Vol. 60, No. 2 | May 2015




Over $7,800 was contributed in the calendar year from May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015 to support the student grant competitions and other ABS activities, as detailed here:

Student Research Grants: $5,436 ($3,400 in honor of Peter Marler)
Barlow Award: $1,214
Cetacean Award: $253
Latin American Initiatives: $228
Unrestricted funds: $685
Tuber Award: $15

Contributors are listed at the end of the Newsletter in alphabetical order.


(Contributors in alphabetical order by first name)
Anonymous Donor, Christine R. Boake, Douglas Nelson, Jill A. Soha, Joan Strassman, John Mitani, Mark Hauber, Molly Cummings, Nora Barlow, Stephen H. Jenkins, Susan Peters, Sylvia L. Halkin, Victor J. DeGhett, Zuleyma Tang-Martinez, and Royalties from the University of Chicago Press: (Henry Whitehead, Janet Mann, Lee Rickamer, Lynne Houck, Peter Tyack, and Richard Connor).


The new Advancement and Investment Committee resulted from the melding of the past Development Committee and the ad hoc Investment Committee. Currently, it is co-chaired by Bennet (Jeff) Galef and Robert Seyfarth.

The investment part of the Advancement and Investment Committee will continue in future, as it has in past, to invest the endowment of the society with a view to both provide revenue for current activities and maximize the probability of endowment growth, while keeping risk to a minimum (obviously incompatible goals which we will continue to strive to achieve). The Investment group will be seeking additional members. If you are interested, please contact Bennett (Jeff) Galef (galef@mcmaster.ca).

The Advancement group will be involved with activities associated with fundraising for the Society, and will also oversee the administration of cash and endowment funds given to the Society for restricted or unrestricted purposes. The Advancement group is also seeking additional members, and if you are interested, please contact Robert Seyfarth (seyfarth@psych.upenn.edu).


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, Daniel Rubenstein Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544-1003, US. Phone: (609) 258-5698 E-mail: dir@princeton.edu



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 for the 2016 Missouri meeting are due no later than June 1, 2015 (midnight, Alaska time zone), and must be submitted through the website: www.tinyurl.com/abs2016symp. All proposals should be received prior to the annual meeting in Anchorage, Alaska 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 in Anchorage.

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, US. Phone: (206) 543-6545, Email: beecher@u.washington.edu and Mark E. Hauber, Department of Psychology, Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065, US. Phone: (212) 396-6442 Email: mark.hauber@hunter.cuny.edu.


If you would you like to volunteer for one of the society's active committees listed below, contact ABS President Regina H. Macedo Universidade de Brasilia, Departamento de Zoologia - IB Campus Universitário - Asa Norte, Brasilia, DF 70910-900, Brazil. Phone: (+55-61) 3107-2265 Email: rhfmacedo@unb.br

Committee Chairs 2014-2015

Animal Care: Alexander Ophir, Department of Psychology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US. Email: ophir@cornell.edu
Conservation: Misty McPhee, Asst Prof Environmental Studies and Biology, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI, US. Email: mcpheem@uwosh.edu
Nomination: Daniel Rubenstein, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, US. Email: dir@princeton.edu
Education: Susan Foster, Department of Biology, Clark University, Worcester, MA, US. Email:sfoster@clarku.edu
Film: Barbara A. Clucas, Department of Wildlife, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA, US. Email: Barbara.Clucas@humboldt.edu 
Applied Animal Behavior: Robin Foster, Department of Psychology, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA, US. Email: rfoster@pugetsound.edu
Public Affairs: Patricia Brennan, Biology Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, US. Email: pbrennan@cns.umass.edu or patricia.brennan@mac.com 
Board Professional Certification Subcommittee: Crista Coppola, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, Dog and Company Behavior Consulting, US. Email: crista@dogandco.com
Latin American Affairs: Lilian Tonelli Manica, Departamento de Zoologia, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, PR, Brazil. Email: lilianmanica@gmail.com
Student Research Grants Committee: John P. Swaddle, Biology Department, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA, US. Email: jpswad@wm.edu
Career Awards: Daniel Rubenstein, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, US. Email: dir@princeton.edu
Advancement and Investment Committee: Jeff Galef, Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, CAN. Email: galef@mcmaster.ca;
Robert Seyfarth, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US. Email: seyfarth@psych.upenn.edu
Diversity: Daniel Howard, Biology Department, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD, US. Email: daniel.howard@augie.edu
Membership: Kaci Thompson, College of Life Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, US. Email: kaci@umd.edu




2015: June 10-14, 52nd Annual Meeting Animal Behavior Society - University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK. Website: www.abs2015.org Email: info@abs2015.org

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, ON



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

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, NY.

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

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, LA.


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, EUR.

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


An endowment fund was established in 2014 in memory of George W. Barlow for the purpose of encouraging excellence in graduate student research in the field of animal behavior. The Barlow Award is awarded annually to one top-ranked proposal in the Student Research Grant cycle in accordance with the most recent ABS Student Research Grant competition rules. A cash award and a certificate will be given to the student selected. The amount of the Barlow Award will be the maximum amount allowed for a Student Grant Award as specified in the most recent ABS bylaws or policies.

If you would like to make a US tax-deductible donation to this cause, please do so using the on-line donations page: http://www.animalbehaviorsociety.org/web/support.php

We will recognize major donors in a future issue of the newsletter. Thanks to Dr. Judy Stamps for arranging for ABS to manage this endowment and for her generous seed donation.


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, Sue.Bertram@carleton.ca. 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

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