Curriculum Vitae


Representative publications - ** undergrad and grad * coauthors

31. Agnarsson, I., C. Boutry*, S-C Wong, A. Baji*, A. Sensenig and T.A. Blackledge. 2009. Supercontraction forces in spider dragline silk depend on rate of humidity change. Zoology. in press.

30. Agnarsson, I. and T.A. Blackledge. 2009. Can a spider web be too sticky? Tensile mechanics constrains the evolution of capture spiral stickiness in orb weaving spiders.  Journal of Zoology. in press. PDF

29. Blackledge, T.A., N. Scharff, J. Coddington, T. Szüts, J.W. Wenzel, C.Y. Hayashi and I. Agnarsson. 2009. Spider web evolution and diversification in the molecular era. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 106:5229-5234. PDF

28. Boutry, C.* and T.A. Blackledge. 2008. The common house spider alters the material and mechanical properties of cobweb silk in response to different prey. Journal of Experimental Zoology. 309A: 542-555. PDF (see highlight in National Geographic and Outside JEB)

27. Agnarrson, I., Boutry, C.* and T.A. Blackledge. 2008. Spider silk aging: Initial improvement in a high performance material followed by slow degradation. Journal of Experimental Zoology. 309A, 494-504. PDF (cover article)

26. Zevenbergen, J.M.*, Schneider, N.K.**, and T.A. Blackledge. 2008. Fine dining or fortress? Functional shifts in spider web architecture by the western black widow Latrodectus hesperus. Animal Behaviour. 76:823-829. PDF (see New Scientist article)

25. Swanson, B.O., T.A. Blackledge and C.Y. Hayashi. 2007. Spider capture silk: performance implications of variation in an exceptional biomaterial. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological Genetics and Physiology. 307A: 654-666. PDF

24. Blackledge, T.A. and C.M. Eliason*. 2007. Functionally independent components of prey capture are architecturally constrained in spider orb webs. Biology Letters. 3: 456-458. PDF

23. Blackledge, T.A. and J.M. Zevenbergen**. 2007. Condition-dependent web architecture in the western black widow spider, Latrodectus hesperus. Animal Behaviour. 73: 855-864. PDF

22. Tso, I.M., S.Y. Jiang* & T.A. Blackledge. 2007. Does the giant wood spider Nephila pilipes respond to prey variation by altering web or silk properties? Ethology. 113: 324-333. PDF

21. Swanson, B.O., T.A. Blackledge, A.P. Summers & C.Y. Hayashi. 2006. Spider dragline silk: Correlated and mosaic evolution in high performance biological materials. Evolution. 60: 2539-2551. PDF

20. Blackledge, T.A. and  J.M. Zevenbergen*. 2006. Mesh width influences prey retention in spider orb webs. Ethology. 112: 1194-1201. PDF

19. Blackledge, T.A. & C.Y. Hayashi. 2006a. Unraveling the mechanical properties of composite silk threads spun by cribellate orb-weaving spiders. Journal of Experimental Biology. 209(16): 3131-3140. PDF (see Inside JEB highlight)

18. Blackledge, T.A. & C.Y. Hayashi. 2006b. Silken toolkits: biomechanics of silk fibers spun by the orb web spider Argiope argentata. Journal of Experimental Biology. 209(13): 2452-2461. PDF (cover article) see write ups in Natural History Magazine and Science News

17. Swanson, B.O., T.A. Blackledge, J. Beltrán** & C.Y. Hayashi. 2006. Variation in the material properties of spider dragline silk across species. Applied Physics A: Materials Science & Processing. 82: 213-218. PDF

16. Blackledge, T.A., J.E. Swindeman & C.Y. Hayashi. 2005a. Quasistatic and continuous dynamic analysis of the mechanical properties of silk from the cobweb of the western black widow Latrodectus hesperus. Journal of Experimental Biology. 208: 1937-1949. PDF

15. Blackledge, T.A., A.P. Summers & C.Y. Hayashi. 2005b. Gumfooted lines in black widow cobwebs and the mechanical properties of spider capture silk. Zoology. 108: 41-46. PDF see write up at Discovery News

14. Blackledge, T.A., R.A. Cardullo & C.Y. Hayashi. 2005c. Polarized light microscopy, variability in spider silk diameters, and the mechanical characterization of spider silk. Invertebrate Biology. 124: 165-173. PDF

Text Box: 13. Blackledge, T.A. & R.G. Gillespie. 2004. Convergent evolution of web building behaviors in an adaptive radiation of Hawaiian spiders.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 101:16228-16233. PDF

12. Hayashi, C.Y., T.A. Blackledge & R.V. Lewis. 2004. Molecular and mechanical characterization of spider aciniform silk: Uniformity of Iterated Sequence Modules in a Novel Member of the Spider Silk Fibroin Gene Family. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 21:1950-1959. PDF

11. Blackledge, T.A., G. J. Binford, and R. G. Gillespie. 2003. Community structure in an adaptive radiation of Hawaiian spiders. Annales Zoologici Fennici. 40:293-303. PDF

10. Blackledge, T.A., J. A. Coddington, and R. G. Gillespie. 2003. The evolution of three-dimensional spider webs as predator defenses. Ecology Letters.6:13-18. (cover article) PDF see write up at National Geographic News

9. Blackledge, T.A. & R.G. Gillespie. 2002. Estimation of capture areas of spider webs in relation to web asymmetry. Journal of Arachnology. 30:70-77. PDF

8. Blackledge, T.A. & J.W. Wenzel. 2001. Prey capture as a determinate of tangle web architecture in Dictyna volucripes. Ethology Ecology & Evolution. 13:105-113. PDF

7. Blackledge, T.A. & J.W. Wenzel. 2001. Silk mediated defense by an orb web spider against predatory mud‑dauber wasps. Behaviour. 138:155-171. PDF

6. Blackledge, T.A. & K.M. Pickett. 2000. Predatory interactions between mud-dauber wasps (Hymenoptera, Sphecidae) and Argiope (Araneae, Araneidae) in captivity. Journal of Aranchnology 28:211-216. PDF

5. Blackledge, T.A. & J.W. Wenzel. 2000. The evolution of cryptic spider silk: a behavioral test. Behavioral Ecology 11:142-145. PDF

4. Blackledge, T.A. & J.W. Wenzel. 1999. Do stabilimenta in orb webs attract prey or defend spiders. Behavioral Ecology 10:372-376. (cover article) PDF

3. Blackledge, T.A. 1998. Signal conflict in spider webs driven by predators and prey. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Biological Sciences 265:1991-1996. PDF

2. Blackledge, T.A. 1998. Stabilimentum variation and foraging success in Argiope aurantia and Argiope trifasciata (Araneae, Araneidae). Journal of Zoology 246:21-27. PDF

1. Vari, R.P. & T.A. Blackledge. 1996. New curimatid, Cyphocharax laticlavius (Ostariophysi, Characiformes), from Amazonian Ecuador, with a major range extension for C. gouldingiCopeia 1996(1):109-113


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