ABS 2022 Workshops

In-Person or Virtual

ABS 2022 Workshop Opportunities

The current list of ABS 2022 workshops are listed below. More information will be added as it becomes available. This list is preliminary and can change at any point.

Both in-person and virtual workshops are listed below. You must be registered for the conference to attend any of these workshops.


Inclusive Teaching Workshop

Co-Organizers: Nora H. Prior, Cassandra Nuñez, Norman Lee

General Introduction: Equitable and inclusive teaching involves cultivating an awareness of the dynamics that shape classroom experiences and impact learning, being responsive to these dynamics, and being intentional about fostering a productive learning environment. Inclusive teaching ensures that all students, regardless of their background, can do their best work and achieve success. 

To support us all in developing the skills necessary to execute this both in a classroom and more broadly, during our interactions with students and trainees at all  levels, the ABS Diversity Committee has put together a two part virtual workshop. 

PART 1 - July 28th 4:00 - 5:30 PM EST

Bryan Dewsbury is an associate professor of biological sciences at Florida International University. He is the principal investigator of the Science Education and Society research program, which focuses on the social context of teaching and learning in a variety of education contexts.

Description of workshop: Institutions of higher education have a responsibility to prepare students to be engaged participants in an evolving democracy. Hyper focus on subject matter expertise sometimes results in our pedagogy being void of strategies that connect to this larger social aim. In this talk we will unpack what we mean by 'participation in a democracy', and the specific ways in which classroom pedagogy, even in STEM classrooms, can be rewired to achieve both intellectual and social growth. Implications for policy and structural changes needed to make this a reality will also be discussed.


PART 2 - July 29th 3:00-5:30 PM EST

Don Gillian-Daniel is a researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a principal investigator of the NSF INCLUDES Aspire Alliance and co-lead of the Aspire National Change team. Don is also co-PI of the NSF-funded Inclusive STEM Teaching Project, as well as the ACCESS+ and LED-BIO projects.

Description of workshop: Key to creating inclusive learning environments and building students' sense of belonging is an educator’s awareness of how student and instructor socio-cultural identities intersect with historical and contemporary systems and structures to yield experiences that disadvantage some and advantage others. In this interactive session, participants will: (a) consider their own socio-cultural identities that are salient to their teaching, (b) explore aspects of students’ cultural wealth, (c) practice strategies for interrupting bias and microaggressions, and (d) hear about continued learning opportunities through the Inclusive STEM Teaching Project MOOC: https://www.inclusivestemteaching.org/


Weaving the Future of Animal Behavior: A professional-development workshop for early career animal behavior scientists.

Tuesday, July 19 (9:00 am ‐ 4:00 pm CST [Costa Rica] in‐person & ZOOM Wednesday, August 4 | 2:15 - 3:15 PM EDT
Chair: Emilia Martins
Location: Cahuita 1

The goal of our Weaving the Future of Animal Behavior (WFAB) initiative is to advance the future of animal behavior science by supporting and promoting community and professional development for early career professionals through workshops, symposia, and long-term, multi-level mentoring. Workshop participants are early career animal behavior professionals, including pre-tenure faculty and advanced postdocs. We particularly encourage women and scientists from underrepresented groups in animal behavior to apply. WFAB is funded by the Animal Behavior Society and the National Science Foundation (IOS-Animal Behavior #1833455) and is a collaboration with Claire Horner-Devine from Counterspace Consulting.

In 2022, the WFAB workshops will have both virtual and in-person components, and are linked to the annual meetings of the Animal Behavior Society (July 19-23 2022). To be eligible for WFAB and travel awards to cover costs of attending the 2022 ABS meetings, you must:

  • Have recently obtained a PhD in animal behavior or related science. WFAB workshops are designed for pre-tenure faculty and advanced postdocs
  • Register for and attend the 2022 annual meetings of the Animal Behavior Society (July 20-23)
  • Agree to participate in one virtual workshop (July 8, 1-3pm EST) and one hybrid workshop (July 19, 11am-6pm EST, with breaks)

To apply for this travel award, please click here.

Please contact wfab@animalbehaviorsociety.org with any questions.

Click here for more information.

Intersections among animal behavior, conservation, and ecotourism: Developing best practices

Tuesday, July 19 (9:00 am ‐ 4:00 pm CST [Costa Rica]
Chair: Brett Seymoure
Location: Cahuita 2

The ABS conservation committee aims to host its annual pre-conference workshop in San Jose on developing best practices for ecotourism. Ecotourism can be a means to protect natural resources, biodiversity, and animal behavior, while substantially contributing to local economies, as well as a country’s GDP. Ecotourism practices can also be unsustainable and threaten animal behaviors and ecological resilience. Costa Rica is an excellent model of ecotourism: how ecotourism can support the protection of a nation’s flora and fauna; educate international communities on regional biodiversity and habitats; and be an equitable economic resource. Our workshop aims to assemble leaders in ecotourism sectors in CR, as well as other countries, to collaborate on developing best practices of ecotourism that includes an animal behavior perspective. Before the workshop, we encourage participants to visit specific ecotourism sites in Costa Rica, as we the organizers intend to do, so they can share their experiences and perspectives on behavioral considerations in ecotourism management. During the workshop we will use the Delphi method to produce a consensus of lessons learned – what worked and what has not - for sustainable ecotourism with an emphasis on animal behavior as this discipline is often left out of the conversation of sustainable ecotourism. This list will then result in a multilingual publication (English, Spanish, and Portuguese) on the best practices that can inform the international ecotourism community. As ecotourism becomes more popular globally, it is important that Animal Behavior Society joins the global discussion on sustainable ecotourism and animal welfare.

From genes to behavior: Functional genetic tools in diverse organisms

Tuesday, July 19 (9:00 am ‐ 5:00 pm CST [Costa Rica]
Chair: Zoe Donaldson
Location: Gondola

How do the gigabases of DNA that make up an organism’s genome ultimately yield an animal capable of dynamic, species-appropriate behaviors? The investigation of genotype-phenotype relationships underlying behavior is of primary relevance to neuroscience, evolution, behavioral ecology, and psychiatry. Yet, the means to address the genetic basis of behavior have traditionally been limited to a handful of laboratory-amenable species, resulting in focus on a handful of behaviors exhibited by these animals while the behavioral richness exhibited by other species remained intractable. However, with the advent of novel functional genetic approaches, such as CRISPR-mediated mutagenesis, traditional technical barriers are dissolving. As this happens, a new challenge emerges: how to best bring these technologies to the researchers who focus their efforts on studying natural behavior. This workshop will bring together functional geneticists developing novel methods to manipulate the genome with biologists focused on diverse behavioral questions. By incorporating NSF-EDGE funded researchers working in mammals, birds, insects, amphibians, and fish, we will provide a broad overview of approaches for genetic manipulation with special emphasis on how these tools can be employed to investigate the genetic roots of behavior and the challenges of implementing them in diverse species. The goal of the talks and subsequent break-out groups will be to provide the knowledge and tools to envision new uses of functional genetic tools, either directly or through collaboration, and enable critical review of emerging applications and literature.

For more information, please visit here: https://colorado.edu/project/volecrispr/2022-edge-abs-workshop-july-19-2022

The Behavior Within! Integrating Animal Behavior Across the Curriculum

Chairs: Anne B. Clark and Laura Sirot
Location: Tempisque

The ABS Education Committee is hosting a half day workshop on developing modules or whole courses that integrate animal behavior principles with topics across the curriculum, especially through collaborations with colleagues outside animal behavior. As a continuation from our mid-year workshop, we are featuring some of the attendees and what they did, how it worked, and what they learned from it, followed by time for attendees to discuss and further develop how to make this a truly important, broadening experience for students and collaborating teachers. We will provide examples and brainstorming opportunities on designing courses, modules or educational units for 

1) non-majors courses and natural science courses that are not “animal behavior” courses, 

2) courses that integrate interdisciplinary topics with animal behavior topics, and 

3) training modules used in courses that are not “natural science” based or are taught entirely outside of a university context.


  • Dr. Anne B. Clark [Binghamton University, USA]
  • Dr. Laura Sirot [College of Wooster, USA]
  • Dr. Heather Zimbler-DeLorenzo [Georgia State University Perimeter College, USA] ] 


  • Dr. Taylor Rezvani [University of Portland, USA]
  • Danny Jackson [Arizona State University, USA]
  • Dr. Clare Thomas-Pino [Hartpury University, UK]
  • Dr. Clara Voorhees [D'Youville University, USA]
  • Billie Groom [Upward Dogology, Canada]
  • Dr. Saeed Shafiei Sabet [University of Guilan, Iran]
Anne Clark--aclark@binghamton.edu
Laura Sirot-- lsirot@wooster.edu
Heather Zimbler-DeLorenzo - heatherzd@gmail.com

Demystifying the application process to graduate schools in North America for Latin American students

Tuesday, July 19 (2:00 pm ‐ 5:00 pm CST [Costa Rica]
Chair: Alex Trillo

Latin American students with an interest in pursuing graduate degrees abroad often face highly specific concerns that are complicated to navigate without experience in the academic culture of the country where they are applying. Often these are perceived as barriers, which results in delaying the application process, potentially setting back their academic progress by years. In other cases, these perceived barriers might be sufficient to completely halt their pursuit of an academic degree. We propose a workshop for Latin American students who are interested in continuing to graduate school in North America, where panelists and facilitators systematically discuss common concerns and questions such as how to obtain funding or letters of recommendation, dispel myths about language and field specific examinations, discuss CV building, student visas, etc. We will dedicate the second portion of this workshop to work with students individually on a document that can be used for the application (CV, personal statement, initial letter of contact, etc.). Our goal is that students come out of this workshop with a better understanding of the process, confidence in the next steps to take, and tangible material to aid in these steps.

Please click here to register for any of the workshops above.