Elias Lab

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 and the interplay between physics, behavior, and sexual selection.

Recent Publications

New study by Malcolm Rosenthal published on sexual selection and temperature in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B !

New study by Malcolm Rosenthal published on the sensory ecology of wolf spiders in Behavioural Ecology !

New review by Maggie Raboin published on anthropogenic noise and its effects on invertebrates in the Journal of Experimental Biology !

New paper by Ignacio Escalante published on harvestmen biomechanics in the Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society !

New collaborative study published in eLife on underwater sound production in African Clawed Frogs

New paper by Erin Brandt published on the effects of temperature on jumping spider mating behavior in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology!

New study published on peacock spider multimodal signaling in Behavioral Ecology


New collaborative study published on far field sound detection ("hearing") in jumping spiders in Current Biology ( 1, 2 , 3 , 4 )

New collaborative study published with the Wood lab on the evolution of super fast predatory strikes in trap-jaw spiders in Current Biology (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)



Congratulations to Ambika Kamath for being awarded the Jasper Loftus-Hills Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Naturalists. Ambika will be presenting her research talk at Evolution 2019 in Providence!!!!

PBS Deep Look video feature on Ignacio Escalante's research

PBS Deep Look video feature on Erin Brandt's research

Lens of Time video feature on Elias lab research

Science Friday video feature on Elias lab collaborator, Madeline Girard's peacock spider work

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

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!).