Emeritus professer, Carol Vleck, received the Loye and Alden Miller Award from the American Ornithology Society for her lifetime achievement in ornithological research. Vleck is a physiological ecologist and has studied how birds live around the world, from Arizona to Antarctica.
In 2004, Vleck traveled to Belize to learn why some birds of the same species live longer in one location than another. Her research involved exploring the interactions of aging, life span and telomere biology. That same year, she led a student trip to Antarctica, her fourth trip after traveling there twice to conduct penguin research and to lead one other trip in 1999.
Among her other honors, Vleck also received the Biology and Genetics Undergraduate Faculty Recognition Award for Mentoring and the LAS College Master Teacher Award in 2009. She retired from ISU in 2013.