AYA inauguration

Two weeks ago saw the annual Amsterdam Young Academy inauguration, where we welcomed our new members and also, sadly, said goodbye to the first cohort of AYA, who completed four years of membership.

It was a really fun event, plus the first prize giving of AYA’s new Recognition and Rewards Awards! You can read more about them on our website here.

AYA Roundtable

This week the Amsterdam Young Academy had our general assembly, followed by a round table on Recognition and Rewards.

Amsterdam 27-6-22 Jaarvergadering Aya in de Verbroederij in Amsterdam Noord. Copyright: Sander Nieuwenhuys
Amsterdam 27-6-22 Jaarvergadering Aya in de Verbroederij in Amsterdam Noord. Copyright: Sander Nieuwenhuys

Spring is in the air

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.

The birds are also now in full breeding mode, with lots of eggs. Stay tuned for the inevitable chick pics!

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.

Photo credit: Liesbeth Dingemans (

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


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.