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Hermaphrodites, predatory actions and fertility decline are among topics at behavior conference

July 18, 2008

ITHACA, N.Y. - Behavior spanning the wide spectrum of the animal and human world will be examined at the 12th International Behavioral Ecology Congress, hosted by the International Society for Behavioral Ecology, on Aug. 10 -14, 2008, at Cornell University in Ithaca.

In addition to talks and poster sessions, the congress will feature plenary sessions on:
  • Suzanne Alonzo, assistant professor ecology and evolutionary biology, Yale University, on "When Theory Meets Data: What We Don't Know About Sexual Selection and Mating Systems,"
  • Nico Michiels, professor in zoology at the University Tuebingen, Germany, on "Hermaphrodites: Sexual Opportunists with a Long Term Problem,"
  • Ben Hatchwell, professor, animal and plant sciences, The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, on "Kinship, Cooperation And Population Structure In Social Birds,"
  • Yael Lubin, The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University, Israel, on "Evolution of sociality in spiders,"
  • Ken Catania, associate professor of biological sciences, Vanderbilt University, on "A Sensory Arms Race? - The Senses and Predatory Behaviors of Shrews and Moles," and
  • Ruth Mace, professor of evolutionary anthropology, Oxford University, United Kingdom, on "The Behavioral Ecology of Fertility Decline."

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The program Web site: http://www.isbe2008cornell.org/program_talk.php

NOTE: Journalists are welcome to attend the 12th International Behavioral Ecology Congress. Registration fees for journalists will be waived, but journalists are responsible for their own hotel accommodations and meals. Journalists, if they wish, may participate in a conference meal plan. For details and media registration, please contact Blaine Friedlander, Cornell Press Relations Office at (607) 254-8093.

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