Behaviour 2019 Program

Please find the Behaviour 2019 program below.

NEW THIS YEAR: All presenters must accept/comfirm their presentation assignment through the email notification sent by ABS, otherwise the presentation slot will be assigend to someone else.

ABS policy is that acceptance of submissions for talks are on a first-come, first-served basis. Unfortunately this year we received more talk requests than could be schedulde, so please let us know if you can no longer present so that another person "in line" can be assigned.

Additonally, changes to the program are very limited. If you have any questions please contact:


Thursday, July 25

  Thursday, July 25
TimeUIC Dorin Forum
8:00 am - 9:00 amPlenary Session: Gail Patricelli
8:00Robots, Telemetry, & the Sex Lives of Wild Birds: Using technology to study courtship and conservation
G. Patricelli

  Thursday, July 25
TimeUIC Dorin Forum
9:00 am - 10:00 amPlenary Session: Georgia Mason
9:00A palace or a prison? Behavioural differences between species can predict their responses to life in captivity
G. Mason

  Thursday, July 25
TimeInner Circle at Student Center East
10:00 am - 10:45 amCoffee Break/Walk to Student Center

  Thursday, July 25
TimeCardinalIllinois BDearbornIllinois C605302Illinois A
10:45 am - 12:45 pmAllee Symposium 1
Moderator: Esteban Fernandez-Juricic
Proximate Mechanisms Of Complex Sociality Symposium 1
Moderator: Emily DuVal & Blake Jones
Behavioral Plasticity 1
Moderator: TBD
Ecological Effects 4
Moderator: Karina Sanchez
Social Behavior 4
Moderator: Evan Kelemen
Communication 4
Moderator: Tamra Mendelson
Cognition & Learning 2
Moderator: Eduardo B. Ottoni
10:45Personality and pair bonds: Individual differences in zebra finch personality and cognition
L. Barrett, J. Marsh, N. Boogert, C. Templeton, S. Benson-Amram
Toward a Mechanistic Understanding of Complex Social Behavior: a Symposium Overview
E. DuVal
The Influence of Nociceptive Sensitization and Visual Cues on the Camouflage Behaviors of Injured Octopuses
R. Howard, R. Crook
Malaria as a mediator of sexual dimorphism in western fence lizards (Sceloporus occidentalis)
M. Chelini, D. Edwards
A study of alarm propagation in ants with machine learning and network building
X. Guo, M. Lin, L. Saldyt, T. Pavlic, Y. Kang, J. Fewell
The role of male-male interactions in female reproductive decisions.
N. Bircher, K. van Oers, C. Hinde, M. Naguib
Social Learning Strategies in Guppies Exposed to Matching Versus Mismatching Stress Paradigms
M. Guigueno, M. Colinet, S. Reader
11:00Anthropogenic change alters the development of personality in a common freshwater fish
G. Lamka, A. Swank, J. Ward
Parasite-host dynamics of two passerines and ectoparasites using both spatial and temporal parameters  
K. Gussman, L. Siefferman
Resolving Michener’s Paradox is all about scale
E. Kelemen, A. Dornhaus
Olfactory parent offspring recognition in a songbird  
B. Caspers, E. Krause, J. Hagelin
Assortment by learning ability leads to differential fitness outcomes for pheasants in the wild
E. Langley, J. van Horik, M. Whiteside, C. Beardsworth, M. Weiss, J. Madden
11:15Variation in nestling corticosterone, not relatedness, predicts helping in a cooperative breeder
J. Cusick, E. DuVal, J. Cox
Social regulation of the mammalian genome
J. Tung
Exploratory Behaviour Related to Latitudinal Migration Distance in Song Sparrows (Melospiza melodia)
C. Posliff, E. MacDougall-Shackleton
Predator density, hunting voracity, and personality diversity structure meadow communities
J. Lichtenstein, B. McEwan, S. Primavera, T. Lenihan, Z. Wood, R. Costa Pereira, J. Pruitt
Individual capture data reveals large-scale patterns in social behavior in 12 species of birds
K. LaBarbera, J. Scullen
Examining intrinsic and extrinsic factors underlying dominance and aggressive behaviour in field crickets
L. Kalra, A. Chaudhuri, M. Jain
Copy or innovate: contrasting responses to chemical social information in bean beetles
R. Otake, S. Dobata
11:30Consistency of Personality Traits in Meadow Voles, Microtus pennsylvanicus
K. Rohrer, M. Ferkin
Predicting drivers of group demise
B. McEwen, J. Lichtenstein, D. Fisher, C. Wright, G. Chism, N. Pinter-Wollman, J. Pruitt
Aggression underlies the relationship between native and invasive ants
K. Neumann, N. Pinter-Wollman
Complex nuptial patterns of fish species mimic the spatial statistics of their habitat
T. Mendelson, S. Hulse, J. Renoult
Experimentally induced diffusion of probe tool use in a group of tufted capuchin monkeys (Sapajus sp)
E. Ottoni, H. Rufo
11:45Female competition promotes hybridization between sex-role reversed species
S. Lipshutz, J. Meier, G. Derryberry, M. Miller, O. Seehausen, E. Derryberry
Stable but subtle responses in brain and behavior to social context: Insights from the neural social behavior network
A. Kelly
Causes of variation in black widow web architecture.
C. Sergi, R. Rodriguez
Correlates and consequences of maternal stress in a socially flexible hibernator
G. Pinho, X. Ross, A. Reese, D. Blumstein
Moment-to-moment behavioral synchrony between pair-bonded zebra finches
N. Prior, R. Dooling , G. Ball
  19 Years of Consistently Positive and Strong Female Mate Preferences Despite Individual Variation
M. Ryan
Open Slot
12:00Complex interactions between maternal and personal experience with predation risk across populations 
L. Stein, K. Hoke
Shoaling and Aggression in Trinidadian Guppies, Poecilia reticulata
S. Ruckman, D. Reznick
Social environment magnifies facultative migratory response to declining food availability
A. Robart, H. Watts
Multimodal control of reproductive behavior and physiology in male túngara frogs
M. Still, A. Lea, H. Hofmann, M. Ryan
Age Influences Domestic Dog (Canis familiaris) Cognition Independent of Breed Lifespan
M. Watowich, E. MacLean, B. Hare, N. Snyder-Mackler
12:15Predicting and measuring decision rules for social recognition in a Neotropical frog
J. Tumulty
Relationships between social structure, behavioural repertoire size, and neuroanatomy
A. Jordan
Flooding the Market: Experimentally Altered Home Supply and Demand Drives Behavioral Plasticity
L. Valdes, M. Laidre
Uptown birds living in an altered world: Urban characteristics and avian species in Weld County, CO
K. Sanchez , C. Kennedy, L. Benedict, J. Salo
Comparative study of age polyethism in cavity and open nesting honey bees
S. Unnikrishnan, A. Brockmann
An Experimental Test of the Condition-Dependent Hypothesis using Field Crickets, Gryllus pennsylvanicus
D. Tremblay, S. Bertram
Behavior systems and behavioral organization: Time to think ‘big’ again?  
G. Burghardt
12:30Black howler monkeys show mixed strategies in response to fragmented habitat variation in Chiapas, Mexico
K. Klass, S. Van Belle, A. Estrada
The role of social behaviour in infectious disease risk varies across the lifespan in a group-living mammal
M. Silk, R. McDonald, R. Delahay, D. Hodgson
Let's play - an experimental study on play contagion in ravens
K. Wenig, T. Bugnyar
Carnivore-livestock Interactions in a Namibian Agricultural Landscape
S. Fink, R. Chandler, M. Chamberlain, S. Castleberry, S. Thrasher
Influence of sociality on innovation in a facultatively social mammal
D. Williams, D. Blumstein

  Thursday, July 25
TimeIllinois COn Own
12:45 pm - 2:00 pmLatin Affairs Committee MeetingLunch On Own

  Thursday, July 25
TimeCardinalIllinois B
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmNSF Workshop: NSF Beginning Investigators: Tips for Crafting a Competitive ProposalElsevier Update and Feedback

  Thursday, July 25
TimeCardinalIllinois BDearbornIllinois C605302Illinois A
2:00 pm - 4:00 pmAllee Symposium 2
Moderator: Esteban Fernandez-Juricic
Proximate Mechanisms Of Complex Sociality Symposium 2
Moderator: Emily DuVal & Blake Jones
Behavioral Plasticity 2
Moderator: David F. Westneat
Sexual Selection & Sexual Conflict 2
Moderator: Pearl R. Rivers
Social Behavior 5
Moderator: Matina Donaldson-Matasci
Communication 5
Moderator: James P Higham
Cognition & Learning 3
Moderator: Sarah Benson-Amram
2:00Testing the hypothesis that migratory behavior and high latitudes drive increased song complexity
N. Najar, L. Benedict
Animal nutritional state can profoundly affect behavior, including various forms of cooperative behavior. 
A. Walton
Characterizing evolutionary strategies in Drosophila thermal preference via temporal and geographic sampling
J. Akhund-Zade, D. Yoon, A. Bangerter, M. Campbell, N. Polizos, E. Wice, J. Saltz, M. Klein, A. Bergland, B. de Bivort
Male relatedness and familiarity do not affect female fitness in seed beetles
E. Berg, M. Lind, S. Monahan, S. Bricout, A. Maklakov
How Does Group Size Contribute to Social Stress?
H. Anderson, A. Little, B. McEwen, S. Balshine, J. Pruitt
Robust generative models for the study of mate choice signalling dynamics in Poeciliidae spp.
R. Etheredge, L. Jordan
Hippocampal neuron number predicts problem-solving abilities in raccoons
S. Benson-Amram, M. Kent, S. Daniels, J. Drake, R. Fanelli, A. Gilbert, S. Johnson, A. Lai, A. Miller, N. Natale, S. Herculano-Houzel, K. Lambert
2:15Newly-established widow spiders are larger and more dispersive across multiple invasion fronts
M. Mowery, Y. Lubin, A. Mason, M. Andrade
The evolution of mate choice: the "indirect selection" confusion
J. Fry
Individual information access resulting from fine-scale movement decisions
B. Costelloe, B. Koger, J. Graving, I. Couzin
The evolution of acoustic communication in a hybridization event within a genus of poisonous frogs.
M. González, P. Palacios, A. Amézquita
Brain Size Predicts Performance, but Not Learning Strategy, in a Serial Reversal Learning Test
A. Boussard, M. Amcoff, W. van der Bijl, A. Kotrschal, N. Kolm
2:30The dynamics of dominance in a convention-based society
E. Strauss, K. Holekamp
Same building blocks different design: the complexity of “love”, from the lab to the field  
B. Cushing
Multilevel phenotypic integration of energy metabolism and behavior
T. Salzman, D. Westneat
Songbirds show odour-based discrimination of similarity and diversity at MHC
L. Grieves, G. Gloor, M. Bernards, B. MacDougall-Shackleton
Intraspecific variation in the collective heartbeat of ant societies
G. Doering, K. Sheehy, J. Lichtenstein , B. Drawert, L. Petzold, J. Pruitt
The role of familiarity in signaler-receiver interactions
J. Higham, W. Ma
Exploring problem-solving and innovation in two species of carnivores
V. O'Connor, S. Chase, P. Thomas, N. Borrego
2:45Social experience, neurohormones, and plasticity in mating behaviors of a wolf spider
B. Stoffer, J. Price, R. Wilson, T. Jones, G. Uetz
Female calls reduce intraspecific or interspecific sexual coercion in two Japanese pond frog
M. Itoh
Transport in the trees: How arboreal ants construct networks under spatial constraints
M. Donaldson-Matasci, J. Chang
Links between circadian rhythms, light environments and courtship success in Schizocosa wolf spiders
R. McGinley, J. Bond, J. Starrett, E. Hebets
Ants learn fast and do not forget: olfactory associative learning and memory extinction in Formica fusca
B. Piqueret, J. Sandoz, P. d'Ettorre
3:00Reduced cooperative behavior as a cost of high testosterone in male wire-tailed manakins
B. Vernasco, B. Horton, I. Moore, T. Ryder
Revealing proximate mechanisms of parental care using highly replicated RNAseq experiments
R. Calisi Rodríguez
Correlational selection may influence reaction norm shape
D. Westneat, S. Nakagawa, J. Schroeder, T. Burke
Post-Copulatory Sexual Selection May Accommodate Sexual Signal Loss in the Pacific field cricket
M. Kota, E. Urquhart, M. Zuk
Comparing randomisation approaches and exponential random graph models in simulated animal social networks
D. Fisher, J. Evans, M. Silk
City life changes the trajectory of cultural evolution for song performance in bird songs
D. Moseley, J. Phillips, E. Derryberry, D. Luther
Problem Solving in Fawn-footed Mosaic-tailed Rats Is Not Constrained by Personality
M. Rowell
3:15Giving-up Densities as a Measure of Boldness in a Native and Invasive Crayfish
A. Pergams, G. McNickle, C. Whelan, J. Brown
Reduced Mating Between Populations Can Evolve Very Early in Divergence
A. Lackey, A. Murray, G. Ragland, D. Hahn, J. Feder, T. Powell
Benefits of Groups to Optimal Shelter Choice in Cockroaches
T. Freeberg, A. Akhter
Dancing in the dark: Complex Courtship and the Signal environment 
L. Sullivan-Beckers
Neurally underdeveloped cuttlefish newborns exhibit social learning  
E. Sampaio, C. Ramos, B. Bernardino, M. Bleuven, M. Augustin, É. Moura, V. Lopes, R. Rosa
3:30Testing for links of cooperative behaviors with glucocorticoid and telomere variation
B. Jones
Open SlotMultiple paternity in a lek mating system: females mate multiply when they choose inexperienced sires
P. Rivers, E. DuVal
Individual experience and polymorphism shape ant nest architecture
C. Kwapich, G. Valentini, B. Hölldobler
Testing hypotheses about song type matching and song sequences in songbird vocal repertoires
P. Ziadi, B. Blakely , R. Anderson
Learning Experiments in the Field: How Squirrels Learn to Cross/Circumvent Obstacles to Reach Food
K. Walczewski Searle, S. Halkin
3:45Open SlotDiverse selective pressures drive color and contrast evolution in wood-warblers
R. Simpson, A. Mistakidis, S. Doucet
Fine-grain computer vision tracking of songbird social interactions throughout the breeding season
A. Perkes, B. Pfrommer, M. Badger, K. Daniilidis, M. Schmidt
Spatially separated cricket songs facilitate temporal pattern recognition in Ormia ochracea 
K. Jirik, L. Almanza, S. Thompson, A. Mason, N. Lee

  Thursday, July 25
TimeInner Circle at Student Center East
4:00 pm - 4:30 pmCoffee Break

  Thursday, July 25
TimeCardinalIllinois BDearbornIllinois C605302Illinois A
4:30 pm - 6:30 pmAllee Symposium 3
Moderator: Esteban Fernandez-Juricic
Animal Behaviour On An Urbanized Planet Symposium 1
Moderator: James Chadwick Johnson
Behavioral Plasticity 3
Moderator: Kimberly E. Dolphin
Applied Animal Behavior 1
Moderator: Alan G. McElligott
Social Behavior 6
Moderator: Emily C. Laub
Communication 6
Moderator: Trevor Price
Cognition & Learning 4
Moderator: Jimena Lois-Milevicich
4:30Effects of temperature on ecology, behavior, and physiology in a desert-dwelling jumping spider
E. Brandt
Black widows on an urban heat island: hormonal, developmental & behavioral shifts stemming from extreme heat
J. Johnson
Local Environment Influences Reproduction, Parental Care, and Larval Traits in the Clown Anemonefish
T. Barbasch, T. Rueger, M. Srinivasan, S. Thompson, J. Majoris, C. Johnson, T. Sinclair-Taylor, M. Berumen, H. Harrison, M. Wong, G. Jones, P. Buston
K. Compitus
Effects of corticosteroids on vocal babbling in an extremely altricial bird
R. Eggleston, K. Berg, R. Kline, A. Mata-Betancourt
How Do Owners Perceive their Dogs’ Emotional Capacities?
N. Albuquerque, C. Savalli, B. Resende
Do I know you? A study of visual processing of faces in captive Western lowland gorillas
S. Chertoff, S. Margulis, J. Rodgers
4:45Do female zebra finches prefer males exhibiting greater behavioural plasticity in their foraging tactic use?
M. Barou Dagues, É. Richard-Dionne, F. Dubois
Testing food preferences in different conditions of choice and risk in macaques, chimpanzees, and gorillas
S. Huskisson, C. Egelkamp, S. Jacobson, S. Ross, L. Hopper
Chronic fluoxetine exposure modulates social and startle behavior in the fish Astatotilapia burtoni
A. Fulmer, S. Shih, B. Perez, M. Adelman, H. Neumeister, T. Preuss
Interaction between territorial behavior and morphology of the Amazonian Nurse-Frog Allobates trilineatus
M. Betancourth-Cundar, A. Amézquita
Sex differences in olfactory recognition memory in meadow voles, Microtus pennsylvanicus
K. Clark, M. Ferkin
5:00The Role of Gut Microbiomes in Host Niche Differentiation
L. Greene, C. Williams, R. Junge, K. Mahefarisoa, T. Rajaonarivelo, H. Rakotondrainibe, T. O'Connell, C. Drea
Urban carnivore behavior and the role of human culture
J. Young
Social Experiences Affect Behavioral Plasticity
K. Dolphin, K. Hoke
Exploratory behaviours and diet breadth of a wild canid reveal low repeatability
K. Jumbam, A. le Roux, M. Petelle
Anti-predator costs and benefits of leadership: using virtual prey attacked by real predators
C. Ioannou, F. Rocque, J. Herbert-Read, C. Duffield, J. Firth
Courtship, Forced Copulation And The Design Of Bowerbird Bowers  
G. Borgia
How protein and carbohydrate availability during development influence adult cricket cognitive performance 
M. Doria, S. Bertram
5:15Fitness consequences of female alternative reproductive tactics in house mice
B. König, M. Ferrari
Behavioural and physiological responses to reward quality as a way to assess goat emotions
A. McElligott, E. Briefer, L. Baciadonna
Territorial challenge decreases juvenile hormone titer in paper wasp queens  
E. Laub, Z. Huang, E. Tibbetts
Do signal types not intended for mate attraction influence mate choice decisions?
G. Höbel
Why females do not use sticks? Ontogeny of stick and probe tool use in wild capuchin monkeys
T. Falótico, C. Bueno, E. Ottoni
5:30Why Do Females Sing? Pair Communication and Long-term Pair Bonds.
E. Rose, D. Coss, C. Haines, S. Danquah, C. Studds, K. Omland
Nutrition in the city: effects of roadside pollutants on butterfly life history and behavior
M. Kobiela
The shake, rattle, and role of flexibility in foraging bee-havior for plant health and reproduction
A. Russell, A. Fetters, M. Rebolleda-Gómez, T. Shaible, T. Ashman
Behavior of the World’s Largest Piranha, Pygocentrus piraya, and Welfare of Bony Fishes in Zoos
R. Oldfield, J. Wark, J. Thal, P. Das, N. Zarlinga, K. Lucas
Response of Chambered Nautilus (Nautilus pompilius) to Conspecific Scent
N. Lewandowski, J. Basil
How complex is the song of the Carolina chickadee?
J. Lucas, K. Gentry, L. Bennett, A. Lowe-Massi, M. Weber, S. Zelli, L. Ehrlicher, G. Wood
Differentiation of scent from different origins of the body
S. Garris, L. Pierson, M. Ferkin
5:45Kangaroo females compensate for reproductive costs by adjusting foraging behaviour.
P. Toni, D. Forsyth, M. Festa-Bianchet
The effect of predator presentation on behavioural pattern of laboratory rats reared in burrows.
R. Loganathan, T. Mandal, A. Arivalagan
Ants, Plants and Honey Pooping Bugs
W. Shoenberger, K. Fowler-Finn
Evolution of sexual cooperation from sexual conflict
T. Price, M. Servedio, J. Powers, R. Lande
The role of early acoustic experience in song discrimination
E. Hudson, N. Creanza, D. Shizuka
6:00Behavior-mediated urban success from individuals to species
O. Lapiedra
Intraspecific variation in habitat use in wild capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus imitator)
R. Williamson, L. Fedigan, A. Melin
Scratch that itch: farrowing crate scratching enrichment for sows
R. Smith, B. Gaskill, M. Erasmus, J. Radcliffe, D. Lay
Signal manipulation alters the integration of behavior, physiology, microbiome, and fitness in a wild bird.
C. Taff, C. Zimmer, M. Vitousek
Secondary Song as a Mechanism for Reproductive Isolation Between Two Hybridizing Warblers
S. Tyndel, J. Sperry, M. Ward
Mechanical Problem Solving by Plush-crested Jays: Are Tools Special After All?
J. Lois-Milevicich, L. Rat-Fischer, A. de la Colina, J. Reboreda, A. Kacelnik
6:15Adaptive shaping of social behavioural phenotypes during adolescence
T. Zimmermann, S. Kaiser, M. Hennessy, N. Sachser
Determining Behavioral Patterns Associated with Success as a Dual-Purpose Police K9
J. Gillespie, J. Essler, A. Rubinstein, S. Figard, C. Otto
Island Invasion Biology in a Japanese Ant
D. Putri, E. Oguri, T. Yamanaka, A. Cronin
Detection of wolf spider courtship signals against complex chromatic backgrounds 
G. Uetz, R. Gilbert, R. Wilson, D. Clark
Attractiveness to highly informative flowers and absence of conditioning in the southern monarch butterfly
D. Rodrigues, N. Esmaile

  Thursday, July 25
TimeOn Own
6:30 pm - 8:00 pmDinner Break

  Thursday, July 25
TimeInner Circle at Student Center East
8:00 pm - 9:30 pmPoster Session

  Thursday, July 25
TimeWise Owl non-campus
9:30 pm - 11:00 pmLGBTQIA Social