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AOS Stettenheim Award

The Peter R. Stettenheim Service Award

In 2018, AOS established the Peter R. Stettenheim Award, a new service award meant to carry on the tradition of the Cooper Honorary Member Award, one of the oldest awards in ornithology. The award recognizes an individual well established in their career who has performed outstanding and extensive service to AOS or its predecessor societies, the AOU and COS. This award celebrates members who may have served in elected or appointed positions, but also emphasizes volunteer contributions, mentoring, and committee participation.

The award honors Peter Stettenheim, an enthusiastic leader of both the AOU and COS who served in society governance and contributed in many ways to advance ornithology. Peter was a Life Member, Elective Member, and Fellow of the AOU, servince as a Council Member as well as Vice President (2001-2002). He was Editor of The Condor and Life Histories of the Birds of North America (a.k.a. Birds of North America), an Honorary Life Member of the Cooper Society, and a Patron and Investing Trustee of the Wilson Ornithological Society. Peter was a well-respected expert on avian anatomy and functional morphology but had a broad appreciation and interest in ornithology. Peter passed away in 2013 and was known by many of us as a kind and gentle giant.

The award consists of a framed certificate and honorarium.

The selection of annual awardees is made by the Service Awards Committee. For questions regarding Service Awards, or to submit nominations, contact Committee Chair Barbara Kus via Please use the subject line “Service Awards Committee - Inquiry/Nomination Regarding ____."

2019 Winners: Phil Stouffer & Mark Hauber »
Previous Recipients »

A complete list of recipients of the historical Cooper Honorary Member Award is available for viewing.

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