scavengers
|Breeding-state determinants of the endangered Mountain Hawk-eagle revealed by a dynamic multi-state occupancy model
|Sleeping with the enemy: the extreme associations of the African Pygmy Falcon to Sociable Weaver colonies
|Effects of early life experience on the behavior of reintroduced Egyptian Vultures
|Non-target exposure of toxins to raptors: anticoagulant rodenticides and Ferruginous Hawks
|Katheryn A. Watson
|Do Swainson’s Hawks use the Stopover or Staging Strategy to Complete Long-distance Migration?
|The Effect of Prey Abundance and Nestling Demand on the Foraging Patterns of Arctic-breeding Peregrine Falcons
|Mitchell L. Pruitt
|Winter Occurrence of Roosting Behavior of Northern Saw-whet Owls in NW Arkansas
|Sexual Segregation in American Kestrels in North Texas
|The Role of Disease and Ectoparasites in the Ecology of Nesting Golden Eagless
|Demographics and recruitment of Swainson’s Hawks
|Vocalization and nest defense of Burrowing Owls in the Snake River Birds of Prey Area
|J Rowen Van Eeden
|Martial Eagles in Kruger Park
|Assessing the health status of a scarce and threatened raptor endemic to southwestern Africa, the Black Harrier
|Genomics of Bald Eagles
|Barn Owl Roadway Mortality in Southern Idaho
|Recreation disturbance to Golden Eagles
|Behavioral Responses of Burrowing Owls to Experimental Brood Parasitism
|The Puerto Rican Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus vennator): An Insular Species on the Edge of Extinction
|Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus) Movements and Home Ranges on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska
|Exposure and effects of oil sands-related emissions on American Kestrels in Western Canada
|Harpy Eagle habitat use and home range size at different scenarios in the Brazilian Amazon
|not awarded (joint meeting with other North American ornithological societies)
|Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) spatial origins across North America: a stable isotope approach
|Avian predators play a key role in population regulation and energy flux of the arctic tundra food web
|Is aggressive nest defense by urban Mississippi Kites (Ictinia mississippiensis) triggered by landscape features?
|Effects of Habitat Fragmentation on the Breeding Ecology and Territory Size of Harris’s Hawks in the Desert of Baja California Sur, México
|No applications received
|Habitat Transformed: How is Barn Owl (Tyto alba) Distribution and Breeding Success Influenced by Land Use in The Fraser Valley, British Colombia?
|RRF contributed its travel award to the NAOC pool of student travel funds
|Jessi L. Brown
|Exploring Aplomado Falcon Nest Success by Modeling Daily Nest Survival Rates
|Nestling sex ratio variation in Burrowing Owls
|Territory defense of nesting Burrowing Owls: responses to simulated conspecific intrusion
|Caroline E. Deppe
|Do eyespots on Northern Pygmy Owls influence avian mobbing behaviour?
|Brian W. Smith
|Ectoparasites on Burrowing Owls: potential effects on nest site re-use and growth, body condition and survival of juveniles
|Burrowing Owls prefer large nest chambers: results of experiments using artificial burrows
|Philopatry and inter-year nest site fidelity in American Kestrels near Hawk Mountain, PA
|Daniel R. Ardia
|Effect of time of day and weather on survey route efficiency for non-breeding American Kestrels
|Johanna M. Ward
|Effects of experimental food addition on the reproductive ecology of the Northern Goshawk during brood rearing
|Elsie V. Schmidt
|Morphological and genetic variation in migratory raptors
|Laura B. Rivera-Rodriguez
|Breeding ecology of the Crested Caracara in the Cape Region, B.C.S., Mexico
|James R. Duncan
|Vanessa M. Dickinson
|Gustavo D. Danemann
|Breeding ecology of the Osprey in the high density, ground nesting colony of Ballena Island, San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California Sur, Mexico