January 4, 2022

EP. 246 — Do Spider Exoskeletons Go Out Of Style? with Dr. Maydianne Andrade

As the itsy bitsy spider crawls up the water spout, it dawns on her: her exoskeleton doesn’t fit. Is it a fashion emergency—or her moment to shine? This week, Dr. Maydianne Andrade joins Jonathan to share the ins and outs of spider growth, behavior, and reproduction.

Dr. Maydianne Andrade is a professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough, and president of the Canadian Black Scientists Network.

You can follow Dr. Andrade on Twitter @WidowWeb, and at maydianne.com. The Canadian Black Scientists Network is on Twitter and Instagram @canblacksci.

For more resources referenced in this episode, make sure to check out the work of Professor Karen Warentkin at Boston University, including the presentation Crossing boundaries, disrupting binaries: A queer perspective on studying behavioral diversity.

Many thanks to Dr. Senthurran Sivalinghem at University of Toronto for permission to use the amazing spider footage featured towards the end of this conversation.

And thank you to Dr. Jessica Ware for sparking our curiosity here! Dr. Ware’s episode of Getting Curious about cicadas, dragonflies, and other insects is a perfect follow-up listen.

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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness & Dr. Maydianne Andrade JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious, I’m Jonathan Van Ness, and every week, I sit down for a gorgeous conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. On today’s episode, I’m joined by Professor Maydianne Andrade, where I ask her: do spiders’ exoskeletons ever go out of style? Welcome to Getting Curious, this is Jonathan Van Ness. I cannot wait for today’s episode, it’s, like, seriously so major. It’s a long time coming. Who knew I was going to become a 30-year-old who was going to be obsessed with insects, arachnids and spiders? But it happened. And alas, let’s introduce our guest, who is Maydianne Andrade. Her research on spiders centers on how the reproductive behaviors of males and females evolve through the interaction of sexual and natural selection in variable ecological contexts, and how that shapes individual phenotypes and po

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