Not just the sum of its parts – paper now out!

Back when I first moved to Jyvaskyla I started work on examining the geographic variation in the wood tiger moths chemical defences. Of course, like so many things in biology, this turned out to be much more complicated than I had originally thought! Still thanks to the hard work of Cristina and Anne, this study is finally published in JEB!

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.