PS Arthur James Boucot Research Grants

Arthur James Boucot Research Grants

The Arthur James Boucot Research Grants were initiated by Dr. Arthur James Boucot and Barbara Boucot. Art Boucot, a former President of the Paleontological Society (1980-1981), was an internationally renowned paleontologist, specializing in Paleozoic fossils, specifically brachiopods and gastropods. He was a recipient the SEPM R. C. Moore Medal and the Paleontological Society Medal, among many other honors and distinctions. Art had a seven-decade career devoted to fieldwork in invertebrate paleontology that covered all continents, including Antarctica, resulting in over 500 peer-reviewed publications and books. Art made major contributions to paleocommunity evolution, paleobiogeography, biostratigraphy, and refinements to the geologic time scale, including resolutions of problems concerning Ordovician, Silurian and Devonian boundaries.

The Paleontological Society’s Arthur James Boucot Research Grants support early career paleontologists in the fields of morphology, taxonomy, and biostratigraphy, working on any taxa, preferably with some combination of these approaches and a significant fieldwork component. Arthur James Boucot Research Grants support original research by current postdoctoral students, assistant professors (pre-tenure), and other early career paleontologists with a PhD, 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.

Applicants must be Paleontological Society members unless there are extenuating circumstances. In 2018, the Paleontological Society has $20,000 to award. Awards are typically less than $5000, but larger awards are possible. Awards are made directly to individuals and not to institutions. Awards cannot be used for institutional overhead, publication costs, or modeling studies that rely on fossil or modern databases. Applications are encouraged from anywhere in the world, except those from countries with economic or trade sanctions imposed by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). 

AJ Boucot 2020 Awardees:

Dr. Marissa Betts
Palaeoscience Research Centre, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia Title: Big applications of small shelly fossils: Building the early Cambrian timescale.

Dr. John Orcutt
Department of Biology, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA Title: Hemphillian ecosystems of the Columbia Basin

Dr. Kathyrn Stanchak
Department of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA Title: The Evolution of the Lumbosacral Spinal Column in Coelurosaurs.

Dr. Qing Tang
Department of Geosciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia Title: Taphonomic investigation of early sponge fossils in South China

I. Arthur James Boucot Research Award Grant Applications (from Mid-Year Meeting report)

We received 12 grant applications representing the following statistics:

Regions: USA (8), Australia (1), England (1), Norway (1), Turkey (1)

Professional level: Post-doc (6), assistant prof (2), curator (2), lecturer (1), researcher (1)

Gender: Male (6); female (6) [based on letters of recommendation attributes]

Discipline: Vert paleo (6), invert paleo (5), protists (1)

Arthur James Boucot Research Grant Awardees 2020

1. Dr. Marissa J. Betts
Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer Palaeoscience Research Centre, Earth Sciences Building, C02 University of New England, Armidale, NSW, 2351 AUSTRALIA
E-mail: [email protected]
Title: Big applications of small shelly fossils: Building the early Cambrian timescale
Awarded: $4867

2. Dr. John D. Orcutt
Assistant Professor Department of Biology, Gonzaga University,
502 E Boone Ave, AD Box 5, Spokane, WA 99258
E-mail: [email protected]
Title: Hemphillian ecosystems of the Columbia Basin
Awarded: $4047

3. Dr. Kathyrn E. Stanchak
Postdoctoral Scholar
Department of Biology, University of Washington, Box 351800 Seattle, WA 98195
E-mail: [email protected]
Title: The Evolution of the Lumbosacral Spinal Column in Coelurosaurs
Awarded: $4540

4. Dr. Qing Tang
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Geosciences, Virginia Tech, 926 West Campus Drive, 4044 Derring Hall (0420), Blacksburg, VA 24061
E-mail: [email protected]
Title: Taphonomic investigation of early sponge fossils in South China
Awarded: $4857

Arthur James Boucot Research Grant Award Committee 2020
The committee currently is composed of Sandy Carlson, Karen Chin, Bonnie Jacob, Michael Sandy and Sally Walker (Chair).

Stay tuned for the 2021 round of applications in February.

See Past Recipients

Who May Apply?

  • Applicants must be Paleontological Society members unless there are extenuating circumstances.
  • Arthur James Boucot Research Grants support original research by current postdoctoral students, assistant professors (pre-tenure), and other early career paleontologists with a PhD, 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.
  • Applications are encouraged from the United States and elsewhere in the world.
  • The Paleontological Society cannot award grants to applicants from countries with economic or trade sanctions imposed by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

How to Apply:

Applications for an Arthur James Boucot Research Grant must include the following four items, all typed in English. The cover sheet and research proposal application template can be downloaded here. Required reporting information is also included in this document.

  1. Cover Sheet Please fill in the cover sheet and send this as one PDF with the rest of the application. Your email address, institutional affiliation, address, and telephone number are required, as are names and addresses of two professional paleontologists who are writing letters of support.
  2. Research proposal
  3. Curriculum vitae (CV)  with name, education, current professional position, and publications. Additional information, such as employment history, awards, participation in international conferences, and other projects may also be included.
  4. Letters of recommendation. Letters are required from two professional paleontologists familiar with the applicant’s work, who can provide information on the significance of the proposed project, its feasibility, and the applicant’s ability to carry out the research. These letters must be sent from the referees to the Chair by email on or before the deadline in the grant announcement. (See additional information below.)
  5. PS Professional Conduct Form. Please submit a  PS Professional Conduct Self-Reporting Form  as prescribed in the Paleontological Society Policy on Non-Discrimination and Member Code of Conduct.  The completed form should be submitted to [email protected] .  If, for any reason, you are uncomfortable about completing the form, you are welcome to contact a member of the ethics committee for a confidential conversation in advance.

All applications must be submitted electronically by completing and submitting the form below. The cover sheet, research proposal, and CV must be sent in one PDF file as a form attachment.

An email message of confirmation will be sent to all applicants. Your email address, institutional affiliation, address, and telephone number are required, as are names and addresses of two professional paleontologists who are writing letters of support.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation should be addressed to:

Dr. Sally E. Walker
Chair, Arthur James Boucot Research Grants
Department of Geology, University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602 USA

They must be sent as an email attachment in PDF format to: [email protected]. Place the last name of the letter writer in the subject line of the email message, followed by Boucot, for example: Jones_Boucot.

 

Additional Information

There is no limit to the number of times an early career paleontologist may apply for an Arthur James Boucot Research Grant, however applicants are asked to submit a different proposal after two unsuccessful submissions of the same or similar proposals. Only one application per year will be considered. Applicants who have received an Arthur James Boucot Research Grant may reapply only after they have submitted their annual report due May 1, a year after their initial award.

Applicants will be notified via email the week of 1 May as to whether their grant was funded or not. Awardees who are not able to undertake the proposed research must return any unused portion of the grant to the Paleontological Society. Awardees are encouraged to present research stemming from this award at scientific conferences and to publish their work in Paleontological Society journals. The Arthur James Boucot Research Grants should be acknowledged in publications and presentations.

Awardees are required to submit a research report to the chair of the Arthur James Boucot Research Grants committee approximately one year after being awarded a grant. The deadline for this report is 1 May, a year after the funds are awarded. The report should summarize research results and indicate how the funds were spent (see page 6).

 

2019 Awardees:

Dr. Sarah Sheffield
School of Geosciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL Title: Macroevolutionary trends of Paleozoic Gondwanan and Laurentian echinoderms.

Dr. Phillip Barden
New Jersey Institute of Technology, Federated Dept. of Biological Sciences, Newark, NJ Title: Amber insights into Caribbean extinction, stasis, and niche evolution with ant morphometrics.

Dr. Allison W. Bronson
Humboldt State University, Department of Biological Sciences, Arcata Title: Skeletal morphology of extinct chondrichthyans from the Late Mississippian Fayetteville Shale (Arkansas, USA).

Dr. Andrew V. Michelson
Science Department, SUNY Maritime College, Bronx, NY Title: Quantifying drought severity, frequency, and spatial extent in Maharashtra State, India using ostracodes preserved in lake sediment.

Dr. Sergi López-Torres
Department of Evolutionary Paleobiology, Roman Kozłowski Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland Title: Living on the edge: the Miocene primates from Poland in the context of the Eastern Paratethys.

2018 Awardees

Dr. Selina R. Cole
Dept. of Paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution,
Washington, DC USA
Title: Phylogenetic paleoecology of crinoid echinoderms from the Upper Ordovician (Katian) Berchin Lagerstätte.

Dr. Rosie L. Oakes
Academy of Natural Sciences, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA USA
Title: Preparing for a change: using modern and legacy collections to create a pre-ocean
acidification baseline for pteropods.

Dr. Leigh Anne Riedman
Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of California-Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara CA 93106
Title: Eukaryotic richness across the Neoproterozoic Bitter Springs carbon isotopic anomaly.

Dr. Brian A. Atkinson
Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Institute, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
Title: Diversity of Cretaceous permineralized floras along western North America: Shedding
light on a possible biogeographic link between Vancouver Island and Southern California.

Dr. Holly Woodward Ballard
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, Tulsa, OK 74107 USA
Title: Osteohistology permits a robust ontogenetic assessment of the extinct dire wolf
(Canis dirus) and life history comparisons with the extant gray wolf (Canis lupus). 

 

2017 Awardees

Adiel A. Klompmaker
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California, USA
Title: Isopod parasitism in fossil crustaceans: patterns through time, effect of host abundance, and influence on host body size

Julien Kimmig
University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA
Title: Soft-bodied fossils in the Spence Shale: their distribution, preservation, paleoecology and implications for other Burgess Shale-type deposits

Cecilia Soledad Cataldo
University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Title: Gastropods from the far south: Early Cretaceous associations from west-central Argentinian Patagonia

Martin R. Smith
University of Durham, Durham, UK
Title: The non-mineralized prelude to the Cambrian Explosion

Stephen Francis Poropat
Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia
Title: Mid-Cretaceous terrestrial vertebrates from the Winton Formation, Queensland (northeast Australia)

 

2016 Awardees

John C. Benedict
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Title: Revising the systematics, biogeography, and evolutionary history of Alnus (Betulaceae)

Michael D. D’Emic
Adelphi University, Garden City, New York, USA
Title: First ash-derived radiometric date from the Lower Cretaceous Cloverly Formation: Paleogeographic, tectonic, and biostratigraphic implications

Simon Darroch
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Title: Ichnology and ichnostratigraphy of the latest Ediacaran in southern Namibia

Briony Mamo
University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Title: Detritus and Pearls — Late Holocene and Anthropocene history of human- and monsoon-induced alteration of the Pearl River Estuary ecosystem and food web

 

2015 Awardees

Arden R. Bashforth
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA
Title: Floristic response to climatic change across the Atokan-Desmoinesian boundary (middle Pennsylvanian) in the Illinois Basin

Laura J. Cotton
Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, Netherlands
Title: Biotic and abiotic drivers of shifting marine tropical biodiversity hotspots during the Eocene-Oligocene

Chris Mays
Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
Title: South polar forests of the mid-Cretaceous global greenhouse

Rachel A. Racicot
Howard University, Washington, DC, USA
Title: Evolution of brain anatomy of toothed whales revealed by CT scans

 

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.