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UW Ph.D. Student Honored with Mammalogists Society Fellowship

August 21, 2017
woman with backpack in front of live trap with a jackal in it
Anne-Marie Hodge, a UW Ph.D. student in the Program in Ecology, traps a black-backed jackal at the Mpala Research Centre in central Kenya. Hodge was live-trapping small carnivores for research on the effects of land management on mammal diversity and abundance. Hodge recently received the 2017 American Society of Mammalogists Fellowship. (Simon Lima Photo)

A University of Wyoming Ph.D. student recently received the highest honor bestowed by the American Society of Mammalogists (ASM) on a graduate student.

Anne-Marie Hodge, a Ph.D. student in the Program in Ecology and Department of Zoology and Physiology, received the 2017 ASM Fellowship. The award, worth $10,000, is intended to recognize current outstanding accomplishments in mammalogy, service to ASM and the potential for a productive, future role in professional mammalogy.

“This award was first and foremost an honor. The ASM is the professional organization that I’ve put the most time and energy into over the course of my career, and is the forum through which I’ve met many of my scientific role models,” says Hodge, of Chattanooga, Tenn. “Being selected for the award meant quite a bit to me personally. The fellowship money was used as a stipend over the summer and into the fall that will allow me to add additional analyses into my doctoral dissertation.”

“This is the highest honor bestowed upon a graduate student by the ASM, and is awarded for a combination of research achievements in mammalogy and service to the ASM,” says Jacob Goheen, a UW associate professor of zoology and physiology.

Hodge has been a member of ASM since 2008; is a founding member of the African Graduate Student Field Research Fund committee; and has given multiple presentations at ASM meetings. She organized a crowdfunding campaign to support the African Graduate Student Field Research Fund, and has reviewed for the Journal of Mammalogy.

Hodge says the award was announced at the closing banquet of the ASM’s annual meeting June 24 in Moscow, Idaho. Hodge has been attending the annual meeting almost every year since 2008.

“The ASM has been a foundational part of my academic career. I met both of my graduate advisers at ASM meetings, in addition to other valuable collaborators and colleagues,” Hodge says. “I learned how to present a professional scientific talk for ASM meetings, which was made possible by the generous travel funding they have awarded me over the years. They also previously funded part of my Ph.D. research via $3,000 in Grants-in-Aid between 2013 and 2015. Most of all, it is a collegial and energetic organization that I feel lucky to participate in.”

Hodge previously received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a NASA Space Grant Fellowship and numerous other grants and awards. She has published multiple papers from her dissertation, master’s thesis and a Research Experiences for Undergraduates project. She also has an impressive record of writing for a general audience, with several pieces published in Scientific American; and has been the primary instructor for an undergraduate mammalogy class at UW.

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