A Virginia Tech doctoral student has been awarded the 2010 Stephen M.
Russell Graduate Lectureship by the Bristol Bird Club (TN/VA).
The award, consisting of a monetary consideration and lectureship, goes
to David E. Kramar, Department of Geography. His selection was announced
by the Russell Lectureship administration. The selection recognizes Kramar
"for his years of research and contribution to the understanding of environmental
mechanisms in Virginia that support the methylation, transport, and subsequent
uptake of mercury by species such as the Bald Eagle." Virginia has a large
population of breeding eagles which is believed to be about 700 nests.
Other personalities of past Russell laureates include:
Andrew W. Jones, student at the University of Minnesota and with
the Bell Museum of Natural History, Department of Ecology, Evolution,
and Behavior who is currently the William A. and Nancy R. Klamm Endowed
Chair of Ornithology and Head of the Department of Ornithology, Cleveland
Museum of Natural History, OH.
Brian J. Olsen, presently Research Professor and Lecturer, School of
Biology and Ecology, University of Maine. He was a student in the
Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech.
Lesley P. Bulluck, the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries
at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and now on the faculty of Virginia
Commonwealth University Department of Biology teaching ecology.
The Bristol Bird Club's lectureship honors Russell, a prominent American
ornithologist who is retired (emeritus), from teaching and research in
ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona. He
is well known as an authority on the birds of Sonora. He is Curator
Emeritus of The University of Arizona's Bird Collection.
Russell's dissertation studied the ecology and distribution of the
birds of British Honduras (Belize), which was published as the
first A.O.U. Ornithological Monograph. He taught six year at
LSU-New Orleans before joining the faculty at the University of
Arizona in 1964. He retired from Arizona in 1996 and lives in
Tucson. He earned his Ph.D. under George H. Lowery at LSU.
In 1950, Russell was a charter member and founder of the Bristol
Bird Club while a high school student at Abingdon, VA.
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