The Stankowich Lab
Evolutionary Behavioral Ecology
Welcome to the Stankowich Lab at CSU Long Beach!

We study the evolution and ecology of predator-prey interactions including antipredator behavior and defensive weaponry using field and lab experiments, comparative phylogenetic analyses, meta-analyses, and museum studies. Interested in joining the lab? Click here.

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The Stankowich Lab is doing some research on interactions between domestic dogs and skunks. If you have a dog, any dog, we'd love if you would take our survey about their experiences or lack thereof. Please share this with others you might know with dogs. The dogs don't need to have had any experience with skunks to take the survey. Thanks very much for your help! Survey Link:

Latest News

--April 2014 - New publication: "The Function of Zebra Stripes" in Nature Communications. It has been covered by NBC News, Science, BBC News, CBS News, National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, Slate, Science Daily, The Guardian, and Discovery Channel.

--Feb 2014 - New publication: "Ecological drivers of antipredator defenses in carnivores" in Evolution. It has been covered by Science, Nature, National Geographic, Science Daily, Discover Magazine, and several other media outlets! CSULB highlights our findings in this video and Caitlin Kight discussed it on her radio show as well (discussion begins around 34:50)! Official CSULB Press Release

--Jan 2014 - New book chapter published on Predation and Antipredator Behavior in the new 3-volume Animal Behavior series from Praeger Publishing. See a teaser page here!

--Apr 2013 - New publication: "Are spotted skunks conspicuous or cryptic?" in Ethology, Ecology & Evolution.

--Feb 2013 - Feature story on Dr. Stankowich on the CSULB faculty webpage.

--Jan 2013 - The Geography of Fear page has been launched! Read about this actively growing project here.