Vol. 59, No. 4 | November 2014

2014 Election


Second President-Elect: Jeffrey Podos
John Swaddle
Member-at-Large: Emily DuVal
Melissa Hughes
Program Officer-Elect: Todd Freeberg
Jonathan Pruitt
Executive Editor: Susan Foster
Ron Rutowski

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Second President-Elect:

Jeffrey Podos

Education:  B.A. 1989, Franklin & Marshall College; Ph.D. 1996, Zoology, Duke University; Postdoctoral fellowships 1997, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia, 1998-2000, University of Arizona.

Current Position: Professor of Biology and Graduate Program Director, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Research Interests: Behavior, ecology, and adaptive radiation in Darwin’s finches; vocal performance, development, and learning in songbirds; sexual selection and communication; Neotropical ornithology; bioacoustics.

ABS and Related Activities:  ABS member since 1991; ABS Allee Award honorable mention, 1995; ABS Young Investigator Award, 2001; ABS Grant-in-Aid reviewer, 2003; ABS Allee Award judge, 2007; ABS local meeting host, 45th annual meeting, Snowbird Utah, 2008; ABS executive committee, Member at Large, 2008-2011; ABS Founders poster competition judge 2012, 2013; Service on 5 review panels, plus 13 ad hoc reviews, National Science Foundation, Animal Behavior program; Editor Animal Behaviour 2008-2011; Associate Editor Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 2005-2008.

John Swaddle

Education: B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology and Zoology, 1991, University of Bristol, UK; Ph.D. Biological Science, 1994, University of Bristol; Natural Environment Research Council postdoctoral research fellow, 1994-1997, University of Glasgow, UK; Royal Exhibition of 1851 postdoctoral research fellow, 1997-1998, University of Chicago; Royal Society of London University Research fellow 1998-2001, University of Chicago and University of Bristol.

Current Position: Professor of Biology, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.

Research Interests: Animal communication, sexual selection, biomechanics, avian life histories, developmental stressors, ecotoxicology, noise pollution, conservation science, environmental sustainability, reduction of bird hazards.

ABS and Related Activities: 1st Member-at-Large (elected 2011); ABS Executive Committee (2012-now); ABS Development Committee (2013-now); volunteered to judge at ABS Film festival, and to judge student poster awards; Meeting Host and Local Organizer of 47th Annual ABS meeting at College of William & Mary (2010). Other relevant experience: Chair, Environmental Science & Policy program, College of William & Mary (2005-2010); Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, College of William & Mary (2012-13); Chair, principal strategic planning committee of university, College of William & Mary (2012-now); raised >$5m in private funds to endow professorships and research scholarships, working closely with University Development Office, private donors, and Foundations, College of William & Mary (2010-now); served on grant review and advisory panels for numerous US and international research agencies.



Emily DuVal

Education:  B.A. Biology and Sociology, 1997, Rice University; Ph.D. Integrative Biology, 2005, University of California, Berkeley; postdoctoral research in Behavioral Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics, 2005-2007, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen Germany.

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee FL

Research Interests: evolution of social behavior; cooperation; mate choice; sexual selection; avian behavior; manakin behavioral variation

ABS and Related Activities: joined ABS in 2001; NSF IOS-Animal Behavior DDIG panelist (2010); recipient of the ABS Allee Award (2004); manuscript reviewer for Animal Behaviour and 16 other journals; ad hoc reviewer for NSF (6 grants, including IOS-Animal Behavior), the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, and the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology; Elective Member, American Ornithologists' Union (2009); Student presentation awards judge American Ornithologists Union (2009–2013), Society for the Study of Evolution (2010); Editorial Board, Ecology (2014 – present).

Melissa Hughes

Education: B.A. Biology, 1988, Bucknell University; Ph.D. Zoology, 1994, Duke University; post-doc, 1994-96, Duke University; Humboldt post-doctoral fellow, 1997, Free University Berlin; post-doctoral teaching fellow, 1998-2001, Princeton University.

Current Position: Professor of Biology, College of Charleston.

Research Interests: Territorial and mate choice behavior in crustaceans and birds; communication, particularly form/function relationship in signals.

ABS and Related Activities: Associate Editor, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (2009-present); ABS service: Allee Award judge (2011); Graduate Student Grants review (2004); Career Awards Committee (2000-2002); manuscript and grant reviews: 5.3/year (since 2001), NSF grant review panel


Program Officer-Elect:

Todd Freeberg

Education:  B.A. Ecology, Ethology, & Evolution, 1990, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Ph.D. Biology, 1997, Indiana University - Bloomington; Post-Doctoral Research in Audiology & Speech Sciences and Biological Sciences, Purdue University.

Current Position: Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Tennessee - Knoxville.

Research Interests: Communication and social behavior of songbirds; relationships between social complexity and vocal complexity

ABS and Related Activities: Chairperson – ABS Animal Care Committee (2004-2009); Chairperson – ABS Film Committee (2003-2006); Member – ABS Animal Care Committee (2001-2004, 2009-present); Member – ABS Film Committee (1998-2003, 2006-2010); Judge – ABS Graduate Student Research Award (2003, 2009); Judge – ABS Allee Dissertation Award (2002); Consulting Editor: Journal of Comparative Psychology (2006-present); Service on NSF grant review panel.

Jonathan Pruitt

Education:  B.A. Animal Physiology, 2006, University of South Florida, Tampa; Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2010, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Center for Population Biology Postdoc, University of California, Davis 2010-11.

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh.

Research Interests: Social evolution, multi-level selection, and animal personality in spiders and social insects; evolutionary dead-ends and extinction risk; the role of behavior in population and community ecology.

ABS and Related Activities: Diversity Committee (2010-now); Founder’s Award Judge (2014); Recent (2013-2014) reviewer for Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, The American Naturalist, Function Ecology, Animal Behaviour, Behavioral Ecology, Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology, Ethology, Ecology Letters; Behaviour, Biology Letters, Journal of Arachnology; ABS Student Research Grants; Presenter at the USA Science and Engineering Festival 2014; Service on 2 NSF grant review panels.


Executive Editor:

Susan Foster

Education:  B.S. Botany and Zoology, 1975, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Ph.D. Zoology, 1992, University of Washington, Seattle; Post-doc in Ecology and Evolution, SUNY, Stony Brook 1985-1988.

Current Position: Professor and Chair of Biology, Clark University, Worcester.

Research Interests: Evolution of behavior in adaptive radiations, evolutionary biogeography of behavior; evolution of phenotypic plasticity.

ABS and Related Activities: ABS Fellow (elected 2004), ABS Presidential sequence (2008-2012), ABS Secretary (1993-1999), ABS symposium co-organization 1991 & 2012; NSF Presidential Faculty Fellowship (1992-1997); Service on 11 NSF grant review and advisory panels; NESCent Working Groups on relaxed selection and plasticity ( 2007-2009 & 2009-2011): Board of Governors, ASIH (1999-2004); Co-Editor in Chief, Ethology (2010-now); Editorial Boards: Animal Behaviour (2007-2010), Ethology (2002-2010), J. Comparative Psychology (2001-2006), Copeia (1994-1998); Special Issue Editor, Animal Behaviour (2012-2013), Heredity (2014); Other ABS service: Allee Award Judge (2005), Chair, ABS Education Committee (2012-2015).

Ron Rutowski

Education: B.A. Biology, 1971, University of California, Santa Cruz; Ph.D. Biology (Neurobiology and Behavior), 1976, Cornell University

Current Position: Professor of Biology, Arizona State University

Research Interests: Production, function, and perception of color signals; animal communication and mating systems

ABS and Related Activities: Current: Editor, Animal Behaviour, 2013- present. Other ABS service:  Film Committee (1979-1982) Ethics Committee (1988-1990), Editor, Animal Behaviour (1997-2000); Allee Award Judge (1979-1980, 1999-2000); Reviewer, Graduate Student Research Fund (2003, 2010). Related activities: Panelist, NSF Animal Behavior and other panels (1998, 1999, 2007, 2008, 2014).


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