|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).
- CE Scott, S McCann, and MCB Andrade. “Black widows as plastic wallflowers: female choosiness increases with indicators of high mate availability in a natural population.” Scientific Reports 10.1 (2020): 1-9.
- L Baruffaldi, MCB Andrade. 2020 Immature mating as a tactic of polygynous male western widow spiders. The Science of Nature 107 (1), 1-4
- LB Castilho, RH Macedo, MCB Andrade. 2020. Individual preference functions exist without overall preference in a tropical jumping spider. Animal Behaviour 160, 43-51
- L Baruffaldi, H Siddiqui, A Thambiappah, MCB Andrade. 2019. Male responses suggest both evolutionary conservation and rapid change in chemical cues of female widow spiders. Animal Behaviour 157, 61-68
- CE Scott, S McCann, MCB Andrade. 2019. Male black widows parasitize mate-searching effort of rivals to find females faster. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 286 (1908), 20191470
- V Simkovic, MCB Andrade. 2019. Seasonal variation in sexual behavior and web aggregation in a little-known long-jawed spider (Tetragnatha straminea)(Araneae: Tetragnathidae). The Journal of Arachnology 47 (1), 28-36
- 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.