Catherine Scott

Catherine Scott

PhD Student

University of Toronto

I am behavioural ecologist and arachnologist pursuing my PhD at the University of Toronto Scarborough in Maydianne Andrade’s lab. I have been studying communication and sexual behaviour in black widows for the last six years, first as an undergraduate research assistant, then as a Master’s student (both at Simon Fraser University), and now for my PhD. I am fascinated by the natural history of all spiders, and when I'm not studying black widows, I engage in science communication and outreach online and in person, dispelling myths and sharing my passion for all things spider-related.

Website:; Twitter: @Cataranea

September 2016