Vol. 66, No. 2 | Fall 2021



The Animal Behavior Society has a series of Career Awards which include the following:

  • Distinguished Animal Behaviorist - outstanding lifetime achievement in animal behavior
  • Exemplar Award - major long-term contribution to animal behavior
  • Outstanding New Investigator - outstanding contribution by a new investigator
  • Quest Award - outstanding seminal contribution
  • Exceptional Service Award - sustained service contributions to the Animal Behavior Society
  • *Penny Bernstein Distinguished Teaching Award- recognizes a sustained record of excellent teaching of animal behavior in the classroom or informal education setting (please see separate announcement for this award)
All members of the society are encouraged to submit nominations for the above awards. To aid the Selection Committee and to help codify the procedures involved, the following items must be submitted for a nomination:
  1. A letter of nomination indicating the award for which the nominee is being proposed which should provide details on the reasons the nominee should be considered for that award.
  2. A curriculum vitae of the nominee.
  3. Additional supporting letters from colleagues solicited by the nominator.
Materials for the Distinguished Animal Behaviorist, Exemplar, Outstanding New Investigator, Quest and Exceptional Service Award can be submitted using the online upload system here (http://www.animalbehaviorsociety.org/career-awards/).

The deadline for all career awards nominations is November 30, 2021.



The Animal Behavior Society is excited to offer Outreach Grants to support outstanding community engagement efforts by ABS members. The ABS Outreach Grant recognizes and supports 4-5 exceptional programs each year. Each award is $1000. You must be a member of ABS to apply. The application (a 1-page proposal) is due December 1, 2021 (emailed to edalebroder@gmail.com). This year, we are excited to see the creative ways in which applicants are continuing to engage with their community despite the pandemic.



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 Esteban Fernandez-Juricic at pastpresident@animalbehaviorsociety.org




Follow the ABS on Twitter
and YouTube!

The ABS Social Media Team encourages all members to participate in our online community through Twitter and YouTube, where we cultivate connections in support of the ABS mission. Join us daily as we highlight new articles in Animal Behaviour, share Society announcements, post job opportunities, feature member research/teaching/outreach contributions, and foster a welcoming space for thoughtful discussion of current topics in our field. With nearly 8,000 Twitter users following our account, it’s a powerful platform for science communication, professional networking, and for increasing exposure to our work beyond the ABS community.

Do you have a recent publication that you’d like us to highlight? Email animalbehaviorsociety@gmail.com with a brief description of the work, and perhaps a photo, and we’ll promote it (and you!) on Twitter.

Are you eager to share a new technique you use to analyze animal behavior? Put together a video in which you clearly explain the technique, and submit it via this form — after a short review process, we’ll post the video on YouTube and share it on Twitter so that others can learn from you!




The Animal Behavior Podcast is an exciting new series supported by the Animal Behavior Society, where you can hear our hosts (Amy Strauss and Matthew Zipple) in conversation with some of the biggest and best names in animal behavior research. We’re coming to the end of an incredible first season, with over 4000 episode downloads from 60 different countries, and counting. None of it would have been possible without the support of our listeners. We’re looking forward to the future of this series, and whether you’re a new fan or here since episode 1, we appreciate your enthusiasm for what we’re doing, and hope you’re enjoying our series as much as we are. We’re already hard at work planning for season two, so stay tuned! We can’t wait to share it with you all!

You can find and download all of our episodes at theanimalbehaviorpodcast.buzzsprout.com, or subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. If you want to stay up to date with all of our latest news and episode announcements, make sure to give us a follow on Twitter at @AnimalBehavPod!

Questions, queries, or suggestions? Feel free to get in touch with us at animalbehaviorpod@gmail.com – we’d love to hear from you!


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, 2022 to President Eileen Hebets, 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. 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.


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 2021-22 active committees listed below, contact the ABS President, E-mail: president@animalbehaviorsociety.org

Animal Care Committee: Tim Roth, Department of Psychology, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, US. E mail: animalcare@animalbehaviorsociety.org

Conservation Committee: Rachel Y. Chock, Recovery Ecology, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, Escondido, CA, US. E-mail: conservation@animalbehaviorsociety.org

Nominations Committee: Esteban Fernandez-Juricic, Professor of Biological Sciences & Showalter Faculty Scholar, Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana, US. E-mail: nominations@animalbehaviorsociety.org

Education Committee: Heather Zimbler-DeLorenzo, Division of Biology, Georgia State University Perimeter College, Decatur, Georgia, 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: Alex Trillo, Department of Biology, Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania, US. E-mail: latinamericanaffairs@animalbehaviorsociety.org

Student Research Grants Committee: Lilian Manica, Department of Zoology, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Centro, Curitiba, Brazil. 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: Damien Elias, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, US. E-mail: diversity@animalbehaviorsociety.org

Social Media Committee: Amy Strauss, Graduate Program in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Amherst, MA, US. E-mail: animalbehaviorsociety@gmail.com


The 59th Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society
July 20-23, 2022. Costa Rica.



Dear ABS Members,

You are invited to participate in a survey by the Disciplinary Inclusion Task Force of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) to understand your experiences as someone who is active in conservation or related environmental or sustainability fields but is not a current member of SCB. The survey is part of a broad SCB initiative to gather information that will assist its efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion within SCB and the global conservation community.

The survey will ask you questions about the identities and backgrounds that characterize you and your work. The survey will take about 15-minutes to complete. Your participation is voluntary and your information is confidential.

As an independent initiative, the Disciplinary Inclusion Task Force needs your help to make sure our mission is successful and that your opinions and experiences are represented. Should you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us at scb.diversity.inclusion@gmail.com

You can access the survey here: https://bit.ly/ConservInclusion.

Thank you for your time and cooperation and apologies for cross-posting.


The Disciplinary Inclusion Task Force


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, 2022. 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

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