A new four year pre-doctoral fellowship has been established in the Department of Integrative Biology by Dr. Fritz L. Knopf, mentor and faculty advisor to Associate Professor Michael Wunder. After a long and varied career in large-scale avian research, Knopf retired as a Senior Scientist from the USGS Biological Resources Division, (Midcontinent Ecological Science Center/Fort Collins Science Center) in 2006.
Knopf fellowships are also being established at Oklahoma State University and Utah State University, with the intent of encouraging and supporting future research into large-scale topics in basic avian ecology, especially relative to predicting how avian populations/assemblages will adapt to coming rapid changes in future landscapes due to human activities and climate change. Knopf's wish is to encourage a second generation of scientists beyond his own doctoral students, many of whom have gone on to greatly further the field. The program will accept applications in 2016 or 2017. Anyone interested in more information about the fellowship can contact Mike Wunder, and anyone interested in donating to further support the fellowship can contact Catherine Lopez.