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).
South American Widow spider subject of new study led by L. Baruffaldi
NEW: L Baruffaldi, MCB Andrade. 2021. Female control of a novel form of cannibalism during copulation in a South American widow spider. Behavioural Processes, 188: 104406.
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.
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