Vol. 64, No. 1 | Spring 2019

2019 ABS Election


A total of 402 validated ballots were cast in the election. This represents approximately 20% of the ABS membership. A big THANK YOU to those who ran for office, those who voted, and those who will soon be serving the society.

Congratulations to the new officers:

Eileen Hebets, University of Nebraska

Secretary: Ned Dochtermann, North Dakota State University

Scott MacDougall-Shackleton, University of Western Ontario

Program Officer:
Tim Wright, New Mexico State

Colette St. Mary, University of Florida

Lilian Manica, Universidade Federal do Paraná


MOTION PASSED: Motion to change Article 7 of the Constitution to remove the specific names of the standing committees from the Constitution, as these will occasionally change.

New Language:
Constitution Article 7: Standing Committees
Chairpersons of standing committees shall be appointed by the President with the consent of the Executive Committee; membership of the committees shall be appointed by the President in consultation with the Committee Chairperson, and reported annually to the Executive Committee. The membership of standing committees shall be appointed for terms of not more than three years. Members may initiate the formation of committee activities by request for authorization and approval from the Executive Committee at any time, or from the membership at the annual business meeting.

ABS Annual Meeting

University of Illinois at Chicago
July 23 - 27, 2019

A message from the 2019 meeting hosts:

A joint meeting of the 56th Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society and the 36th International Ethological Conference
University of Illinois at Chicago
July 23-27, 2019

Dear ABS/ICE Members and Friends,

We are pleased to invite you to Chicago, Illinois in July 2019 for the 56th annual meeting of the Animal Behavior Society and joint meeting with the Ethological Congress.  We look forward to hosting you on our campus at the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC), which is the largest University in the Chicago area. Chicago is an ideal location with easy access from across the country and around the world. There are two International airports in Chicago – O’Hare and Midway – collectively offering nonstop, affordable flights to many cities in the US and abroad.

Chicago welcomes more than 50 million visitors a year who come to enjoy the city’s striking architecture as well as world-class museums, theaters, and restaurants. In the summer, visitors can also enjoy Chicago’s beautiful lakefront beaches and parks, street festivals, and outdoor concerts. The UIC campus is located just west of downtown Chicago’s “loop” in the University Village neighborhood. It is a short walk to Greek-town, Little Italy, and the trendy West Loop neighborhood. Grant Park, Millennium Park and the Art Institute are less than two miles from campus. UIC has rooms available that range from traditional double rooms (with about fifty people to a floor and community bathrooms) and cluster style rooms (with three doubles and two singles sharing a bathroom) to two and four bedroom apartments. There are also hotels within walking distance or easily accessible by public transportation that offer a discount rate for ABS attendees. The “Blue line” serves the campus (UIC-Halsted station) and connects UIC to downtown Chicago as well as O’Hare Field. Several bus lines also serve the campus.

The academic program is still being finalized, but we have some outstanding plenary speakers and symposia so far. Plenary speakers will include Gail Patricelli (University of California, Davis), Georgia Mason (University of Guelph), Amy Toth (Iowa State University) and Tanya Berger-Wolf (University of Illinois, Chicago). Conference symposia include “Animal behavior on an urbanized planet,” “Cross-taxa perspectives on behavior and developmental origins,” “Proximate causes of complex sociality,” and “Phenotypic plasticity.”  The ABS president’s plenary will be given by John Swaddle (College of William and Mary). 

Other highlights include the annual graduate student Allee Award session, the Charles H. Turner Workshop for undergraduates (by invitation), Public Day hosted by the Applied Animal Behavior group, the Teaching Workshop hosted by the Education Committee, and a Workshop on “Weaving the Future of Animal Behavior” during the 5-day meeting.  

Behaviour 2019 will be intellectually stimulating, as well as a fun time to meet old friends and make new ones. Please check this site regularly for updates and more details about the program, travel, accommodation, the closing banquet, and recommended pre- or post-conference sights-to-see. Registration will be opening early next year; be sure to register early to take advantage of the great early rates.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago in July 2019! 
Mary V. Ashley
UIC Local Host             

Alison Bell
Program Officer            

Elizabeth Tibbetts
Program Officer-Elect

Behaviour 2019 Conference Website

ABS Newsletter

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Animal Behavior

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