About the Lab

Research in the Avilés lab is focused on:
(1) Levels of selection
(2) Causes and consequences of social evolution
(3) Evolution of life histories in metapopulations

We use a variety of research tools, including field work in temperate and
tropical areas, computer simulation, analytical modeling, and laboratory
work employing cytological 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
convergently evolved cooperative behavior and highly subdivided
population structures.

An Aebutina sp. group feeding

Theridion sp. females on a leaf
Contact Information
Avilés Laboratory
Biodiversity Research Centre 290
Department of Zoology
University of British Columbia
6270 University Blvd.
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
P.I. email: laviles AT zoology.ubc.ca