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NEWEST PUBLICATIONS!

Ellers, J., Berg, M.P., Dias, A.T.C., Fontana, S., Ooms, A. & Moretti, M. 2018. Diversity in form and function: vertical distribution of soil fauna mediates multi-dimensional trait variation. J Anim Ecol. 87:933-944. PDF

Ellers, J., Crowther, T.W. & Harvey, J.A. 2017. Gold Open Access Publishing in Mega Journals: Developing Countries Pay the Price of Western Premium Academic Output. Journal of Scholarly Publishing 49: 89-102.  PDF

 

Research interest

I am interested to understand how an individual’s phenotype is shaped by the joint interplay of its genes, genome, and environment. I combine molecular, physiological and experimental tools with evolutionary approaches to link the underlying mechanisms to adaptive explanations.

 

My research focuses in three major areas:

(1) Causes and consequences of phenotypic plasticity.

I study the evolution of temperature-induced plasticity in ectotherms, including reaction norms for life history traits and tolerance to extreme temperatures. I also investigate insect learning as a form of behavioural plasticity, using experimental evolution to identify molecular mechanisms underlying natural variation in learning. 

(2) Evolution of trait loss and dependency in ecological interactions.

Ecological interactions provide resources to partners which may cause redundancy and dependency in the receiving partner. I study the evolutionary trajectories towards obligate species interactions, using different model systems: obligate endosymbiosis in insects,  loss of lipogenesis in parasitoid insects, and diet-induced loss of essential metabolic functions.

(3) The role of trait evolution in community ecology.

This research lines integrates evolutionary concepts into ecology by using intraspecific variation in species traits and trait plasticity to understand the impact of global change on the outcome of species interaction and community composition. I use a trait-based approach based and co-authored the handbook of protocols promoting standardized measurements of invertebrate functional traits across taxa and trophic levels.

 

Links

I am a board member of the Origins Center, for the study of origins and evolution of life, planets and the universe      

http://www.origins-center.nl/

 

Public outreach

TV-interview NPO Kennis van Nu: Invasie van exotische soorten (20 april 2017)

https://www.npo.nl/de-kennis-van-nu/20-04-2017/VPWON_1266704

 

Radio-interview VPRO Labyrint: Functieverlies bij co-evolutie (17 feb 2013)

https://www.nporadio1.nl/labyrint-radio/onderwerpen/109839-functieverlies-bij-co-evolutie

 

 

 

 

1.       Ellers, J., Berg, M.P., Dias, A.T.C., Fontana, S., Ooms, A. & Moretti, M. 2018. Diversity in form and function: vertical distribution of soil fauna mediates multi-dimensional trait variation. J Anim Ecol. 87:933-944.

2.       Franken, O., Huizinga, M., Ellers, J. & Berg, M.P. 2018. Heated communities: Large inter- and intraspecific variation in heat tolerance across trophic levels of a soil arthropod community. Oecologia 186: 311-322.

3.       Harvey, J.A., van den Berg, D., Ellers, J., Kampen, R., Crowther, T.C., Roessingh, P., Verheggen, B., Nuijten, R.J.M., Post, E., Lewandowsky, S., Stirling, I., Amstrup, S.C. & Mann, M.E. 2018. Internet blogs, polar bears and climate change denial by proxy. Bioscience 68: 281-287.

4.       Holmstrup, M., Ehlers, B., Slotsbo, S., Ilieva-Makulec, K., Didrik Sigurdsson, B., Leblans, N., Ellers, J. & Berg, M. 2018. Reduction in functional diversity of Collembola after short-term warming is restored in the long term. Functional Ecology 32: 1304-1316.

5.       Jesse, W.A.M., Behm, J.E., Helmus, M.R. & Ellers, J. 2018. Human land use promotes the abundance and diversity of exotic species on Caribbean islands. Global Change Biology, in press.

 

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plasticity Earth & Environmental Sciences
parasitoid Earth & Environmental Sciences
arthropod Earth & Environmental Sciences
reaction norm Earth & Environmental Sciences
life history trait Earth & Environmental Sciences
egg Earth & Environmental Sciences
life history Earth & Environmental Sciences
gene Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 1996 2018

An Evolutionary Perspective on Linoleic Acid Synthesis in Animals

Malcicka, M., Visser, B. & Ellers, J. Mar 2018 In : Evolutionary Biology. 45, 1, p. 15-26

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
linoleic acid
synthesis
animal
acid
organisms

Ant-like Traits in Wingless Parasitoids Repel Attack from Wolf Spiders

Harvey, J. A., Visser, B., Lammers, M., Marien, J., Gershenzon, J., Ode, P. J., Heinen, R., Gols, R. & Ellers, J. 31 Jul 2018 In : Journal of Chemical Ecology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Lycosidae
Spiders
Ants
spider
parasitoids

Corrigendum: Internet Blogs, Polar Bears, and Climate-Change Denial by Proxy

Harvey, J. A., van den Berg, D., Ellers, J., Kampen, R., Crowther, T. W., Roessingh, P., Verheggen, B., Nuijten, R. J. M., Post, E., Lewandowsky, S., Stirling, I., Balgopal, M., Amstrup, S. C. & Mann, M. E. 1 Apr 2018 In : BioScience. 68, 4, p. 237

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Blogging
Ursidae
Ursus maritimus
Climate Change
Proxy

Diversity in form and function: Vertical distribution of soil fauna mediates multidimensional trait variation

Ellers, J., Berg, M. P., Dias, A. T. C., Fontana, S., Ooms, A. & Moretti, M. Jul 2018 In : Journal of Animal Ecology. 87, 4, p. 933-944 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

soil fauna
vertical distribution
abiotic stress
life history
soil

Evolution of linoleic acid biosynthesis in Collembola and different species of arthropods

Malcicka, M. 2018 155 p.

Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VU

Open Access
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