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 and the interplay between physics, behavior, and sexual selection.
New paper published examining the evolutionary forces driving diversification in vibratory signalling in planthoppers from Hawaii in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology
New review published on phenotypic convergence in Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics
New paper published on mate guarding behavior in jumping spiders in Animal Behaviour.
New paper published on orb-weaver spider behavior in urban landscapes in Animal Behavior.
PBS Deep Look video feature on Erin Brandt's research
Lens of Time video feature on Elias lab research
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.
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!
What is the science of a vibe? Discovery Channel news segment featuring the Elias lab.