Integrative Behavioural Ecology of Mating

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Recent Publications

MacLeod, EC & Andrade, MCB. 2014. Strong, convergent male mate choice along two preference axes in field populations of black widow spiders. Animal Behaviour. 89: 163-169.  DOI 10.1016/j.anbehav.2013.12.023

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Lab News

January 2014

Welcome to Leonardo Castilho! Leo is an international graduate research student who has just arrived from Brazil and will be doing research in our lab for the next 4 months with funding from an ‘Emerging Leaders in the Americas’ scholarship.


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We examine how reciprocal effects of ecological and social factors affect 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).


Information on black widow mating

Maydianne C.B. Andrade

Professor & Canada Research Chair


BSc Biology, Simon Fraser University 1992

MSc Zoology University of Toronto 1995

PhD Neurobiology & Behavior, Cornell University 2000