picture of Jake Goheen

University of New Mexico Biology doctoral student Jacob Goheen recently was named a recipient of the Albert R. and Alma Schadle Fellowship in Mammalogy by the American Society of Mammalogists (ASM) at its 84th annual meeting. The fellowship, provided annually by the Albert R. and Alma Shadle Endowment Fund and made by the Buffalo Foundation at the recommendation of the Grants-in-Aid Committee of ASM, is intended to promote a professional career in mammalogy by allowing the recipient greater freedom to pursue research. Goheen, selected from 19 candidates, will receive the award’s approximately $4,000.

A second-year doctoral student, Goheen has 12 peer-reviewed publications in top journals in the field of ecology, four currently in review and has 17 presentations or seminars to his credit. “Jake shows all the signs of being every bit as good, not only as the best of our current graduate students, but also as the best of my former students who now hold prestigious positions in academia, conservation and government agencies,” said UNM Distinguished Professor James H. Brown, Goheen’s advisor. “As a member of the selection committee for this award, I, and everyone else present, was not only awed by his accomplishments that far exceed the norm for finishing doctoral students, we were quite frankly scared to see someone so young producing at such a rate and such high quality,” said Iowa State Professor Brent Danielson, “He is truly exceptional as a scientist as measured at any level.”

Currently, Goheen is in Kenya working on a unique experimental system to understand how large mammals such as elephants, zebras and antelope interact with many small rodents to shape the vegetation and landscapes of the grasslands and savannahs famous in Africa.

The American Society of Mammalogists was established in 1919 for the purpose of promoting interest in the study of mammals. In addition to being among the most charismatic of animals, mammals are important in many disciplines from paleontology to ecology and evolution. At present, the ASM is composed of more than 4,500 members, many of whom are professional scientists.