Vol. 59, No. 4 | November 2014

2015 ABS Conference

52nd Annual Meeting of the Animal Behavior Society


The 52nd Annual meeting of the Animal Behavior Society will be held in Anchorage, Alaska, June 10th to June14th 2014; hosted by the University of Alaska, Anchorage and chaired by Prof. Debbie Boege-Tobin. Please check the ABS website and look for a special email announcement to members in the near future with details about our 52nd meeting. The slate for symposia is now complete for 2015 but there is still room for preconference and evening workshops; please contact program officers Drs. Michael D. Beecher, University of Washington, Animal Behavior Program, 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]

CALL FOR PAPERS. Each ABS member may present or sponsor one contributed paper at an Annual Meeting. Any topic related to the field of Animal Behavior is welcome, including all aspects of the behavior of animals for field, laboratory or theoretical studies. Abstracts submitted by non-members must include the name of an ABS member willing to sponsor the presentation. ABS members may also show one film, participate in invited paper sessions or present plenary lectures in addition to giving or sponsoring their single contributed paper. The research reported at an Annual Meeting must comply with the ABS guidelines and all applicable laws concerning animal care and welfare. More details on abstract submission guidelines and abstract submission deadlines will soon be available on the conference website, linked to the ABS meeting site here: http://animalbehaviorsociety.org.

Registrants may submit abstracts for Talks or Posters. Talks will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, as per ABS policy. Registrants are encouraged to consider giving a poster presentation. Posters will remain up for the full meeting and will be presented in well-attended evening receptions and provide the opportunity for extensive interaction and discussion. For more information, please contact: [email protected].



The 2015 Warder Clyde Allee Session for Best Student Paper will be held during the annual meeting of the Animal Behavior Society scheduled for June 10 to 14 at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. All eligible students are encouraged to participate.

Eligibility requirements: Any independent graduate student research (including, but not limited to, the doctoral dissertation) is eligible. The work presented may be part of a larger collaborative effort, but the student must be first author and have principal responsibility for conceptualization and design of the research, collection and analysis of the data, and interpretation of the results. The entrant cannot have been awarded the Ph.D. degree before the preceding ABS annual meeting (for 2015, this date is Aug. 9, 2014). An individual can enter the session only once per lifetime.

To enter: Interested students must 1) check the appropriate box on the abstract submittal form for the annual meeting; 2) submit an electronic version of their paper as specified below; 3) sign and date a form indicating that they meet all eligibility requirements (to be supplied to entrants after receipt of their papers); 4) present a spoken version during the 2015 Annual Meeting; and 5) attend both the Allee welcoming dinner and the awards ceremony during the Annual Meeting.

Applications for 2015, including the written paper, are due one month before the meeting abstract submission deadline (the specific date will be advertised on the Society web site). This enables the Allee judges to evaluate the written papers and to determine which applicants will be invited to present their research during the Allee Symposium at the annual meeting, before the abstract submission deadline. Applications consist of a cover letter with addresses and phone numbers, and a manuscript in PDF format (see below for details). Applications should be sent via email to ABS 2nd President-Elect William Searcy at [email protected]. Electronic submission is required. If you do not receive acknowledgement of receipt within 3 days, please send a follow-up query.

Manuscripts should consist of no more than seven double-spaced, line-numbered, text pages, and no more than a total of four tables and/or figures. This limit does not include abstract, references, or acknowledgments. Papers MUST be formatted using the instruction for authors for a research paper in the journal Animal Behaviour to insure eligibility. Check instructions at the site:
http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/622782/authorinstructions. If significant new results arise after submission, students may submit a one-page addendum to their papers up to 30 days before the first day of the Annual Meeting. Questions should be addressed to William Searcy, [email protected].

Applications for 2015 will be collected via the online abstract submission system and all materials, including the written paper, are due 2 weeks before the abstract submission deadline.


Undergraduates who submit posters for presentation at the annual meeting of the Animal Behavior Society are automatically entered in the Genesis Award poster competition unless they indicate they do not want to be included in the competition when they submit their abstract. Judging criteria include significance of the research topic, research methods, research results, and presentation. Presentation encompasses the student's oral discussion with the judges and the poster itself, including clear statements of the questions and results, demonstration that there has been appropriate literature review, good organization and visual appeal. Students should be prepared to demonstrate a mastery of their subject material. Information about this award is available at the ABS website link: http://awards.animalbehaviorsociety.org. Further information, if needed, can be obtained from the chair of the Genesis subcommittee, Sarah Humfeld (E-mail: [email protected]).

Applications for 2015 will be collected via the online abstract submission system and all materials are due 2 weeks before the abstract submission deadline.



The Diversity Committee of the Animal Behavior Society is calling for nominations for the 2015 Charles H. Turner Award. This program, previously funded by an NSF grant but now supported entirely by the Society, is a travel grant that supports the goals of increasing the diversity of our membership through support for undergraduate students to attend the annual meeting. Selected Turner Program Fellows will receive support to travel to the 52nd Annual Conference being held in Anchorage (http://abs2015.org/), and participate in a one-day workshop structured to integrate students into both the meeting experience and the broader community of the Animal Behavior Society.

The Diversity Committee will review all complete applications and award decisions will be made by March 16, 2015. Interested undergraduate students should contact the Animal Behavior Society Chairperson (Dr. Daniel R. Howard, [email protected]) for an application, and we encourage those from traditionally under-represented groups to apply for this unique professional development opportunity.

Applications for 2015 will be collected via the online abstract submission system and all materials are due 2 weeks before the abstract submission deadline.



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.

Change of address, missing or defective issues: ABS Central Office, 2111 Chestnut Ave., Ste 145, Glenview, IL 60025, USA. Phone: 312-893-6585. Fax: 312-896-5614. E-mail: [email protected].