Vol. 65, No. 1 | Spring/Summer 2020



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: John Swaddle: [email protected]


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: [email protected]. 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: [email protected] 


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!



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 ([email protected]).


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: [email protected]

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, Lansing, Michigan, US. E mail: [email protected]

Board of Professional Certification Subcommittee: Sue Miller McDonnell, PhD, CAAB, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Kennett Square, Pennsylvania 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]


The 57th Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society
Virtual Meeting
July 28-31, 2020



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 July 15, 2020. 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.

Change of address, missing or defective issues: ABS Central Office, 2111 Chestnut Avenue, Suite 145, Glenview, IL 60025, US. Phone: 312-893-6585. Fax: 312-896-5614. E-mail: [email protected].