Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to give a Plenary at the ASAB easter meeting. It was great fun to talk about colourful moths and our new work looking at the impact of urbanisation on predator-prey signalling.
Just before the latest lock down the Netherlands Society for Behavioural Biology managed to sneak in it’s annual meeting. I was happy to represent insects with my keynote talk on Chemicals and colours: uncovering the chemical signals maintaining a colour polymorphism, and to get a lovely walk on the beach!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I spent the the new year in Brazil as part of my visit to the labs of Celso Omoto and Alberto Soares Corrêa in Piracicaba. It was a wonderful visit and will hopefully shed some new light on the sexual communication of invasive moth species!