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Jacobus Jan Boomsma

Jacobus Jan Boomsma

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Current research

I am interested in the biology of conflict and cooperation, including the behavioral ecology (sex allocation and mating systems), population genetics, and evolution of social insects and their (social) parasites and symbiotic mutualists. Important model systems are the fungus-growing ants and termites and their microbial symbionts, and social and non-social insects that exploit ant colonies. Additional projects have focused on reproductive life histories of birds, amphibians and mammals. Most ongoing work involves a combination of field studies, lab experiments, and molecular/genomic analyses. My group develops and tests social evolution theory, with Hamiltonian inclusive fitness as leading principle, and we have initiated a research and teaching program in the application of evolutionary theory to medical questions. My research is or has been supported by the Danish Natural Science Research Council, the Danish National Research Foundation  - Centre for Social Evolution, the Carlsberg Foundation and the European Commission (advanced ERC grant, two research-training networks, participation in several thematic networks, and a series of individual Marie Curie fellowships).

Primary fields of research

  • Social Evolution
  • Social Insects
  • Conflict/Cooperation
  • Mating systems
  • Coevolution
  • Genomics
  • Conservation

Teaching

  • Conservation (3rd year students)
  • Population Ecology (4th year students)
  • Evolutionary Ecology (4th year students)
  • Entomological Field Course (4th year students)
  • Evolutionary Medicine (4th year students)
  • Tropical Behavioral Ecology and Evolution (4th year and PhD students)
  • Various Social Evolution PhD courses

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Chemically armed mercenary ants protect fungus-farming societies

    Adams, R. M. M., Liberti, J., Illum, A. A., Jones, T. H., Nash, D. R. & Boomsma, J. J. 2013 In : National Academy of Sciences. Proceedings. 110, 39, p. 15752-15757 6 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  2. Published

    Specificity and stability of the Acromyrmex–Pseudonocardia symbiosis

    Andersen, S. B., Hansen, L. H., Sapountzis, P., Sørensen, S. J. & Boomsma, J. J. 2013 In : Molecular Ecology. 22, 16, p. 4307-4321 15 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  3. Published

    Evolutionary biology: Farming writ small

    Boomsma, J. J. 2011 In : Nature. 469, 7330, p. 308-309 2 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  4. Published

    Only full-sibling families evolved eusociality

    Boomsma, J. J., Beekman, M., Cornwallis, C. K., Griffin, A. S., Holman, L., Hughes, W. O. H., Keller, L., Oldroyd, B. P. & Ratnieks, F. L. W. 2011 In : Nature. 471, 7339, p. E4-5; author reply E9-10 4 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  5. Published

    Laccase detoxification mediates the nutritional alliance between leaf-cutting ants and fungus-garden symbionts.

    De Fine Licht, H., Schiøtt, M., Rogowska-Wrzesinska, A., Nygaard, S., Roepstorff, P. & Boomsma, J. 2013 In : National Academy of Sciences. Proceedings. 110, 2, p. 583-587 5 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  6. Published

    Seminal fluid mediates ejaculate competition in social insects

    Den Boer, S. P. A., Baer, B. & Boomsma, J. J. 2010 In : Science. 327, 5972, p. 1506-1509 4 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  7. Published

    Dynamic disease management in trachymyrmex fungus-growing ants (Attini: Formicidae)

    Fernández-Marín, H., Bruner, G., Gomez, E. B., Nash, D. R., Boomsma, J. J. & Wcislo, W. T. 2013 In : American Naturalist. 181, 4, p. 571-582 12 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  8. Published

    Random sperm use and genetic effects on worker caste fate in Atta colombica leaf-cutting ants

    Holman, L., Stürup, M., Trontti, K. & Boomsma, J. J. 2011 In : Molecular Ecology. 20, 23, p. 5092-5102 11 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  9. Published

    Caste-specific expression of genetic variation in the size of antibiotic-producing glands of leaf-cutting ants

    Hughes, W. O. H., Bot, A. N. M. & Boomsma, J. J. 2010 In : Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences. 277, 1681, p. 609-15 6 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  10. Published

    Reproduction and dispersal in an ant-associated root aphid community

    Ivens, A. B. F., Kronauer, D. J. C., Pen, I., Weissing, F. J. & Boomsma, J. J. 2012 In : Molecular Ecology. 21, 17, p. 4257-4269 13 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  11. Published

    Colony fusion and worker reproduction after queen loss in army ants

    Kronauer, D. J. C., Schöning, C., d'Ettorre, P. & Boomsma, J. J. 2010 In : Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences. 277, 1682, p. 755-63 8 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  12. Published

    Large-Scale Evolutionary Patterns of Host Plant Associations in the Lepidoptera

    Menken, S. B. J., Boomsma, J. J. & van Nieukerken, E. J. 2010 In : Evolution. 64, 4, p. 1098-1119 22 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  13. Published

    Wingless virgin queens assume helper roles in Acromyrmex leaf-cutting ants

    Nehring, V., Boomsma, J. J. & D'Ettorre, P. 2012 In : Current Biology. 22, 17, p. R671-R673 3 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewLetter

  14. Published

    The genome of the leaf-cutting ant Acromyrmex echinatior suggests key adaptations to advanced social life and fungus farming

    Nygaard, S., Zhang, G., Schiøtt, M., Li, C., Wurm, Y., Hu, H., Zhou, J., Ji, L., Qiu, F., Rasmussen, M., Pan, H., Hauser, F., Krogh, A., Grimmelikhuijzen, C. . C., Wang, J. & Boomsma, J. J. 2011 In : Genome Research. 21, 8, p. 1339-1348 10 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  15. Published

    Leaf-cutting ant fungi produce cell wall degrading pectinase complexes reminiscent of phytopathogenic fungi

    Schiøtt, M., Rogowska-Wrzesinska, A., Roepstorff, P. & Boomsma, J. J. 1 Jan 2010 In : B M C Biology. 8, p. 156

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  16. Published

    Genetic variation in virulence among chalkbrood strains infecting honeybees

    Vojvodic, S., Jensen, A. B., Markussen, B., Eilenberg, J. & Boomsma, J. J. 2011 In : P L o S One. 6, 9, 5 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  17. Published

    Regulation and specificity of antifungal metapleural gland secretion in leaf-cutting ants

    Yek, S. H., Nash, D. R., Jensen, A. B. & Boomsma, J. J. 2012 In : Royal Society of London. Proceedings B. Biological Sciences. 279, 1745, p. 4215-4222 8 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  18. Published

    High Symbiont Relatedness Stabilizes Mutualistic Cooperation in Fungus-Growing Termites

    Aanen, D. K., de Fine Licht, H. H., Debets, A. J. M., Kerstes, N. A. G., Hoekstra, R. F. & Boomsma, J. J. 2009 In : Science. 326, 5956, p. 1103-6 3 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  19. Published

    The life of a dead ant -the expression of an adaptive extended phenotype

    Andersen, S. B., Gerritsma, S., Yusah, K. M., Mayntz, D., Hywel-Jones, N. L., Billen, J., Boomsma, J. J. & Hughes, D. P. 2009 In : American Naturalist. 174, 3, p. 424-433 10 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  20. Published

    Sperm length evolution in the fungus-growing ants

    Baer, B., Dijkstra, M. B., Mueller, U. G., Nash, D. R. & Boomsma, J. J. 2009 In : Behavioral Ecology. 20, 1, p. 38-45

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  21. Published

    Lifetime monogamy and the evolution of eusociality

    Boomsma, J. J. 2009 In : Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences. 364, 1533, p. 3191-207 16 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  22. Published

    Rethinking crop-disease management in fungus-growing ants

    Boomsma, J. J. & Aanen, D. K. 2009 In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America. 106, 42, p. 17611-2 1 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  23. Published

    Prudent sperm use by leaf-cutter ant queens

    Den Boer, S. P. A., Baer, B., Dreier, S. A. J., Aron, S., Nash, D. R. & Boomsma, J. J. 2009 In : Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences. 276, 1675, p. 3945-3953 8 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  24. Published

    Caste-specific symbiont policing by workers of Acromyrmex fungus-growing ants

    Ivens, A. B. F., Nash, D. R., Poulsen, M. & Boomsma, J. J. 2009 In : Behavioral Ecology. 20, 2, p. 378-384 7 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  25. Published

    A mosaic of chemical coevolution in a large blue butterfly.

    Nash, D. R., Als, T. D., Maile, R., Jones, G. R. & Boomsma, J. J. 2008 In : Science. 319, 5859, p. 88-90 2 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  26. Published

    Graveyards on the Move: The Spatio-Temporal Distribution of Dead Ophiocordyceps-Infected Ants

    Pontoppidan, M-B., Himaman, W., Hywel-Jones, N. L., Boomsma, J. J. & Hughes, D. P. 2009 In : PLoS ONE. 4, 3, p. e4835

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  27. Published

    Ephemeral windows of opportunity for horizontal transmission of fungal symbionts in leaf-cutting ants

    Poulsen, M., Fernández-Marín, H., Currie, C. R. & Boomsma, J. J. 2009 In : Evolution. 63, 9, p. 2235-2247 13 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

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