KQED's "Deep Look" series recently profiled the research of graduate student Erin Brandt, who is studying the elaborate mating rituals of colorful male jumping spiders. Brandt works in the lab of Damian Elias, an associate professor of ESPM.
“I’m kind of known as the spider lady in my family now,” Brandt told KQED Science reporter Elliott Kennerson for a story accompanying the video. “I’m interested in how behaviors evolve, and jumping spiders are a great way to look at that. And they’re just so cute.”
Erin Brandt records the rhythmic drumming of male jumping spiders trying to attract a mate – any mate. (Video courtesy of KQED “Deep Look”)