Koos Boomsma

Koos Boomsma


Curriculum vitae Jacobus J. Boomsma




MSc Biology (1976); PhD (1982): Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam


Director Centre for Social Evolution (2005 - present); Professor, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen (1999 - present); Associate Professor, Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Aarhus (1990 - 1999); Independent N.W.O. Research Fellow, University of Utrecht (1985-1990); Temporary Lecturer, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (1982-1985)

Visiting/sabattical Fellowships

Oxford University, UK (1986-1987); Cornell University (1989); Utrecht University (1998); Universities of Würzburg and Regensburg (in total 5 months in 2002-2004); Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (in total more than a year of fieldwork since 1993); Oxford University (six months in 2016); Focus-group convener and Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study Berlin (Wissenschaftkolleg zu Berlin): September 2018-July 2019

Research Interests

Social Evolution, Conflict/Cooperation, Mating systems, Coevolution, Conservation, Genomics, Evolutionary Medicine

Awards and Honors

C.&C. Huygens Excellence Fellowship (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (1985-1990); Elected Member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters (1998); Alexander von Humboldt Research Award, 2001; Research Associate of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (2007-2018); Honorary Doctorate, University of Helsinki (2010); Knighthood, Royal Danish Order of Dannebrog (2015); Newton Abraham visiting Professorship, University of Oxford (2016); Quadrennial Hamilton Award for outstanding lifetime achievement by the International Union for the Study of Social Insects (2018); Sabbatical Fellowship Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (academic year 2018-2019)

Editorial Board Memberships

Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (1991-2002); Journal of Evolutionary Biology (1992-1994); Insectes Sociaux (1998-2006); Journal of Insect Conservation (1998-2006); Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata (1999-2000); Proceedings of The Royal Society Series B (2003-2008); Myrmecological News (2004-present);  BioMed Central Evolutionary Biology (2005-present); Insect Conservation and Diversity (2007-2012); Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health (2012 - present)

Academic Service (selection)

Member of the Council of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (1997-2001); Vice President and Chair of the 2001 John Maynard Smith Prize Committee (1999-2001); Non-European Vice President of the Society for the Study of Evolution and member of the 2003 Dobzhansky Prize Committee (2003); President and quadrennial World Congress Organizer (2006-2010) of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects (IUSSI); Danish Representative in the Publication Board of the Nordic Society Oikos (2006 – 2016); ERC St8 Panel Member (2014); ERC AdG Panel 8 Chair (2016, 2018); (co)-organizer of >15 symposia and workshops


Coordinator of two EU-Research-training Networks (1996 - 2001 and 2001 - 2004); Host of more than 20 Individual EU Marie Curie Fellows; Director Centre for Social Evolution and Symbiosis (2002-2005: Danish National Science Research Council); Director Centre for Social Evolution (2005 - present: Danish National Research Foundation 2005-2015); Advanced ERC grant (2013 - 2018)


>300 listed in Google Scholar; >16000 citations; h-index 71; i10 = 247

Of these 5 in Nature, 7 in Science, 10 in PNAS, 8 in Current Biology, 4 in Nature Communications, and 2 in Nature Ecology and Evolution (including N&V, matters arising, dispatch, Q&A, retrospective)


Hundreds of reviews for >60 international journals (including NatureSciencePNASCurrent BiologyPLoS) and many assessments for grant-giving agencies, tenure/ promotion reviews, prize nominations, etc; Member and Chair of various EU Marie Curie panels in Life Sciences and Environment since FP4; Review Panel Member Evolutionary Biology Program of the Volkswagen Foundation (2008-2012); Member of the Spinoza Prize Committee, N.W.O., The Netherlands (2011-2013); Panel member Research Assessment Exercise University of Oulu (2013); Member of the joint NWO - KNAW evaluation committee for 22 NWO-KNAW Research Institutes for fundamental science in the Netherlands (2018-2019); Member or Chair of several congress program committees; >25 external PhD/DSc evaluations in ten countries

Invited talks

>60 invited Departmental seminars at >40 Institutions; >30 keynote/plenary addresses; > 70 invited symposium talks and public dissemination lectures

Review/Assessment/Organization of teaching Curricula

Member of Evaluation panels for national (Netherlands 1996-7) and University (Helsinki, 2002) biology curricula. Member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Assembly of PhD Schools in Functional Ecology in the Netherlands (1998-2006); Director of Science and Chairman of the Scientific Committee of ISOBIS (International Ph.D. School of Biodiversity Sciences in Denmark) (2002-2007).


Undergraduate and graduate courses in Evolution, Ecology, Evolutionary Medicine and Conservation; > 30 Postdocs; >25 PhD students; >50 MSc students

last updated September 2019

Knowledge of languages

  • Dutch - mother tongue
  • English - fluent
  • Danish - fluent
  • German - reading and understanding



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