Elias has Joined the Whitney Lab Team!
Elias received a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Ecology from Seattle Pacific University in 2013. While at SPU, he studied the chemically mediated interactions of sea stars and mussels when exposed to natural borne toxins as consequence of harmful algal blooms with Dr. Ryan Ferrer. He later was a research intern at the University of Washington in a neuroethology lab with Dr. Jeff Riffell, investigating the olfaction-gated flight behavior of pollinators in response to different chemical constituents of flower aromas. Elias is now a graduate student and has joined the Liao Lab at Whitney. He plans to investigate the integration of two sensory modalities, chemical sensing and flow sensing, and how fish alter their swimming behavior to effectively sense and track a chemical stimulus in a turbulent flow environment.