2022 Hartley H.T. Jackson Award — Dr. Bob Sikes
2022 Joseph Grinnell Award — Dr. Rob Swihart
Each year the American Society of Mammalogists recognizes excellence in education with the Joseph Grinnell Award, which was established to honor individuals who have made outstanding and sustained contributions to education in mammalogy in the broadest sense.
The 2022 recipient of the Joseph Grinnell Award, Dr. Rob Swihart, is a Professor of Wildlife Ecology in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University, a position he has held since 1991. His research has focused on the ecology of forest-dwelling mammals, advancing fundamental ecological understanding and contributing to conservation and management of wildlife in human-dominated landscapes.
Dr. Swihart’s efforts in mentoring are renowned in our field! He has mentored 32 graduate students, 60 undergraduate researchers, and 13 post docs, and many of his former students are leaders in mammalogy and active members of the American Society of Mammalogists.
Dr. Swihart has received awards for outstanding teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His nomination was supported by letters from colleagues, former graduate students, and current undergraduate students, all of whom reflected on a caring mentor and a skilled and enthusiastic teacher of mammalogy and statistics, among other subjects. A consistent theme that emerged from the letters was Dr. Swihart’s willingness to take time to create respectful relationships that foster confidence, scientific excellence, and personal development. One undergraduate student wrote that “Every day, Dr. Swihart exhibits his passion for mammalogy.”
Congratulations and thank you to Dr. Rob Swihart!
2022 Aldo Leopold Award — Dr. Joel Sartore
2022 C. Hart Merriam Award — Dr. Felisa Smith