Eileen Hebets, Charles Bessey Professor in the School of Biological Sciences, is now President of the Animal Behavior Society as of late August. Elected two years ago, she spent one year as second president-elect and last year as president-elect.
Hebets specializes in the evolution and function of animal communication, sensory systems, and mating systems—and has extensively studied spiders. She was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2019.
She was also recently a guest on the society's podcast, where she discussed the cognitive abilities of arachnids, what constitutes an "extreme mating strategy", how to bring science and art together for impactful outreach, and more.