Nicholas DiRienzo, Ph.D.
I'm a Postdoctoral Excellence in Research and Teaching (PERT) Fellow at the University of Arizona in the laboratory of Dr. Anna Dornhaus
I'm interested in why individuals differ not only in multiple traits, including behavior and extended phenotypes, but also the correlations between these traits. How does this variation arise through experience? What are the fitness consequences of this variation across different contexts? How do these individual different impact ecological processes such as dispersal, invasion, and establishment in human-disturbed environments?
Although I work with a variety of invertebrate systems, my primary study organism is the black widow spider. These fascinating animals are extremely manipulable, facilitating a multitude of diverse research projects in the lab and field.