Pre-Conference Events

Pre-Conference Events & Workshops

The ABS Pre-conference Workshop Day will be on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Please find below the list of scheduled events and their individual times. Please note some events require pre-registration. Updates will are posted here as we receive more details.


ABS 2019 Outreach Fair

Organized by the ABS Education Committee

Faculty members and graduate students representing over a dozen animal behavior research laboratories from across the US, Canada, South America and Australia will offer multiple activities highlighting current research questions, as well as the tools and techniques used in field research.  Using interactive displays, activities, and live animals, learn more about how insects, frogs, fish and mammals help scientists to learn more about how our brains, bodies, and world works. Listen to insects walk, get up close and personal with reptiles, make your own cricket song, blow dart a ‘baboon,’ radio-track a mouse, and hear popular songs through the ‘ears’ of other animals. Activities will be available for children of all ages!

Animal Behavior Lab Activities: Engaging Students in the Science of Animal Behavior 

Organizer: Heather Zimbler-DeLorenzo, Laura Sirot,  Andrea Bierema, Deborah Boege-Tobin, and Karyn Collie

Tuesday, July, 23 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: TBD

The Education Committee is hosting this free four-hour workshop focused on designing Animal Behavior laboratory activities. We will discuss learning goals for lab sections of Animal Behavior courses and will present methods for engaging students in the science of animal behavior. The workshop will include a lab activity demonstration and time for participants to discuss and develop their own ideas for lab activities.

To atttend this workshop please, pre-regsiter here:

Conservation Behavior Workshop: Implications of Solar Power on Wildlife Conservation  

Organizer: Barbara Clucas, ABS Conservation Committee Chair

The Conservation Committee is hosting a workshop again this year, and more information will be posted here once details are available. Fee to attend: $25 non-students, $20 students, and $5 Developing Nations attendees.

Weaving the Future of Animal Behavior Workshop 

Organizer: Emilia Martins

The Weaving the Future of Animal Behavior workshop is an annual event for early-career professionals in animal behavior. The workshop will consist of panel discussions and other activities on topics such as developing a funding strategy, building a research group, time management, teaching strategies, and professional networking. At the end of the workshop, we will form peer-mentoring circles that will continue to meet via video-conferencing throughout the subsequent year.

Developing A Concept Inventory To Evaluate Student Learning In Undergraduate Animal Behavior Courses 

Organizer: Ben Dantzer

Undergraduate courses in animal behavior are taught across the world and are often the gateway into a career in the natural sciences. However, there is currently no common tool to evaluate student learning across animal behavior courses. Concept inventories are widely used in the natural sciences as a robust way to assess comprehension of course materials. They are a jargon-free list of multiple choice questions that are developed for the core competencies of a specific discipline and are carefully validated (e.g., document misconceptions, list learning goals, evaluate efficacy). A concept inventory does not yet exist for animal behavior. The aim of this Behaviour 2019 workshop is for attendees to design a concept inventory for animal behavior. Invited workshop participants will be diverse in gender, race, career stage, level of analysis (mechanism, function) and taxonomic focus of their research. The workshop will be advertised and open to all Behaviour 2019 attendees. The outcome of the workshop will be a finalized list of core competencies and misconceptions in animal behavior. After soliciting feedback and modifying the list accordingly, we will validate the concept inventory by circulating it to instructors of animal behavior courses. After publication, this would be a widely available tool used to assess comprehension of the discipline of animal behavior.