Vol. 60, No. 4 | November 2015
 

Election



CANDIDATES FOR 2016 ELECTION OF OFFICERS


 

Second President-Elect:
John Swaddle
Michael S. Webster

 

Member-at-Large:
Todd Freeberg
Melissa Hughes
Bruce Schulte

 

Parliamentarian:
Peter Bednekoff
Tamra Mendelson

 

Treasurer:
Gil Rosenthal
Matthew Wund

Please take the time to vote in the upcoming election! You will receive an E-mail from the ABS Central Office containing a link to the online ballot. This email will be sent to the address in your ABS account as long as you are an active ABS member as of November 15, 2015. A paper ballot is available in Microsoft Word format if you prefer to vote by regular mail. Please make sure that your name is clearly indicated on the envelope and is received by January 31, 2016. If you have any questions, contact us at info@animalbehaviorsociety.org.

 


CANDIDATES FOR THE 2016 ELECTION OF ABS OFFICERS


Second President-Elect:

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.

Michael S. Webster

Education: B.A. Ecology, Behavior & Evolution, 1982, University of California, San Diego; Ph.D. Neurobiology & Behavior, 1991, Cornell University; post-doc in animal behavior 1991-94, University of Chicago.

Current Position: Robert G Engel Professor of Ornithology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and Director of the Macaulay Library, Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Research Interests: Communication and social behavior of birds; evolutionary causes and consequences of variation in sexual signals; the role of behavior in speciation

ABS and Related Activities: ABS Fellow (elected 2015); Allee Award Judge (2006); Service on 6 NSF grant review and advisory panels; served on editorial boards for Animal Behaviour (2011-2015), Emu: Austral Ornithology (2007-present), Evolution (2004-2006, 2008-2010), Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (2000-2004); Council member for American Ornithologists’ Union (2010-2012); Student Awards Committee, American Ornithologists’ Union (2005-2008; chaired 2007-2008); Student Research Award Committee, Cooper Ornithological Society (2004); Organizer for 6 national/international workshops and symposia.

 

Member-at-Large:

Todd Freeberg

Education: B.S. Ecology, Ethology, & Evolution, 1990, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Ph.D. Biology, 1997, Indiana University at Bloomington; post-docs in Audiology & Speech Sciences and in Biological Sciences, 1997-2002, Purdue University.

Current Position: Professor of Psychology, University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Research Interests: Communication and social behavior of songbirds; behavioral complexity; integration of developmental and functional approaches.

ABS and Related Activities: Member of ABS Animal Care Committee (2001 – present; Chair of Committee 2004-2009); Member of ABS Film Committee (1998 – 2010; Chair of Committee 2003-2006); Judge for Allee Competition (2002) and for ABS Graduate Student Research Award (2003, 2009); Fellow of Association for Psychological Science (elected 2012); Fulbright Scholar (2012 at Daugavpils University, Latvia); Consulting Editor for Journal of Comparative Psychology (2006 – present); Leader of Research Ethics Component of intern training for NSF-funded summer R.E.U. program in Animal Behavior at Indiana University (2002 – 2004); President of University of Tennessee chapter of Sigma Xi (2015 – 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: Communication and social behavior in birds and shrimp; in particular territorial behavior, female aggression and mating behavior.

ABS and Related Activities: Associate Editor, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (2009-present); ABS service: Allee Award judge (2011); Cooper Ornithological Society Graduate Student Grants review (2008-2009); ABS Graduate Student Grants review (2004); Career Awards Committee (2000-2002); manuscript and grant reviews: 5.3/year (since 2001), NSF grant review panel (full proposals).

Bruce Schulte

Education: B.S. Biology, 1982, College of William and Mary; M.S. Biology, 1985, University of Southern California; Ph.D. Biology, 1993, SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry; post-doc in chemical ecology 1993-94, Oregon Graduate Institute, Beaverton.

Current Position: Department Head and Professor, Department of Biology, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green.

Research Interests: Communication, conservation, and social behavior of mammalian herbivores, especially those that serve as ecological engineers, notably elephants and beavers.

ABS and Related Activities: ABSmember for over 20 years; Guest co-editor for a forthcoming special issue of Animal Behaviour on Conservation Behavior; ABS-Conservation Committee (ABS-CC) Chair (2011-2014) – assisted in organizing workshop and symposium for 50th anniversary meeting in Boulder, CO, and follow-up workshop at Princeton meeting; Assisted with 2015 ABS-CC conservation behavior workshop in Anchorage; ABS-CC member for two separate terms prior to being chair; Mentor for undergraduate student attending 50th anniversary meeting as part of the Charles Turner Undergraduate Program; Regular reviewer of ABS student grant applications; Past member of Review Committees for Animal Behavior Society Developing Nations Research Grants; Associate editor for journal Behaviour; Co-organizer of the 2014 joint meeting of Chemical Signals in Vertebrates (CSiV) XIII and the 30th meeting of the International Society of Chemical Ecology; Co-editor of the 2015 CSiV 13 book volume of contributed, peer-reviewed papers; External reviewer for NSF and past member of NSF DDIG panel.

 

Parliamentarian:

Peter Bednekoff

Education: B.Sc. Environmental biology, 1988, University of Tulsa; D.Phil. Zoology, 1992, University of Oxford; post-docs 1992-1994 Northern Arizona University, 1994-1996 University of British Columbia and 1996-1997 Indiana State University

Current Position:
 Professor of Biology, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti

Research Interests: Anti-predator behavior and foraging birds and other charismatic creatures. Social strategies for survival through the non-breeding season.

ABS and Related Activities: Presenter in Education poster session 2001; Member of Panel Discussing “Integrating Academics into a Full and Well Rounded Life” 2007; Turner Program mentor 2010; Reviewer for Student Research Grants 2013; Organizing committee for 2013 & 2015 Conservation Behavior workshops; Conservation Committee (2013-now); Reviewer for Animal Behaviour and oh so many other journals; Associate Editor: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (2002-now); Service on 5 NSF grant review and advisory panels.

Tamra Mendelson

Education: B.S. Wildlife Ecology, Certificate in Environmental Studies, 1991, University of University of Wisconsin, Madison; Ph.D. Zoology, 2001, Duke University; post-doc in communication and speciation, phylogenetic reconstruction, 2001-2004, University of Maryland, College Park.

Current Position: Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Research Interests: Communication, sexual selection, speciation in freshwater fish; behavioral evolution; visual ecology

ABS and Related Activities: ABS Member; Society for the Study of Evolution Member; Journal of Evolutionary Biology Editorial Board Member (2013-present); Manuscript Reviewer for, e.g., Animal Behaviour, Behaviour, Behavioral Ecology, Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology;Panel and ad hoc reviewer for the National Science Foundation Divisions of Integrative Organismal Systems and Environmental Biology; Program Director, National Science Foundation, Animal Behavior Program (2014-2015).

 

Treasurer:

Gil Rosenthal

Education: B.A. Biology, 1993, Harvard University; Ph.D. Zoology, 2000, University of Texas at Austin; post-doc in sensory ecology 2000-02, University of California – San Diego.

Current Position: Professor of Biology, Texas A&M University, College Station; Director, Centro de Investigaciones Científicas de las Huastecas “Aguazarca”.

Research Interests: Mate choice; evolutionary genetics of behavior; animal communication; conservation and behavior.

ABS and Related Activities: ABS Public Affairs Chair (2006-2009); organized symposium in “Environmental Impacts and Behavior” with Salvador Contreras at 2004 ABS meeting. Associate Editor for Evolution (2016-2018) and Behavioral Ecology (2009-2013). Developed CICHAZ field station in Mexico as an international resource for behavioral research (2005-date). Organized Boston Behavior Club Symposia (2004-2005) and Jornada de la Ciencia y Desarrollo Sustentable in Calnali, Mexico (2014-2015 and beyond). Service on an NSF grant review panel. 

Matthew Wund

Education: B.S. Biology, 1999, The College of New Jersey; M.S. Biology, 2001, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2005, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; post-doc in behavioral evolution 2005-2009, Clark University.

Current Position: Associate Professor of Biology, The College of New Jersey.

Research Interests: behavioral evolution, the evolution and development of antipredator behavior, the role of phenotypic plasticity (including learning) in shaping evolutionary outcomes

ABS and Related Activities: Current: ABS member (2002-present), ABS Education Committee (2014-present), ABS Genesis Poster Award judge (2013-present, co-organizer in 2014, 2015), ABS Outreach Fair (2013-present), ABS student research grant reviewer (2011, 2014), Co-organizer of the 8th International Conference on Stickleback Behavior and Evolution (2015), NSF panelist (2015) and ad hoc reviewer (2011, 2014, 2014).

 

 

 
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