Integrative Behavioural Ecology of Mating
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).
- Andrade, MCB. 2019. Chapter Five – Sexual selection and social context: Web-building spiders as emerging models for adaptive plasticity. In M. Naguib, L. Barrett, S. D. Healy, J. Podos, L. W. Simmons & M. Zuk (Eds.), Advances in the Study of Behavior (Vol. 51, pp. 177-250): Academic Press. Andrade 2019-Advanced Behav
- Scott, CE, Anderson, AG, Andrade, MCB. 2018. A review of the mechanisms and functional roles of male silk use in spider courtship and mating. Journal of Arachnology. 46: 173-206. http://www.americanarachnology.org/JoA_free/JoA_v46_n2/arac-46-2-173.pdf
- Mating and egg-laying behavior of Hasarius adansoni (Araneae: Salticidae) and the influence of sexual selection. LB Castilho, MCB Andrade, RH Macedo. The Journal of Arachnology 46 (3), 398-404Baruffaldi, L & Andrade, MCB. 2017. Neutral fitness outcomes contradict inferences of sexual ‘coercion’ derived from male’s damaging mating tactic in a widow spider. Scientific Reports 7, Article number: 17322 .doi:10.1038/s41598-017-17524-6
- Andreas Fischer, Manfred Ayasse, Maydianne C B Andrade; Natural Compounds as Spider Repellents: Fact or Myth?, Journal of Economic Entomology, tox339, https://doi.org/10.1093/jee/tox339
- Rosenthal, MF, Gertler M, Hamilton AD, Prasad S & Andrade, MCB. 2017. Taxonomic bias in animal behaviour publications. Animal Behaviour 127, 83-89 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.02.017
- Biaggio, MD, Sandomirsky, I, Lubin, Y, Harari, AR, Andrade, MCB. 2016. Copulation with immature females increases male fitness in cannibalistic widow spiders. Biology Letters DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0516