Vol. 62, No. 2 | May 2017



Over $11,000 was contributed in the calendar year from May 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017 to support the student grant competitions and other ABS activities, as detailed here:

Student Research Grants: $1,200 
Unrestricted Funds: $300
Cetacean Award:     $196
Tuber Award: $28
Barlow Award: $10,010

Donations to ABS Funds (contributors in alphabetical order by first name):

Christine Boake, Henry Whitehead, Janet Mann, Judy Stamp, Lee Drickamer, Lynne Houck, Peter Marler Memorial - Douglas Nelson, Peter Tyack, Richard Connor and Victor DeGhett. ABS also received a further $224 in royalties from the University of Chicago Press: (Henry Whitehead, Janet Mann, Lee Drickamer, Lynne Houck, Peter Tyack, and Richard Connor).



Please nominate yourself or a colleague to become a candidate for Graduate Student Representative to the ABS Executive Committee! Any member of ABS who is (1) enrolled in a graduate program at the time of the 2017 annual meetings and (2) available for a Question & Answer session at the Graduate Student Party of the 2017 annual ABS meetings is eligible. Graduate students attending the annual meeting will vote to choose up to two candidates for the 2017 elections. The winner of the election will represent graduate student views and interests in Executive Committee discussions and will also serve on the ABS Public Affairs committee. Nominations and self-nominations will be accepted through the online form (https://www.research.net/r/8RKQMKD) until 6:00 pm (EST) on Wednesday, June 14 2017.


Student members in the Animal Behaviour Society are very inexpensive ($25/year for online subscription or $60/year for paper and online subscription; $15 or $45, respectively, for students in developing nations). Given graduate students usually have minimal disposable income, please consider purchasing ABS memberships for your students. You will support your students and your society with one small donation.

Please contact the ABS Central Office for more information on how to purchase a gift a membership: [email protected]


An endowment fund was established in 2014 in memory of George W. Barlow for the purpose of encouraging excellence in graduate student research in the field of animal behavior. The Barlow Award is awarded annually to one top-ranked proposal in the Student Research Grant cycle in accordance with the most recent ABS Student Research Grant competition rules. A cash award and a certificate will be given to the student selected. The amount of the Barlow Award will be the maximum amount allowed for a Student Grant Award as specified in the most recent ABS bylaws or policies.

If you would like to make a US tax-deductible donation to this cause, please send your donation to: Animal Behavior Society, 2111 Chestnut Avenue, Suite 145, Glenview, IL 60025, USA (with appropriate notation for this fund). We will recognize major donors in a future issue of the newsletter. Thanks to Dr. Judy Stamps for arranging for ABS to manage this endowment and for her generous seed donation.

If you would like to make a US tax-deductible donation to this cause, you may do so online by visiting the ABS donations page at: http://www.animalbehaviorsociety.org/web/support.php


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.


The Latin American Affairs Committee and/or 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 the following person, depending on whether you are from a Latin American country or elsewhere, to request an invitation. Please provide your name and address, as well as the title or topic of the paper you will be presenting at the conference.

Latin American Countries: Lilian Tonelli Manica, Departamento de Zoologia, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, PR 81531-990, BRAZIL. E-mail: [email protected]

Other Countries: Daniel Howard, Department of Biological Sciences, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824, US. E-mail: [email protected]


A new introductory book on animal behaviour by an ASAB member has its North American launch in May 2017:

Wyatt TD (2017) Animal behaviour: A very short introduction. (OUP).

“… discusses how animal behaviour has evolved, how behaviours develop in each individual (considering the interplay of genes, epigenetics, and experience), how we can understand animal societies, and how we can explain collective behaviour such as swirling flocks of starlings. Using lab and field studies from across the whole animal kingdom, he looks at mammals, butterflies, honeybees, fish, and birds, analysing what drives behaviour, and exploring instinct, learning, and culture. Looking more widely at behavioural ecology, he also considers some aspects of human behaviour.”

The book is written for non-specialists and is designed be appropriate for introductory courses in animal behaviour.

Short Preview and links to purchase (via Google Books)
Including OUP, Amazon, Powell’s etc

Email [email protected] if you’d like to see a sample chapter, index and references.

Request an inspection copy for teaching a course


The Methods for Animal Behavior Research comprehensive tutorial DVD is available from the Association of Zoos & Aquarium’s Behavior Scientific Advisory Group.  The DVD covers all the steps of the behavior research process from researching the literature to basics of data analysis.  The research process is illustrated in two demonstration research projects that carry throughout the program.  The content is written for undergraduates, but some chapters are useful for high school students or graduate students new to animal behavior research.  The DVD is available for $6 per copy.  Full details, video samples, and ordering information are available at: https://www.aza.org/methods-for-animal-behavior-research-dvd


If you would you like to volunteer for one of the society's active committees listed below, contact the ABS President, E-mail: [email protected]


Animal Care Committee: Alexander Ophir, Department of Psychology, Cornell University, 224 Uris Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, US. E-mail: [email protected]

Conservation Committee: Misty McPhee, Asst. Prof. Environmental Studies and Biology, 3448 Sage Hall, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI 54901, US. E-mail: [email protected]

Nominations Committee: Emília Martins, Department of Biology, Indiana University - Bloomington 1001 E. 3rd St. Bloomington, IN 47405, USA. E-mail: [email protected]

Education Committee: Susan W. Margulis, ABEC Department, Canisius College, 2001 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14208, US. E-mail: [email protected]

Film Committee: Barbara A. Clucas, Department of Wildlife, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA 95521, US. E-mail: [email protected]

Applied Animal Behavior Committee: Robin L. Foster, Department of Psychology CMB 1046, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA 98416-0001, US. E-mail: [email protected]

Public Affairs Committee: Patricia Brennan, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA 01075, US. E-mail: [email protected]

Board of Professional Certification Subcommittee: Crista Coppola, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, Dog and Company Behavior Consulting, US. E-Mail: [email protected]

Latin American Affairs Committee: Lilian Tonelli Manica, Departamento de Zoologia, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, PR 81531-990, BRAZIL. E-mail: [email protected]

Student Research Grants Committee: Beth Jakob, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Tobin Hall, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003, US. E-mail: [email protected]

Advancement and Investment Committee: Jeff Galef, 82 Fountain View Lane, Durham, NC 27705, USA and Robert Seyfarth, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, US. E-mail: [email protected]

Diversity Committee: Daniel Howard, Department of Biological Sciences, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824, US. E-mail: [email protected]



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


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

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

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

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

2017: 30 July – 4 August, 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/

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

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

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

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

ABS Newsletter

Starting June 17th, please send general correspondence concerning the Society to the new ABS Secretary, Patty Brennan ([email protected]). Before June 17th, 2017 please send general correspondence 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 15 July, 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: 812-345-0497

Change of address, missing or defective issues: ABS Central Office, 2111 Chestnut Ave., Ste 145, Glenview, IL 60025, USA. Phone: 312-893-6585, Fax: 312-896-5614,
E-mail: [email protected].