ASAB Winter Newsletter 2017

Message from ASAB's Secretary, Dave Shuker

Your international society

On behalf of ASAB Council, I would like to remind all members that ASAB is a proudly international society, and that an open, inclusive scientific community that knows no borders is what we aspire to. We will strive to do all we can to make sure that animal behaviour researchers are welcomed everywhere, and that no walls will come between us.

New membership website

We hope that the new ASAB Membership Website is proving to be a success with you all. A very big Thank You to all of you who have renewed, or recently joined, using the new website. We are aware of one or two glitches that some of you have experienced, so thank you for your patience. Fortunately, it looks as though most of you have been able to successfully renew and join without a hitch! We will keep ironing out any problems that arise, so do please let us know if anything untoward happens. We will also be in touch soon with those of you who are either life members or who pay by standing order, so that you can update contact details as needed. Please, all of you do keep us up to date with your contact details – we know that our careers often move us around over the years, so do please let us keep in touch with you! We would hate to lose you.

Anna Wilkinson is your Membership Secretary, and the person to contact with queries and questions (
Read more about the membership website

ASAB Education News

During British Science Week, 10 - 19th March, five brilliant ASAB scientists will be pitted against each other in the online schools event “I’m a scientist, get me out of here…“. They are taking part in the Animal Behaviour Zone which is sponsored by the ASAB education committee. To survive, the 5 ASAB scientists will have to give their best answers to animal behaviour questions, as judged by young people across the UK. The winner receives £500 to spend on outreach to local schools. If you know a school which might like to take part, please encourage them to sign up here.

ASAB Undergraduate Recognition Award

The ASAB education committee is very excited to announce the establishment of the ASAB Undergraduate Recognition Award. This award recognises undergraduates who have produced outstanding work in the field of animal behaviour at their institution. The prize is awarded by individual institutions and includes membership of ASAB for one year. 

Out and About

The Education Team have been out and about around the country engaging with teachers of science. In January we attended the Association for Science Education conference at The University of Reading. Our Education Secretary, Dr Rupert Marshall, talked to fifty teachers, describing how game theory can be used to explain animal behaviour, economics, and politics; how animals evolved to resolve conflicts, and then gave real life examples using current political figures.
Read more Education Committee news

ASAB Meetings 2017
ASAB Easter meeting 2017 April 5th - 7th, University of Liverpool, UK

ASAB’s Easter meeting is aimed at postgraduate students and postdocs, but is open to anyone interested in animal behaviour. The meeting includes a postgraduate workshopRegistration open until March 15th

Innovation in cultural systems 25th and 26th May, Birmingham, UK

Elisa Bandini and Eva Reindl, two doctoral researchers at the School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, will be hosting this two-day interdisciplinary conference. To register, please email: with your name, position and affiliation before the 1st April 2017. This meeting is sponsored by an ASAB interdisciplinary workshop grant.
Behaviour 2017 July 30th - August 3rd Estoril, Portugal

A joint meeting of the 35th International Ethological Conference (IEC) and the 2017 Summer Meeting of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB). Call for abstracts open until April 28th

Understanding bird behaviour in a changing world, with a special focus on bird senses, 14-15th September, ZSL London Zoo.

This symposium will discuss bird behaviour in a changing world, and the function of avian senses in behaviour. Register here.

This meeting is sponsored by an ASAB interdisciplinary workshop grant & the Zoological Society of London.
ASAB Winter Meeting 7th-8th December 2017, Zoological Society of London.
Sexual selection: do we still need to test the alternatives?

Organised by Professor Nina Wedell and Dr David Shuker. This meeting will explore the latest findings in sexual selection, in terms of both theory and experiment, and map the way forward for the next generation of sexual selection researchers.

ASAB Grant Committee news

ASAB grant awards
from the December meeting

ASAB Research grants (from a total of 4 applications): Kyriacos Kareklas, Queen’s University of Belfast. The effects of noise pollution on social interactions. £7,398. (Note that this grant is contingent on a successful PhD award in early 2017).

ASAB Interdisciplinary Workshop grants: Elisa Bandini and Eva Reindl, University of Birmingham. Innovation in cultural systems – an interdisciplinary meeting. £5,000.

Undergraduate Project Scholarship Report

Leslie Nitsche recently completed an Undergraduate Project Scholarship titled, "Are male mate preference and sperm allocation altered by meiotic drive?" Leslie investigated the impact of meiotic drive on male mating preference in the Malaysian stalk-eyed fly, Teleopsis dalmanni. You can read the grant report here.
Jobs and other meetings
Wyatt TD (2017) Animal behaviour: A very short introduction. (OUP).
“… discusses how animal behaviour has evolved, how behaviours develop in each individual (considering the interplay of genes, epigenetics, and experience), how we can understand animal societies, and how we can explain collective behaviour such as swirling flocks of starlings. Using lab and field studies from across the whole animal kingdom, he looks at mammals, butterflies, honeybees, fish, and birds, analysing what drives behaviour, and exploring instinct, learning, and culture. Looking more widely at behavioural ecology, he also considers some aspects of human behaviour.”
The book is written for non-specialists and is designed be appropriate for introductory courses in animal behaviour.

Email if you’d like to see a sample chapter. Request an inspection copy
(In USA, it comes out in May 2017)

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