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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.


Check my full research profile at our departmental website www.amsterdamecology.nl




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 24: 4784-4796. PDF


Key publications

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. Journal of Animal Ecology 87:933-944. PDF

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. PDF

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.    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   


Other links

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

Learn about our research on invasive species in the TV-interview NPO Kennis van Nu: Invasie van exotische soorten (20 april 2017)


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Research Output 1996 2019

Adaptive changes in sexual signalling in response to urbanization

Halfwerk, W., Blaas, M., Kramer, L., Hijner, N., Trillo, P. A., Bernal, X. E., Page, R. A., Goutte, S., Ryan, M. J. & Ellers, J., Mar 2019, In : Nature Ecology and Evolution. 3, p. 374-380 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

sexual selection

Genome expansion of an obligate parthenogenesis-associated Wolbachia poses an exception to the symbiont reduction model

Kampfraath, A. A., Klasson, L., Anvar, S. Y., Vossen, R. H. A. M., Roelofs, D., Kraaijeveld, K. & Ellers, J., 6 Feb 2019, In : BMC Genomics. 20, p. 1-14 14 p., 106.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Genomic Resources for Goniozus legneri,Aleochara bilineata and Paykullia maculata, Representing Three Independent Origins of the Parasitoid Lifestyle in Insects

Kraaijeveld, K., Neleman, P., Mariën, J., de Meijer, E. & Ellers, J., 31 Jan 2019, In : G3 (Bethesda, Md.). 9, 3

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Life Style
Biological Control Agents

A common yardstick to measure the effects of different extreme climatic events on soil arthropod community composition using time-series data

Franken, O., Ferreira, S. S. D., Jesse, W. A. M., Berg, M. P. & Ellers, J., 23 Nov 2018, In : Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 6, p. 1-11 11 p., 195.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
soil arthropods
arthropod communities
extreme event
community composition

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 JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
linoleic acid