Thomas Blankers

Assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam

Groot A. T, Blankers, T., Halfwerk, W., Burdfield-Steel, E. 2024. The Evolutionary Importance of Intraspecific Variation in Sexual Communication Across Sensory Modalities. Annual Reviews of Entomology 69:1

W. H. Waller, Blankers, T., Xu, M., Shaw, K.L. 2023. Quantitative trait loci underlying a speciation phenotype. Insect Molecular Biology 32:592-602

Wortel, M.T., Agashe, D., Bailey, S. F., Bank, C., Bisschop, K., Blankers, T., ... Pennings, P.S. 2023. Towards evolutionary predictions: current promises and challenges. Evolutionary Applications 16:3-21

Bisschop, K., Blankers, T., Mariën, J., Wortel, M.T., Egas, M., Groot, A.T., Visser, M.E. & Ellers, J. 2022. Population bottleneck has only marginal effect on fitness evolution and its repeatability in dioecious Caenorhabditis elegans. Evolution 76: 1896-1904

Blankers, T.; Fruitet, E.; Burdfield-Steel, E. & Groot, AT. 2022. Experimental evolution of a pheromone signal. Ecology and Evolution 12: e8941

Blankers, T.; Lievers, R; Plata, C; van Wijk, M; van Veldhuizen, D & Groot, AT. 2021. Sex pheromone signal and stability covary with fitness. Royal Society Open Science 8: 210180

Blankers, T., Oh, K.P. & Shaw, K.L. 2019. Parallel genomic architecture underlies repeated sexual signal divergence in Hawaiian Laupala crickets. Proc. Roy. Soc. B. 286: 20191479

Blankers, T., Berdan E.L., Hennig, R.M. & Mayer, F. 2019. Physical linkage and mate preference generate linkage disequilibrium for behavioral isolation in two paraptric field crickets. Evolution 73: 777–791

Blankers, T., Oh, K.P., Bombarely, A., & Shaw, K.L. 2018. The genomic architecture of a rapid island radiation: recombination rate variation, chromosome structure, and genome assembly of the Hawaiian cricket Laupala. Genetics 209: 1329–1344

Blankers, T., Oh, K.P. & Shaw, K.L. 2018. The genetics of a behavioral speciation phenotype in an island system. Genes 9: E346

Blankers, T., Block, R. & Hennig, R.M. 2018. Codivergence but limited covariance of wing shape and calling song structure in field crickets (Gryllus). Evol. Biol. 45: 144-155

Blankers, T., Vilaca, S.T., Waurick, I., Gray, D.A., Hennig, R.M., Mazzoni, C.J. & Mayer, F, Berdan, E.L. 2018. Demography and selection shape transcriptomic divergence in field crickets. Evolution 72: 553-567

Blankers, T., Gray, D.A. & Hennig, R.M. 2017. Multivariate phenotypic evolution: divergent acoustic signals and sexual selection in Gryllus field crickets. Evol. Biol. 44: 43-57

Gray, D.A., Blankers, T. & Hennig, R.M. 2016. Multivariate female preference tests reveal latent perceptual biases. Proc. Roy. Soc. B: Biol. Sci. 283: 1842

Blankers T. 2016. Acoustic communication, sexual selection, and speciation in field crickets. Phd Thesis.

Berdan, E.L., Blankers, T., Waurick, I., Mazzoni, C.J., & Mayer, F. 2016. A genes eye view of ontogeny: De novo assembly and profiling of the Gryllus rubens transcriptome. Mol. Ecol. Res. 16:1478-1490

Hennig, R.M., Blankers, T. & Gray, D.A. 2016. Divergence in male cricket song and female preference functions in three allopatric sister species. J. Comp. Phys. A. 202:347-60

Blankers, T., Lübke, A.K. & Hennig, R.M. 2015. Phenotypic variation and covariation indicate high evolvability of acoustic communication in crickets. J. Evol. Biol. 28: 1656-1669

Blankers, T., Hennig, R.M. & Gray, D.A. 2015. Conservation of multivariate female preference functions and preference mechanisms in three species of trilling field crickets. J. Evol. Biol. 28: 630–641

Blankers, T., Townsend, T.M., Pepe, K., Reeder, T.W. & Wiens, J.J. 2013. Contrasting global-scale evolutionary radiations: Phylogeny, diversification, and morphological evolution in the major clades of iguanian lizards. Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 108: 127–143

Blankers, T., Adams, D.C. & Wiens, J.J. 2012. Ecological radiation with limited morphological diversification in salamanders. J. Evol. Biol. 25: 634–646