Professor’s research honored by Ohio Biological Survey

April 1, 2011 | News, UToday
By Meghan Cunningham



The Ohio Biological Survey recognized an accomplished career focused on species abundance and distribution when it awarded the Herbert Osborn Award to Dr. Elliot Tramer, professor emeritus in The University of Toledo Department of Environmental Sciences.

Tramer, who retired in 2007 after 38 years teaching biology at UT, said he was “astonished and delighted” to be recognized with the honor.

“I follow the Ohio Biological Survey and receive their publications and newsletters, and every year noticed the Osborn Award winner and read about them and thought it was nice,” he said. “I think in the back of my mind, I always thought it would be nice to get that, but I never really thought I had the body of work to earn it.”

The Ohio Biological Survey thought differently and with the award recognized Tramer for advancing knowledge concerning the occurrence, distribution, taxonomy and ecology of the flora and fauna of Ohio. The award is named for the founder of the Ohio Biological Survey.

“Dr. Tramer represents the very best of academia when you consider his record of excellence in teaching, training graduate students, research, administration and leadership, and community involvement,” said Dr. Brian Armitage, publication director and past executive director of the Ohio Biological Survey. “As we approach the 100th year of our service to Ohio, the Ohio Biological Survey is honored to have the opportunity each year to recognize individuals like Dr. Tramer.”

Tramer is an ornithologist and avian ecologist who spent much of his career researching and working with birds. His work includes extensive studies on migratory birds that spend the warm months in the Midwest and the other part of the year in the tropics.

His research also covered the patterns of abundance and distribution of animals, including stream fish and insects, and in some cases plant life.

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