Darwin Keynote

Diversity in Science

The Diversity in Science Speaker was founded in order to honor the accomplishments of scientists from all races, religions, and gender. The contributions of minority scientists have been typically overlooked when chronicling the history of science.

Tuesday 27 April 2010
Seminar begins at 4pm in S012
(cookies at 3:30)

"Sexual selection and adaptive plasticity: Extreme mating favours extreme tactics for doomed male black widows"
Dr. Maydianne Andrade
Evolutionary Biologist
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus

Maydianne Andrade studies cannibalistic spiders. She was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and immigrated with her parents to Vancouver, Canada. She earned a BSc from Simon Fraser University and an MSc at the University of Toronto at Mississauga. She then moved to the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University from which she received a PhD in 2000. She is now Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto at Scarborough, where she uses spiders as models for understanding the evolution of mating behavior.

Andrade was picked to be one of Popular Science magazine's 2005 Brilliant 10. She has also been the recipient of the Outstanding New Investigator Award (Animal Behavior Society), the Pitelka Award for Excellence in Research (International Society for Behavioral Ecology), and a Premier’s Research Excellence Award (Government on Ontario)

To learn more about Dr. Andrade’s research visit her laboratory at http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~mandrade/

Past Speakers

2009, Dr. Scott V. Edwards

2008, Dr. Tyrone Hayes