Dr. David Tallmon of University of Alaska Southeast Receives Fulbright Award for 2022-2023
The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) is pleased to announce that Dr. David Tallmon, Professor of Biology, has received Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award for his work in “Population Genetics: Identifying the Genetic Basis of Pink Salmon Adaptation Using Population Genomics” for the 2022-2023 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Date of Press Release: June 9, 2022
The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) is pleased to announce that Dr. David Tallmon, Professor of Biology, has received Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award for his work in “Population Genetics: Identifying the Genetic Basis of Pink Salmon Adaptation Using Population Genomics” for the 2022-2023 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Tallmon joins two other UAS faculty who have been awarded Fulbright awards: Dr. Heidi Pearson and Dr. Sanjay Pyare.
UAS Dean of Arts and Sciences Carin Silkaitis noted, “Fulbright Awards are prestigious and competitive fellowships that provide unique opportunities for scholars to teach and conduct research abroad. This recognition is reflective of the high level of excellence of Dr. Tallmon’s teaching and research, and we wish him the best in his endeavor’s this year in Finland.”
Dr. Tallmon is among over 800 U.S. citizens who will conduct research and/or teach abroad for the 2022-2023 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Fulbrighters engage in cutting-edge research and expand their professional networks, often continuing research collaborations started abroad and laying the groundwork for forging future partnerships between institutions. Upon returning to their home countries, institutions, labs, and classrooms, they share their stories and often become active supporters of international exchange, inviting foreign scholars to campus and encouraging colleagues and students to go abroad. As Fulbright Scholar alumni, their careers are enriched by joining a network of thousands of esteemed scholars, many of whom are leaders in their fields. Fulbright alumni include 61 Nobel Prize laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize recipients, and 40 who have served as a head of state or government.
Dr. Tallmon’s Fulbright research will take place at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and will enhance his research into salmon genomics through the lens of Pacific and Atlantic salmon. Further, his work will explore the parallels “of indigenous and non-indigenous relationship to salmon.”
"I was thrilled to receive notification that Dr. Tallmon was selected as a Fulbright scholar. This award is an incredible and well-deserved opportunity for him. UAS students will benefit from his opportunity to expand his research through collaboration with the University of Helsinki and bring that knowledge back to the classroom," said Dr. Maren Haavig, Provost for the University of Alaska Southeast.
The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program.
For over 75 years, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 participants - chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential - with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to challenges facing our communities and our world. More than 800 U.S. scholars, artists, and professionals from all backgrounds teach or conduct research overseas through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program annually. Additionally, over 1,900 diverse U.S. students, artists, and early career professionals in more than 100 different fields of study receive Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants annually to study, teach English, and conduct research overseas.
In the United States, the Institute of International Education supports the implementation of the Fulbright U.S. Student and Scholar Programs on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, including conducting an annual competition for the scholarships.