Sean J Blamires


My principal research interest is in the evolution of and mechanisms that induce plasticity in phenotypic and behavioural traits and animal structures.

I use spider orb-webs and silks as a model as they are extended phenotypes that are responsive to the environment at morphological, physiological and biochemical levels.

My aims are to identify the cues used by spiders to elicit variations in their silk and web properties. To achieve these I investigate the role of prey types, nutrients and climatic variables on the physiology, biochemistry and behavioural aspects of spider silk and web production.

I am also interested in understanding the factors that induce spider silk variability across environments because of its potential use in biomimetics.

I have ongoing collaborative research links with Biotechnological and Biomolecular Science, Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, the Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre, and Faculty of Art & Design, at UNSW, Tunghai University, Taiwan, RIKEN, Japan, and RWTH Aachen University, Gemany, among others (see collaborators).

I have received funding from the ARC the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UNSW, and the Hermon Slade Foundation.

Christopher Marquis

School of BABS UNSW

Patrick T Spicer

Chemical Engineering UNSW

Patricia Flanagan

Faculty of Art & Design UNSW

Mike Kasumovic


Evolution & Ecology Research Centre, UNSW

Aditya Rawal, Donald Thomas


Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre, UNSW

NMR analyses of silk

Penny Martens


Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, UNSW

Mechanical properties of spider silks

Anton Maraldo

Creating spider silk proteins using recombinant technology

Shrikar Badri


Wet spinning of silk dopes UNSW Materials Engineering (Supervised by Damia Mawad)

Ismat Kabbara

Grad. Dip.

Recombinant spider silk development School of BABS (Supervised by C. Marquis)

Hamish Craig


Spider silk biochemical classification

Matthew Hasemore


Metabolic and Nutritional mechanisms of spider web plasticity.

Georgia Cerhexe


Mechanisms and consequences of colour variation in spider silks.

I-Min Tso


Spider silk and web plasticity projects

Chen-Pan Liao

Spider silk projects

Dakota Piorkowski

Spider silk projects

Luiz Fernando Garcia


Docente Grado 2, Sección Entomología, Centro Universitario de la Región Este-Universidad de la República, Treinta y Tres, Uruguay Web and silk property variations. Effect of pesticides on webs and silk.

Niall Doran


Zoology, University of Tasmania. Studies of Hickmania troglodytes

Jonas Wolff


Functional Morphology and Biomechanics Unit, University of Kiel. Pyriform silk properties

Mariángeles Lacava

Investigadora Grado2,  Laboratorio de Ecología del Comportamiento, Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas Clemente Estable, Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay

Carmen Viera

Jefa del Laboratorio de Ecología del Comportamiento, Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas Clemente Estable-Sección Entomología, Docente Grado 4 Facultad de Ciencias Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay

Marco Antonio Benamú

Docente Grado 3, Laboratorio de Ecotoxicología, Centro Universitario de Rivera-Universidad de la República, Rivera, Uruguay

Xungai Wang

Institute for Frontier Materials Deakin University

Anna-Christin Joel

Spider cribellate silk projects RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

William Sellers

University of Manchester

Todd Blackledge


University of Akron, USA Spider silk mechanical properties

Ali Dhinojwala


University of Akron, USASpider Spider gluey silk properties

Hwo-Shuenn Sheu


National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Taiwan Synchrotron X-ray diffraction studies

Marie Herberstein


Macquarie University Spider silk colouration analysis

Chung-Lin Wu

National Industrial Technology Research Centre, Taiwan Spider silk mechanical properties

Søren Toft

Aarhus University Denmark Nutritional implications of spider silk property variations

Vasav Sahni

3M Company, USA Spider gluey silk properties

Madeleine Blamires


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