Elias Lab
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Our Lab

The goal of the Elias Lab is to understand the mechanisms that guide behavior and how these mechanisms relate to behavioral adaptation. We use a variety of systems and tools to investigate how animals produce and process complex stimuli, the interplay between physics, behavior, and sexual selection.

Recent Publications

New paper published on orb-weaver spider behavior in urban landscapes in Animal Behavior.

New papers published in the Journal of Experimental Biology on resonant flutter displays in hummingbirds (1,2).

New collaborative study with the Bensmaia lab published on surface waves and the physiology of touch receptors in primate skin in PLos One.

New paper published in the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society on courtship behavior in jumping spiders. See video clips of Coecatus group displays

New chapter on "Dynamic Population Structure and the Evolution of Spider Mating Systems" published in Advances in Insect Physiology

New paper published in PLoS One on multimodal courtship behavior in the peacock spider, Maratus volans. See video clip of peacock spider display.

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News

Carry the Radio podcast and article about Erin Brandt and research in the Elias Lab

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City spiders may spin low-vibe webs. News articles on Ronald Chung-Huey Wu's work on anthropogenic effects on orb-weaving spider behavior

Jumping spiders: An evolutionary love story - News feature on jumping spider research from the Elias lab.

Congratulations to Erin Brandt for being awarded a CiBER IGERT Traineeship!

Habronattus footage filmed in the Elias Lab featured in Discovery Channel's North America Program. Clip.

How do animals show off? Discovery channel Canada segment featuring Peacock Spiders and the work of Maddie Girard

Congratulations to Erin and Chrissy for receiving Berkeley's Graduate Division Summer Award!

Research video from the Elias Lab featured on a Tonight Show skit!

Habronattus songs sound like motorcycles aka jumping spiders go viral! buzzfeed, cheez burger,

What is the science of a vibe? Discovery Channel news segment featuring the Elias lab.

BBC article on the Elias Lab's 2012 collecting trip with collegues Maddie Girard and Thomas Shahan. Maddie discovered a new Habronattus species (or at least a new hybrid!).

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