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UA Foundation Awards Migratory Bird Research Grant


Feb. 8, 2010

The University of Alaska Foundation announces Lila Tauzer as the
recipient of the 2010 Angus Gavin Memorial Migratory Bird Research

Tauzer, a graduate student in ecology and remote sensing at the
University of Alaska Fairbanks, received the $15,000 award for her
research proposal entitled “Habitat Change and Avian Communities as
Indicators of Environmental Change at Creamer’s Refuge, Fairbanks,

The award is provided to support research on bird species found either
permanently or seasonally in Alaska or its coastal waters, including
their biology, general ecology and habitat relationships. With her
award, Tauzer intends to establish a baseline in which to study
habitat change in an interior Alaska boreal forest ecosystem and the
consequences of this change on the avian community.

This grant was established in 1981 with a gift from the Atlantic
Richfield Co. to honor the memory of Angus Gavin, an environmental
advisor to ARCO. Gavin was hand-picked by ARCO Chairman Robert O.
Anderson to observe, categorize and quantify the little known flora
and fauna of Prudhoe Bay in 1969. Gavin was to draw conclusions, pro
or con, about the impact of oil field development on the ecology of
the North Slope and to recommend operational changes that would
minimize or negate any adverse effects on the environment.


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