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  1. Fernandez-Fournier PG, Aviles, L 2018. Environmental filtering and dispersal as drivers of metacommunity composition: Complex spider webs as habitat patches. Ecosphere. 9(2): e2101
  2. Fernandez-Fournier PG, Straus SG, Aviles L. 2018. Behavioral modification of a social spider by a wasp parasitoid. Ecological Entomology In Press
  3. Fernandez-Fournier, P.G, Guevara, J.P, Hoffman, C. & L. Aviles 2018. Trait overdispersion and the role of sociality in the assembly of social spider communities across the Americas. PNAS. 201721464
  4. Haberkern, AG., Fernandez-Fournier PG.,& Aviles, L. 2018. Spinning in the rain: interactions between spider web morphology and microhabitat use. Biotropica Under Revision
  5. Harwood GG, & Aviles, L 2018. The shortfall of sociality: how group living affects hunting performance of individual social spiders. Behavioral Ecology ary099, https://doi.org/10.1093/


Leticia Avilés


Web page: Lab page
Research area: Ecology, Evolution
Lab Members: L. Camacho, S. Straus
History: Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Training Group in the Analysis of Biological Diversification, University of Arizona, 1992-1994; PhD, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University,1992; Licentiate in Biological Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador.

I am interested in elucidating the forces responsible the association of lower level units into higher levels of organization and the consequences of such associations on the structure and dynamics of populations and communities. Using social spiders as a model system and both empirical and theoretical approaches, current areas of research include:

  1. the ecology and biogeography of social evolution
  2. short and long term consequences of inbreeding
  3. evolution of life history traits and local population dynamics in metapopulations
  4. sociality and community assembly.

Check Leticia's lab webpages (link above)

  • Animal Behaviour (Biol 310), http://domingo.zoology.ubc.ca/biol310/
  • Darwinian Medicine (ISCI350), http://domingo.zoology.ubc.ca/isci350/
  • Field Ecology (Biol 409), http://domingo.zoology.ubc.ca/biol409/



NSERC Discovery Grants Accelerator Award

For Research


Fellow Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin

For Research


Young Investigator Award, American Society of Naturalists

For Research

Last updated 15 November 2018