My mission is to develop a conceptual description of the evolutionary dynamics that govern the variation in biological diversity through time and space. I am particularly interested in the predictability of evolutionary change, both on the short term, which has important applications in managing agricultural and natural systems, and on the long term, which is relevant for our understanding on the origin of life on Earth. As assistant professor of Evolutionary Ecology in the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics at the University of Amsterdam I teach and investigate the evolutionary consequeces of biotic interactions, ranging from sexual communication to animal-microbe co-evolution. I aim to lead a team that studies speciation and short-term adaptive and non-adaptive evolutionary change by integrating insights at the level of genes, organisms, populations and communities. My research combines population genetics, experimental evolution, and behavioral experiments to identify the emergent properties of biological interactions. Read more about my current and past research on the nematodes, moths, crickets, and herpetofauna here.

Contact information

University of Amsterdam

Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

Science Park 904

1098 XH Amsterdam, The Netherlands

t.blankers <at>

Public dissemination and outreach

Chemical Ecology

E-Niche: A European Network in Chemical Ecology. COST action. Website

NPO1 radio interview: waarom heb ik okselhaar?

Predictability of Evolution Interview: kunnen we evolutie voorspellen?

Origins Center Podcast: vertellen universele evolutiewetten hoe buitenaards leven er uit zal zien?


Institutional webpage

Scripts are available on GitHub

Pre-prints are available on BioRxiv

See also ResearchGate and Google Scholar

Thomas Blankers

Assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam