Vol. 60, No. 1 | February 2015





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: 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.

2015: 26-31 July, International Conference on Stickleback Behavior and Evolution – 8th Meeting, Stony Brook, New York.

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

2016: 11-15 February, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) - Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

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: 13-17 July, International Meeting on Sound and Vibration (ISV) – 15th Meeting, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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: 30 March – April 3, International Congress of Neuroethology 12th Annual Meeting – Uruguay, Montevido

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 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] or [email protected]


To organize a symposium, an invited paper session, or a workshop for the ABS Annual Meeting, you should first contact the Program Officers to discuss your ideas. We ask you to propose your topic to the Program Officers to make sure that there is no conflict with already existing plans and topics. 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. A symposium should be of general interest to the majority of ABS members. Limited funding is available from ABS to assist with travel, registration, and other expenses for symposia. An invited paper session is a special grouping of papers that focus upon empirical results relating to a particular topic. A workshop is a hands-on exchange of ideas in a more informal setting relative to lectures and symposia. Funding is not available from ABS for expenses related to invited paper sessions and workshops. 

Symposia, invited paper sessions, or workshop proposals for the 2016 meeting in Columbia, Missouri must be submitted through the website: www.tinyurl.com/abs2016symp. Proposals are due on June 1, 2015 (12am AKST) 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 in Anchorage and then discussed at the Executive Committee meeting. 

Further information can be found on the ABS website or by contacting the ABS Program Officers: Michael D. Beecher, Departments of Biology and Psychology, Department Box 351525, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA. Phone: (206) 543-6545, E-mail: [email protected], or Mark Hauber, Department of Psychology, Hunter College, Room 628A – HN, 695 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065, USA. Phone: (212) 396-6442, Email: [email protected]


Resolutions that deal with timely and substantive political or social issues that members wish to submit for the consideration of the ABS membership should be submitted by April 30, 2015. Submitted resolutions should provide direction to the ABS President to facilitate prompt action and will be evaluated by the Public Affairs Committee for appropriateness. Resolutions will be voted on at the annual business meeting in Anchorage. Approved resolutions reflect the views of the Animal Behavior Society membership and are sent to the appropriate external agencies, organizations, or to the general public. Send resolution proposals to the Chair of the Public Affairs Committee, Patricia Brennan, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA 01003; 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


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Contributions to the Animal Behavior Society are US tax-exempt under code 501(c)(3). DONATIONS make a big difference in our Society. YOU CAN HELP! The Animal Behavior Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the scientific study of animal behavior. We pride ourselves on being a top quality professional society with very low membership costs. Our Society supports and encourages animal behavior research and outreach through a number of programs and grants. With contributions from you, we can keep these programs in place and help to support animal behavior research, teaching, and outreach. Membership dues include a member's subscription to our journal Animal Behaviour, the quarterly Newsletter, and all of the operating expenses of the Society. In order to provide grants and other forms of financial support, we rely on contributions from members like you. Our members, especially our students, need your help. Please access our website to make contributions.


Are you an author or editor of a book related to animal behavior? If so, we would like to list it on the ABS Books by Members Web page.  Click on member books under additional resources or click-on the following link to see the book currently available (http://www.shelfari.com/o1514504629/shelf). Listing your book is quick and easy! And remember, if the book is still available, there is a direct link to Amazon.com from the web site for interested buyers (and ABS earns up to 5% from purchases made through this link). Please send the following information to the Chair of the Public Affairs Committee, Patricia Brennan at [email protected].in this order: Author name(s), book title, publication year, publisher, number of pages, ISBN number (specify whether for hardcover or paperback), and a BRIEF abstract of the book.


ScienceDirect has changed the link where Animal Behaviour subscribers are to register with them to start gaining access to the online journal, Animal Behaviour. If you are already getting access, this does not apply to you. The link is: https://www.sciencedirect.com/anbehav/activate/absmembers. The link to access the journal has not changed (http://www.sciencedirect.com/anbehav).


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 April, 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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