Cody Martin is the recipient of the 2019 Robert H. Burch, Jr. Waterfowl Research Endowment.

The endowment was created in memory of Dr. Robert (Bobby) H. Burch, Jr. and to perpetuate his memory by supporting two of his passions, waterfowl and education. The award provides University of Arkansas at Monticello graduate students support for their waterfowl and wetland conservation.

Martin is pictured above with Dr. Chris Sims, LeAnne Burch, and finalists, Daniel Oden, Jacob Bethell, Jake Spears.

Martin is conducting research comparing rapid seed yield and soil core estimates for assessment of foraging habitat quality and energetic carrying capacity in the southeast. This project will provide a better understanding of seed production in moist soil habitats so that managers and scientists can provide better quality habitat in an ever-changing landscape.

Oden is tracking dabbler ducks in the lower Mississippi flyway. His project is utilizing satellite transmitters attached to dabbling ducks to better understand migration and local movements throughout the annual cycle.

Bethell is assessing the effects of food selection, use, and availability on the body condition of dabbling ducks in moist soil wetlands. This project is focusing on how food selection and availability directly influences the energetic status of dabbling ducks.

Spears is assessing the impacts of greentree reservoir management practices on Arkansas waterfowl hunters. He is conducting a human dimensions’ project to help managers and public policy administrators better understand hunter attitudes toward current management practices.

These types of studies are critical to better understand how to communicate the importance of difficulty management decisions to the public.

The Robert H. Burch, Jr. Waterfowl Research Endowment endowment has grown to nearly $50,000 in the past four years. Anyone interested in donating, may contact Dr. Chris Sims, professor of Biology at UAM, at ([email protected]) or the UAM Office of Advancement (870-460-1128).

For more information about waterfowl research conducted at UAM, contact Dr. Doug Osborne at ([email protected]).