Behaviour 2019


ABS meetings, open to ABS members and those interested in the science of animal behavior, are among the most respected scientific meetings in the animal behavior community. ABS is committed to providing a safe, productive and welcoming environment for all meeting participants and ABS staff. All participants including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, ABS staff, and service providers are expected to abide by this ABS Meetings Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct applies to all ABS meeting-related events including those sponsored by organizations other than ABS but held in conjunction with ABS events, in public or private facilities.

Expected Behavior

All participants, attendees, ABS staff, and vendors are treated with respect and consideration, valuing a diversity of views and opinions.
Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.
Communicate openly with respect for others, critiquing ideas rather than individuals.
Avoid personal attacks directed toward other attendees, participants, ABS staff and suppliers/vendors.
Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert ABS staff if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.
Respect the rules and policies of the meeting venue, hotels, ABS contracted facility, or any other venue.
In accordance with ABS policy, request permission from speakers to audio record presentations. Request permission of the Executive Committee and the speaker to video record presentations. 
Respect presenters’ requests to refrain from disseminating the contents of their presentation on social media or other public platforms. Presenters wishing to opt-out of media dissemination are encouraged to indicate their wishes by including a logo in their presentation, available here.
Unacceptable Behavior                        

Harassment, intimidation or discrimination in any form will not be tolerated.
Physical or verbal abuse of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, ABS staff member, service provider or other meeting guest will not be tolerated.
Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to, verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations; threatening or stalking any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, ABS staff member, service provider or other meeting guest.
Disruption of talks at oral or poster sessions, in the exhibit hall or at other events organized by ABS at the meeting venue, hotels, or other ABS contracted facilities will not be tolerated.

Anyone requested to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.
ABS staff (or their designee) or security may take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, e.g., a verbal warning, immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund, or reporting to the offender’s employer.
ABS reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting.
If you are the subject of unacceptable behavior or have witnessed any such behavior, please immediately notify an ABS staff member or ABS volunteer in a leadership position. The notifier is not required or expected to discuss the concern with the alleged offender. All complaints will be treated seriously and investigated promptly. Confidentiality will be honored to the extent permitted as long as the rights of others are not compromised.

Notification should be done by contacting an ABS staff person on-site or e-mail your concern to

Anyone experiencing or witnessing behavior that constitutes an immediate or serious threat to public safety is advised to contact 911 and locate a house phone, if available, and ask for security.

ABS shall not be responsible for any defamatory, offensive or illegal conduct of ABS meeting participants, and shall not be held liable for personal injury, property damage, theft, or damage of any kind suffered by the participants at or in connection with the ABS meeting.


LOCATION: ‚Äč ABS Registration Desk

Bring items to Donate! Bring items from home, pick up items in your travels, from your field sites, or obtain donations from supportive colleagues and organizations. Drop your items at the registration desk! The more items we have, the more likely the auction will be as successful as it was last year! Items that you donate for the auction will be placed at the meeting on tables next to bidding forms, or described if the item is not present. During the meeting, members will visit the tables and bid on items by entering their bid on the bidding form. The auction will continue for several days while members bid against one another. The member with the highest bid at the deadline wins the item and takes it home with them. Funds raised will support Graduate Student Research and Latin American Affairs! 

Courtyard Residence Hall (CTY)
If you have been assigned to Courtyard Residence Hall (CTY), check-in is located at the area desk of the building.  CTY is located at 700 S. Halsted St., Second Level, Chicago, Illinois 60607. Check-in is available between 8:30am - 11:30pm.  Upon arrival, let our front desk staff know you are here with the Animal Behavior Society Conference and they will provide all check-in information.  All guests are required to show a photo ID at the time of check-in.  Each guest will be assigned keys that they will use to enter the building and their rooms.  A $350 fee will be billed to you for any lost keys. 
James Stukel Towers Residence Hall  (JST)
If you have been assigned to the James Stukel Towers Residence Hall, check-in is located at the area desk of the building.  JST is located at 718 W. Rutherford Street, Second Level, Chicago, Illinois 60607. Check-in is available between 8:30am - 11:30pm.  Upon arrival, let our front desk staff know you are here with the Animal Behavior Society Conference and they will provide all check-in information.  All guests are required to show a photo ID at the time of check-in.  Each guest will be assigned keys that they will use to enter the building and their rooms.  A $350 fee will be billed to you for any lost keys.
The joint meeting of the 56th Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society and the 36th International Ethological Conference, begins Tuesday, July 23rd and concludes Saturday, July 27th, 2019.
Executive Committee Meeting - Invite Only
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Room 603)
Turner Workshop - Invite Only
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Room 713)
ABS Outreach Fair 
10:30 AM - 1:45 PM (East Terrace at Student Center East)
Opening Reception 
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (East Terrace at Student Center East)
Greet old friends, meet new ones, and enjoy some great food and drink. This event is included at no additional cost with your registration. 
ABS Film Festival
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Illinois A)
NSF Workshop - news updates
Bring your own lunch
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM (Cardinal)
Diversity Workshop
‚ÄčLunch provided for attendees (limited number)
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM (Illinois B)
Education Committee Meeting
Bring your own lunch
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM (Illinois C)
Undergraduate Luncheon & Orientation
Lunch provided for attendees (limited number)
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM (Room 605)
IEC Meeting
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM (Room 613)
Open Science practices Q&A
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM (Illinois A)
ABS Student Party 
9:30 PM - 11:30 PM (Wise Owl - off campus)
Latin Affairs Committee Meeting (open to all)
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM (Illinois C)
Elsevier Update and Feedback 
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Illinois B)
NSF Workshop - Beginning Investigators
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Cardinal)
9:30 PM - 11:00 PM (Wise Owl - off campus)
CAAB Meet and Greet (open to all)
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM (Room 603)
Diversity Committee Meeting
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM (Room 713)
IEC Lunch Meeting
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Room 613)
ABS Business Meeting
5:45 PM - 6:30 PM (Illinois B)
Lunch w/ ABS Historian 
Bring your own lunch
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Room 603)
ABS Awards Ceremony
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM (Illinois AB)
Closing Banquet (Ticket Required)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
All posters will be displayed in the Inner Circle Space in the Student Center East building. There will be three official poster sessions: Wednesday, July 24; Thursday, July 25; Friday, July 26. Assigned poster numbers are listed in this program and in the online conference program ( 
All posters must fit within an area no larger than 42” wide x 40” high. Presenters may hang up their poster on the day of their assigned session (beginning at 12:00 pm), and placed on the board with the correct number leaving the board number visible. Posters that are not removed by 10 am the following morning may be discarded. Mounting materials will be provided onsite.
Presenters are asked to stand by and present their poster from 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm during their assigned poster session.
  1. Talks will be strictly timed by moderators to keep the concurrent sessions synchronous.
  2. Contributed Talks should be 12 minutes long. There will be 3 minutes allotted for questions & transition between speakers.
  3. All rooms will have both a Mac and PC connected to the presentation system.
  4. Important Note: You will not be able to connect your own computer to the projection system for a contributed or symposium talk.
  5. All rooms will have both a Mac and PC connected to the presentation system with the current version of Powerpoint and Keynote (macs).
  6. All presentations should be formatted for 16:9 aspect ratio. Power Point: Design -> Slide Size: Wide (16:9).
  7. Please note ‘presenter view’ will NOT be available.
  8. It is highly recommended that speakers bring their presentations on a jump drive to their sessions as back-up.
  9. All speakers are expected to visit the Speaker Ready room at least 4 hours before the scheduled presentation time (or as early as possible). Talks should be tested and the final version of your presentation should be saved onto the stations located in the Speaker Ready room (located at the Registration Desk) during the following hours:
          Tuesday, July 23: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
          Wednesday, July 24 - Friday, July 26: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm             
          Saturday, July 27: 8:00 am - 11:00 am

The Lactation Room has been moved from the 2nd Floor in SCE to a more comfortable sapce in Room 609.

The rom will be unlocked from 7AM- 9:30 PM

Please let the registration desk know if you require a refrigerator. 

The 2019 Warder Clyde Allee Session for Best Student Paper Competition will be held during the annual meeting. All eligible students and recent graduates were encouraged to participate. Any independent graduate student research (including, but not limited to, the doctoral dissertation) is suitable for the application. The work presented may be part of a larger collaborative effort, but the student must be first author and have principal responsibility for conceptualization and design of the research, collection and analysis of the data, and interpretation of the results. The entrant cannot have been awarded the Ph.D. degree before the start of the preceding ABS annual meeting (for the 2019 meeting, this date is July 30, 2018). An individual can enter the session only once per lifetime.
This award is in honor of the founders of the Animal Behavior Society. It is for outstanding posters presented at the annual meeting. Any graduate student or postdoctoral member of the society in good standing is eligible to enter the competition. Applicants can indicate their intention to enter the competition by marking the appropriate box on the Meeting Abstract submission form. All Founders presenters will be expected to provide a single page preview of their poster for the judges.
Beginning in 2002, the Animal Behavior Society created the Charles H. Turner Program for undergraduate participation at the annual Society meetings. This program, previously funded by an NSF grant but now supported entirely by the Animal Behavior Society, is a travel grant that supports the goals of increasing the diversity of our membership. Selected Turner Program Fellows will receive support to travel to the Annual Conference, and participate in a one-day workshop structured to integrate students into both the meeting experience and the broader community of the Animal Behavior Society.
First presented at the 2000 ABS Annual Meeting, the Genesis Award honors the best undergraduate poster presentation at the meeting. 
The Animal Behavior Society is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of attendees at the ABS Annual meeting and within its membership.
The Latin American Travel Awards are intended to encourage greater participation of Latin American researchers in ABS meetings, by helping to defray the costs of international travel, housing, and/or meals at meetings. These awards are restricted to Latin American graduate students enrolled in programs in Latin American institutions, who will be presenting a talk/poster at the ABS meeting. Priority will be given to Ph.D. students who are attending an ABS meeting for the first time and who have not received a Latin American Travel Award in previous years. Award values vary according to funds available.
The Graduate Student Travel Grant award is intended to provide financial support for graduate students to attend and present at the annual Animal Behavior Society meeting by helping to defray the costs of travel, housing and/or meals at the meetings.
The Caregiver Travel Grant award is intended to provide financial assistance for active ABS members whose caregiving responsibilities for dependent persons would otherwise limit their ability to attend and present at the annual ABS meeting. Dependents include but are not limited to young children and aging parents. Receiving this award does not preclude ABS members from applying for additional funding from ABS.
Announcement of ABS 2019 Meeting, Career Award winners, and ABS Fellows will be made at 
the Awards Ceremony scheduled on Saturday, July 27 starting at 4:15 PM.
Attendees will need to purchase UIC parking passes in person in the parking office located inside SSB (1200 W. Harrison, Suite 2620). Please note you will not be able to reserve passes prior to their arrival. Behaviour 2019 attendees can use the following lots: Nearest UIC Forum/JST dorms: Maxwell Street Parking Structure - 701 West Maxwell Street. Nearest Student Center East: Halsted/Taylor Parking Structure -760 West Taylor Street.
Please note that if you arrive after the parking stucture hours, you may visit the conference registration desk as we have a limted numebr of daily parking passes to sell. 
Parking Fees: Weekday rate is $15, Weekend rate is $9 
WEDNESDAY, JULY 24TH - 7:45 - 8:45 AM
Computational Behavioral Ecology - Tanya Berger-Wolf, University of Illinois at Chicago
Computation has fundamentally changed the way we study nature. New data collection technology, such as GPS, high definition cameras, UAVs, genotyping, and crowdsourcing, are generating data about wild populations that are orders of magnitude richer than any previously collected. Unfortunately, in this domain as in many others, our ability to analyze data lags substantially behind our ability to collect it. In this talk I will show how computational approaches can be part of every stage of the scientific process of understanding animal sociality, from intelligent data collection (crowdsourcing photographs and identifying individual animals from photographs by stripes and spots) to hypothesis formulation (by designing a novel computational framework for analysis of dynamic social networks), and provide scientific insight into collective behavior of zebras, baboons, and other social animals. 
THURSDAY, JULY 25TH - 8:00 - 9:00 AM
Fellow’s Lecture: Robots, Telemetry, & the Sex Lives of Wild Birds: Using technology to study courtship and conservation - Gail Patricelli, University of California, Davis
Males in many species must convince females to mate by producing elaborate courtship displays tuned to female preferences, like the song of a cricket or the train of a peacock. But courtship in many species is more like a negotiation than an advertisement, thus in addition to elaborate signals, success in courtship may require tactical skills. These skills may include the ability to choose a flattering display site, respond appropriately to female courtship signals, and adjust display investment in response to the marketplace of other males and females. My lab has been investigating courtship negotiations in greater sage-grouse, which mate in an open marketplace of competing males and choosing females (the lek). I will discuss experiments using robotic females to investigate courtship interactions between the sexes. I will also discuss ongoing research investigating how off-lek foraging behaviors affect on-lek displays, and how this basic science has informed my lab’s research into human impacts on lekking activities.
THURSDAY, JULY 25TH - 9:00 - 10:00 AM
Keynote Lecture: A palace or a prison? Behavioural differences between species can predict responses to life in captivity - Georgia Mason, University of Guelph
Animal welfare science seeks to assess and improve the well-being of the 100s of billions of animals kept or killed by humans. Like conservation biology, its research questions range from applied (e.g. what are the most humane ways to kill chickens?) to fundamental (e.g. which species and life stages are sentient?). Research approaches may involve physiology or immunology, but ethology plays a crucial role. For one, behavioral responses (e.g. alarm calls; stereotypic behavior) can be useful welfare indicators: conspicuous, easy to measure, and valid (since intrinsically linked to affective states). In addition, restricting natural behavior is a major source of welfare problems. My talk will review examples of the latter in zoo animals, and in parrots kept as pets, to show how evolved behavioural differences between species can predispose them to good or poor welfare in captivity.  I will present comparative evidence that constraining natural foraging or ranging behaviour can compromise well-being in zoos and aviaries; and draw parallels between coping with ‘HIREC’ (human-induced rapid environmental changes, for example urbanization or habitat fragmentation) and coping with captivity. 
FRIDAY, JULY 26TH - 9:00 - 10:00 AM
Effects Of Early-life Stress On Learning Strategies - Neeltje Boogert, University of Exeter
The use of information provided by others is a common shortcut adopted to inform decision-making. However, instead of indiscriminately copying others, animals are often selective in what, when and whom they copy. How do they decide which learning strategy to use? My research suggests that stress hormone exposure early in life may be important. While developmental stress is often thought to hamper cognitive performance, I will argue that ecologically relevant levels of early-life stress may instead determine how individuals balance the use of different sources of information. Furthermore, early-life stress can also change individuals’ interactions with group members, which in turn can affect access to information sources and subsequent information use. I will argue that an information use approach may lead to different insights concerning individuals’ cognitive performance than one in which individuals are ranked based on their perceived ‘intelligence’.
SATURDAY, JULY 27TH - 8:00 - 9:00 AM
Building the Superorganism: Integrative insights into the evolution and regulation of insect sociality - 
Amy Toth, Iowa State University
The evolution of superorganisms, such as eusocial insect colonies composed of highly cooperative individuals working together as a single whole, has been described as a major transition in the history of life.  The question of “why?” has this extreme form of cooperation evolved has been of intense interest to biologists since Darwin. Now, armed with new tools and technologies, animal behaviorists have turned to ask “how” has this revolutionary change in life history evolved?  Wasps and bees are excellent comparative study systems for addressing such questions, because they are extremely diverse taxonomically and socially; with multiple independent origins of sociality.  Using an integrative approach that blends behavior, physiology, and genomics, our studies on bees and wasps are providing new insights into the mechanisms and evolution of cooperative societies.  I will discuss some of these, including: 1) elements of maternal behavior and reproductive physiology becoming “retooled” by evolution for new social purposes, 2) the role of resource limitation and nutritional inequalities in the regulation of cooperative behaviors, 3) incremental changes in social state based on evolutionary shifts in gene regulation based on existing phenotypic plasticity, 4) roles for both deeply conserved “toolkits” as well as newly evolved genes in the evolution of social traits.  These studies contribute to a developing picture of the molecular, organismal, and ecological processes that have enabled the evolution of biological complexity.
SATURDAY, JULY 27TH - 9:00 - 10:00 AM
President’s Lecture - Promoting animal behavior to tackle global challenges - John P. Swaddle, College of William & Mary
As a discipline, animal behavior, sits at the interface of the organism and its biotic and abiotic environment. Behavioral flexibility and selection on behaviors often mediate how animals (and other organisms) persist in environments and respond to environmental change. Hence, animal behavior should be a discipline that takes the lead in tackling some of society’s largest biologically-relevant problems (e.g. health, food security, conservation, sustainable development). I will describe several case studies where we have used a fundamental understanding of animal behavior to help solve persistent global problems, all related to avian behavior and ecology. For example, I will describe how an understanding of birds’ perception of risk and threat has led to us develop a new technology that has proven useful in reducing damages by birds to crops, without habituation. This technology will also improve aviation safety by reducing bird-aircraft strikes. Further, I will describe how birds’ perception of environmental cues in flight is leading us to develop better technology for reducing birds’ risk of collision with large human-made structures, such as communication towers, wind turbines, and high-rise buildings. Broadly, I will propose that many global challenges in health, food security, conservation, and sustainable development relate to animal behavior. The integrative approaches that many behaviorists adopt and the wealth of fundamental knowledge within our community could be harnessed to produce more reliable solutions. 
Audio recording of presentations at ABS meetings is permitted only with prior approval of the speaker. Video recording may be allowed only under special circumstances with prior approval of the Program Officers, the Executive Committee and the speaker.
The Registration Desk is located in the East Concourse as you walk into the Student Center East building. Registration will be open during the following hours:
Monday        6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday        7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday    7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday     7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday        8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Presidential Symposium: Constraints On Animal Mating Displays: Linking Production Mechanisms To Signal Function
Organizer:   Jeff Podos, ABS Immediate Past-President                                                    Illinois A     
A long-standing challenge in behavioral biology has been to explain the evolution of elaborate and conspicuous mating displays. Emerging research programs on this topic are plumbing, in new ways, the physiological and biomechanical bases of display performance, and testing if and how variation therein might influence display function. This work aims to de-emphasize generic measures of signaler quality and condition, and instead favor analyses of specific organismal traits that link directly to display attributes including vigor, skill, and consistency. Speakers in this symposium will discuss their own research on these topics, and consider how research on display mechanisms inform our broader understanding of animal communication and sexual selection.
Speakers: Sue Bertram; Mark Briffa; Marcela Fernandez-Peters; Franz Goller; Rebecca Koch; Lisa Mangiamele
Jeff Podos; Barney Schlinger 
Behavioural Plasticity: Integrating Variation Within And Among Individuals And Species
Organizers:   Ned Dochtermann, Jennifer Hellmann, Kate Laskowski and Julie Morand-Ferron                                    Illinois B     
Over the past several decades, significant advances have been made in documenting behavioural plasticity across individuals, populations, and species as well as identifying its proximate and ultimate mechanisms. Our symposium aims to highlight recent advances in the study of behavioural plasticity in relation to: the sources and consequences of within-individual variation; transgenerational effects; and the evolution of innovativeness and learning across populations and species. First, we will highlight recent statistical advances in modelling within-individual and genotype plasticity in behaviour, novel insights into the underlying mechanisms of this variation, and its ecological consequences. Second, we will explore how variation in parental experiences (e.g., predation) and parental care induce plasticity in offspring phenotypes. In this regard, we will discuss the relative influence of maternal and paternal effects as well as interactions between genetic variation, early life experiences, and parental experiences. Finally, we will move beyond individuals to discuss how species level variation in behavioural plasticity is crucial to species persistence in a changing environment and reflects aspects of brain function and evolution. We highlight advances in our understanding of the evolution of innovativeness, learning and the brain, stemming from a diversity of approaches including large-scale comparative studies, artificial selection experiments, and the study of intraspecific variation in natural populations. Collectively, we aim to stimulate future research into the causes of variation in behavioural plasticity and its evolutionary significance.
Speakers: Rahia Mashoodh; Abraham Kuijper; Sarah Donelan; Jennifer Hellmann; Alex Kotrschal; Louis Lefebvre; Jean-Nicolas Audet; Daniel Sol; Julie Morand-Ferron; Kate Laskowski; Julia Saltz ; Judy Stamps; Benjamin de Bivort 
Proximate Mechanisms Of Complex Sociality
Organizers:   Emily H. DuVal and Blake C. Jones                                                        Illinois B     
Complex social behaviors are an essential part of the lives of many animals, and are shaped by needs for reproduction, foraging, and survival. These social behaviors range from aggressive interactions to cooperation to parental care, and vary considerably both within and among species. The integration of molecular genetics, neurobiology, and physiology with animal behavior have garnered new insights into the proximate causes and consequences of complex sociality. Understanding the proximate mechanisms of social behaviors will help us better understand the adaptive function of these behaviors and ultimately the evolution of sociality. This symposium showcases recent advances in our understanding of the proximate regulation and mediation of animal sociality from the perspective of a variety of fields of study, and to highlight areas of developing research.
Speakers: Bruce Cushing, Alex Jordan, Jenny Tung, Aubrey Kell,y Alex Walton, Blake Jones, Emily DuVal, Rebecca Calisi
Allee Symposium for Best Student Paper
Organizer:   Esteban Fernandez-Juricic, ABS Second President-Elect                                                Cardinal     
This symposium features outstanding graduate student research, with an award for the best paper, and is a highlight of ABS meetings. The session honors Dr. Warder Clyde Allee (1885–1955), an animal behavior researcher who was very influential in the development and direction of animal behavior research in the 20th century. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1951 and ranks among the leading twentieth century ecologists, especially for his work in behavioral and animal ecology. In the 2019 ABS Allee Session, students will present their research to ABS members and talk judges.
Animal Behaviour On An Urbanized Planet
Organizer:   James Chadwick Johnson                                                            Illinois B     
As more than ½ of the human population now lives in rapidly expanding urban centres, urbanization is a particularly important example of ‘human-induced rapid environmental change’ (HIREC). The impact that urbanization has on the biota and ecosystems around us has unknown consequences for the long-term sustainability of habitats (both human and non-human). We will present a symposium, well-balanced across taxa, that addresses several emerging themes in the behavioural ecology of urban organisms. In particular, we aim to highlight theory and data that address the intuitive idea that behavioural plasticity in these rapidly changing environments is key for the success of urban organisms. Second, we ask participants to emphasize the benefits of coupling mechanistic and functional approaches in studies of urban behaviour. Third, we address a relatively new theme in urban ecology by examining the implications of spatial/environmental heterogeneity within and across cities. Indeed, this latter issue has the potential to help us understand (predict) how HIREC can affect behaviour (and potentially biodiversity) differently across the landscape. We bring a vibrant and diverse group of symposium participants (e.g. researchers from varied career stages and histories of ABS participation) and a pair of seasoned urban behavior researchers as organizers that will shepherd the discussion to yield the highest impact.
Speakers: James    Johnson, Megan    Kobiela, Kevin McGraw, Mark McDonnell, Oriol LaPiedra, Julie Young, Seth Magle
Cross-taxa Perspectives On Behavior And Developmental Origins
Organizers:   Stacy Rosenbaum and Elizabeth Archie                                                        Illinois A     
The developmental origins of later life outcomes, including health, fitness, and life history variables, are still murky in most biological systems. Although experimental work has shed some light on the physiological and (epi)genetic mechanisms regulating the connection between early (or even pre-conception) experiences and later outcomes, behavior is a relatively underexplored frontier in the developmental origins literature. This session will curate papers that integrate developmental origins questions and behavioral data in a range of animal species. Understanding how behavior mediates relationships between early experience and later outcomes is crucial for testing, shaping, and refining foundational theoretical frameworks to understand early life effects. For example, behavior contains important information about how and why organisms make the life history tradeoffs they do, helping us distinguish amongst competing models of the connection between experiences and outcomes that may be removed by months, years, or even decades.
A complete understanding of developmental origins requires both proximate and ultimate levels of explanation. Research on captive populations, which provides critical experimental control and the ability to test causality, needs to be paired with work on wild populations, where organisms are subject to the context and selective pressures that shaped their evolutionary history. Therefore, this session will contain a mix of participants who study wild and captive populations. It will include papers that focus on animals whose life histories span the slow-to-fast continuum, to highlight where (and where not) lessons learned from one end of the spectrum can be applied to the other.
Speakers: Ben Dantzer, Christopher Kuzawa, Amanda Lea, Jill    Mateo, Ken Norris, Denis Reale, Stacy Rosenbaum, Oliver Schuelke, Elinor Sullivan
The When, Why and How of New Animal Conversations
Organizers:   E. Dale Broder and Robin Tinghitella                                                                     Illinois B     
Signals used in animal communication are often under stabilizing selection ensuring that senders and receivers speak the same language. Individuals that send signals outside of the norm may not be seen or heard, and receivers that do not perceive or appropriately respond to signals could be left out of the conversation. How, then, do novel signals evolve? We know very little about the mechanisms that would favor the maintenance and fixation of a new signal, and next to nothing about the matching changes that must occur in the receiver to produce a coupled response. This symposium will include ultimate musings on how interactions among selective forces may lead to novel signals as well as conversations about mechanistic approaches exploring the genetic and physical processes involved in signal production and reception.
Speakers: Dale Broder, Robin Tinghitella, Gil Rosenthal, Molly Morris, Rafa Rodriguez, Malcolm Rosenthal, Brett Seymore
Embracing The Complexity Of Animal Social Systems Using Multilayer Network Analysis
Organizers:   Matthew Silk, David Fisher, and Matthew Hasenjager                                                        Illinois B     
Social network analysis has generated substantial insight into how behavioural interactions and social relationships within animal populations shape key evolutionary and ecological processes. Previously, social networks have typically been constructed that consider only a single interaction type or aggregate multiple forms of interaction or association within a single network. In reality, animal sociality is multi-faceted, e.g. animals mate, fight, cooperate and compete with one another, and important feedbacks exist between these different relationships. Moreover, animal networks are dynamic systems embedded within the physical environment and wider ecological community whose structure and properties can shift over time. New analytical tools are needed to disentangle the impacts of such interdependencies on social processes, especially given the ever-increasing availability of high-resolution data on many different interaction types. Multilayer network approaches can account for the interconnected nature of animal socio-ecological systems by enabling multiple networks to be analysed within an integrated framework. For example, multiple behavioural interactions can be combined within a multiplex network, or social and spatial networks can be combined within interconnected networks. Therefore, multilayer networks offer a powerful approach for understanding the complexity of animal sociality, from teasing apart how social relationships develop within groups to establishing how movement networks shape population connectivity. Our symposium will provide an opportunity for collaborations between network scientists working on multilayer approaches, ecologists, and animal behaviour researchers. We will set out how multilayer approaches can contribute to key questions in behavioural ecology and provide a practical introduction to key analytical approaches.
Speakers: Noa Pinter-Wollman; Kelly Finn; Louise Barrett; Sandra Smith-Aguilar; Subhadeep Paul
We are pleased to welcome you to Chicago, Illinois for the 56th annual meeting of the Animal Behavior Society and joint meeting with the Ethological Congress.  We look forward to hosting you on our campus at the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC), which is the largest university in the Chicago area. Chicago is an ideal location with easy access from across the country and around the world. 
Chicago welcomes more than 50 million visitors a year who come to enjoy the city’s striking architecture as well as world-class museums, theaters, and restaurants. In the summer, visitors can also enjoy Chicago’s beautiful lake front beaches and parks, street festivals, and outdoor concerts. The UIC campus is located just west of downtown Chicago’s “loop” in the University Village neighborhood.  It is a short walk to Greektown, Little Italy, Chinatown and the trendy West Loop neighborhood.  Grant Park, Millennium Park and the Art Institute are less than two miles from campus. Transportation should be simple as the “Blue line” serves the campus (UIC-Halsted station) and connects UIC to downtown Chicago as well as O’Hare Field. Several bus lines also serve the campus.
We are looking forward to a diverse program, with some outstanding plenary speakers, symposia and workshops. Plenary speakers will include Gail Patricelli (University of California, Davis), Georgia Mason (University of Guelph), Amy Toth (Iowa State University) and local Keynote Tanya Berger-Wolf (University of Illinois, Chicago). Conference symposia include “Animal behavior on an urbanized planet", “Cross-taxa perspectives on behavior and developmental origins”, “Proximate causes of complex sociality” and “Phenotypic plasticity”.  The ABS president’s plenary will be given by John Swaddle (College of William and Mary). 
Other highlights include the annual graduate student Allee Award session, the Charles H. Turner Workshop for undergraduates (by invitation), a pre-conference Outreach Fair, as well as Public Day (Saturday). The Pre-conference day also includes workshops on teaching and a workshop on “Weaving the future of animal behavior”. Please take the time to look at the full list of programs and events as there is sure to be something for everyone! 
The Behaviour 2019 conference will be intellectually stimulating, as well as a fun time to meet old friends and make new ones. Please check the mobile web app and meeting Twitter for updates and more details about events. 
Please enjoy UIC campus and the beautiful city of Chicago, and, of course, the amazing research that will be presented. We are delighted you are here!
WiFi is available for all conference attendees in the Student Center East building using the  following UIC Guest Wireless accounts:
Login 1: absc_2
Password : has5con8
Login 2: absc_3
Password: com9swiv
TUESDAY, JULY 23RD | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Weaving the Future of Animal Behavior Workshop 
Organizers: Emilia Martins              
Room 302 -  Student Center East Building
The Weaving the Future of Animal Behavior workshop is an annual event for early-career professionals in animal behavior. The workshop will consist of panel discussions and other activities on topics such as developing a funding strategy, building a research group, time management, teaching strategies, and professional networking. At the end of the workshop, we will form peer-mentoring circles that will continue to meet via video-conferencing throughout the subsequent year.
TUESDAY, JULY 23RD | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Conservation Behavior Workshop: Implications of Solar Power on Wildlife Conservation     
Organizer: Barbara Clucas, ABS Conservation Committee Chair              
Room 613 - Student Center East Building 
The Conservation Committee is hosting a workshop again this year. Fee to attend: $25 non-students, $20 students, and $5 developing nations attendees.
TUESDAY, JULY 23RD | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Developing A Concept Inventory To Evaluate Student Learning In Undergraduate Animal Behavior Courses 
Organizer: Ben Dantzer              
Illinois B - Student Center East Building 
The workshop is free and any ABS attendee is encouraged to attend.
Undergraduate courses in animal behavior are taught across the world and are often the gateway into a career in the natural sciences. However, there is currently no common tool to evaluate student learning across animal behavior courses. Concept inventories are widely used in the natural sciences as a robust way to assess comprehension of course materials. They are a jargon-free list of multiple choice questions that are developed for the core competencies of a specific discipline and are carefully validated (e.g., document misconceptions, list learning goals, evaluate efficacy). A concept inventory does not yet exist for animal behavior. The aim of this Behaviour 2019 workshop is for attendees to design a concept inventory for animal behavior. Invited workshop participants will be diverse in gender, race, career stage, level of analysis (mechanism, function) and taxonomic focus of their research. The workshop will be advertised and open to all Behaviour 2019 attendees. The outcome of the workshop will be a finalized list of core competencies and misconceptions in animal behavior. After soliciting feedback and modifying the list accordingly, we will validate the concept inventory by circulating it to instructors of animal behavior courses. After publication, this would be a widely available tool used to assess comprehension of the discipline of animal behavior.
TUESDAY, JULY 23RD | 10:30 AM - 1:45 PM
ABS 2019 Outreach Fair
Organizers: ABS Education Committee              
East Terrace - Student Center East Building 
Keynote Speaker: Seth Magle, Lincoln Park Zoo, 2PM -3PM in Illinois A at UIC’s Student Center East building                            
Faculty members and graduate students representing over a dozen animal behavior research laboratories from across the US, Canada, South America and Australia will offer multiple activities highlighting current research questions, as well as the tools and techniques used in field research.  Using interactive displays, activities, and live animals, learn more about how insects, frogs, fish and mammals help scientists to learn more about how our brains, bodies, and world works. Listen to insects walk, get up close and personal with reptiles, make your own cricket song, blow dart a ‘baboon,’ radio-track a mouse, and hear popular songs through the ‘ears’ of other animals. Activities will be available for children of all ages!
TUESDAY, JULY 23RD | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Animal Behavior Lab Activities: Engaging Students in the Science of Animal Behavior 
Organizers: Heather Zimbler-DeLorenzo, Andrea Bierema, Deborah Boege-Tobin and Eduardo Bessa              
Illinois C -  Student Center East Building
Are you a hawk or a dove? Have you ever seen earwigs taking care of their young? Come find out and learn about other ideas for lab activities, including simulations, research skills, and experimental design. At this year’s Education Workshop, participants will learn about different potential learning goals of lab activities and will participate in three different hands-on activities. Presenters will discuss how these ideas were developed and provide opportunities to discuss ideas for adapting these ideas for your own goals, as well as challenges in implementing them. This workshop is free. 
SATURDAY, JULY 27TH | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2019 Public Day 
Organizer: ABS Applied Animal Behavior Committee and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists              
302 - Student Center East Building 
Free and open to the public. No registration required.