Stacey Weiss has scholarly interests in behavioral ecology, evolution, and physiology. Specifically, she researches animal behavior, including the function and regulation of animal communication signals and reproductive behavior, especially in lizards. Her work on the communication signals of female striped plateau lizards in Arizona, exploring links between female coloration and health of the young (Journal of Animal Ecology, 2011), attracted stories in Smithsonian, Natural History, U.S. News & World Report, and other international media. In her work Weiss asks whether a given animal behavior or signal provides honest information about the “sender” to potential “receivers” (e.g. mates, predators), how its production affects the behavior of receivers, and how it benefits the sender. This work is placed in the context of natural and sexual selection theory. Weiss and her students have also looked at female chemical signals, lizard microbial communities, the response of lizard populations to forest fire, and other topics, including the effect of behavioral enrichment on captive zoo animals. Weiss has published in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Animal Ecology, Behavioral Ecology, Journal of Experimental Biology,and Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, among others.She teaches courses such as Ecology, Animal Behavior, Animal Communication, Biological Research, and Science and Gender.
B.S., University of California-Los Angeles, 1991; Ph.D., Duke University, 1999