Vol. 64, No. 2 | Summer 2018

Pre-conference Workshop & Events


ABS 2019 Outreach Fair

Organized by the ABS Education Committee

Tuesday, July, 23 from 10:30am - 1:45pm
Keynote Speaker: Seth Magle, Lincoln Park Zoo, 2PM -3PM in Illinois A at UIC's Student Center East building
Location: East Terrace at UIC's Student Center East building 

Faculty members and graduate students representing over a dozen animal behavior research laboratories from across the US, Canada, South America and Australia will offer multiple activities highlighting current research questions, as well as the tools and techniques used in field research.  Using interactive displays, activities, and live animals, learn more about how insects, frogs, fish and mammals help scientists to learn more about how our brains, bodies, and world works. Listen to insects walk, get up close and personal with reptiles, make your own cricket song, blow dart a ‘baboon,’ radio-track a mouse, and hear popular songs through the ‘ears’ of other animals. Activities will be available for children of all ages!


Animal Behavior Lab Activities: Engaging Students in the Science of Animal Behavior 

Organizer: Heather Zimbler-DeLorenzo, Laura Sirot,  Andrea Bierema, Deborah Boege-Tobin, and Karyn Collie

Tuesday, July, 23 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Illinois C, UIC's Student Center East building

Are you a hawk or a dove? Have you ever seen earwigs taking care of their young? Come find out and learn about other ideas for lab activities, including simulations, research skills, and experimental design. At this year’s Education Workshop, participants will learn about different potential learning goals of lab activities and will participate in three different hands-on activities. Presenters will discuss how these ideas were developed and provide opportunities to discuss ideas for adapting these ideas for your own goals, as well as challenges in implementing them. This workshop is free. To attend this workshop please, pre-regsiter here: https://fs9.formsite.com/ASERhq/eeggqjg8jm/index.html


Conservation Behavior Workshop: Implications of Solar Power on Wildlife Conservation  

Organizer: Barbara Clucas, ABS Conservation Committee Chair

Tuesday, July, 23 from 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Room 613, UIC's Student Center East building

The Conservation Committee is hosting a workshop again this year, and more information will be posted here once details are available. Fee to attend: $25 non-students, $20 students, and $5 Developing Nations attendees.

Weaving the Future of Animal Behavior Workshop 

Organizer: Emilia Martins

Tuesday, July, 23 from 8:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Room 302, UIC's Student Center East building

The Weaving the Future of Animal Behavior workshop is an annual event for early-career professionals in animal behavior. The workshop will consist of panel discussions and other activities on topics such as developing a funding strategy, building a research group, time management, teaching strategies, and professional networking. At the end of the workshop, we will form peer-mentoring circles that will continue to meet via video-conferencing throughout the subsequent year.


Developing A Concept Inventory To Evaluate Student Learning In Undergraduate Animal Behavior Courses

Organizer: Ben Dantzer

Tuesday, July, 23 from 9:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Illinois B, UIC's Student Center East building

The workshop is free and any ABS attendee is encouraged to attend.

Undergraduate courses in animal behavior are taught across the world and are often the gateway into a career in the natural sciences. However, there is currently no common tool to evaluate student learning across animal behavior courses. Concept inventories are widely used in the natural sciences as a robust way to assess comprehension of course materials. They are a jargon-free list of multiple choice questions that are developed for the core competencies of a specific discipline and are carefully validated (e.g., document misconceptions, list learning goals, evaluate efficacy). A concept inventory does not yet exist for animal behavior. The aim of this Behaviour 2019 workshop is for attendees to design a concept inventory for animal behavior. Invited workshop participants will be diverse in gender, race, career stage, level of analysis (mechanism, function) and taxonomic focus of their research. The workshop will be advertised and open to all Behaviour 2019 attendees. The outcome of the workshop will be a finalized list of core competencies and misconceptions in animal behavior. After soliciting feedback and modifying the list accordingly, we will validate the concept inventory by circulating it to instructors of animal behavior courses. After publication, this would be a widely available tool used to assess comprehension of the discipline of animal behavior.



ABS Silent Auction Reminder

Bring Items to Chicago to Donate!!

Bring items from home, pick up items in your travels or from your field sites, or obtain donations from supportive colleagues and organizations. The more items we have, the more likely the auction will be as successful as it was last year!

What kind of items or services seem to be desirable?

  • Books on Animal Behavior, Biology, Ecology, Conservation, Applied Animal Behavior, etc
  • Autographed books from ABS authors
  • Items with animal themes (t-shirts, jewelry, calendars, decor, greeting cards, posters, etc.)
  • Software useful for members (statistics, data collection, etc.)
  • Videotapes for teaching or entertainment with behavior themes
  • Donations from zoo gift shops
  • Memorabilia from past ABS meetings and members (vintage artifacts)
  • Animal Photography
  • Animal Artwork
  • Statistical consulting, behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo, etc.
  • Items from past meetings
  • Time in privately owned vacation homes
  • Anything legal that appeals to ABS Members!!
  • Items that you donate for the auction will be placed at the meeting on tables next to bidding forms, or described if the item is not present.

During the meeting, members will visit the tables and bid on items by entering their bid on the bidding form. The auction will continue for several days while members bid against one another. The member with the highest bid at the deadline wins the item and takes it home with them.

Drop your items at the Registration Desk! Or if you can't make it to the meeting and you would still like to participate, you can mail it ahead to the campus. Just let us know what you will donate and we can provide the mailing address.

Funds raised will support Graduate Student Research and Latin American Affairs!

Contact the ABS Central Office About Your Donations: info@animalbehaviorsociety.org


Student-Faculty Networking Lunch

Organizer: Patrick Green, ABS Graduate Student Representative

Graduate student or postdoc interested in talking with faculty about research interests, the job process, or other questions Studenst and faculty are matched and bring or buy their own lunch while meetinf with faculty and a small group of peers on during the conference.

Please contact Graduate Student Representative, Patrick Green, gradstudentrep@animalbehaviorsociety.org with any questions.


NSF Workshops

NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences News and Updates
Wednesday July 24th @ 12:15pm

NSF Information Sign Up

NSF Beginning Investigators: Tips for Crafting a Competitive Proposal
Thursday July 25th @ 1pm

NSF Beginning Investigator Sign Up


Elsevier Update and Feedback

Thursday, July 25th @ 1pm
Illinois B

This meeting will provide a venue for discussing the Animal Behaviour journal’s relationship with its current publisher (Elsevier) and Elsevier’s business model. All are welcome.


3-Minute Thesis Competition

Friday, July 26 @ 4:15pm
Room 613

The Public Affairs Committee will organize the third annual 3 MT competition at the 2019 meeting. The following description is taken from the creator’s website: “Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research conducted by PhD students around the world. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the competition cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. Presenting in a 3MT competition increases their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Competitors are allowed one PowerPoint slide, but no other resources or props”. We encourage all graduate students to consider participating in this event, particularly if they have fewer outreach opportunities at their home institution. Please email public.affairs@animalbehaviorsociety.org with any questions. To register please complete the application in the lin below. Please sign up by Friday, July 19.



Lunch with ABS Historian, Zuleyma Tang-Martinez

Saturday, July 27 @ 1:00pm
Room 603

Come and chat about everything you always wanted to know about the history and inner working of the ABS. Please bring your own lunch to this event.  


2019 Public Day

The Modern Dog: In & Out of the Shelter
Saturday, July 27th | Time: 9:00AM-1:00 PM| Student Center East building, Room 302 
Free and open to the public. No registration required.
Organized by the ABS Applied Animal Behavior Committee and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists

Name                                                                                                              Time   

Introduction                                                                                              9:00am

Barbara Pezzanite, PhD, CAAB, CPDT-KA                                          9:05am
Improving the Well-Being of Dogs In and Out of the Shelter 
Through Training and Enrichment                                                                

Erica Feuerbacher, PhD, BCBA-D, CPDT-KA                                     9:35am
Foster Dogs as Temporary Pets: You, Your Dog, 
and the Shelter Dog Sleepover

Victoria Cussen, PhD, CAAB                                                               10:05am
A Dog Is Not a Dog: Individual Differences and 
Implications for Mental Well-being

Terri Bright, PhD, BCBA-D, CAAB                                                      10:35am
Transitions: The Devilish Behavior Is in the Details

Break                                                                                                      11:05am

Steve Dale, CABC                                                                                 11:25am
Fear FreeTM: Be the Change

Speaker Panel                                                                                        12:15pm


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.