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 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)

New paper published on mating behavior in peacock spiders in the Proceeding of the Royal Society B (1, 2, 3)

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.

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



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!).