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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.

Education / Academic qualification

Evolutionary Biology, Master, Rijksuniversiteit 

Theoretical Biology, PhD, Rijksuniversiteit 

Biology (Ecology), Bachelor, Wageningen University

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Research Output 2009 2016

  • 8 Article
  • 1 PhD Thesis - Research external, graduation external

Studying the Complex Communities of Ants and Their Symbionts Using Ecological Network Analysis

Ivens, A. B. F., von Beeren, C., Bluethgen, N. & Kronauer, D. J. C. 2016 In : Annual Review of Entomology. 61, p. 353-+

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Evolution of microbial markets

Werner, G. D. A., Strassman, J. E., Ivens, A., Engelmoer, D. J. P., Verbruggen, E., Queller, D. C., Noë, R., Collins Johnson, N., Hammerstein, P. & Kiers, E. T. 2014 In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 111, 4, p. 1237-44 8 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Ants farm subterranean aphids mostly in single clone groups - an example of prudent husbandry for carbohydrates and proteins?

Ivens, A. B. F., Kronauer, D. J. C., Pen, I., Weissing, F. J. & Boomsma, J. J. 2 Jul 2012 In : BMC Evolutionary Biology. 12

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Reproduction and dispersal in an ant-associated root aphid community

Ivens, A. B. F., Kronauer, D. J. C., Pen, I., Weissing, F. J. & Boomsma, J. J. Sep 2012 In : Molecular Ecology. 21, 17, p. 4257-4269

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle