Judy Stamps

Judy Stamps

Position Title
Professor Emerita

Department of Evolution and Ecology, College of Biological Sciences


Profile Introduction

Personality traits in animals, individual differences in behavior, behavioral plasticity

Research Interests

Behavioral Ecology

Habitat selection, animal personality, plasticity in lizard communication, and implications of developmental processes for problems in behavioral ecology and conservation biology.

Honors and Awards

  • Allee Award, Animal Behavior Society - 1972
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science - 1983
  • Fellow, Animal Behavior Society - 1991
  • Exempar Award, Animal Behavior Society - 1994
  • Mildred Mathias Award - 1999
  • Distinguished Animal Behaviorist Animal Behavior Society - 2007
  • Distinguished Zoologist Lecture. 20th KNDV Zoology Conference, 2013


    • 1969 BA Zoology University of California, Berkeley
    • 1971 MA Zoology University of California, Berkeley
    • 1974 PhD Zoology University of California, Berkeley


    Ord, T.J. & J.A. Stamps 2017. Why does the rate of signal production in ectotherms vary with temperature? BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY 28: 1272–1282.

    Stamps, J.A. & V.V. Krishnan 2017.  Age-dependent changes in behavioural plasticity: insights from Bayesian models of development. ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR 126: 53-67.

    Stamps, J.A. & P.A.Biro  2016. Personality and individual differences in plasticity. CURRENT OPINION IN BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES. 12: 18-23. 

    Ord, T.J., Charles, G.K., Palmer, M. & Stamps, J.A. 2016. Plasticity in social communication and its implications for the colonization of novel habitats.  BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY 21: 341-351.

    Stamps, J.A. and Frankenhuis, W. E. 2016. Bayesian models of development. TRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION 31: 260-268

    Stamps, JA. 2016. Individual differences in behavioural plasticities. BIOLOGICAL REVIEWS 91: 534-567

    Biro, P.A. & J.A. Stamps. 2015. Using repeatability to study physiological and behavioural traits: ignore time-related change at your peril. ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR 105: 223-230

    Stamps, JA, Krishnan, VV. 2014. Combining information from ancestors and personal experiences to predict individual differences in developmental trajectories. AMERICAN NATURALIST 184: 647-657.

    Stamps JA, Krishnan VV. 2014. Individual differences in the potential and realized developmental plasticity of personality traits. FRONTIERS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION. Doi: 10.3389/fevo.2014.00069

    Stamps, JA, Saltz, JB, Krishnan, VV. 2013. Genotypic differences in behavioural entropy: unpredictable genotypes are composed of unpredictable individuals. ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR 86: 641-649

    Ord, TJ, Stamps JA, Losos JB. 2013. Convergent evolution in the territorial communication of a classic adaptive radiation: Caribbean Anolis lizards. ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR 85: 1415-1426

    Stamps, JA, Yang, L, Morales, V, Boundy-Mills, KL 2012. Drosophila regulate yeast density and increase yeast community similarity in a natural substrate. PLOS ONE 7: e42238. 

    Stamps JA, Briffa, M, Biro, PA. 2012. Unpredictable animals: individual differences in intraindividual variabillity (IIV). ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR 83: 1325-1334

    Stamps, JA  2011. Density bias in behavioral ecology. BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY 22: 231-232.

    Biro, PA, Stamps JA 2010. Do consistent individual differences in metabolic rate promote consistent individual differences in behavior? TRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION 25: 653-659

    Ord TJ, Stamps JA, Losos JB. 2010. Adaptation and plasticity of animal communication in fluctuating environments. EVOLUTION 64: 3134-3148

    Stamps JA, Groothuis, TGG 2010. Developmental perspectives on personality: implications for ecological and evolutionary studies of individual differences. PHIL. TRANS. ROY. SOC. B - BIOL. SCI. 365: 4029-4041

    Stamps,JA, Groothuis TGG 2010. The development of animal personality: relevance, concepts and perspectives. Biological Reviews 85: 301-325.

    Biro,PA,Beckmann,C,Stamps, J.A. 2010. Small within-day increases in temperature affect boldness and alter personality in coral reef fish. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 277: 71-77.

    Stamps JA, Krishnan VV, Willits NH 2009. How Different Types of Natal Experience Affect Habitat Preference. AMERICAN NATURALIST 174: 623-630

    Ord TJ, Stamps JA 2009. Species Identity Cues in Animal Communication. AMERICAN NATURALIST 174: 585-593

    Stamps J, Luttbeg B, Krishnan VV 2009. Effects of survival on the attractiveness of cues to natal dispersers. AMERICAN NATURALIST 173:41-46

    Ord, TJ, Stamps JA 2008. Alert signals enhance animal communication in "noisy" environments. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 105: 18830-18835

    Mabry KE, Stamps JA 2008. Searching for a New Home: Decision Making by Dispersing Brush Mice.AMERICAN NATURALIST 172: 625-634

    Biro PA, Stamps JA 2008. Are animal personality traits linked to life-history productivity? TRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION 23:361-368

    Mabry KE, Stamps JA 2008. Dispersing brush mice prefer habitat like home.PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES 275:543-548

    Stamps JA 2007.Growth-mortality tradeoffs and 'personality traits' in animals. ECOLOGY LETTERS 10: 355-363

    Stamps JA, Swaisgood, RR 2007. Someplace like home: Experience, habitat selection and conservation biology.APPLIED ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR SCIENCE 102:392-409