International Society for Behavioral Ecology Congress 2020 (ISBE 2020)

The International Society for Behavioral Ecology is pleased to announce that the 18th International Behavioral Ecology Congress will be hosted in Melbourne, Australia from Sunday 27 September to Friday 2 October 2020.

ISBE congresses are held every two years and attract a lively mix of behavioral ecologists at all career stages from around the globe.

There is an exciting program, which includes top-notch plenaries, as well as oral and poster sessions presenting the latest research.  Blind reviewing of abstracts, ISBE travel support for students and participants from developing nations, and free onsite child care ensure the widest participation.  And as a break from the science there are mid-congress excursions and a well established football tournament – the hottest fixture in international football!

The Organising Committee invites you to join us in Melbourne in 2020.  To stay abreast of the latest updates and news regarding the Congress, please register your interest here.

More information can be found here. We look forward to seeing you in Melbourne.


Key Dates:

  • Call for Abstracts Opens: Wednesday 2 October 2019
  • Call for Abstracts Closes: Monday 2 March 2020
  • Registration Opens: Monday 3 February 2020
  • Early Bird Registration Deadline: Tuesday 26 May 2020

Multiple funded PhD positions: Experimental Psychology at Oklahoma State University.

We are writing to announce multiple funded PhD positions for incoming graduate students in Experimental Psychology at Oklahoma State University.

OSU is one of very few universities in the U.S. with multiple social scientists trained in evolutionary approaches to behavior), including Jennifer Byrd-Craven (psychobiology) and Jaimie Arona Krems (social psychology) in Psychology. Byrd-Craven and Krems co-founded the new and growing Oklahoma Center for Evolutionary Analysis, which includes Mary Towner (human behavioral ecology) and other faculty in Integrative Biology. Topics of interest can be found on lab webpages, and include female sociality, friendship, cooperation, conflict, hormones and neurobiology, human family systems, and stereotyping and prejudice.

Please extend this information to engaged and interested undergraduate students and others seeking to apply to graduate school this cycle.

We welcome students from interdisciplinary backgrounds (e.g., biology, anthropology) as well as students with interest but no current training in evolutionary approaches. We also encourage students from groups underrepresented in the sciences to apply. Students should contact prospective mentors directly. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2019. Application information can be found here

18th Annual Evolutionary Psychology Preconference at SPSP

Dear colleagues,

We are excited to announce the 18th Annual Evolutionary Psychology Preconference at SPSP, which will take place Thursday, February 27th, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

More information can be found at our webpage, and you can register now on SPSP’s website.

We have an incredible lineup of speakers, including:

On the heels of last year’s successful break-out lunch session, we’re again offering attendees a chance to gain practical insight from leading minds. Douglas Kenrick & Steven Neuberg (Arizona State University) will lead this year’s session: “Marketing Yourself as an (Evolutionary) Social Psychologist.” (This session is free for registered attendees.)

We will also feature a poster session and a data blitz session. We encourage both graduate students and faculty to submit their work for presentation. Abstract submissions will open on 10/1 and will close on 11/22 at 11:59pm. Presenters will be notified in early December, well before the early-bird registration deadline. Presenters can submit via our webpage.

Feel free to reach out with questions. We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!
– Co-organizers Jaimie Arona Krems (Oklahoma State University) & Michael Barlev (Arizona State University)

Invitation for paper proposals: Special multidisciplinary issue on social support and maternal and child health

We would like to invite authors from any discipline to submit a paper proposal for a special issue on social support and maternal and child health, organised and edited by Dr Abigail Page, Dr Emily Emmott and Dr Sarah Myers. We particularly welcome original research proposals (quantitative, qualitative or mixed-method), as well as interdisciplinary paper.


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Deadline for paper proposal: 6th September, 6pm GMT


Contribution types: Original research, reviews, opinion pieces and perspectives between 2,000 – 8,000 words depending on the contribution.


What you need to submit: A title, an abstract describing the proposed paper content, its contribution and relevance to the topic, your academic discipline, author and affiliation list.


For questions and submissions:

When making a submission, please include “Proposal for special issue” in your e-mail subject.


Timeline: The final decision on the inclusion of your proposed paper in the special issue will be made by the 20th Sept, 6pm GMT. The decision will be made based on the suitability of the proposed paper in terms of topic, and its contribution to the special issue. Once paper contributions are finalised, organisers will submit the special issue proposal to Phil Trans B. If successful we expect to have the confirmation by mid-Dec. 2019, and the first submission of papers will be expected for peer-review by April-May 2020. Revisions and final submission will be expected by Oct.-Nov. 2020 for publication in Jan. 2021.


Organisers and editors:  Dr Abigail Page (LSHTM, MRC Research Fellow), Dr Emily Emmott (UCL, Senior Teaching Fellow in Biological Anthropology), Dr Sarah Myers  (UCL, Honorary Research Associate in Evolutionary Anthropology)


Confirmed contributors: Prof. Rebecca Sear, Dr Kirsty Budds, Dr Lia Betti, Dr Masahito Morita, Dr Lee Gettler, Dr Adam Boyette, Prof. Betty Kirkwood, Dr Rob Hughes, Dr Marina Daniele, Mairi Macleod, Dr Rihlat Said Mohammed, Prof. David Coall (spanning fields of public health, anthropology, human ecology, human biology, midwifery, paleoanthropology, demography and social psychology)


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Mother and child health have long been under a spotlight, with an array of institutions and agencies targeting the mother-child unit as a key to development and improved population outcomes. This focus is found in public health approaches in low, middle and high income countries alike. However, mothers and their children do not exist in a vacuum; social support structures provide essential scaffolding for both mothers and children. Indeed, the discourse on mother-child health increasingly acknowledges the importance of social support; however, what constitutes social support is often poorly defined, and it may variously be conceived as stemming from informal social structures (such as relatives or friends), formal support networks in terms of voluntary peer structures, health visitors and midwifes, as well as wider social institutions. Despite these varying concepts of support, there is typically a strong nuclear family bias regarding the scrutiny of, and interventions to augment, caregiving, to the exclusion of other potentially important actors.


Different disciplines – from psychology to anthropology, sociology, epidemiology, demography, public and population health – all approach the topic with different perspectives, assumptions and outlooks. When research remains contained within disciplinary confines, it risks not only being blinkered to the benefits of alternative approaches but also reducing its impact by failing to reach a wider audience. A holistic picture of social support and its consequences for maternal and child health is essential to effect change and can only be achieved with communication across disciplinary boundaries. This call for a multidisciplinary issue seeks to bridge the disciplinary gap and facilitate collaboration between researchers from any discipline working on social support in the context of maternal and child health.


During a very successful workshop held at UCL on social support and maternal-child health we established how important interdisciplinary work is to improve how we can support mothers with young children. This workshop brought together a real synergy of researchers from diverse backgrounds all trying to better understand the nature of social support and the impact it has. The workshop also spent time discussing how we can better improve interdisciplinary links to improve research. One conclusion reached was the importance of working on themes (i.e. mother and child health and social support) rather than just within our academic boundaries (the workshop summary can be found here). The next step on from this workshop is the production of a special edition on mother-child health and social support which approaches the issue from a range of perspectives. Details of the workshop and further work by Emily, Sarah and Abbey can be found at our OSF pages:


As Emily, Sarah and Abbey have a background in evolutionary anthropology, we are actively seeking more contributions from other disciplines, including but not limited to, public health, epidemiology, nursing and midwifery, demography, psychology, sociology, and education research.


If you have any questions about the topic, possible contribution ideas or any of the above information, please do not hesitate to email Abbey at

Call for Papers: Sports, Games, & Athletics in Evolutionary Perspective

The journal Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences is publishing a special issue on “Sports, Games, and Athletics in Evolutionary Perspective,” edited by Robert Deaner and Andrew Gallup. Researchers with an interest in issues relevant to sports, games, and athletics and the evolutionary behavioral sciences are invited to submit original, unpublished work in the form of an empirical research article, brief report, or review article. The special issue is open to empirical articles and reviews, and the submission deadline is Dec 31, 2019. For more information please see:

Faculty Opening: The Centre for Culture & Evolution at Brunel University London

The Centre for Culture and Evolution at Brunel University London is looking for new faculty! Applicants with interests in cultural evolution (broadly defined) are welcome for lecturer or senior lecturer positions. Applicants with a specialty in cultural evolution, including those who focus on ‘microevolutionary’ change within populations (i.e., teaching, imitation and forms of biased social transmission) or ‘macroevolutionary’ change over long periods of time (i.e., societal change, phylogenetics and gene-culture coevolution) are of particular interest. Come join a great group of interdisciplinary culture and evolution scholars.

New funding programme: The evolution of science and religion as meaning-making systems

We are delighted to announce an approximately $3 million funding programme for research on the evolution of science and religion as meaning-making systems, with funds and support provided by the Templeton Religion Trust and the Issachar Fund. This programme seeks to utilize the tools and insights of evolutionary and behavioral science to explore conflict and complementarity in the science-religion relationship, and to better understand and inform narratives about this relationship. We will explore the deep origins, universal dispositions, and cross-cultural variations of these meaning-making systems, to build a big-picture view of the evolution of science and religion across human cultures. A variety of awards are available, from doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships to early/mid/senior career research grants. Deadlines are 05 September 2019 for expressions of interest, and 15 November 2019 for invited full applications. For more information and the full RFP, please visit

Call for Studies: Meta-Analysis on self-percieved mate value and socio-sexual orientation (SOI) in men

Dear researchers, colleagues, and students,

Our team is conducting a meta-analysis on self-perceived mate value and socio-sexual orientation (SOI) in men. We are looking for any published or unpublished studies (e.g., manuscripts, doctoral dissertations, file drawer) or data on this topic.

Specifically, we are looking for studies that include:

  1. Any measure of self-perceived mate value. These may include the Self-Perceived Mate Value scales, the Mate Value Scale, or other measures of self-perceived attractiveness.
  2. Socio-sexual orientation (SOI or SOI-R) or Short-Term Mating Orientation

If you have any work on this topic, we would like include it in our analyses. Please send the study information (i.e. manuscripts, correlation and Ns of your studies, or raw data) at your earliest convenience, or feel free to contact us with any questions you may have to

Ideally, we’d like to receive responses by July 26th, 2019. We understand that our request requires some effort; however, we would be very grateful if you were willing to help us out. We will cite all contributions appropriately in our paper.


Thank-you for your help in doing good science!

Amanda Rotella, Jessica Desrochers, and Steven Arnocky

University of Guelph and Nipissing University

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, Oakland University

The Department of Psychology at Oakland University ( invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor beginning Fall, 2019. Area of specialization is open, but preference will be given to candidates with interest in teaching Research Design, Statistics, and a commitment to undergraduate teaching and student learning. A market competitive salary plus excellent fringe benefits are provided.

Qualified applicants are expected to have a Ph.D. in Psychology at the time of appointment and will be expected to teach sections of Research Design, Statistics, and other classes at the undergraduate level. Qualified applicants must demonstrate ability to engage undergraduate students in the classroom.

Oakland University is a nationally recognized doctoral research institution located on 1,443 acres of scenic land in the cities of Rochester Hills and Auburn Hills in Oakland County, Michigan. The University has 132 bachelor’s degree programs and 138 graduate degree and certificate programs. Academics include programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Education and Human Services, School of Engineering and Computer Science, School of Health Sciences, School of Medicine and School of Nursing.

Applicants must submit documents electronically at Include: 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, 4) teaching philosophy, and 5) Diversity Statement. Arrange for the electronic submission of at least two letters of reference. Recommendation letters should address teaching skills, experience, and potential for future teaching. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Keith Williams, Search Committee Chair, Review of applications will begin immediately with a preference to fill the position by July 31, 2019. Oakland University is an equal opportunity employer, and women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

2nd Biennial Heterodoxy In Psychology Conference

January 9-12, 2020

Chapman University | Doubletree Hotel, Orange, CA

The Heterodoxy in Psychology Conference provides an interactive forum for the exchange of research and ideas that are ideologically and intellectually heterodox in the science, teaching, and practice of psychology and closely allied disciplines.

For details about the conference, including information about submitting paper or poster proposals: