Bram Kuijper

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow
University of Exeter
Theoretical Evolutionary Biology

Extended Inheritance

Using computational and analytical models, (epimutations, maternal effects, inheritance of small RNAs), I investigate the ecological significance of different forms of extended inheritance.

Genetic conflict

Genomic elements (chromosomes, endosymbiotic bacteria) often have different selective optima, potentially leading to antagonistic coevolution. I model how conflicts are resolved and how they affect adaptation.

Adaptation to Change

So far, predictions on how animals and plants adapt to change do not take into account the multitude of ways in which organisms adapt to change (maternal effects, cultural inheritance, dispersal). I aim to arrive at more holistic predictions, which consider aspects like transient dynamics, sex differences and other forms of population structure.

PhD Position

Apply now for a fully-funded PhD position on maternal effects theory in Cornwall (together with Stuart Townley (Maths, UExeter Penryn) and Sinead English (Biology, UBristol) as part of the GW4+ NERC DTP. Check out the job advert here!

Key Publications

Kuijper, B. & Johnstone, R. A. 2017. Maternal effects and parent-offspring conflict Evolution in press

Kuijper, B. & Johnstone, R. A. 2017. How does sex-biased dispersal affect sexual conflict over care? Am. Nat. 189:501-514. PDF»

Kuijper, B. & Hoyle, R. B. 2015. When to rely on maternal effects and when on phenotypic plasticity? Evolution 69: 950-968. PDF»

Kuijper, B. et al. 2012. A guide to sexual selection theory Annu. Rev. Evol. Ecol. Syst. 43: 287-311 PDF »

Fawcett, T. W.*, Kuijper, B.* et al. 2011. Sex-ratio control erodes sexual selection, revealing evolutionary feedback from adaptive plasticity. PNAS 108: 15925-15930 PDF »

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