The Richard Estes Memorial Grant

Society of Vertebrate Palentology

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Predicted deadline: Apr 15, 2021 8:59pm PDT

Grant amount: US $1,800

Fields of work: Paleontology

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Research

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Dr. Richard Estes (1932-1990) was an internationally-recognized paleoherpetologist who wrote over 100 scholarly papers and four edited or authored books. In addition, he was a much-beloved mentor of many graduate and undergraduate students at San Diego State University who have gone on to very successful careers at major institutions throughout the world.

Estes' research, extending over 35 years, dealt extensively with the evolutionary relationships of various groups of modern and fossil vertebrates such as lizards, frogs, the extinct marine mososaurs, salamanders and fishes. He also wrote extensively on the paleoecology of a wider array of vertebrates ranging in age from the Jurassic through the Miocene, a span of some 150 million years of vertebrate history.  Estes' research, which was supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society, took him to many areas of the world.  He also served as the Editor for the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.  Estes was the recipient of the prestigious Romer-Simpson Medal, the highest award of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, in recognition of a lifetime of scholarship and contributions to the science of vertebrate paleontology.

The Richard Estes Memorial Grant was established to enhance graduate student research by providing an award at the annual meeting of the SVP. The award is directed toward research in nonmammalian Vertebrate Paleontology, with emphasis on systematics, morphology, biogeography and paleoecology. The review panel especially welcomes projects involving one-off field-based activities.

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  • Current membership in SVP is required. 
  • Applicant must be a graduate student at the time of application.

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  • You will not be able to apply for the award unless your membership is current in the system.

This page was last reviewed April 17, 2020 and last updated April 17, 2020