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.
New chapter on "Dynamic Population Structure and the Evolution of Spider Mating Systems" published in Advances in Insect Physiology
New paper published on the role of resource ownership and contests in Behavioral Ecology.
The new book “Spider Behaviour: Flexibility & Versatility” (M. Herberstein, ed) is now available from Cambridge University Press
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.
Congratulations to Maddie Girard for completing her qualifying exam!!!
Congratulations to Maddie Girard for receiving the Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) Eloise Gerry Fellowship!
Congratulations to Chrissy Rivera for receiving a UC Berkeley Graduate Division Summer Grant and Maddie Girard for receiving an Animal Behavior Student Research Grant!
Maddie Girard has just been awarded "Best Paper of 2011" for her publication on "Recruitment-dance signals draw larger audiences when honey bee colonies have multiple patrilines" in Insectes Sociaux. Congratulations Maddie!