Upcoming Events


March 1-3, 2023. Small Mammal Husbandry Symposium – Hosted by Frank Buck Zoo. Gainesville, TX. USA. Barbara Heidenreich is scheduled to participate in this event. Visit this link to learn more

March 5-10, 2023 The Animal Behavior Management Alliance and International Marine Animal Trainers Association Joint Conference. Atlanta, GA, USA.  https://www.imata.org/conference_sites/atlanta2023/index.html  Barbara is scheduled to present at this conference. Her topic is as follows.

Beyond ABC: Improving Interventions and Animal Welfare With Nonlinear Contingency Analysis

Traditional approaches to addressing undesired responses typically involve the exploration of a single desired outcome as well as the conditions under which that outcome is attained. This is known as a linear approach in which the antecedents and consequence for the behavior in question are described (Layng et al., 2022). However, a more thorough examination reveals there are many contingencies that ultimately contribute to the understanding of how and why a specific behavior is emitted. Looking at these multiple contingencies that are operating on the behavior, also known as a nonlinear contingency analysis, reveal a more accurate explanation (Layng et al., 2022). This information can lead to timely, more appropriate interventions, and ultimately improved animal welfare. Nonlinear contingency analysis also has the potential to provide answers to behavior challenges that often seem difficult to explain. This presentation will provide case studies featuring a variety of species to reveal how nonlinear contingency analysis leads to better understanding of behavior and improved interventions.


Layng, T.V. J., Andronis, P. T., III, R.T. C., & Abdel-Jalil, A. (2022). Nonlinear Contingency Analysis. Taylor & Francis. https://bookshelf.vitalsource.com/books/9781000466263 

March 23-25, 2023 AVOCET Conference hosted by Avian Behavior International. Online. Barbara Heidenreich will be a speaker at this event. Visit this link for more information. Visit this link to learn more.

May 25-29, 2023 Association of Behavior Analysis International Annual Conference Denver, CO, USA. Barbara is scheduled to participate in a panel discussion on the topic of Applications and Implications of Nonlinear Contingency Analysis and the Constructional Approach to Animal Behavior. https://www.abainternational.org/events/annual-2023.aspx

September 12, 2023 Trailblazing Trainers Animal Training Workshop Zoo Helsinki, Finland Barbara will be a co-instructor for this workshop. https://www.eaza2023.com/

September 12-16, 2023 European Association of Zoos and Aquaria Annual Conference Zoo Helsinki, Finland. Barbara will be participating in this event. https://www.eaza2023.com/

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