We are interested in how individual traits affect reproductive success, and how this changes as characteristics of the population change over time. We study this in the jumping spider Phidippus clarus, where males defend juvenile females from rivals in the spring then shift to roaming behaviour and opportunistic mating later in the season. We will monitor and observe behaviour throughout the season, while collecting successful and unsuccessful males and females. Later, in our lab at the University of Toronto Scarborough, we will analyze male traits associated with successful guarding of females, and examine how this is related to paternity.
Principal Investigators: Maydianne Andrade, Andrew Mason
Researcher: Megan McPhee