Vol. 61, No. 1 | February 2016


Practicing Best Practices in Teaching Animal Behavior

We invite ABS members to a special workshop that will take place on Saturday, July 30 at University of Missouri Columbia. We will not have invited speakers who talk about teaching. Instead, four master teachers will actually model and teach four different types of classes. This will allow participants to easily incorporate these lessons into their animal behavior courses. This workshop is targeted at graduate students, post-docs and new faculty, but everyone is welcome. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

Sampling Animal Behavior:  Dr. Susan Margulis, Associate Professor in Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation, and Biology, Canisius College, will teach a lesson on focal, scan and all-occurrences sampling. Participants will use different sampling methods to collect data from video footage. Analysis and discussion will illustrate the appropriate use of different methods to different research questions.

Teaching with Wikipedia: Dr. Joan Strassmann, Professor of Biology, Washington University. Wikipedia can be a powerful teaching tool. What better way to teach your students the strengths and weaknesses of Wikipedia than having them write for it? The Wikipedia Education Foundation is there to help, even if you don't know how to edit well yourself, there is tons of help out there! This workshop will introduce you to this wonderful resource, including information from a course on behavioral ecology.

Parental Care in the Wild (in the classroom): Dr. Alexandra Basolo, Professor of Biology, University of Nebraska, will teach how to identify behaviors exhibited by parental cichlids. Then we will collect data from video of parents, young and predators in a stream in Belize. Finally, we will learn to summarize the results and we will discuss differences between the parents.

Distinguishing Questions, Hypotheses, Predictions in Science: Dr. Stan Braude, Professor of Practice in Biology, Washington University, will teach a revealed case study that guides students along the process of asking scientific questions, offering hypotheses, forming predictions, designing experiments, and ultimately interpreting data.

This workshop offers a unique opportunity for those looking for some new ideas to incorporate into their animal behavior classes. Join these experts for some exciting hands-on learning opportunities.

- The workshop will begin at 8am and conclude at 5pm
- Breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks included




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



2016: 30 March-April 3, 12th Annual International Congress of Neuroethology, Montevideo, Uruguay, South America.

2016: 17-22 April, Animal Behavior Management Alliance Conference Annual Meeting, Tampa, Florida, United States.

2016: 16-19 May, 23rd International "Stress and Behavior" Neuroscience and Biopsychiatry Conference, St. Petersburg, Russia.

2016: 18- 21 June, Evolution 2016, Austin, Texas, United States.

2016: 22-24 June, 7th International Regional "Stress and Behavior" Neuroscience and Biopsychiatry Conference Miami Beach, Florida, United States.

2016: 29 June-2 July, 28th Annual Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES) Meeting, Vancouver, Canada.

2016: July 29-August 4, 16th International Behavioral Ecology Congress (ISBE), University of Exeter, Exeter, England, United Kingdom.

2016: July 30-August 3, 53rd Annual Meeting Animal Behavior Society (ABS), University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, United States.

2016: 21-27 August, 39th Annual American Society of Primatologists Conference, will be held jointly with the 26th Congress of the International Primatological Society Conference, Chicago, Illinois, United States.

2017: 4-8 January, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) - Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.

2017: 12-16 June, 54th Annual Meeting Animal Behavior Society, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

2017: 25-28 August, 40th meeting of the American Society of Primatologists, Washington, D.C., United States.



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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 2017 meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada must be submitted through the website: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1r5rS8u6qUE534SxsBWhobvEFIlxvb8QBJBo3MWhzOL8/viewform. Proposals are due on June 30, 2016 before the annual meeting in Missouri (July 30 – August 3: https://www.animalbehaviorsociety.org/2016). 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: Mark Hauber, E-mail: [email protected] or Jonathan Pruitt, E-mail: [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 June 30, 2016 to President Emília Martins, E-mail: [email protected]. 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]



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