Andrew Sih

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Environmental Science & Policy

Offices and Labs

2106 Wickson Hall

Profile Introduction

Evolutionary and ecological impacts of behavior, including effects of predation risk on mating and sexual selection, behavioral traits associated with biological invasions, behavioral responses to human-induced rapid environmental change, and effects of behavioral syndromes (animal personalities) on social dynamics, sexual selection and parasitism.



1980 PhD Ecology University of California at Santa Barbara
1974 BS Biology State University of New York at Stony Brook

Research Interests

Evolution and ecological impacts of behavior, including both predator-prey behavior and social/mating behavior. Special areas of interest include: ecology and evolution of behavioral syndromes, evolution of behaviors associated with ecological invasions, and social network analyses in animal behavior. Most of my work is on aquatic organisms.


Fellow, Animal Behavior Society
ISI Highly Cited Researcher
Quest Award, Animal Behavior Society
Exemplar Award, Animal Behavior Society

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Animal Behavior
Population Biology

Specialties / Focus

Population Biology
  • Population Interactions
  • Community Ecology
  • Evolutionary Ecology/Life History Strategies
  • Behavior/Physiology/Morphology
Animal Behavior
  • Behavior Ecology and Sociobiology
  • Behavior and Conservation

Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS

Ecology Graduate Group


ANB 218B Fundamentals of animal behavior: the core course for the ABGG (Winter)
ECL 200A Principles and application of ecological theory: the core course for the Ecology Graduate Group (Winter)


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  • Sih, A., K.J. Mathot, M. Moiron, P.O. Montiglio, M. Wolf and N.J. Dingemanse. 2015.  Animal personality and state-behaviour feedbacks: a review and guide for empiricists.  Trends in Ecology and Evolution 30: 50-60.

  • Sih, A., T. Wey and A. Chang. 2014.  Effects of behavioural type, social skill and the social environment on male mating success in water striders.  Animal Behaviour 94: 9-17.

  • Sih, A. 2013. Understanding variation in behavioural responses to human-induced rapid environmental change: a conceptual overview.  Animal Behaviour 85: 1077-1088.

  • Sih, A. and M. Del Giudice. 2012.  Linking behavioural syndromes and cognition: a behavioural ecology perspective.  Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 367: 2762-2772.

  • Sih, A., J. Cote, M. Evans, S. Fogarty and J. Pruitt. 2012. Ecological implications of behavioral syndromes.  Ecology Letters 15:278-289.

  • Cote, J., S. Fogarty, K. Weinersmith, T. Brodin and A. Sih. 2010. Personality traits and dispersal tendency in the invasive mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis).  Proceedings of the Royal Society London B 277: 1571-1579.

  • Sih, A., D.I. Bolnick, B. Luttbeg, J.L. Orrock, S.D. Peacor, L.M. Pintor, E. Preisser, J. Rehage and J.R. Vonesh. 2010.  Predator-prey naivete, antipredator behavior and the ecology of predator invasions.  Oikos 119: 610-621.

  • Sih, A. and A.M. Bell. 2008.  Insights for behavioral ecology from behavioral syndromes.  Advances in the Study of Behavior 38: 227-281.

  • Hammond, JI, BT Luttbeg and A. Sih. 2007. Predator and prey space use: dragonflies and tadpoles in an interactive game. Ecology 88:1525-1535.
  • Bell, A.M. and A. Sih. 2007. Exposure to predation generates personality in threespined sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus). Ecology Letters 10:828-834.
  • Sih, A., A.M. Bell and J.C. Johnson. 2004. Behavioral syndromes: an ecological and evolutionary overview. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 19:372-378.