The Ohio State University at Newark

J. Andrew Roberts

I am a behavioral ecologist whose main research interests are in the evolution of animal communication and social behavior. I apply an integrative approach to my research program, incorporating techniques from several disciplines (e.g. environmental measurements, field and laboratory observation and experimentation, digital imaging and video/audio playback, chemical extraction, microhabitat modification) to address interesting questions about the evolution of animal signals, sexual selection and mate choice, and group formation and social behavior. I have collaborated on a variety of projects and have worked with invertebrate (mainly spiders) and vertebrate organisms in habitats including coastal riparian, flood plain, old growth forest, Mojave desert, and cave and karst ecosystems. At present, much of my research concerns chemical communication in wolf spiders and environmental constraints on the evolution of animal signals and signaling behavior.

Areas of Expertise

Behavioral Ecology


Ph.D. (2003) University of Cincinnati (Biological Sciences; Behavioral Ecology)

MS (2001) (Non-Thesis), University of Cincinnati (Biological Sciences; Chemical Ecology)

BS (1995) Purdue University (Neurophysiology)