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Melbourne R. Carriker Student Research Awards in Malacology

The American Malacological Society (AMS) has established a fund to provide financial research support for students working in malacology. The grant is named in honor of a leading malacologist, former President of the AMS, and mentor of innumerable students of malacology. Professor Melbourne “Mel” R. Carriker served as research director of 28 doctoral and master’s students and sat on the research committees of over another 150 graduate students. But his professional insight, malacological expertise, and good will touched so very many more. These grants will help carry on his legacy of dedication to future generations of malacologists. One or more grants will be awarded each year, subject to availability of funds. No one award to exceed $1,000. Any member of AMS who is a student in good standing (full-time or part-time) in a degree granting program at a college or university is eligible to apply. The recipient’s responsibilities are to present a final written report to AMS’s Student Awards Committee outlining expenses and results and to write a brief summary of the research to be published in the AMS newsletter. These reports must be submitted within one year of the award date. Students may apply for additional awards only after AMS has received these written reports.

Application process details (PDF)

Constance Boone Award for Best Student Presentation

Every year the American Malacological Society hosts a competition for the best student presentation made at the Society’s annual meeting. Students’ oral and poster contributions are evaluated based on the clarity of the presentation and the abstract, scientific merit, and the student’s ability to answer questions concerning the presentation. Winners receive the Constance Boone award. The award is named for the late Constance Boone, a past president of the Society, past president of the Houston Conchological Society, co-editor of Texas Conchologist. A long-time associate in the Malacology Department of the Houston Museum of Natural Science and a strong supporter of students, Constance was a vital force in American Malacology.
Competitors for the award

  • May have graduated from a degree-granting program within the six months immediately prior to the meeting’s registration deadline;
  • Must be the primary author of the contribution and the co-author (normally the major advisor) must provide a statement that the student completed the majority of the research;
  • Must identify their willingness to compete for the award when the abstract is submitted for the meeting.
    The Society will not necessarily make awards every year.


2017 Award Winners

Carriker Research Award

Cristiana Antonino, University of California, Santa Barbara: “Frequency of chemosymbiont occurrence in relation to gill morphology in the Thyasiridae (Bivalvia) on the California Coast”
David Charifson, Stony Brook University: “Phenotypic plasticity in gastropod shell remodeling and microstructure”

Theresa Rose Osborne, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry: “Impacts of microhabitat on land snail body size evolution”

Boone Award for Best Student Presentation

Oral presentation:

Enah Fonseca Ibarra, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California: "Patterns of shellfish consumption during the Middle to Late Holocene in the Bajamar-Jatay region of Baja California"

Jessica Goodheart, University of Maryland: "Phylogenomics of Cladobranchia (Gastropoda: Heterobranchia: Nudibranchia) and the evolution of nematocycst sequestration"

Maria Moreno-Alcántara, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, La Paz: "Taxonomic revision of the species of the family Atlantidae (Gastropoda: Pterotracheoidea) in the Mexican Pacific using morphological and genetic analyses"

Poster presentation:

Eric Ostrowski, California State University, Fullerto): "Multivariable suitability habitat model for Pinto
Abalone (Haliotis kamtschatkana) in San Diego County, California"

2016 AMS Meeting Travel Awards

Jorge Audino, University of São Paulo: "Evolutionary significance and roles of the mantle margin in pteriomorphian bivalves"

Jer Pin Chong, Iowa State University: "Comparing the gene flow pattern of the endangered scaleshell (Leptodea leptodon) with widely distributed fragile papershell (L. fragilis) and their host fish"

Lindsey Dougherty, University of California, Berkeley: "Behavioral function of flashing in Ctenoides ales, "disco" clams"

Jessica Goodheart, University of Maryland: "Phylogenomics of Cladobranchia (Gastropoda: Heterobranchia: Nudibranchia) and the evolution of nematocyst sequestration."

Hector Suriano, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México: "Analysis of morphological variation of the shells of Argonauta argo Linnaeus, 1758 and Argonauta nouryi Lorois, 1852 (Cephalopoda: Argonautidae) using geometric morphometrics."

Previous Awards (under construction)

For more information about AMS student awards, contact Jeanne Serb.

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