Erika Eliason

Erika Eliason

Animal Ecophysiology Deputy Convenor

Erika Eliason received her B.Sc. in Biological Sciences from Simon Fraser University, Canada and her M.Sc. in Zoology from the University of British Columbia, Canada studying cardiorespiratory physiology and digestion in fish. Her Ph.D. was conducted in Zoology at the University of British Columbia, focusing on local adaptation and temperature tolerance in migrating salmon. Erika was an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Sydney, Australia and at Carleton University, Canada where she examined phenotypic plasticity, energetics, and anthropogenic stress in various species of fish.

Since 2016, Erika has been an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The Eliason Lab studies conservation physiology in fish. Their work examines how environmental stressors influence performance traits and species distribution. They are particularly fascinated by how the cardiorespiratory system mediates performance and environmental tolerance limits. Their research addresses both basic and applied questions and can help inform conservation policy and manage natural resources.


Erika Eliason
Eliason Lab
EMBB UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara