Thomas Blankers

WG4 Leader
University of Amsterdam
My mission is to develop a conceptual description of ecological and evolutionary dynamics that shape variation in biological diversity through time and space. As an assistant professor of Evolutionary Ecology in the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics at the University of Amsterdam I teach and investigate the evolutionary consequences of biotic interactions, ranging from sexual communication to cross-kingdom community interactions. Chemical ecology is at the root of many biotic interactions. In my work I use experimental approaches to characterize the ecological and evolutionary processes that shape variation in chemical signals, such as moth sex pheromones, and determine how signal evolution influences interactions within and among species.