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Congratulations to John Wingfield for receiving the 2022 Loye and Alden Miller Research Award for Lifetime Research Career in Ornithology

The 2022 Loye and Alden Miller Research Award, given annually for lifetime achievement in ornithological research, is presented to Dr. John Wingfield, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Wingfield has been an internationally recognized leader in avian field biology and comparative endocrinology for almost 50 years, and through the 1970s–80s he helped pioneer the new research area of field endocrinology—the measurement of hormone levels in free-living animals. Dr. Wingfield is a highly prolific researcher with more than 330 published research articles. A total of 26 of his papers have been cited more than 200 times and four more than 500 times (including an influential 1998 paper in American Zoologist on the Emergency Life History Stage, currently with 965 citations). Many of his former students now occupy faculty positions at universities across North America. Dr. Wingfield has made numerous novel contributions to science, a few of which include work in stress physiology (with the development of the ‘standardized stress protocol,’ which is still widely used); the ‘Challenge Hypothesis’ (1990; The American Naturalist) to explain comparative variation in androgen levels; and the concept of ‘allostasis,’ which provided a paradigm shift in our understanding of stress. Dr. Wingfield served as president of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (2003–2005) and president of the XXV International Ornithological Congress (2006–2010), as well as serving as National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Biological Sciences.

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