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Dr Bram Kuijper

Dr Bram Kuijper

Lecturer in Theoretical Biology

 01326 259022

 Tremough House M204

 

Tremough House, University of Exeter,  Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

 Office hours:

Tuesdays 13:00 - 15:00
Fridays 13:00 - 15:00

Or send me an email to arrange a meeting, preferably on Tuesday or Friday.

Overview

I am a lecturer who uses mathematical and simulation models to improve our understanding of fundamental questions in evolutionary behavioural ecology. While my previous work has focused on the evolution of sex differences and sexual selection, most of my current research focuses on the evolution of parental effects and the evolution of inheritance systems. To explore these questions, I use a range of theoretical techniques (evolutionary game theory, quantitative genetics, individual-based simulations). In collaboration with various researchers within the Centre for Ecology and Conservation and beyond, am also establishing empirical lines of research to test these evolutionary models.


Broad research specialisms:

  • Theoretical Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Sexual selection
  • Sex allocation
  • Evolution of inheritance systems

 


Join the lab: fresh PhD positions available!

PhD project 1: The epigenetic trap: do epigenetic effects enhance or limit the evolution of insecticide resistance? (Team: Dr Bram Kuijper [PI], Prof Chris Bass, Dr Barbara Tschirren). Can we use epigenetic effects to our advantage when preventing the evolution of insecticide resistance? Dependent on the student's interests, the project can involve the development of evolutionary theory, lab experiments on Aphids or genomic analyses. Further information: here and here.

PhD project 2: How do animals cope with stress in different environments? (Team: Prof. Stuart Townley [PI], Dr Bram Kuijper, Dr Tim Fawcett, Dr Sinead English). How do stress responses evolve and what form do they take? Dependent on the student's interests, the project can involve the development of evolutionary theory, experimental evolution on crickets in the lab or field work in Portugal and Spain on crickets and stressors. Further information here.

PhD project 3: Evolution of social signal diversity (PI: Jason Wolf, University of Bath). Why do we find greenbeards despite theory suggesting that greenbeards should be rare? Deadline Jan 9 2023. Further information: here.

PhD project 4: Non-genetic paternal effects on offspring reproduction and health: mechanisms and evolutionary consequences in a bird model system. Investigate how a father's condition can affect offspring phenotypes in birds. PI: Dr Barbara Tschirren. Further information here.

 

 

 


Join us!

Interested in working on the interface between evolutionary theory and data? Interested in joining the group for a postdoctoral, PhD or MbyRes project? Please get in touch to discuss project ideas and funding options.
We welcome new group members who want to understand more about topics such as social evolution, evolutionary theory, sexual selection, sex allocation or the evolution of inheritance. We also welcome any collaborations in which some theory is done as part of an empirical project. No background in theory is required as long as you are willing to learn cool new things about models, genetics, programming and data.


Data science and programming

If you are a postgraduate student and interested in learning more about programming, I also organize a yearly programming course in Python. This is part of a series of courses taught by the University of Exeter's Data Analytics Hub, (coordinator: Dr Chris Yeomans): https://exeter-data-analytics.github.io/

 

Career

2019 - Lecturer in Theoretical Biology
2016 - 2019 Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus
2013 - 2016 Research Fellow (EPSRC, UK), University College London
2010 - 2013 Research Associate (EPSRC, UK), University of Cambridge

2013 PhD Theoretical Biology (University of Groningen)

Research

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Kuijper B, Hoyle RB (2015). When to rely on maternal effects and when on phenotypic plasticity?. Evolution, 69(4), 950-968.
Kuijper B, Johnstone RA, Townley S (2014). The evolution of multivariate maternal effects. PLoS Comput Biol, 10(4). Abstract.  Author URL.
Kuijper B, Pen I, Weissing FJ (2012). A Guide to Sexual Selection Theory. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, 43(1), 287-311. Abstract.
Fawcett TW, Kuijper B, Weissing FJ, Pen I (2011). Sex-ratio control erodes sexual selection, revealing evolutionary feedback from adaptive plasticity. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 108(38), 15925-15930. Author URL.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Leimar O, Dall SRX, McNamara JM, Kuijper B, Hammerstein P (In Press). Ecological genetic conflict between specialism and plasticity through genomic islands of divergence.  Abstract.
Diaz F, Kuijper A, Hoyle RB, Talamantes N, Coleman JM, Matzkin LM (In Press). Environmental predictability drives adaptive within- and transgenerational plasticity of heat tolerance across life stages and climatic regions. Functional Ecology
Kuijper A, Johnstone RA (In Press). Evolution of epigenetic transmission when selection acts on fecundity versus viability. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Kuijper B, Johnstone RA (In Press). How sex-biased dispersal affects conflict over parental investment. bioRxiv
Kuijper B, Johnstone RA (In Press). Maternal Effects and Parent-Offspring Conflict.  Abstract.
Kuijper B, Johnstone RA (In Press). The Evolution of Early-Life Effects on Social Behaviour – Why Should Social Adversity Carry over to the Future?.  Abstract.
Kuijper B, Johnstone RA (In Press). The evolution of parental effects when selection acts on fecundity versus viability.  Abstract.
Bonneaud C, Lucy W, Bram K (In Press). Understanding the emergence of bacterial pathogens in novel hosts. Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences
Taborsky B, Kuijper A, Fawcett T, English S, Leimar O, McNamara J, Ruuskanen S (2022). An evolutionary perspective on stress responses, damage and repair. Hormones and Behavior, 142, 105180-105180. Abstract.
Kuijper A, Leimar O, Hammerstein P, McNamara JM, Dall SRX (2021). The evolution of social learning as phenotypic cue integration. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 376(1828).
Smolla M, Jansson F, Lehmann L, Houkes W, Weissing FJ, Hammerstein P, Dall SRX, Kuijper B, Enquist M (2021). Underappreciated features of cultural evolution. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 376(1828). Abstract.
Taborsky B, English S, Fawcett T, Kuijper A, Leimar O, McNamara J, Ruuskanen S, Sandi C (2020). Towards an evolutionary theory of stress responses. Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Kuijper ALW, Hanson MA, Vitikainen EIK, Marshall H, Ozanne SE, Cant MA (2019). Developing differences: early-life effects and evolutionary medicine. Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences
Kuijper B, Johnstone RA (2019). The evolution of early-life effects on social behaviour-why should social adversity carry over to the future?. PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 374(1770). Author URL.
Leimar O, Dall SRX, McNamara JM, Kuijper A, Hammerstein P (2018). Ecological genetic conflict: Genetic architecture can shift the balance between local adaptation and plasticity. American Naturalist
Haaland TR, Wright J, Kuijper B, Ratikainen II (2017). Differential Allocation Revisited: When Should Mate Quality Affect Parental Investment?. The American Naturalist, 190(4), 534-546.
Kuijper B, Johnstone RA (2017). How Sex-Biased Dispersal Affects Sexual Conflict over Care. The American Naturalist, 189(5), 501-514.
Kuijper ALW, Johnstone RA (2017). Maternal effects and parent-offspring conflict. Evolution
Hadjivasiliou Z, Pomiankowski A, Kuijper B (2016). The evolution of mating type switching. Evolution, 70(7), 1569-1581.
Kuijper B, Lane N, Pomiankowski A (2015). Can paternal leakage maintain sexually antagonistic polymorphism in the cytoplasm?. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 28(2), 468-480.
Kuijper B (2015). Mitochondria: the Red Queen lies within (comment on DOI 10.1002/bies.201500057). BioEssays, 37(9), 934-934.
Kuijper B, Johnstone RA (2015). Parental effects and the evolution of phenotypic memory. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 29(2), 265-276.
Knapp B, Bardenet R, Bernabeu MO, Bordas R, Bruna M, Calderhead B, Cooper J, Fletcher AG, Groen D, Kuijper B, et al (2015). Ten Simple Rules for a Successful Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration. PLOS Computational Biology, 11(4), e1004214-e1004214.
Kuijper B, Hoyle RB (2015). When to rely on maternal effects and when on phenotypic plasticity?. Evolution, 69(4), 950-968.
Kuijper B, Pen I (2014). Conflict over condition‐dependent sex allocation can lead to mixed sex‐determination systems. Evolution, 68(11), 3229-3247.
Johnstone RA, Kuijper B (2014). Kin Competition and the Evolution of Sex Differences in Development Time and Body Size. The American Naturalist, 183(4), 537-546.
Kuijper B, Johnstone RA, Townley S (2014). The evolution of multivariate maternal effects. PLoS Comput Biol, 10(4). Abstract.  Author URL.
Ma W-J, Kuijper B, de Boer JG, van de Zande L, Beukeboom LW, Wertheim B, Pannebakker BA (2013). Absence of Complementary Sex Determination in the Parasitoid Wasp Genus Asobara (Hymenoptera: Braconidae). PLoS ONE, 8(4), e60459-e60459.
Kuijper B, Johnstone RA (2013). How should parents adjust the size of their young in response to local environmental cues?. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 26(7), 1488-1498.
Kuijper B, Pen I, Weissing FJ (2012). A Guide to Sexual Selection Theory. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, 43(1), 287-311. Abstract.
Kuijper B, Johnstone RA (2012). How dispersal influences parent–offspring conflict over investment. Behavioral Ecology, 23(4), 898-906.
Stulp G, Kuijper B, Buunk AP, Pollet TV, Verhulst S (2012). Intralocus sexual conflict over human height. Biology Letters, 8(6), 976-978. Abstract.
de Boer JG, Kuijper B, Heimpel GE, Beukeboom LW (2012). Sex determination meltdown upon biological control introduction of the parasitoid<i>Cotesia rubecula?</i>. Evolutionary Applications, 5(5), 444-454.
Fawcett TW, Kuijper B, Weissing FJ, Pen I (2011). Sex-ratio control erodes sexual selection, revealing evolutionary feedback from adaptive plasticity. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 108(38), 15925-15930. Author URL.
KUIJPER B, PEN I (2010). The evolution of haplodiploidy by male-killing endosymbionts: importance of population structure and endosymbiont mutualisms. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 23(1), 40-52.
Kuijper B, Morrow EH (2009). Direct observation of female mating frequency using time-lapse photography. Fly, 118-120.
Feldmayer B, Kozielska M, Kuijper B, Weissing FJ, Beukeboom LW, Pen I (2008). Climatic variation and the geographical distribution of sex-determining mechanisms in the housefly. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 10, 797-809.
Fawcett TW, Kuijper B, Pen I, Weissing FJ (2007). Should attractive males have more sons?. Behavioral Ecology, 18(1), 71-80. Abstract.
Fawcett TW, Kuijper B, Pen I, Weissing FJ (2007). Should attractive males have more sons?. BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY, 18(1), 71-80. Author URL.
van de Pol M, Heg D, Bruinzeel LW, Kuijper B, Verhulst S (2006). Experimental evidence for a causal effect of pair-bond duration on reproductive performance in oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus). Behavioral Ecology, 17(6), 982-991.
KUIJPER B, STEWART AD, RICE WR (2006). The cost of mating rises nonlinearly with copulation frequency in a laboratory population of Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 19(6), 1795-1802.

Conferences

Rice WR, Stewart AD, Morrow EH, Kuijper B (2006). Measuring the costs & benefits of receiving sperm in Drosophila melanogaster.  Author URL.

Publications by year


In Press

Leimar O, Dall SRX, McNamara JM, Kuijper B, Hammerstein P (In Press). Ecological genetic conflict between specialism and plasticity through genomic islands of divergence.  Abstract.
Diaz F, Kuijper A, Hoyle RB, Talamantes N, Coleman JM, Matzkin LM (In Press). Environmental predictability drives adaptive within- and transgenerational plasticity of heat tolerance across life stages and climatic regions. Functional Ecology
Kuijper A, Johnstone RA (In Press). Evolution of epigenetic transmission when selection acts on fecundity versus viability. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Kuijper B, Johnstone RA (In Press). How sex-biased dispersal affects conflict over parental investment. bioRxiv
Kuijper B, Johnstone RA (In Press). Maternal Effects and Parent-Offspring Conflict.  Abstract.
Kuijper B, Johnstone RA (In Press). The Evolution of Early-Life Effects on Social Behaviour – Why Should Social Adversity Carry over to the Future?.  Abstract.
Kuijper B, Johnstone RA (In Press). The evolution of parental effects when selection acts on fecundity versus viability.  Abstract.
Kuijper B, Leimar O, Hammerstein P, McNamara JM, Dall SRX (In Press). The evolution of social learning as phenotypic cue integration.  Abstract.
Bonneaud C, Lucy W, Bram K (In Press). Understanding the emergence of bacterial pathogens in novel hosts. Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences

2022

Taborsky B, Kuijper A, Fawcett T, English S, Leimar O, McNamara J, Ruuskanen S (2022). An evolutionary perspective on stress responses, damage and repair. Hormones and Behavior, 142, 105180-105180. Abstract.

2021

Kuijper A, Leimar O, Hammerstein P, McNamara JM, Dall SRX (2021). The evolution of social learning as phenotypic cue integration. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 376(1828).
Smolla M, Jansson F, Lehmann L, Houkes W, Weissing FJ, Hammerstein P, Dall SRX, Kuijper B, Enquist M (2021). Underappreciated features of cultural evolution. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 376(1828). Abstract.

2020

Taborsky B, English S, Fawcett T, Kuijper A, Leimar O, McNamara J, Ruuskanen S, Sandi C (2020). Towards an evolutionary theory of stress responses. Trends in Ecology and Evolution

2019

Kuijper ALW, Hanson MA, Vitikainen EIK, Marshall H, Ozanne SE, Cant MA (2019). Developing differences: early-life effects and evolutionary medicine. Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences
Kuijper B, Johnstone RA (2019). The evolution of early-life effects on social behaviour-why should social adversity carry over to the future?. PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 374(1770). Author URL.

2018

Leimar O, Dall SRX, McNamara JM, Kuijper A, Hammerstein P (2018). Ecological genetic conflict: Genetic architecture can shift the balance between local adaptation and plasticity. American Naturalist

2017

Haaland TR, Wright J, Kuijper B, Ratikainen II (2017). Differential Allocation Revisited: When Should Mate Quality Affect Parental Investment?. The American Naturalist, 190(4), 534-546.
Kuijper B, Johnstone RA (2017). How Sex-Biased Dispersal Affects Sexual Conflict over Care. The American Naturalist, 189(5), 501-514.
Kuijper ALW, Johnstone RA (2017). Maternal effects and parent-offspring conflict. Evolution

2016

Hadjivasiliou Z, Pomiankowski A, Kuijper B (2016). The evolution of mating type switching. Evolution, 70(7), 1569-1581.

2015

Kuijper B, Lane N, Pomiankowski A (2015). Can paternal leakage maintain sexually antagonistic polymorphism in the cytoplasm?. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 28(2), 468-480.
Kuijper B (2015). Mitochondria: the Red Queen lies within (comment on DOI 10.1002/bies.201500057). BioEssays, 37(9), 934-934.
Kuijper B, Johnstone RA (2015). Parental effects and the evolution of phenotypic memory. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 29(2), 265-276.
Knapp B, Bardenet R, Bernabeu MO, Bordas R, Bruna M, Calderhead B, Cooper J, Fletcher AG, Groen D, Kuijper B, et al (2015). Ten Simple Rules for a Successful Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration. PLOS Computational Biology, 11(4), e1004214-e1004214.
Kuijper B, Hoyle RB (2015). When to rely on maternal effects and when on phenotypic plasticity?. Evolution, 69(4), 950-968.

2014

Kuijper B, Pen I (2014). Conflict over condition‐dependent sex allocation can lead to mixed sex‐determination systems. Evolution, 68(11), 3229-3247.
Johnstone RA, Kuijper B (2014). Kin Competition and the Evolution of Sex Differences in Development Time and Body Size. The American Naturalist, 183(4), 537-546.
Kuijper B, Johnstone RA, Townley S (2014). The evolution of multivariate maternal effects. PLoS Comput Biol, 10(4). Abstract.  Author URL.

2013

Ma W-J, Kuijper B, de Boer JG, van de Zande L, Beukeboom LW, Wertheim B, Pannebakker BA (2013). Absence of Complementary Sex Determination in the Parasitoid Wasp Genus Asobara (Hymenoptera: Braconidae). PLoS ONE, 8(4), e60459-e60459.
Kuijper B, Johnstone RA (2013). How should parents adjust the size of their young in response to local environmental cues?. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 26(7), 1488-1498.

2012

Kuijper B, Pen I, Weissing FJ (2012). A Guide to Sexual Selection Theory. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, 43(1), 287-311. Abstract.
Kuijper B, Johnstone RA (2012). How dispersal influences parent–offspring conflict over investment. Behavioral Ecology, 23(4), 898-906.
Stulp G, Kuijper B, Buunk AP, Pollet TV, Verhulst S (2012). Intralocus sexual conflict over human height. Biology Letters, 8(6), 976-978. Abstract.
de Boer JG, Kuijper B, Heimpel GE, Beukeboom LW (2012). Sex determination meltdown upon biological control introduction of the parasitoid<i>Cotesia rubecula?</i>. Evolutionary Applications, 5(5), 444-454.

2011

Fawcett TW, Kuijper B, Weissing FJ, Pen I (2011). Sex-ratio control erodes sexual selection, revealing evolutionary feedback from adaptive plasticity. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 108(38), 15925-15930. Author URL.

2010

KUIJPER B, PEN I (2010). The evolution of haplodiploidy by male-killing endosymbionts: importance of population structure and endosymbiont mutualisms. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 23(1), 40-52.

2009

Kuijper B, Morrow EH (2009). Direct observation of female mating frequency using time-lapse photography. Fly, 118-120.

2008

Feldmayer B, Kozielska M, Kuijper B, Weissing FJ, Beukeboom LW, Pen I (2008). Climatic variation and the geographical distribution of sex-determining mechanisms in the housefly. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 10, 797-809.

2007

Fawcett TW, Kuijper B, Pen I, Weissing FJ (2007). Should attractive males have more sons?. Behavioral Ecology, 18(1), 71-80. Abstract.
Fawcett TW, Kuijper B, Pen I, Weissing FJ (2007). Should attractive males have more sons?. BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY, 18(1), 71-80. Author URL.

2006

van de Pol M, Heg D, Bruinzeel LW, Kuijper B, Verhulst S (2006). Experimental evidence for a causal effect of pair-bond duration on reproductive performance in oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus). Behavioral Ecology, 17(6), 982-991.
Rice WR, Stewart AD, Morrow EH, Kuijper B (2006). Measuring the costs & benefits of receiving sperm in Drosophila melanogaster.  Author URL.
KUIJPER B, STEWART AD, RICE WR (2006). The cost of mating rises nonlinearly with copulation frequency in a laboratory population of Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 19(6), 1795-1802.

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Teaching

I teach the year 2 module ‘Behavioural Ecology’ and co-coordinate the MSc module 'Approaches in Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology'. I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research projects.

For the University of Exeter's Data Science Hub, I teach the course 'Introduction to Scientific Computing in Python'.

I also organize an annual book reading discussion, where we work through a book that deals with models in ecology and evolution. Currently, we are reading McElreath & Boyd's 'Mathematical Models of Social Evolution'.

Modules

2022/23

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Supervision / Group

Postdoctoral researchers

  • Ana Duarte

Postgraduate researchers

  • Margaret Bolton (second supervisor)
  • Kingsley Hunt (third supervisor)
  • Sophie Maplesden (MSc student - supervision with Prof Annette Broderick)
  • Arthur Newbury
  • Andoni Soteri Edwin Sergiou (second supervisor)

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