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Mutualism evolution and stability are major outstanding questions in evolutionary biology. To address these questions, I have adopted subterranean ant-trophobiont-microbe interaction networks as a study system. My research is organised into three empirical and one theoretical research lines, and employs a broad range of methods, from computer simulation to advanced microscopy, field sampling, high-throughput sequencing and behavioural experiments. With all these combined, I aim to contribute to a better understanding of the emergence and persistence of cooperation between species.

Academic qualification

Theoretical Biology, PhD, Rijksuniversiteit 
Groningen


Award Date: 23 Nov 2012

Evolutionary Biology, Master, Rijksuniversiteit 
Groningen


Award Date: 30 Sep 2006

Biology (Ecology), Bachelor, Wageningen University

Award Date: 31 Aug 2004

Keywords

  • QH301 Biology
  • evolution theory
  • ecology
  • entomology
  • mutualism
  • cooperation
  • ants
  • aphids
  • species interactions
  • microbiome
  • ecological networks

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