Integrative Behavioural Ecology of Mating

Maydianne CB Andrade
Professor & Canada Research Chair

 We examine how reciprocal effects of ecological and social factors influence reproductive tactics, life history decisions, physiological performance, and sexual selection. One recent focus is exploring how these processes shape divergence in phenotypic traits related to mating in geographically separated populations. Our work includes laboratory and field studies of invertebrates, and our primary study organisms are the black widow spiders (genus Latrodectus).

News

Congratulations to Luciana Baruffaldi, who was interviewed about her recently published paper for the BBC Earth website.

Recent Publications

  • Baruffaldi, L & Andrade, MCB. Contact pheromones mediate male preference in black widow spiders: avoidance of hungry sexual cannibals?  Animal Behaviour. Published online; available here.
  • DeLuca, PA, Stoltz, JA, Andrade, MCB, Mason, AC. 2015. Metabolic efficiency in courtship favors males with intermediate mass in the Australian redback spider, Latrodectus hasselti. J. Insect Physiology. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jinsphys.2014.11.004.
  • Elias, DO;  Sivalinghem,S;  Mason, AC; Andrade MCB & Kasumovic MM. 2014.  Mate-guarding courtship behaviour: tactics in a changing world.Animal Behaviour. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2014.08.007.
  • MacLeod, EC & Andrade, MCB. 2014. Strong, convergent male mate choice along two preference axes in field populations of black widow spiders.Animal Behaviour. DOI 10.1016/j.anbehav.2013.12.023.
  • Modanu, M., Li, LDX, Said, H, Rathitharna, N., Andrade, MCB. 2014. Sibling cannibalism in a web-building spider: Effects of density and shared environment.Behavioural Processes. DOI: 10.1016/j.beproc.2014.03.011