Behavioral ecology is the study of the fitness consequences of behavior. Research in this field poses the basic question: what does an animal gain, in fitness terms, by doing this rather than that?
It combines the study of animal behavior with evolutionary biology and population ecology, and more recently, physiology and molecular biology. Adaptation is the central unifying concept.
Established in 1986, the International Society for Behavioral Ecology (ISBE) is a Learned Society run by members of the behavioural ecology research community. It exists to promote the discipline of behavioural ecology, to provide researchers in behavioral ecology with a forum to present and publish their work, exchange views, and get to know each other.
The core objectives are achieved through the publication of the society journal Behavioral Ecology and the organization of an international conference every two years. The ISBE endeavors to be open and non-discriminatory in all its activities. This includes an ‘author blind’ reviewing system for papers in the journal and in the selection of talks for the society meetings.
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