Vol. 68, No. 2 | Fall 2023

2024 Election


Second President-Elect: Eileen Lacey
Glauco Machado
Member-at-Large: Eva Fischer
Felicity Muth
Program Officer-Elect: Michele Johnson
Michael Riechert

Please take the time to vote in the upcoming election! In January 2024, you will receive an E-mail from the ABS Central Office, containing a link that will take you 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. If you have any questions, contact us at [email protected].



Second President-Elect:

Eileen Lacey

Education: Ph.D. The University of Michigan: December, 1991; M.S. The University of Michigan: August, 1986; A.B. Cornell University: May, 1983

Current Position: Co-Chair and Professor of Integrative Biology and Curator of Mammals in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.  University of California, Berkeley

ABS and Related Activities

  • Member of ABS since 1987
  • Past member of two ABS committees
  • Attended more than 10 ABS annual meetings
  • 40 years of research on mammalian social behavior
  • (Past) President of two other professional societies
  • Co-Chair of Department of Integrative Biology (Berkeley)
  • Former Associate Director, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

Glauco Machado

Education: Undergraduate course: Biology at Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil (1994-1997); Graduate course: Ecology at Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil (1998-2002); Post-doc: Museu de História Natural de Campinas, Brazil (2002-2006)

Current Position: Full professor: Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

ABS and Related Activities:

1. ABS Meetings
2022: San José, Costa Rica, Plenary speaker, Three oral presentations by students, Jury of the Allee Competition; 2018: Milwaukee, USA, One oral and one poster presentation by post-docs; 2017: Toronto, Canada, One oral presentation, Three oral and two poster presentations by students and post-docs, One student received the Honorable Mention of Best Poster Presentation; 2013: Colorado, USA, One oral and one poster presentation by students; 2012: Albuquerque, USA, One oral presentation in a symposium organized in collaboration with Dr. Regina Macedo; 2009: Pirenópolis, Brazil, One oral presentation, One oral and two poster presentations by students, 2004: Oaxaca, Mexico; One oral presentation

2. Animal Behaviour
2009-present: reviewer (16 manuscripts);2020-present: associate editor

3. Student/Travel grants
2008-2010: Reviewer of the Animal Behavior Student Grant; 2017: two graduate students awarded travel grants to the ABS Meeting; 2022: two graduate students awarded travel grants to the ABS Meeting



Eva Fischer

Education:  Ph.D. Zoology Department of Biology, Colorado State University 2009 - 2015; Bachelor of Arts College of Arts and Sciences, Cornell University, Biology and French (double major) 2003 – 2007

Current Position:Assistant Professor, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior, School of Integrative Biology, Affiliate: Program in Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation; Program in Neuroscience; Carle R. Woese, Institute for Genomic Biology; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

ABS and Related Activities: I attended my first ABS conference as a graduate student. The stellar science and welcoming community have been brining me back ever since. As a new PI, it has been particularly rewarding to integrate my trainees into the community. Most of my lab members consider ABS their home society - their first conferences, awards (research and DEI), and manuscripts are all ABS. We are all grateful for the intellectual and professional support we receive from the society and its members.

Felicity Muth

Education: 2009-12   PhD, Biology, University of St. Andrews, UK; 2006-09   BSc, Zoologywith honours (1st), University of Edinburgh, UK.

Current Position:Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin

ABS and Related Activities:

  • Attendee and presenter at ABS since moving to the US (2013) and before that attended and presented at ASAB (Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour) in the UK.
  • At the ABS conference have chaired sessions and judged poster competitions.
  • Have reviewed student grants for ABS.
  • 2023 ABS Outstanding New Investigator Award.
  • Published in Animal Behaviour five times.
  • Frequent reviewer of papers in Animal Behaviour.
  • 2013 Outreach booth organizer, Animal Behavior Society at the Natural History Musuem in Boulder, Colorado. For this event I designed games relating to animals’ sensory systems to teach children and their parents about topics in sensory ecology.
  • 2013 ASAB research grant (postdoc stage).
  • Development of teaching tools for animal behavior class/ lab, made available to other researchers via: www.beecognition.com/teaching


Program Officer-Elect:

Michele Johnson

Education:  2001-2007 Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology; Ph.D.; 1997-2001 Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina B.S., Honors in Biology; minors in Chemistry and German

Current Position: Professor, Department of Biology, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas

ABS and Related Activities: Chairperson – I have been an ABS member since graduate school, regularly presenting my work at ABS conferences, most recently as a speaker in the 2022 symposium, "Bridging Brain and Behavior in the Americas." I have served as a reviewer in ABS student grant competitions, and have been a mentor in WFAB (Weaving the Future of Animal Behavior) since 2019. I also have served as an officer in the Division of Animal Behavior and as society-wide secretary in the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology.

Michael Riechert

Education: 2018,Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University College Cork;2011,Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, University of Missouri;2005-2007, Graduate Studies in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Texas; 2004, B.S. in Biology (with honors), University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Current Position:Assistant Professor, Dept. Integrative Biology, Oklahoma State University

ABS and Related Activities:

  • ABS member since 2006
  • Reviewer for Animal Behavior Society Student Research Grants (2017 - 2023)
  • Mentor to student in Turner Program (2020)
  • Mentor in ABS “Virtual Mentoring Program” (2020, 2021)
  • Mentor in ABS Latin American Affairs Committee Mentoring Program (2022 – present)
  • Trained Ally at ABS conference (2022 – 2023)


ABS Newsletter

Send general correspondence concerning the Society to Norman Lee, Secretary, at: [email protected]. Deadlines for materials to be included in the Newsletter are the 15th of the month preceding each issue. 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.

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Animal Behaviour

Animal Behavior, 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, 409 N. Park Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408, USA. E-mail: [email protected]. Phone: 812-345-0497.

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