Vol. 64, No. 1 | Spring 2019



The Animal Behavior Society is excited to offer Outreach Grants to support outstanding community engagement efforts by ABS members. We have a responsibility as scientists to engage with the public, and most members of ABS are involved in creative outreach activities.

With this ABS Outreach Grant, we recognize and support a few exceptional programs each year. Currently, awards are up to $1000 each. Winners will share their program on the ABS website (http://www.animalbehaviorsociety.org/web/education-outreachaward.php) as well as through a poster at the ABS annual conference.

This year’s recipients, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Maria J Albo: “Kids that tell science”: promoting positive attitudes throughout scientific knowledge
  • Laura Hancock: Flying Friends Friday and Wildlife Wednesday
  • Shailee S. Shah and Stefanie J. Siller: Superb Stories and Games: Engaging Kenyan students in the unique behavior of a local bird
  • Heather Zimbler-DeLorenzo: Wild side of science



ABS is seeking proposals for future meeting venues. Sites can be a resort or hotel, university campus or a mixture of the two. Contact ABS Past President: Jeffrey Podos: pastpresident@animalbehaviorsociety.org



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 unrelated to invited paper sessions and workshops. 

Symposia, invited paper sessions, or workshop proposals for the 2020 meeting must be submitted through the website: https://www.research.net/r/TTW9JPL

Proposals are due on July 9, 2019. 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: Alison Bell, E-mail: progofficer@animalbehaviorsociety.org or Elizabeth Tibbetts, E-mail: progofficerelect@animalbehaviorsociety.org


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, 2019 to President John Swaddle, E-mail: president@animalbehaviorsociety.org. 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 Chicago. 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 Danielle J. Whittaker, Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan, US. E mail: publicaffairs@animalbehaviorsociety.org 


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 socialmedia@animalbehaviorsociety.org 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!



We are looking to grow the Animal Behavior Society social media presence. To that end, we are putting together a social media team, and we are looking for volunteers interested in helping curate our Twitter account (@AnimBehSociety). The idea is to have a team such that each person curates the account only once a week. If you are interested (or have any questions), please, email Esteban Fernandez-Juricic (efernan@purdue.edu).


Support Link: http://www.animalbehaviorsociety.org/web/support.php

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.

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!


If you would you like to volunteer for one of the society's 2019 active committees listed below, contact the ABS President, E-mail: president@animalbehaviorsociety.org

Animal Care Committee: Alexander Ophir, Department of Psychology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, US. E mail: animalcare@animalbehaviorsociety.org

Conservation Committee: Barbara A. Clucas, Department of Wildlife, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, US. E-mail: conservation@animalbehaviorsociety.org 

Nominations Committee: Jeff Podos, Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts, US. E-mail: nominations@animalbehaviorsociety.org

Education Committee: Heather Zimbler-DeLorenzo, Division of Biology, Alfred University, Alfred, New York, US. E-mail: education@animalbehaviorsociety.org

Film Committee: Barbara A. Clucas, Department of Wildlife, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, US. E-mail: film@animalbehaviorsociety.org  

Applied Animal Behavior Committee: Robin L. Foster, Department of Psychology, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington, US. E-mail: appliedanimalbehavior@animalbehaviorsociety.org

Public Affairs Committee: Danielle J. Whittaker, Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan, US. E mail: publicaffairs@animalbehaviorsociety.org

Board of Professional Certification Subcommittee: Sue Miller McDonnell, PhD, CAAB, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Kennett Square, Pennsylvania US. E-Mail: caab@animalbehaviorsociety.org

Latin American Affairs Committee: Lilian Tonelli Manica, Departamento de Zoologia, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. E-mail: latinamericanaffairs@animalbehaviorsociety.org

Student Research Grants Committee: Melissa Hughes, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, US. E-mail: studentresearchgrants@animalbehaviorsociety.org

Advancement and Investment Committee: Dan Rubenstein, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton NJ, US. E-mail: advanceandinvest@animalbehaviorsociety.org



July 23-27, 2019. A joint meeting of the 56th Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society and the 36th International Ethological Conference. University of Illinois at Chicago. Website: http://www.animalbehaviorsociety.org/2019


November 8th-9th, 2019- Save the Date! The Fifth Northeastern Evolutionary Primatologists Meeting will be held November 8th-9th at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. NEEP welcomes participants from a wide range of disciplines within evolutionary primatology such as morphology, genetics, genomics, physiology, and behavioral ecology. We welcome research on any and all primates, including humans. Keynote speaker: Dr. Ashley Hammond, American Museum of Natural History. For more information, including registration, abstract submission, and accommodations, please see the NEEP website: http://www.neevolprimatol.org/


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 May 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 (yanbe@elsevier.com). 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: krbruner@indiana.edu. Phone: 812-935-7188.

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