Student travel awards winners 

Congratulations to these deserving student researchers:

NADS Inc. Student Travel Awards 

PhD Students

Joshua I. Brown, Biological Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso
Population Genomics Reveals Low levels of Hybridization between Mallards and Mexican Ducks


Flor Hernandez, University of Texas El Paso
Standardizing hybrid identification: Developing a genetically-vetted field key to distinguish between Mexican ducks, mallards, and their hybrids


Jackson W. Kusack, Western University
rigins of harvested American Black Ducks: a stable isotope approach


J. Boomer Malanchuk, Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Kansas State University
Wood Duck Tree Cavity Selection and Use at Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge


Abigail G. Blake-Bradshaw, Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Wetland suitability for spring-migrating waterfowl in the Midwest.

6162 PHD

L-R: Pauline Bloom, Manitoba Sustainable Development; David Howerter, Ducks Unlimited Canada; J. Boomer Malanchuk; Abigail G. Blake-Bradshaw; Flor Hernandez; Joshua I. Brown; and Jim Devries, Ducks Unlimited Canada

MSc Students

Edward B. Farley, Department of Environmental and Forest Biology, State University of NY - College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry
Ecological assessment of wetland management techniques on restored wetlands in the Montezuma Wetlands Complex


Roald Stander, Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources, University of Manitoba
Comparison between chain-drag and thermal unmanned aerial system as upland waterfowl nest searching method


Desmond Mackell, U.S. Geological Survey, Western Ecological Research Center, Dixon Field Station
Using GSM/GPS Transmitters to Improve our Understanding of Cinnamon Teal Migration 


Kelly McLean, University of New Brunswick
Effects of commercial forest harvesting on the distribution of breeding black ducks in New Brunswick, Canada

6164 - MSC

L-R: David Howerter, Ducks Unlimited Canada;Pauline Bloom, Manitoba Sustainable Development; Desmond Mackell; Edward B. Farley; Kelly McLean; Roald Stander; and Jim Devries, Ducks Unlimited Canada


Starla Phelps, Christian Brothers University
Black-bellied Whistling Duck Site Fidelity and Nest Box Use at the Northern Edge of Their Expanding Range


L-R: David Howerter, Ducks Unlimited Canada; Pauline Bloom, Manitoba Sustainable Development;Starla Phelps; and Jim Devies, Ducks Unlimited Canada


Robert Helm Jr. Travel Scholarship

PhD Students

Thomas Riecke, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada
Abundance drives cause-specific teal mortality


Lizzi Bonczek, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Survival and seasonal habitat use of mottled ducks in southwest Louisiana


6168-Robert Helm

L-R: Pauline Bloom, Manitoba Sustainable Development; Larry Reynolds, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; Lizzi Bonczek; Thomas Riecke; and Jim Devies, Ducks Unlimited Canada 


Special thanks to the following people who volunteered their time to score the student abstracts: 

  • Caroline Brady
  • Jim Devries
  • Brad Fedy
  • Chris Nicolai
  • Matt Palumbo
  • Mike Schummer
  • Stuart Slattery
  • Jake Straub