Elias Lab


Malcolm Rosenthal

Malcolm Rosenthal

Lab Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Current Position: Adjunct Professor - Sarah Lawerence College Rosenthal is interested in animal behavior, mate choice, and the evolution of complex communication systems. His work examines evironmental variability influences on courtship behavior 


Ambika Kamath

Ambika Kamath

Current position: Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, Bolder. Kamath is broadly interested in the consequences of individual variation in behavior for the ecological and evolutionary trajecto ries of populations and species.



Erin Brandt

Lab Position: Graduate Student
Current Position: Post-doctoral Fellow - University of Western Ontario
Research Interests: Sexual selection and thermal physiology in ectotherms
Brandt graduated in 2019.

Nacho Escalante

Ignacio Escalante

Lab Position: Graduate Student
Current Position: Post-doctoral Fellow - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Research Interests: Behavioral plasticity, biomechanics, autotomy
Ignacio graduated in 2020


Benjamin Kessler


Benji Kessler

Lab Position: Graduate Student
Current Position: Founder of Joy Tutoring
Research Interests: sensory ecology and foraging behavior
Benji graduated in 2020




Christine Rivera

Lab Position: Graduate Student
Rivera is broadly interested in behavioral ecology, sexual selection, and mating behavior. Her primary research focuses on acoustic, visual, and multi-modal communication. She received her B.A. from Hampshire College, where she studied animal behavior, with a focus on bioacoustics and physiology. Rivera graduated in 2016.


Jennifer Taylor

Lab Position: Postdoctoral Fellow 2010
Current Position: Associate Professor, Scripps Marine Institute
Research interests: Impact mechanics of mantis shrimp telsons and crab acoustics.


J. Patrick Kelley

Lab Position: Post-doctoral Fellow
Current Position: Research Scientist - University of Wyoming
His research interests include Neotropical rainforest birds, predator-induced physiological and behavioral plasticity and predator-driven natural selection. He also studies bioacoustics of Neotropical birds, focusing on information transfer and geographic variation. 


Karena Tang

Position: Undergraduate Research Assistant
Karena Tang is currently in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the Western University of Health Sciences.



Helen Ngo Chanh

Position: Undergraduate Student 2010-2011
Ngo Chanh is currently pursuing her pharmacy degree!



Sherry Chak

Position: Undergraduate Student 2010-2011
Chak is currently enrolled in dentist school!



Masami Amakawa

Position: Undergraduate Student

Amakawa is currently enrolled in a Masters Program in Business and Science.




Ronald (Chung-Huey) Wu

Position: Undergraduate Student
Wu is an exchange student from Taiwan during the 2011-2012 academic year. Ronald is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Melbourne


Cody Raiza

Cody Raiza is currently conducting a comparative project examining the neurobiology of jumping spiders in the genus Habronattus in a comparative context. She is generally interested in neuroethology.




Mark Phuong

Position: Undergraduate Student
Phoung is currenly pursuing his PhD at UCLA.



Genoa Starrs

Position: Undergraduate Student
Starrs is currently a Conservation Specialist at Hawaii Association of Conservation Districts.



Anna Khazenzon

Position: Undergraduate Student
Khazenzon is currently a PhD student at Stanford University.