Graduate Student Paper Award Competition

Congratulations to our Award Winners!

Graduate Student Paper Award Winner

Kalli Doubleday, University of Texas at Austin
“Feeding the Wild: Preserving India’s most Famous Tigress”


Graduate Student Paper Award Winner
Jenny Isaacs, Rutgers University
"Follow That Bird: Considering the Agency and Application of Animal
Tracking Science and Technology in Shaping Conservation Practices"

Graduate Student Paper Award Winner

Cadi Fung, Michigan State University
"Buddhist Attitudes Toward Animals: A Case Study of Metta Forest Buddhist Monastery"

Undergraduate Student Paper Award Winner
Joe Klein, Beloit College
"Securing Orangutan Health: Conservation, Biosecurity, and Microbial
Clouds on the North Sumatran Rainforest Borderlands"

Undergraduate Student Paper Award Winner

Mary Ann Denzer, University of Missouri- Kansas City
"What is an Animal? Mapping Animal Law in the United States"

Honorable Mention

Lorena Cardenas, Brenda Gonzales, and Maria Gracia Aguilar, Pontifica
Universidad Catolica del Peru
"Odocoileus pucpiano": An Animal Geography Study on the
White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) of the PUCP"

Graduate Student Paper Award Winner

Sharon Wilcox, University of Texas at Austin
“On the Trail of the Devil Cat: Hunting for the Jaguar in the United States and Mexico.”

2017 graduate student

paper award competition

The Animal Geography Specialty Group (AnGSG) of the AAG invites emerging animal geography scholars to submit to our annual Graduate Student Paper Award competition.

Eligible papers must be based on original empirical or theoretical research (basic literature reviews are not eligible) in the field of Animal Geography and engage directly with this literature. Papers that engage with other literatures (e.g., conservation biology, animal sociology, etc.) are welcome, but the primary emphasis must be on the animal geographic literature or they will not be considered. Papers submitted to other AAG paper competitions are not eligible, nor are papers that have already been published. The student must be a member of the AnGSG at the time of submission and the sole author of the paper. The student is not required to present at the AAG meeting to submit a paper to the competition.

Manuscripts should not exceed 8,000 words, and should be accompanied by a cover letter that includes the title of the paper, a brief abstract (maximum 250 words), the name of the author, academic affiliation, mailing address, email address, phone number, and a note on the stage the paper is at (e.g., first draft of course paper, draft ready for journal submission). Papers will be evaluated by a subcommittee of AnGSG members. One $200 cash prize will be awarded to the winner, and the winner will be offered a meeting (in person or via Skype) with one of the evaluators for feedback and discussion. The competition winner will be announced prior to the AAG meeting.

Submissions must be received by March 1, 2017.  Please send the paper in electronic form (.doc, .docx, or .pdf) to the AnGSG Chair, Mona Seymour ( Please put “AnGSG paper submission” in the subject line of the email. Questions about the paper award may be directed to Mona Seymour.