The Paleontological Society

PS-AJBoucot Research Grants


Arthur James Boucot Research Grants are funded by an endowment generously provided by Art and Barbara Boucot to support early career paleontologists with a PhD to conduct research in the fields of morphology, taxonomy, and biostratigraphy, working on any taxa. The Boucots started two endowments for these grants, one with the Paleontological Society in 1996 (the PS-Boucot Fund) and the other at the Oregon Community Foundation in 2000 (the Arthur James Boucot Research Fund).  Art himself has an ongoing nearly seven-decade career devoted to field geology in invertebrate paleontology.  His research has covered all continents, including Antarctica, resulting in over 500 peer-reviewed publications and books.  Art has made major contributions to evolution, paleobiogeography, biostratigraphy, and refinements to the geologic time scale, including resolutions of problems concerning Ordovician, Silurian and Devonian boundaries.  The Paleontological Society will administer the Arthur James Boucot Research Grants, based on proceeds from one-half of the annual payout generated from the Arthur James Boucot Research Fund and PS-Boucot Fund.

Arthur James Boucot Research Grants support original research via payments to postdoctoral students, assistant professors (pre-tenure), and other early career paleontologists, with the possible exception of an occasional individual deemed to be unusually qualified.  Paleontologists must be associated with universities, institutes, and academies of science or equivalent institutions.  The grants support research on morphology, taxonomy, and biostratigraphy and cannot be used for institutional overhead, publication costs, or modeling studies that rely upon fossil or modern databases.

Next deadline Feb 1, 2015.

Contact Sally Walker for further information.

Call for proposals and application materials here.

Congratulations to the 2014 awardees

Majid Mirzaie Ataabadi
University of Zanjan, Zanjan, Iran
Title: The Oligocene-Miocene record of marine mammals (sea cows) from Central and Zagros basins of Iran, Western Asia. Awarded but not funded

Adiël A. Klompmaker
Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
Title: Decapod crustaceans in cold, deeper water coral reefs: vision, body size and facies-related diversity.

Amelinda Webb
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Title: Effect of environment and community morphospace in Devonian brachiopods.

Michael Meyer
Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, USA
Title: Examining the relationship between early animal evolution and the development of bioturbation in the late Ediacaran of South China.