Pokémon and a love of evolution

I was recently interviewed for the Annual review Faculty of Science 2020 here at the UvA. You can read the article online by following the link below. In it I talk about my ongoing research as well as Pokemon and the joys of outreach.

https://ibed.uva.nl/shared/faculteiten/en/faculteit-der-natuurwetenschappen-wiskunde-en-informatica/news/2021/06/emily-burdfield-steel-jaaroverzicht-2020.html

Photo credit: Liesbeth Dingemans (www.liesbethdingemans.nl)

Cool new Review from Chiara

Chiara’s hard work has paid off and her review on the “Evolutionary importance of intraspecific variation in sex pheromones” is now out in Trends in Ecology and Evolution! In it we argue that intraspecific variation in sex pheromone communication channels may have been underestimated, hampering our understanding of how such channels evolve. Check it out here.

Figure 2 from the paper. Some possible routes to speciation through variation in pheromone production and perception inherbivorous insects.

New paper – shiny bugs show negative intersexual genetic correlation in colour

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I couldn’t use this image on the journal cover so I will use it here. New paper just out looking at the heritability of iridescent colour in hibiscus harlequin bugs. The seeds of this were sown back when I was in Australia and it’s really nice to see it out. Find it at the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.

Joining the Amsterdam Young Academy

I’m happy to announce I’m joining the Amsterdam Young Academy! Amsterdam Young Academy (AYA) is an independent platform where talented young scientists from different disciplines meet to develop views on science, scientific policy and how to build bridges between science and society in Amsterdam. I’m looking forward to working with them in the future.

https://amsterdamyoungacademy.nl/aya_news/aya-welcomes-10-new-members

More funding success

More good news from the Evolution in Action project. We received EUR 96,000 of funding from Tieteen Tiedotus Ry (i.e. the Finnish Science Information Bureau)!  We will use this money make our workshop materials available for everyone and work with artists Tiina Hirvonen and Michaela Casková to develop new tools and methods to teach evolution in primary and secondary schools.

For more details in Finnish see here.