Mr T.P.G. (Tom) van den Beuken MSc
Faculty of Science
Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics
Science Park A
Science Park 904 Room number: C3.218
1090 GE Amsterdam
In numerous animal species two or more distinct alternative morphologies can be distinguished between members of the same sex. Such Alternative Reproductive Phenotypes (ARPs) may each come with its own costs and benefits.
My research focusses on the bulb mite Rhizoglyphus robini, here males either develop into a ‘fighter’, which typically competes aggressively with rivals for females, or a ‘scrambler’ which tends to avoid conflict and tries to circumvent rivals. What processes determines the development of either ARP and what costs and benefits come with each ARP are largely unknown. By combining experimental work and mathematical modelling I aim to broaden our knowledge and understanding of ARPs.
Oku K., van den Beuken T.P.G. Male behavioural plasticity depends on maternal mating status in the two-spotted spider mite. Exp Appl Acarol. Springer International Publishing; 2017; DOI:10.1007/s10493-017-0127-9
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