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Animal Behavior Society
Animal Behavior Society

Working towards a better understanding of animal behavior

Animal Behavior & Education

The Animal Behavior Society's Education Committee was formed to promote quality instruction and training in the area of animal behavior.

Conservation Committee Award:
Richard Buchholz Conservation Behavior Award 

The Animal Behavior Society Conservation Committee is seeking nominations for its Richard Buchholz Conservation Behavior Award which will be awarded for the first time at ABS 2020. This award was established to honor Richard Buchholz for his foundational and continuing work in integrating the fields of animal behavior and conservation biology. The award will recognize ABS members for their outstanding contributions to this integrative field of Conservation Behavior. Please consider nominating a colleague for this new award.

Nominee Requirements: Nominees must be ABS members. Members and members-elect of the Executive Committee or the Conservation Committee are not eligible for nomination until 18 months after completion of their service on the Committee. Nominees must have a research program that uses animal behavior to address conservation related issues, from management to theoretical aspects. Nominees should also have a positive reputation among peers and the public for advancing the subfield of Conservation Behavior.

Award Criteria: Criteria that will be used to assess nominees include:

  1. Publication history in the field of Conservation Behavior
  2. The number of students who have gone on to work in Conservation Behavior
  3. Courses designed and taught that are related to Conservation Behavior
  4. The number of conservation programs that have been affected through the nominee’s work
  5. The variety of approaches used by the researcher

Note: Nominees must show evidence of achievement in at least 3 of these 5 criteria.

Nomination Process: Persons wishing to make a nomination should complete the nomination form found in the link below (including a list of relevant publications, and names and contact information for at least two peers that can speak to the nominee’s work). The form found in the link below, along with a letter detailing how the nominee fits the award criteria, should be submitted to the ABS Conservation Committee Chair, by January 15, 2020; please use PDF or doc formats. If needed, the Conservation Committee will solicit additional supporting materials from the nominee and they will contact suggested peers and conservation practitioners.


The recipient of this award will receive recognition at the ABS 2020 Awards Ceremony ,and will be given a plaque from the Society.