Vol. 64, No. 2 | Summer 2018



We’re excited to promote a strong social media presence at the upcoming joint conference for ABS and ASAB: Behaviour 2019! Please use Twitter to advertise your presentation (oral and poster) and to discuss the amazing science you see at the conference.

The official conference hashtag is #Behaviour2019. Please also use @AnimBehSociety in your tweets, so you can reach as broad of an audience as possible. During the conference, we will be using Twitter for announcements, reminders, and for other initiatives.

ABS Social Media

We are continuing to be more active on Twitter (@AnimBehSociety) and other social media outlets. We hope to increase the exposure of the work of our society members (you!), and 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!


    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



    The 2020 Symposium/Workshop proposal form is now available here. Symposia and Workshops will be voted by the ABS Executive Committee at the 2019 meeting.


    The 18th International Society for Behavioral Ecology Congress will be held in Melbourne, Australia from 27 September to 2 October 2020. Generous travel grants for behavioral ecologists from developing nations, Ph.D. students, and post-docs. Free onsite child care. Exciting scientific and cultural program. For more information about the Congress and to register your interest, visit www.isbe2020.com. Twitter: @ISBE2020. 


    Consider giving your students and graduate students a gift membership to the Animal Behavior Society. It doesn’t cost much, supports your society, helps out our youngest members, and keeps our society growing. Simply contact the Central Office for more information on how to gift a membership: info@animalbehaviorsociety.org


    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 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 ParanĂ¡, 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

    Diversity Committee: Daniel Howard, Department of Biological Sciences, University of New Hampshire,Durham, New Hampshire, US. E-mail: diversity@animalbehaviorsociety.org


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


    June 21-25, 2019- Evolution 2019. Joint meeting of the American Society of Naturalists, the Society for the Study of Evolution, and the Society of Systematic Biologists, Providence, RI. https://www.evolutionmeetings.org/evolution-2019---providence.html
    August 18-21, 2019- Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution meeting, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada http://csee-scee.ca/category/meetings/upcoming-csee-meetings/
    August 21-24, 2019- 42nd meeting of the American Society of Primatologists. Madison, WI United States. https://www.asp.org/meetings/conference.cfm.
    August 26-28, 2019- ASAB Summer Conference 2019, Konstanz, Germany. https://www.uni-konstanz.de/asab-summer-2019/
    January 3-7, 2020- Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) - Annual Meeting, Austin, TX. http://www.sicb.org/meetings/
    September 27-October 2, 2020- ISBE 2020, 18th International Behavioral Ecology Congress, Melbourne, Australia. http://www.behavecol.com/meetings-conferences/


    ABS Newsletter

    Please send general correspondence concerning the Society to ABS Secretary, Patty Brennan (secretary@animalbehaviorsociety.org). Deadlines for materials to be included in the Newsletter are the 15th of the month preceding each issue. The next deadline is 15 September, 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 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 (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 Ave., Bloomington, IN 47408, USA. E-mail: krbruner@indiana.edu. 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: info@animalbehaviorsociety.org.