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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




Bisschop, K., Blankers, T., Mariën, J., Wortel, M.T., Egas, M., Groot, A.T., Visser, M. and Ellers, J., 2022. Population bottleneck has only marginal effects on fitness evolution and its repeatability in dioecious C. elegans. Evolution 76: 1896-1904. DOI: 10.1111/evo.14556


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.       Jesse, W.A.M., Molleman, J., Franken, O., Lammers, M., Berg, M.P., Behm, J.E., Helmus, M.R. & Ellers, J. 2020. Disentangling the effects of species invasion and urban development on arthropod community composition. Global Change Biology 26: 3294-3306. PDF

3.       Halfwerk, W.H., Blaas, M., Kramer, L., Hijner, N., Trillo, A., Bernal, X., Page, R.A., Ryan, M.J. & Ellers, J. 2019. Adaptive change in sexual signalling in response to urbanization. Nature Ecology and Evolution 3: 374-380. PDF

4.       Santangelo, J. S., Ness, R. W., Cohan, B., …Ellers, J. and 287 other authors,.. Johnson, M.T.J. 2022. Global urban environmental change drives adaptation in white clover. Science 375 :1275-1281. PDF

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



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I am a co-founder of the Netherlands Society of Evolutionary Biology (NLSEB)

I am the vice chair of the Dutch Biology Council, which represents the interests of biology in the Netherlands in matters concerning scientific research and academic education      

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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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action