Walter F. Coxe Research Grants

The purpose of the Birmingham Audubon Society’s Walter F. Coxe Research Grants is to fund small grants in support of scientific research projects clearly applicable to wildlife, plant, or conservation issues affecting Alabama. Although any relevant field of research may be considered, priority is given to projects involving natural history or field biology involving plants or animals, and those performed in Alabama or by individuals or institutions affiliated with Alabama.

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Walter Coxe, right, with Dr. Dan Holliman of Birmingham-Southern College.

Preference is given to graduate students (outstanding   undergraduates may also apply) or others not having access to normal mainstream funding. Applicants are welcome to discuss the general suitability of a potential project before submission. Individual grants will not exceed $2500, and are intended as seed-money to initiate larger projects, or to facilitate applications to major funding agencies. The deadline is December 15 of each year. To read more details about the requirements for the proposal, refer to this year’s guidelines.



T.J. Zenzal, current Walter Coxe Research Grant recipient, studying autumn migration patterns of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.

(2015) Two Grant recipients published in top tier journal: T.J. Zenzal (pictured right) and Jaclyn Smolinsky, graduate students in the laboratory of Dr. Frank Moore at the University of Southern Mississippi, are co-authors with Dr. Moore and others on a study of songbirds (red-eyed vireo, Swainson’s thrush, wood thrush) migrating from the Fort Morgan peninsula across the Gulf of Mexico to the Yucatan. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, revealed the importance of the birds’ fat reserves and weather conditions in migration success and acknowledged the support of Birmingham Audubon Society. Click here to read the PNAS study.