Vol. 63, No. 3 | Fall 2018



We are increasing our efforts to be more active on Twitter (@AnimBehSociety) and other social media outlets. As a society, we need to do this not only to increase the exposure of the work of our society members (you!), but also to take an active role in informing the public, policy-makers, and others about the importance of animal behavior research and what we do as scientists. To that end, we do need your help!

  • If you are active on Twitter, please mention @AnimBehSociety in tweets about your publications, outreach efforts, teaching, and other accomplishments. We will be happy to retweet them to increase the visibility of your work.
  • If you are not active on Twitter, please send an email to [email protected] to let us know of your recent publications/accomplishments - we will get the word out for you!

A few other notes related to our shared efforts:

  • Please do not tweet, send us, or mention @AnimBehSociety in any material that contains personal, politically-charged, or other sensitive items or opinions. We hope to keep our society's social media presence professional.
  • When sending us information about publications/accomplishments please give us a brief (~150 character) description of the work. Make sure this is accessible - avoid jargon and other things that might prevent a broad audience from understanding. Along these lines, consider sending us pictures of your research (field, lab, etc. without materials that may hurt sensitivities) along with the aforementioned brief description. We want to share with the world the enthusiasm of doing animal behavior research!

 Thank you in advance for your help in making our society better!


The Animal Behavior Society has a series of Career Awards which include the following: 

  • Distinguished Animal Behaviorist - outstanding lifetime achievement in animal behavior
  • Exemplar Award - major long-term contribution to animal behavior
  • Outstanding New Investigator - outstanding contribution by a new investigator
  • Quest Award - outstanding seminal contribution 
  • Exceptional Service Award - sustained service contributions to the Animal Behavior Society
  • *Penny Bernstein Distinguished Teaching Award- recognizes a sustained record of excellent teaching of animal behavior in the classroom or informal education setting

All members of the society are encouraged to submit nominations for the above awards. To aid the Selection Committee and to help codify the procedures involved, the following items must be submitted for a nomination: 

(1) A letter of nomination indicating the award for which the nominee is being proposed which should provide details on the reasons the nominee should be considered for that award.

(2) A curriculum vitae of the nominee.

(3) Additional supporting letters from colleagues solicited by the nominator. 

Materials for the Distinguished Animal Behaviorsist, Exemplar, Outstanding New Investigator, Quest and Exceptional Service Award can be submitted using the online upload system here.

* For the Penny Bernstein Distinguished Teaching Award, submit a one-page letter providing evidence to support the nomination to the chair of the PBDTA sub-committee (Stan Braude, [email protected]). Click here to review award criteria. 

The deadline for all career awards nominations is November 30, 2018.



The Education Committee of the Animal Behavior Society welcomes proposals for 2018 ABS Outreach Grants. Proposals are due December 1, 2018. ABS members may request up to $1000 to support their outreach efforts. Check out the ABS website to see previously funded projects like promoting animal behavior at science fairs, wildlife conservation through authentic science, inquiry after-school programs, and even making a comic book for conservation! Application instructions at: www.animalbehaviorsociety.org/web/education-outreachaward.php



Would you like to volunteer for one of the Society's active committees? The Animal Behavior Society has several committees that do very important work for the society. Committee members and chairs volunteer their time and have been appointed by the ABS executive committee. The following is a list of committees and chairs (2018-2019). This is an important and rewarding way to participate in the business of the Society, and we need your help! If you are interested in volunteering for a committee, contact the chair of the committee directly, the President of the society by email [email protected], or send an email to [email protected]. All the committees are searching for new members, in particular the Film Committee.

Animal Care Committee: Alexander Ophir, Department of Psychology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, US. E mail: [email protected]

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

Nominations Committee: Jeff Podos, Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts, US. E-mail: [email protected]

Education Committee: Heather Zimbler-DeLorenzo, Division of Biology, Alfred University, Alfred, New York, US. E-mail: [email protected]

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

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

Public Affairs Committee: Danielle J. Whittaker, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, US. E mail: [email protected] 

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

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

Student Research Grants Committee: Melissa Hughes, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, US. E-mail: [email protected]

Advancement and Investment Committee: Dan Rubenstein, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton NJ, US. E-mail: [email protected]

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


Thanks to a lot of hard work by SPLTrak, ABS is now set up to accept tax-deductible donations of stocks and bonds. Please consider optimizing your tax obligations and helping support ABS. Our student research grants are our biggest line item, and with the demise of the DDIG program they are more valuable than ever! Support ABS: http://www.animalbehaviorsociety.org/web/support.php


ABS Newsletter

Send general correspondence concerning the Society to Danielle J. Whittaker, Public Affairs Officer, at: publicaffairs@
. Deadlines for materials to be included in the Newsletter are the 15th of the month preceding each issue. The next deadline is February 15, 2019. 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 Behavior Society Website: http://www.animalbehaviorsociety.org

Animal Behavior

Animal Behavior, 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 Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408, USA. E-mail: [email protected]. Phone: 812-935-7188.

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