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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

 

 

 

 

Ancillary activities

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Last mutation Ancillary Activities: Amsterdam(2009-12-04)

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Research Output 1996 2017

Coping with living in the soil: the genome of the parthenogenetic springtail Folsomia candida

Faddeeva-Vakhrusheva, A., Kraaijeveld, K., Derks, M. F. L., Anvar, S. Y., Agamennone, V., Suring, W., Kampfraath, A. A., Ellers, J., Le Ngoc, G., van Gestel, C. A. M., Mariën, J., Smit, S., van Straalen, N. M. & Roelofs, D. 28 Jun 2017 In : BMC Genomics. 18, 1, p. 1-14 15 p., 493

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

De novo Synthesis of Linoleic Acid in Multiple Collembola Species

Malcicka, M., Ruther, J. & Ellers, J. Sep 2017 In : Journal of Chemical Ecology. 43, 9, p. 911-919

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Handbook of protocols for standardized measurement of terrestrial invertebrate functional traits

Moretti, M., Dias, A. T. C., de Bello, F., Altermatt, F., Chown, S. L., Azcarate, F. M., Bell, J. R., Fournier, B., Hedde, M., Hortal, J., Ibanez, S., Ockinger, E., Sousa, J. P., Ellers, J. & Berg, M. P. Mar 2017 In : Functional Ecology. 31, 3, p. 558-567

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle