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Peter Marler Memorial Symposium: Mechanisms of Animal Behavior

Michael Beecher, William Searcy & Robert Seyfarth, Organizers

Peter Marler was a Founder of the Animal Behavior Society and a major figure in the development of the science of animal behavior in the last century. The organizers and speakers in this symposium each have worked in one of the various areas of animal behavior to which Peter made major contributions (in many cases with Peter), including the following: Ontogeny of bird song; primate communication; functional reference in animal signals; neurobiology of bird song; hormonal control of song and song development; functional studies of bird song; environmental selection on animal signals.

Greg Ball, University of Maryland
Michael Beecher, University of Washington
Dorothy Cheney, University of Pennsylvania
Bob Dooling, University of Maryland
Doug Nelson, Ohio State University
Steve Nowicki, Duke University
Sarah Partan, Hampshire College
Susan Peters, Duke University
William Searcy, University of Miami
Robert Seyfarth, University of Pennsylvania
K-lynn Smith, Macquarie University
Jill Soha, Duke University
Haven Wiley, University of North Carolina
John Wingfield, University of California, Davis
Ken Yasukawa, Beloit College

Polar Marine Mammals and Climate Change

Deborah Boege-Tobin & Jennifer Burns, Organizers

The Northern Marine Mammals symposium will highlight speakers from academia, management and non-profit agencies, presenting on topics ranging from behavioral changes due to climate shifts to emergent disease issues, to potential behavioral impacts of changing human activities in the regions.

Russ Andrews, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska SeaLife Center
Todd Atwood, USGS Alaska Science Center
Deborah Boege-Tobin, University of Alaska Anchorage-KPC-KBC
Kathy Burek Huntington, Alaska Veterinary Pathology Services
Jennifer Burns, University of Alaska Anchorage
Leslie Cornick, Alaska Pacific University
Angela Doroff, Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Verena Gill, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
John Maniscalco, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska SeaLife Center
Jan Straley, University of Alaska Southeast
Rebecca Taylor, USGS Alaska Science Center
J. Ward Testa, NOAA NMML Alaska Fisheries Science Center
Olga von Ziegesar, Eye of the Whale

It’s About Time – Understanding Temporal Variation in Animal Behavior 

Andy Dosmann, Stanford University, Organizer

In animal behavior, when something happens and for how long it happens can be just as important as what happens. Many aspects of animal behavior involve change over time. If researchers do not consider time, they miss a number of functionally important processes. The general importance of timing in animal behavior is widely appreciated, but often not explicitly addressed. Furthermore, researchers who do explicitly address temporal variation do so in distinctly different ways. Speakers at this symposium will outline unresolved temporal issues in animal behavior, present ways to more comprehensively quantify the impacts of time on behavior, and evaluate the impact of temporal variation on fields ranging from animal personality to intraindividual variability to social network analysis.

Tim Brick, Penn State University
Ned Dochtermann, North Dakota State University
Andy Dosmann, Stanford University
Elizabeth Hobson, National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
Krista Ingram, Colgate University
Pierre-Olivier Montiglio, University of California-Davis
Judy Stamps, University of California-Davis

New Frontiers for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior

Dustin Rubenstein & Hans Hofmann, Organizers

As the 50th anniversary of Tinbergen’s seminal essay on levels of analysis in studies of animal behavior has come and gone, efforts to integrate neural, genetic, physiological, ecological, and evolutionary studies of behavior at the organismal level are gaining new prominence. These integrative studies of animal behavior are being facilitated by multiple factors, including new technologies and analytical procedures, as well as the increasing ease of application of these advances to studies in the field. As biologists call for an integration of Tinbergean levels of analysis in studies of animal behavior, the time is right to convene scientists working in this area to discuss how to most effectively do this. Speakers in this symposium will discuss how they use a range of tools in their integrative research programs, and how their work impacts the field of animal behavior.

Dustin Rubenstein, Columbia University
Hans Hofmann, University of Texas
Karen Carleton, University of Maryland
Ellen Ketterson, Indiana University
Jenny Tung, Duke University
Lisa McGraw, North Carolina State University
Tim Roth, Franklin and Marshall College

Allee Symposium for Best Student Paper

William Searcy, Organizer

This symposium features outstanding graduate student research, with an award for the best paper, and is a highlight of ABS meetings. The session honors Dr. Warder Clyde Allee (1885–1955), an animal behavior researcher who was very influential in the development and direction of animal behavior research in the 20th century. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1951 and ranks among the leading twentieth century ecologists, especially for his work in behavioral and animal ecology. In the 2015 ABS Allee Session, 10 graduate students will present their research to ABS members and talk judges.

Presidential Symposium: Social Networks and Animal Societies -- Linking Structure to Function

Daniel Rubenstein, Organizer

Social networks have become a powerful tool for characterizing social relationships that make up animal societies. Until recently, however, networks have mostly been used to characterize the structure of societies. Because individuals can be part of many different types of networks—affiliative, aggressive, kin based, to name a few—linking structure to social function remains a challenge. Speakers in this symposium will provide insights into how the spread of memes, genes and diseases are shaped by features of network structure and their dynamics and in turn, how different patterns of spread modulate population processes.

Daniel Rubenstein, Princeton University
Tanya Berger-Wolf, University of Illinois-Chicago
Lauren Brent, Duke University
Damien Farine, Oxford University
David MacDonald, University of Wyoming
Susan Shultz, University of Manchester
Orr Spiegel, University of California, Davis
Andy Sih, University of California, Davis
Tina Wey, New Mexico State University


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