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Dr. B.J.A. Pollux

Assistant Professor Evolutionary Ecology


Experimental Zoology Group

Department of Animal Sciences

Wageningen University

Zodiac, Building 122

Room E1233

De Elst 1

NL-6708 WD Wageningen

the Netherlands

Phone: +31.(0)317.486083 (my office)

Phone: +31.(0)317.483509 (secretary)

E-mail: b.pollux@gmail.com

E-mail: bart.pollux@wur.nl

Web: http://www.bartpollux.nl

RECENT NEWS



  1. Bullet 1 Sep 2017 - We have a 1-year post doc position available on the resilience of aquatic systems under biological invasions. Application deadline is 2 October 2017. For more information see here.


  1. Bullet 30 Aug 2017 - We have a PhD position available on the ‘comparative genomics of placenta development in livebearing fish’. Application deadline is 25 September 2017’. For more information see here.


  1. Bullet 10 July 2017 - Hendrik-Jan Megens (Animal Breeding & Genomics group, Wageningen University) and I received a research grant to fund a PhD position on the comparative genomics of placentation in livebearing fishes (position to be advertised soon).


  1. Bullet 9 May 2017 - Leo Nagelkerke and I received a research grant from Wageningen University & Research within the Strategic Investment Theme RESILIENCE to hire a post-doc for 1 year on the topic “Resilience of aquatic systems under biological invasions: From ecosystems to genes” (position to be announced soon).


  1. Bullet 4 Apr 2017 - Interview in the Volkskrant (a national newspaper) “Grotvis leerde in oogwenk van 20 duizend jaar in donker leven” and live interview on the radio show BNR Spitsuur with Petra Grijzen (BNR Nieuwsradio).


  1. Bullet 22 Feb - 18 Mar 2017 -  The research expedition of Myrthe Dekker, Andres Hagmayer, Andrew Furness (UC Irvine) and I in Costa Rica was a great success. We collected very exiting field data and brought back 8 new fish species, which are all currently housed in my lab. We’re very grateful for all the help from Rebecca Cole (Las Cruces Biological Station), Minor Porras (Organization for Tropical Studies), Beatriz Naranjo Elizondo, Rita Vargaz and Ana Rosa Ramírez (Museo de Zoología, Escuela de Biología, Universidad de Costa Rica)!


  1. Bullet 16 Feb 2017 - Myrthe Dekker and Andres Hagmayer each received € 2500 from the Dutch Academy Ecology Fund (KNAW) to fund their field research project in Costa Rica.


  1. Bullet 16 Dec 2016 - Mike Fleuren is presenting his exiting PhD work at the 23rd Congress of Zoology in Antwerp (Belgium).


  1. Bullet 15 Dec 2016 - Leo Nagelkerke (Aquaculture & Fisheries group, Wageningen University) and I received a grant from Wageningen University & Research to organize a workshop “Resilience of aquatic systems under biological invasions: From ecosystems to genes” within the Strategic Investment Theme RESILIENCE.


  1. Bullet 1 Nov 2016 - A warm welcome to Andres Hagmaywer, a new PhD student who joined my Livebearing Fish group!


  1. Bullet 29 Sep 2016 - My paper “Consistent individual differences in seed disperser quality in a seed-eating fish” was accepted in Oecologia!


  1. Bullet 28 July 2016 - A PhD position is available to study the role of the placenta in transmitting disturbed serotonin levels from the maternal environment comparating livebearing fish, rats and humans. The PhD student will be based at the University of Groningen. For details see here (deadline 11 September 2016).


  1. Bullet 11 July 2016 - Kim Suijker received a three-month stipend from the “Lucie Timmermans Fonds” (Universiteitsfonds Wageningen) to work on the evolution of placental immunology in livebearing fishes in collaboration with Prof. dr. Geert Wiegertjes of the Cell Biology and Immunology group (Wageningen University).


  1. Bullet 17 June 2016 - Our paper onInnate and acquired prey capturing skills in superprecocial livebearing fish” was accepted in Proceedings of the Royal Society B!


  1. Bullet 15 May 2016 - I have a vacancy for a PhD student to study life history evolution in livebearing fish in Costa Rica. Apply here (deadline 6th July 2016).


  1. Bullet 2 May 2016 - Our grant proposal in the ‘Adaptive Life Programme’ of the Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences entitled “The role of the placenta in transmitting disturbed serotonin levels from the maternal environment: a comparative study with livebearing fish, rats and humans” was awarded! This is an exiting new collaboration with Prof. Bregje Wertheim, Dr. Jocelien Olivier (University of Groningen) and Dr. Torsten Plösch (Universitair Medische Centrum Groningen). 


  1. Bullet 1 Feb 2016 - A warm welcome to Myrthe Dekker, a new PhD student who joined my group!


  1. Bullet 6 Jan 2016 - I was invited to join the Wageningen Young Academy.


  1. Bullet 28 Nov 2015 - Mike and I gave two talks at the meeting of the Dutch Livebearer Association (Poecilia Nederland).


  1. Bullet 11 Nov 2015 - Interview in Dagblad De Limburger “Vissen voor de wetenschap”.


  1. Bullet 22 Sept 2015 - I have a vacancy for a PhD student in Molecular Ecology / Sexual Selection to work on livebearing fish. Apply here (deadline 15th November 2015).


  1. Bullet 1 Sep 2015 - I accepted a position as Assistant Professor in Evolutionary Ecology at Wageningen University!


  1. Bullet 15-23 Jun 2015 - Press release by the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO) “Zoetwatervis blijkt belangrijke ‘natuurontwikkelaar’: zaden liften kilometers verder mee met vissen dan gedacht” (15 Jun 2015). Articles in national newspaper Trouw “Zoetwatervis brengt zaadjes veel verder dan we dachten” (18 Jun 2015). Article in Bionieuws “Vissen blijken verre zaadverspreiders” (20 Jun 2015).


  1. Bullet 17 Jun 2015 - Invited seminar at the Institute for Water and Wetland Research, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.


  1. Bullet 15 Jun 2015 - Advanced Online Publication of our paper in Functional Ecology: Van Leeuwen CHA, Beukeboom R, Nolet BA, Bakker ES & Pollux BJA (2015) Locomotion during digestion changes current estimates of seed dispersal by fish. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12485 


  1. Bullet 4 Jun 2015 - Invited Spotlight seminar at the Institute of Biology Leiden, Leiden University, the Netherlands.


  1. Bullet 23 May 2015 - Behind the scenes article “Dus u wilt verder in de wetenschap” by Martijn van Calmthout (de Volkskrant) about the 2014/2015 VIDI application round of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).


  1. Bullet 18 May 2015 - Press releases issued by NWO “Vidi-beurzen voor 87 talentvolle, ervaren onderzoekers” and Wageningen University “Zes Wageningse onderzoekers krijgen een Vidi”. Articles in national newspaper de Volkskrant “NWO geeft 70 miljoen aan creatieve wetenschappers” and de Gelderlander “Beurzen à 8 ton voor Wageningen Universiteit en Radboud”.


  1. Bullet 14-16 May 2015 - Thanks to Dr. Julian Torres Dowdall and Prof. Axel Meyer (University of Konstanz, Germany) for inviting me for a visit to their lab and give a lecture in the Advanced Master Class “Evolutionary Molecular Ecology”.


  1. Bullet 14 May 2015 - I received a prestigious VIDI research grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).


  1. Bullet 19 Mar 2015 - Invited talk at the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the Netherlands.


  1. Bullet 5 January 2015 - I was awarded the ASG-medewerkersprijs (500 euro) at Wageningen University for best publication of 2014.


  1. Bullet 1-5 December 2014 - Elsa Quicazan-Rubio is giving a video presentation about the methodology of her first paper at the IV Colombian Zoology Congress in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia). Click here for the presentation (in Spanish)!


  1. Bullet 9 October 2014 - Invited talk at the European Research Council in Brussels (Belgium).


  1. Bullet 11 September 2014 - Publication of Pollux, Meredith, Springer, Garland & Reznick (2014) The evolution of the placenta drives a shift in sexual selection in livebearing fish. Nature 513:233-236.

[This paper was recommended by the Faculty of 1000 for F1000Prime for being of special significance to the field!]


  1. Bullet 9-11 September 2014 - Patricia de Lourdes Frías Álvarez (PhD student at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México, UNAM) visited the lab and give a talk about her research on superfetation in Poeciliopsis.


  1. Bullet 8 September 2014 - “Placentation, Superfetation, and Coercive Copulation” Dispatch by David Haig in Current Biology.  


  1. Bullet 30 August 2014 - “Vrouw met placenta wil geen mooie man” News story in Bionieuws, a Dutch newsmagazine for Biologists.


  1. Bullet 12 July 2014 - “Placentas changed fish sexual politics” Article in New Scientist, with commentary by Ingo Schlupp.


  1. Bullet 9 July 2014 - Fantastic piece by Ed Young on National Geographic’s blog “Not exactly rocket science” entitled “Placenta Evolution and a Sexual Cold War” about our Nature paper, with commentary by Jeanne Zeh and David Haig.


  1. Bullet 9 July 2014 - Advanced Online Publication of our Nature paper: The evolution of the placenta drives a shift in sexual selection in livebearing fish.


  1. Bullet 4-9 July 2014 - Press releases issued by Nature “Placenta evolution increases fish promiscuity”, Wageningen University “Vrouwelijke vissen met placenta zijn promiscue” and University of California Riverside “Biologists link sexual selection and placenta formation”.


  1. Bullet 20-24 June 2014 - I gave a talk at the Evolution meeting in Raleigh (USA).


  1. Bullet 14 February 2014 - Thanks to Nils Christian Stenseth, Asbjørn Vøllestad and Casper van Leeuwen of the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, University of Oslo (Norway) for inviting me to give a talk in their lab.


  1. Bullet 3-7 January 2014 - Elsa Quicazan and Mike Fleuren presented their first results at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology (SICB), Austin, USA. Well done guys!


  1. Bullet 21-23 November 2013 - Thanks to Angelo Bisazza and Andrea Pilastro (University of Padova, Italy) for inviting me to give a talk in their groups and showing me how to assess sperm quality and perform artificial inseminations in poeciliid fish.


  1. Bullet 20 March - 10 April 2013 - The trip of Andrew Furness and I to Costa Rica, funded by the Schure Beijerinck Popping fund (KNAW), was very successful!


  1. Bullet 1 March 2013 - A warm welcome to Mike Fleuren who started as the second PhD student in my lab!


  1. Bullet 14 November 2012 - I have a vacancy for a PhD student in Evolutionary Biomechanics interested in studying the evolution of reproductive strategies in livebearing fish (deadline for application is Friday 11th January 2013 at 17:00 hrs)


  1. Bullet 15 June 2012 - The transfer of my livebearing Poecillid fish, from UC Riverside (USA) to my lab at Wageningen University (the Netherlands), was successful!


  1. Bullet 4 May 2012 - I got a Marie Curie - International Incoming Fellowship (IIF) (7th Framework Programme of the Research Executive Agency of the European Union)!


  1. Bullet 26 April 2012 - “Maaswater in beken verandert concurrentie tussen stekelbaarzen” Press release by the Bargerveen Foundation / Radboud University Nijmegen about our Aquatic Ecology paper on changes in niche segregation between three- and nine-spined stickleback (Verberk, van den Munckhof & Pollux, 2012). (link1, link2)


  1. Bullet 12 March 2012 - I joined the Editorial Board of Freshwater Biology.


  1. Bullet 8 February 2012 - I received a field research grant from the Schure Beijerinck Popping Fund (KNAW) to study placentation in Poeciliopsis retropinna populations in Costa Rica, together with Andrew Furness (UC Riverside)!


  1. Bullet 1 December 2011 - My ALW Open Programme research grant (NWO), submitted in collaboration with Johan van Leeuwen (Wageningen University) and David Reznick (UC Riverside), was awarded!


  1. Bullet 10 November 2011 - Publication of our review paper on seed dispersal by fish, with Prof. Mike Horn (Cal State Fullerton). (Horn et al., 2011; link to Special issue on Frugivory in Acta Oecologica).


  1. Bullet 7 October 2011 - A warm welcome to Elsa Magnolia Quicazan Rubio who started as a PhD student in my lab!


  1. Bullet September 2011 - Publication of our book chapter Pires, Banet, Pollux & Reznick (2011) Variation and evolution of reproductive strategies. In: J Evans, A Pilastro & I Schlupp (eds), Ecology and Evolution of Poeciliid Fishes. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, pp. 28-37. ISBN-13: 978-0-226-22274-5. (info)


  1. Bullet 31 August 2011 - “Unterschätzte Fische” Interview in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Swiss newspaper) about our Acta Oecologica paper on seed dispersal by fish (Horn et al. 2011). (link)


  1. Bullet 9 July 2011 - “Alleen vissenplacenta in goede tijden” News story in Bionieuws, a Dutch newsmagazine for Biologists (Bionieuws 12, page 4; link)


  1. Bullet 4 July 2011 - Interview on National public radio in the popular science program “Hoe? Zo!” (Radio 5: 8-9 pm; listen here to the interview in Dutch).


  1. Bullet 4 July 2011 - “Vissenplacenta is ongunstige overlevingsstragie” Press release by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) about our Functional Ecology paper on the (mal)adaptiveness of matrotrophy in livebearing fish (Pollux & Reznick, 2011). (link)


  1. Bullet 1 July 2011 - Publication of Pollux & Reznick (2011). Matrotrophy limits a female’s ability to adaptively adjust offspring size and fecundity in fluctuating environments. Functional Ecology 25, 747-756.








Welcome to the Pollux-lab!

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS


  1. Lankheet MJM, Stoffers T, van Leeuwen JL & Pollux BJA (2016). Innate and acquired prey capturing skills in superprecocial livebearing fish. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283:20160972 (doi:10.1098/rspb.2016.0972).

  2. Pollux BJA, Meredith RW, Springer MS & Reznick DN (2014) The evolution of the placenta drives a shift in sexual selection in livebearing fish. Nature 513:233-236.

  3. Pollux BJA & Reznick DN (2011). Matrotrophy limits a female’s ability to adaptively adjust offspring size and fecundity in fluctuating environments. Functional Ecology 25:747-756.

  4. Pollux BJA, Pires MN, Banet AI & Reznick DN (2009) The evolution of placentas in the fish family Poeciliidae – An empirical study of macroevolution. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 40:271-289.

  5. Pollux BJA, de Jong M, Steegh A, Verbruggen E, van Groenendael JM & Ouborg NJ (2007). Reproductive strategy, clonal structure and genetic diversity in populations of the aquatic macrophyte Sparganium emersum in river systems. Molecular Ecology 16:313-325.