Val Nolan Jr.
Professor Emeritus of Biology and of Law
Val Nolan Jr. died in March 2008 (download PDF of obituary in The Auk). Val was an eminent ornithologist, Professor of Law and Biology, and founder of a tradition of excellence in the study of birds at Indiana University where he trained 21 Ph.D. students. His specialties were the ecology and behavior of birds, principally passeriforms. His research interests included population biology, mating systems and parental behavior, natal dispersal and the development of site attachment in both migratory and nonmigratory passerines, dominance, and differential migration and the differential winter distribution that such migration produces. He worked almost entirely with free-living birds.
Selected Honors and Awards
- 1957-58 Guggenheim Fellow (two projects, one legal and one biological)
- 1976 Fellow, American Ornithologists' Union
- 1976 & 1980 Acting Dean, School of Law, Indiana University
- 1982 Fellow, American Association of the Advancement of Science
- 1986 Brewster Memorial Award ('Most Meritorious Body of Work' on birds of western Hemisphere in last 10 years)
- 1987 IU Distinguished Alumni Service Award
- 1989 Indiana University Academy of Law Alumni Fellows
- 1989-90 Vice-President, American Ornithologists' Union
- 1996 Editor (with E.D. Ketterson), Current Ornithology (NY: Plenum Press)
- 1988 Editorial Board, Journal of Avian Biology
- 1998 Margaret M. Nice Award (with E.D. Ketterson), Wilson Ornithological Society