Erik Postma

Research Interests

Quantitative genetics, inbreeding, pedigrees, natural and sexual selection, life-history theory, birds, mammals, humans, endurance performance.

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Education and Professional Positions

2011 - present Group leader, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2008 - 2011 Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2006 - 2008 Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
2001 - 2005 Ph.D., Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), Utrecht University, The Netherlands
2000 M.Sc., Wageningen University, The Netherlands
1995 - 1999 B.Sc., Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Selected Publications

  • Bonnet T., Postma E. (2016). Successful by chance? The power of mixed models and neutral simulations for the detection of individual fixed heterogeneity in fitness components. The American Naturalist, 187(1):60-74. DOI: 10.1086/684158
  • Becker PJJ., Hegelbach J., Keller LF., Postma E. (2016) Phenotype-associated inbreeding biases estimates of inbreeding depression in a wild bird population. International Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 29(1):35-46. DOI: 10.1111/jeb.12759
  • Nietlisbach P., Keller LF., Postma E. (2016) Genetic variance components and heritability of multiallelic heterozygosity under inbreeding. Heredity, 116:1-11. DOI: 10.1038/hdy.2015.59
  • Garcia-Navas V., Bonnet T., Waldvogel D., Wandeler P., Camenisch G., Postma E. (2015) Geneflow counteracts the effect of drift in a Swiss population of snow voles fluctuating in size. Biological Conservation, 191:168-177. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2015.06.021
  • Becker PJJ., Reichert S., Zahn S., Hegelbach J., Massemin S., Keller LF., Postma E., Criscuolo F. (2015) Mother – offspring and nest-mate resemblance but no heritability in early-life telomere length in white-throated dippers. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences, 282:20142924. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.2924