Research in the Avilés lab focuses on:
(1) Causes and consequences of social evolution
(2) Evolution of life histories in metapopulations
(3) Multilevel selection
A long-term goal of research in our laboratory is to elucidate the forces involved in the transition between levels of organization, in particular between individuals and social groups. In doing so we use a variety of research tools, including fieldwork in temperate and tropical areas, computer simulation, analytical modelling, and laboratory work employing behavioural and molecular techniques. Central to our empirical studies and a source of inspiration for our theoretical work are the social spiders, a phylogenetically diverse set of species that have converged in evolving cooperative behaviour and highly subdivided population structures. Because colonies of these organisms constitute not only social groups, but also self-sustaining populations, they are ideally suited to address some fundamental and often controversial issues at the intersection of ecology and evolution.
Biodiversity Research Centre 290
Department of Zoology
University of British Columbia
6270 University Blvd.
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
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