Vol. 59, No. 4 | November 2014




2015: June 10-14, 52nd Annual Meeting Animal Behavior Society - University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK.
Website: www.abs2015.org E-mail: [email protected]

2016: July 30-Aug 3, 53rd Annual Meeting Animal Behavior Society - University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

2017: Dates TBD, 54th Annual Meeting Animal Behavior Society - University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada


2015: 3-7 January, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) - Annual Meeting, West Palm Beach, Florida.

2015: 12-16 February, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) - Annual Meeting, San Jose, California.

2015: 17-20 June, American Society of Primatologists - 38th Meeting, Bend, Oregon

2015: 27-30 May, Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES) – 27th Annual Meeting, University of Missouri.

2016: 3-7 January, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) - Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon.

2017: 4-8 January, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) - Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana.


2015: 13-18 April, Animal Behavior Management Alliance Conference – Annual Meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark

2015: 16-19 May, International “Stress and Behavior” Neuroscience and Biopsychiatry Conference - 22nd Annual Meeting, St-Petersburg, Russia

2015: 26-27 July, International Neuroscience and Biological Psychiatry Regional ISBS Conference - 6th Annual Meeting on "Stress and Behavior”, Kobe, Japan

2015: 9-14 August, International Ethological Conference- Cairns, Australia

2016: 29 July - 4 August, International Behavioral Ecology Congress 16th Annual Meeting - University of Exeter, UK.



Would you like to volunteer for one of the society's active committees? This is an important and rewarding way to participate in the business of the society, and we need your help! Committees include Membership, Policy, Public Affairs, Education, Latin American Affairs, Conservation, Animal Care, Film, Diversity and others. Contact ABS President Regina H. Macedo, Departamento de Zoologia, Universidade de Brasília 70910-900 - Brasília - DF – Brazil, Phone: +55-61-3307-2265, E-mail: [email protected]


A symposium should be a profound and stimulating review of an important subject area that currently is a major focus of research. It should be a thorough treatment of past work and current research advances, and should be of general interest to the majority of ABS members.

An invited paper session is a special grouping of papers that focus upon empirical results relating to a particular topic.  Usually there is no all-encompassing historical-theoretical perspective, although the organizer(s) may wish to summarize the individual papers or arrange them according to some theme.

Proposals must be submitted through the website: www.tinyurl.com/abs2016symp for the 2016 meeting in Missouri are due on June 1, 2015 (midnight, Alaska timezone) before the annual meeting in Anchorage in 2015 (June 10-14: abs2015.org ). The proposals will be circulated to the Executive Committee prior to the Annual Meeting and then discussed at the EC meeting.

The 2016 annual meeting is scheduled for July 30 – August 3 in Columbia, Missouri. Further information can be found on the ABS website or by contacting the ABS Program Officers: Michael Beecher, Animal Behavior Program, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-1525, USA. Phone: (206) 543-6545, E-mail:[email protected] and Mark E. Hauber, Department of Psychology, Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065, Phone: (212) 396-6442 E-mail:[email protected].  


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, Dan Rubenstein, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544, USA, Phone: (609) 258-5698, E-mail: [email protected]


The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI), in partnership with Morris Animal Foundation wish to explore evidence-based health benefits of human-animal interaction. HABRI seeks to demonstrate that our relationship with pets and animals make the world a better place by significantly improving human health and quality of life. HABRI does this by advancing the growing body of evidence about the positive roles that companion animals play in the integrated health of individuals, families and communities. For information about HABRI, visit www.habri.org. HABRI is seeking research proposals that focus on innovative approaches to studying the health effects of animals on humans in the broad categories of child health and development; healthy aging; and mental health and wellness. Deadline to apply is December 1, 2014. Information, guidelines, online applications and more can be found here: http://www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/researchers/habri-request-for-proposals.html


The study of animal behavior is by nature interdisciplinary - crossing the boundaries between Biology, Psychology, Anthropology and Sociology. An understanding of the behavior of diverse species contributes both to our appreciation of human evolution, and to our ability to preserve biological diversity through conservation. This 10-day Animal Behavior Field Course is being offered at the Southwestern Research Station of The American Museum Of Natural History, located in The Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona. The dates are July 6 - 16, 2015

According to Conservation International, the sky islands of southern Arizona (which include the Chiricahua Mountains) contain some of the richest reservoirs of plant and animal life on earth. It is this outstanding biodiversity that attracts scientists (and their students) from all over the world. During this intensive field course, we will focus on the behavior of a variety of invertebrate and vertebrate species.

Our studies will include:
1. The Adaptability Of Behavior - color and odor preferences in the selection of nectar sources by hummingbirds.
2. Population Dynamics - the size of territory in harvester ants as a function of colony density.
3. Communication - the evolution of visual displays in iguanid lizards.
4. Social Behavior - orientation and communication in slave-making ants.
5. Mating Behavior - The role of auditory signals in mating behavior of spadefoot toads.
6. Chemical orientation in three species of lizards: the role of Jacobson's organ.
7. Visual learning in feeding behavior of Mexican jays.

The course will include daily multimedia lectures. Although most of the course will be devoted to class and small-group projects, we also participate in research being conducted by scientists at the Research Station. In addition, we attend evening seminars given by Station scientists. Indeed, it is the presence of so many scientists (and their students) from around the world that makes this field course so unique!

The course is limited to 15 participants. At the end of the course, the Southwestern Research Station will issue a Certificate of Completion.

Participants: The Animal Behavior Course is designed for: undergraduate and graduate students; teachers; professors; museum and zoo docents, environmental professionals, or anyone who enjoys observing and understanding the behavior of animals in their natural habitat. 

Instructor: Dr. Howard Topoff, Professor Emeritus of Biopsychology at the City University of New York. Dr. Topoff has been conducting field research on insect social behavior at the Southwestern Research Station for over 40 years.

Cost: $1,020 per person for 10 nights. This includes course tuition ($350) as well as room and 3 meals each day at the Research Station ($670).

For additional information about the course including a biography of the instructor, please see the course web site at: http://www.animalbehaviorcourse.com
Apply via e-mail to: [email protected]

Your application should contain your contact information and a brief statement of your interest in this course.


Elsevier is pleased to announce that the retro-digitization project for the Animal Behaviour Monographs (Volumes 1-6, 18 PDFs, 1968-72) is now complete and they are all available online: e.g. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00661856

These are now available to all ABS and ASAB members and subscribers and those receiving gratis access.  

Among the many significant contributions that are now available is Jane Goodall’s classic monograph, The Behaviour of Free-living Chimpanzees in the Gombe Stream Reserve, Volume 1, Part 3, Pages 161-311 (1968).

The Animal Behaviour Monographs represent precious (and previously largely unavailable) historical content that is now easily accessible online for posterity.


ABS Newsletter

Send general correspondence concerning the Society to Sue Bertram, [email protected]. Deadlines for materials to be included in the Newsletter are the 15th of the month preceding each issue. The next deadline is 15 January, 2015. 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 Behaviour

Animal Behaviour, 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 Ave., Bloomington, IN 47408, USA. E-mail: [email protected]. Phone: 812-935-7188.

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