New Mexico Ornithological Society

Research Grants

NMOS offers two research grants each year to help support research on New Mexico birds.

  • The Ryan Beaulieu Research Grant for $1000 is presented in memory of Ryan Beaulieu. Following the wishes of Ryan’s family, this grant will support research projects that do not involve the collection of birds. For more information about Ryan Beaulieu and his bird research interests, see the Audubon magazine article, Band of Brothers about Ryan and his friends Raymond VanBuskirk and Michael Hilchey and their Rosy-Finch project.
  • The NMOS Research Grant is also available for $1000.

The criteria for both grants are:

  • the grant money must be spent while conducting research on birds in New Mexico;
  • the recipient must either present a paper based on the research at an annual NMOS Meeting or submit an article based on the research to the NMOS Bulletin; and
  • preference will be given to student applicants.

A short research proposal (2 pages maximum) must be submitted describing the nature of the project and how the allocated funds are to be spent (e.g., on gas, tape recording, specific equipment, etc.). Each proposal should state clearly whether the project does or does not involve collection of birds. Each proposal should include two letters of reference, one of which should be from a graduate advisor if the applicant is a graduate student. References should comment on the applicant’s commitment to New Mexico ornithology and ability to design and carry out creative, independent research. All proposals will be evaluated together and up to two proposals will be awarded grants. The Ryan Beaulieu Research Grant will fund a project that does not involve the collection of birds; the NMOS research grant is open to all projects that meet the criteria above.

Please submit your electronic proposal with “NMOS Grant” in the subject line to:

Matt Baumann

The deadline for 2016 Research Grant proposals is 15 March 2016. All applications will be acknowledged within a week of proposal receipt. If no acknowledgement is received, it is the applicant’s responsibility to follow up with their submission to ensure consideration.

Grant awards will be announced at the NMOS Annual Meeting.


2015 Research Grants Awards

The New Mexico Ornithological Society (NMOS) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Ryan Beaulieu Research Grant and the 2015 NMOS Research Grant. Each will receive $1000 to support their research on New Mexico birds.

2015 Ryan Beaulieu Research Grant

Krysten Zummo, New Mexico State University – Effects of Habitat Restoration and Climate Change on Scaled Quail Survival and Demography.

Krysten Zummo will be investigating the impacts of altered habitats on survivability of Scaled Quail in southern New Mexico. She hopes to gain a better understanding of the species movements, nest site selection, and determine the effects of micro climate on clutch success.


2015 NMOS Research Grant

Megan Ruehmann – Investigation of the distribution and habitat use of Mexican Whip-poor-wills (Antrostomus arizonae) in the Gila National Forest, New Mexico.

Megan Ruehmann will be surveying across southwestern New Mexico for Mexican Whip-poor-wills to determine what habitat types are most important to the species. In addition, she will gain a better understanding of the species range within New Mexico and how recent fires in the region may affect their range.

Megan Ruehmann


Previous Research Grant Awards

2014 Awards

2013 Awards

2012 Awards

2011 Awards

2010 Awards

2009 Awards

2008 Awards

2007 Awards