Jiro Kikkawa Research Award

Jiro Kikkawa championed the relationship between researchers and the bird watching community. The Jiro Kikkawa Research Award honours his memory and is given to a grant awardee whose research best supports and advances bird conservation.

Jiro Kikkawa (1929-2016) was a founding member and influential supporter of the Queensland Ornithological Society (Birds Queensland). He graduated from Tokyo University and completed his post-graduate studies at the Universities of Oxford and Otago before spending most of his working life at the University of Queensland.

Jiro was an enthusiastic birder both around Brisbane and beyond. He studied Silvereyes and specialised in the conservation of rainforest birds. Jiro was President of Queensland Ornithological Society from 1972-75 and was an Honorary Life Member.


Year Awardee Project
2019 Dr Gabriel Conroy Glossy Black Cockatoo feed tree ecology: Do genetic factors or seed nutrient content influence feed tree preference?
2018 Nicholas Leseberg The ecology and conservation biogeography of the Night Parrot
2021 Clancy Hall The sexing of thick-shelled and heavily pigmented eggs in-ovo as a population management tool

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