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July 8, 2013

VCU Rice Center researcher receives ornithology award

VCU’s Anna Tucker was among the recipients chosen for the 2013 J.J. Murray Research Award. A Master of Science student at the Rice Center, Tucker’s project is entitled, “Fitness costs and benefits of conspecific brood parasitism in a cavity-nesting warbler,” focusing on the prothonotary warbler. She is currently conducting her research at the Rice Center under the guidance of Dr. Lesley Bulluck.

Anna Tucker

In addition to her J.J. Murray Research Award honor, Tucker also received the VCU Rice Center Student Research Award in 2013.

Anna Tucker

The College of William and Mary’s Vitek Jirinec was also selected for the award. Also a Master of Science candidate, Jirinec’s project is entitled, “Wood Thrush habitat selection at the home range scale: implications for local distribution.”

The VSO established the J. J. Murray Research Award in 1980. The $1,000 award is given to promote undergraduate and graduate research on Virginia birds. Proposals are judged for their scientific merit and the likelihood that the work will make a meaningful contribution to the understanding of Virginia avifauna. The award is supported by an endowment fund, individual contributions and a generous matching grant by the Northern Neck of Virginia Audubon Society.