February 13, 2008

2008 Angus Gavin Memorial Migratory Bird Research Grant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The University of Alaska Foundation announces the recipients of the 2008 Angus Gavin Memorial Migratory Bird Research Grant.

Caroline Van Hemert a graduate student attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks has been awarded $15,000 for her research proposal entitled “Multi-species Investigation of Beak Deformities in Resident Alaska Birds”.

Emily Weiser also a graduate student attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks has been awarded $10,000 for her research proposal entitled “Diet of Glaucous Gulls (Larus hyperboreus) on Alaska’s North Slope”.

The awards are provided to support research on bird species found either permanently or seasonally in Alaska or its coastal waters, including their biology, general ecology and habitat relationships. 

This grant was established in 1981 with a gift from ARCO to honor the memory of Angus Gavin who served as an environmental advisor to Atlantic Richfield Company.  He was hand-picked by ARCO Chairman, Robert O. Anderson to observe, categorize and quantify the little known flora and fauna of Prudhoe Bay in 1969.  Gavin was to draw conclusions, pro or con, about the impact of oil field development on the ecology of the North Slope and to recommend operational changes that would minimize or negate any adverse effects on the environment.

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