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  1. Guevara, J. and L. Avilés 2011. Influence of body size and level of cooperation on the prey capture efficiency of two sympatric social spiders exhibiting an included niche pattern. Functional Ecology, 25: 859-867
  2. Guevara, J., M. Gonzaga, J. Vasconcellos-Netto, and L. Avilés 2011. Sociality and resource use: Insights from a community of social spiders in Brazil. Behavioural Ecology, 22: 630-638
  3. Samuk, K., E. LeDue & L. Avilés 2011. Reduced maternal care in social spiders: Evidence of sociality mediated relaxed natural selection?. Behavioral Ecology 23: 35-43
  4. Guevara, J. and L. Avilés 2009. Elevational changes in the composition of insects and other terrestrial arthropods at tropical latitudes: a comparison of multiple sampling methods and social spider diets. Insect Conservation and Diversity 2: 142-152 [ Link ]
  5. Purcell, J. and L. Avilés 2008. Gradients of precipitation and ant abundance may contribute to the altitudinal range limit of subsocial spiders. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 275: 2617-2625 [ Link ]


Leticia Avilés


Office phone: 604-822-3795
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. Using a multilevel selection perspective and both empirical and theoretical approaches, current areas of research include:

  1. evolution of sociality,
  2. evolution of sex ratios in subdivided populations, and
  3. evolution of life history traits and local population dynamics in metapopulations.

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/



Fellow Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin

For Research


Young Investigator Award, American Society of Naturalists

For Research

Last updated 5 April 2017