Vol. 62, No. 1 | February 2017



To organize a symposium, an invited paper session, or a workshop for the ABS Annual Meeting, you should first contact the Program Officers to discuss your ideas. We ask you to propose your topic to the Program Officers to make sure that there is no conflict with already existing plans and topics. A symposium should be a profound and stimulating review of an important subject area that currently is a major focus of research. It should be a thorough treatment of past work and current research advances. A symposium should be of general interest to most ABS members. Limited funding is available from ABS to assist with travel, registration, and other expenses for symposia. An invited paper session is a special grouping of papers that focus upon empirical results relating to a particular topic. A workshop is a hands-on exchange of ideas in a more informal setting relative to lectures and symposia. Funding is not available from ABS for expenses related to invited paper sessions and workshops. 

Symposia, invited paper sessions, or workshop proposals for the 2018 meeting must be submitted through the website:


Proposals are due on May 31, 2017 before the annual meeting in Toronto. The proposals will be circulated to the Executive Committee prior to the Annual Meeting and then discussed at the Executive Committee meeting. 

Further information can be found on the ABS website or by contacting the ABS Program Officers: Mark Hauber, E-mail: [email protected] or Jonathan Pruitt, E-mail: [email protected]


Resolutions that deal with timely and substantive political or social issues that members wish to submit for the consideration of the ABS membership should be submitted by May 31, 2017 to President William Searcy, E-mail: [email protected]. Submitted resolutions should provide direction to the ABS President to facilitate prompt action and will be evaluated by the Public Affairs Committee for appropriateness. Resolutions will be voted on at the annual business meeting in Toronto. Approved resolutions reflect the views of the Animal Behavior Society membership and are sent to the appropriate external agencies, organizations, or to the general public.

Send resolution proposals to the Chair of the Public Affairs Committee Patricia Brennan, Department of Biological Sciences, Mount Holyoke College, 50 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075, E-mail: [email protected].


Go to http://facebook.com/animalbehaviorsociety/ to stay on top of the latest news, events, and announcements about the Animal Behavior Society, its members, and their research.  Members are welcome to contribute to our wall and share their ABS-related photos and experiences.  Invite all your friends to help continue to expand the society!


Contributions to the Animal Behavior Society are US tax-exempt under code 501(c)(3). DONATIONS make a big difference in our Society. YOU CAN HELP! The Animal Behavior Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the scientific study of animal behavior. We pride ourselves on being a top quality professional society with very low membership costs. Our Society supports and encourages animal behavior research and outreach through a number of programs and grants. With contributions from you, we can keep these programs in place and help to support animal behavior research, teaching, and outreach. Membership dues include a member's subscription to our journal Animal Behaviour, the monthly Newsletter, and all of the operating expenses of the Society. In order to provide grants and other forms of financial support, we rely on contributions from members like you. Our members, especially our students, need your help. Please access our website to make contributions.



June 12-16, 2017: 54th Annual Meeting Animal Behavior Society - University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada.


February 16-20, 2017: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)Annual Meeting: Serving Society Through Science Policy, Boston, MA.

April 23-28, 2017: Animal Behavior Management Alliance Conference Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. https://theabma.org/abma-annual-conference/

May 7-11,2017: Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution meeting, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. http://www.csee2017.ca/?lang=en

May 16-19, 2017: 24th International "Stress and Behavior" Neuroscience and Biopsychiatry Conference, St. Petersburg, Russia. http://www.stressandbehavior.com/

May 31– June 3, 2017: 28th Annual Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES) Meeting, Boise, Idaho, United States. https://www.hbes.com/conference/

June 23-27, 2017: Evolution 2017, Portland, Oregon, United States. http://www.evolutionmeetings.org/

July 30– August 4, 2017: Behaviour 2017, a joint meeting of the 35th International Ethological Conference (IEC) and the 2017 Summer Meeting of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB), Estoril, Portugal. http://behaviour2017.org/welcome/

August 25-28, 2017: The 40th meeting of the American Society of Primatologists, Washington, D.C. United States.

January 3-7, 2018: Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) - Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California. Call for Symposia (Deadline: 25 August 2016)

July 16-20 , 2018: 13th Annual International Congress of Neuroethology, Brisbane, Australia. http://icn2018.com/news/1.html

2018: Dates TBD, International Primatological Society Conference, Nairobi, Kenya.



Are you an author or editor of a book related to animal behavior? If so, we would like to list it on the ABS Books by Members Web page.  Click on member books under additional resources or click on the following link to see the book currently available (http://www.shelfari.com/o1514504629/shelf). Listing your book is quick and easy! And remember, if the book is still available, there is a direct link to Amazon.com from the web site for interested buyers (and ABS earns up to 5% from purchases made through this link). Send the following information to the Chair of Public Affairs Committee Chair of the Public Affairs Committee Patricia Brennan at [email protected].

: Author name(s), book title, publication year, publisher, number of pages, ISBN number (specify whether for hardcover or paperback), and a BRIEF abstract of the book.



The Latin American Affairs Committee and Diversity Committee can provide letters of invitation to help scientists (faculty or students) from developing countries obtain travel funding from their universities in order to attend the ABS meeting in 2017. If such a letter would be useful in helping you to obtain funding, please contact either the Latin American Affairs Committee Chair Lilian T. Manica (Email: [email protected]) or the Diversity Committee Chair Daniel Howard (E-mail: [email protected]) to request an invitation. Please provide your name and address, as well as the title or topic of the paper you plan to present at the conference.




ABS Newsletter

Send general correspondence concerning the Society to Sue Bertram, [email protected]. Deadlines for materials to be included in the Newsletter are the 15th of the month preceding each issue. The next deadline is April 15, 2017. Articles submitted by members of the Society and judged by the Secretary to be appropriate are occasionally published in the ABS newsletter. The publication of such material does not imply ABS endorsement of the opinions expressed by contributors.

Animal Behaviour

Animal Behaviour, manuscripts and editorial matters: Authors should submit manuscripts online to Elsevier’s Editorial System (http://ees.elsevier.com/anbeh/). For enquiries relating to submissions prior to acceptance, contact the Journal Manager ([email protected]). For enquiries relating to submissions after acceptance, visit Elsevier at http://www.elsevier.com/journals. For other general correspondence, contact Kris Bruner, Managing Editor, Animal Behaviour, Indiana University, 407 N. Park Ave., Bloomington, IN 47408, USA. E-mail: [email protected].
Phone: 812-935-7188.

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