Gavin Migratory Bird Research Grant Applications Due by December 12

November 18, 2022

Anchorage, AK - Scientists within the University of Alaska system, including graduate students and faculty members, are eligible to apply for the Angus Gavin Memorial Migratory Bird Research Grant that is now open for 2023 field season proposals. The application deadline is December 12, 2022. There are two $15,000 awards available. More information about the Gavin grant, including application requirements and protocol, is here

The Gavin Grant is awarded annually 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. 

The Gavin Grant was established in 1983 with gifts from ARCO and its employees to honor the memory of Angus Gavin, an environmental scientist and advisor to ARCO. Gavin was hand-picked by ARCO Chairman Robert O. Anderson to observe, categorize and quantify the flora and fauna of Prudhoe Bay in 1969. Gavin’s work was instrumental in helping ARCO and the scientific community draw conclusions 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. ARCO later became part of ConocoPhillips Alaska.

For more information on how to apply for this grant and to receive tips for writing a successful grant application, please email Dory Straight or call 907-450-8033.

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