Nicholas DiRienzo

Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
ndirienzo@email.arizona.edu
Phone: (520) 626-5565
Office: BSW 235
Address: 1041 East Lowell Street
Tucson AZ 85721

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My research focuses on understanding the role of developmental experience in shaping individual behavior, population-level patterns of behavioral variation, and their association with other traits. My goal is to link this variation that arises from developmental processes to a range of ecological and evolutionary processes that may maintain this variation, from life history tradeoffs, to sexual selection, to predator-prey interactions and prey community dynamics. I study these questions using a variety of terrestrial invertebrate systems, with a primary focus on field crickets and black widow spiders.