Affiliation and Professional Preparation
2016-present Postdoctoral fellow at Univ catholique de Louvain, BE, with Profs Caroline Nieberding and Thierry Hance
2015 Maternity leave from June – December
2013-2015 Postdoctoral fellow at Tours Univ, FR, with Dr David Giron
2012 Postdoctoral associate at the Univ of Florida, USA, with Dr Daniel Hahn
2007-2011 PhD student at VU Univ Amsterdam, NL, with Prof Jacintha Ellers
2005-2007 Graduate student at Leiden Univ, NL
2002-2005 Undergraduate student at Leiden Univ, NL
Grants, Awards and Honours
2018 Board member of the Royal Dutch Zoological Society
2017 Crédit de Recherches grant (Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique, F.R.S.-FNRS), €60000,-
2015 Chargée de Recherches fellowship (Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique, F.R.S.-FNRS), €176000,-
MOVE-IN Louvain fellowship (Univ Catholique de Louvain), €45500,- (offered, but declined)
2013 Zoology prize awarded by the Royal Dutch Zoological Society, €1000,-
2012 Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship (European Commission), €201000,-
Rubicon fellowship (NWO, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research), €142000,-
Fondation Fyssen fellowship, €48000,- (offered, but declined)
1st prize for best dissertation awarded by the Dutch Entomological Society, €1000,-
Travel grant (Schure-Beijerinck-Popping Fonds), €2000,- (offered, but declined)
2011 1st prize for best paper published by a PhD-candidate awarded by NERN, €750,-
2010 2nd prize for best talk during EMPSEB, Wierzba, PL
2009 Travel grant (Uyttenboogaart-Eliasen Stichting), €1000,-
2007 Travel and research grant (Leiden Univ Fund), €1000,-
Travel and research grant (Stichting Fonds Dr. Christine Buisman), €250,-
Travel and research grant (Outbound Study Grants), €100,-
2017 Malcicka M*, Visser B* & Ellers J. An evolutionary perspective on linoleic acid synthesis in animals. Provisionally accepted by Evolutionary Biology. * Equal contribution.
Nieberding CM, San Martin G, Saenko S, Allen CE, Brakefield PM & Visser B. Partial restoration of mutational robustness after addition of genetic polymorphism and in the presence of sexual selection. Available on bioRxiv. PDF
Muller D, Giron D, Desouhant E, Rey B, Casas J, Lefrique N & Visser B. Maternal age affects offspring nutrient dynamics. Journal of Insect Physiology 101: 123-131.  PDF
Visser B, Willett DS, Harvey JA & Alborn HT. Concurrence in the ability for lipid synthesis between life stages in insects. Royal Society Open Science 4: 160815. PDF
Harvey JA, Essens TA, Las RA, van Veen C, Visser B, Ellers J, Heinen R & Gols R. Honey and honey-based sugars partially affect reproductive trade-offs in parasitoids exhibiting different life-history and reproductive strategies. Journal of Insect Physiology 98: 134-140. PDF
2016 Visser B, Le Lann C, Snaas H, Verdeny-Vilalta O & Harvey JA. Divergent life history strategies in congeneric hyperparasitoids. Evolutionary Ecology 30: 535-549. PDF
2015 Malcicka M, Bezemer TM, Visser B, Bloemberg M, Snart C, Hardy ICW & Harvey JA. Multi-trait mimicry of ants by a parasitoid wasp. Scientific Reports 5: 8043. PDF
Harvey JA, Gols R, Snaas H, Malcicka M & Visser B. Host preference and offspring performance are linked in three congeneric hyperparasitoid species. Ecological Entomology 40: 114-122. PDF
2014 Harvey JA, Snaas H, Visser B & Bezemer TM. Small-scale spatial resource partitioning in a hyperparasitoid community. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 8: 393-401. PDF
Le Lann C, Visser B, Mériaux M, Moiroux J, van Baaren J, van Alphen JJM & Ellers J. Rising temperature reduces divergence in resource use strategies in coexisting parasitoid species. Oecologia 174: 967-977. PDF
Visser B, Le Lann C, Snaas H, Hardy ICW & Harvey JA. Consequences of resource competition for sex allocation and discriminative behaviors in a hyperparasitoid wasp. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 68: 105-113. PDF
Harvey JA, Visser B, Le Lann C, de Boer J, Ellers J & Gols R. Convergence and divergence in direct and indirect life-history traits of closely related parasitoids (Braconidae: Microgastrinae). Evolutionary Biology 41: 134-144. PDF
2013 Visser B, van Dooremalen C, Vázquez Ruiz A & Ellers J. Fatty acid composition remains stable across trophic levels in a gall wasp community. Physiological Entomology 38: 306-312. PDF
van der Sluijs I, Dijkstra PD, Lindeyer CM, Visser B, Smith AM, Groothuis, TGG, van Alphen JJM & Seehausen O. A test of genetic association among male nuptial coloration, female mating preference, and male aggression bias within a polymorphic population of cichlid fish. Current Zoology 59: 221-229. PDF
2012 Visser B, Roelofs D, Hahn DA, Teal PEA, Mariën J & Ellers J. Transcriptional changes associated with lack of lipid synthesis in parasitoids. Genome Biology and Evolution 4: 752-762. PDF
Ellers J, Kiers ET, Currie CR, McDonald BR & Visser B. Ecological interactions drive evolutionary loss of traits. Ecology Letters 15: 1071-1082. PDF
Harvey JA, Cloutier J, Visser B, Ellers J, Wäckers FL & Gols R. The effect of different dietary sugars and honey on longevity and fecundity in two hyperparasitoid wasps. Journal of Insect Physiology 58: 816-823. PDF
Visser B & Ellers J. Effects of a lipid-rich diet on adult parasitoid income resources and survival. Biological Control 60: 119-122. PDF
Le Lann C, Visser B, van Baaren J, Van Alphen JJM & Ellers J. Comparing resource exploitation and allocation of two closely related aphid parasitoids sharing the same host. Evolutionary Ecology 26: 79-94. PDF
Visser B. Parasitism and the evolutionary loss of lipogenesis. PhD thesis, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands. PDF
2011 Ellers J, Ruhé B & Visser B. Discriminating between energetic content and dietary composition as an explanation for caloric restriction effects. Journal of Insect Physiology 57: 1670-1676. PDF
2010 Visser B, Le Lann C, den Blanken FJ, Harvey JA, van Alphen JJM & Ellers J. Loss of lipid synthesis as an evolutionary consequence of a parasitic lifestyle. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 107: 8677-8682. PDF
2008 Visser B & Ellers J. Lack of lipogenesis in parasitoids: A review of physiological mechanisms and evolutionary implications. Journal of Insect Physiology 54: 1315-1322. PDF
Invited Talks and Conference Contributions (* poster)
2017 Seminar at the Department of Zoology, Univ of Cambridge, UK
Seminar at the Department of Integrative Biology, Univ of California, Berkeley, USA
Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting, Lunteren, NL
2016 Seminar at the Biodiversity Research Centre, Univ Catholique de Louvain, BE
2015 Seminar at the School of Biology, Univ of Leeds, Leeds, UK
2014 Seminar at the Institute of Population Genetics, Univ of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, AT
Seminar at the Biodiversity Research Centre, Univ Catholique de Louvain, BE
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Austin, USA
2013 Colloque d'EcoPhysiologie Animale, Lyon, FR (plenary lecture)
Seminar at the Silwood Park Campus, Imperial College London, UK
KNDV Symposium Evolutionary physiology – Linking gene to function, Amsterdam, NL
Seminar at the Institut de Recherche sur la Biologie de l'Insecte, Tours Univ, FR
2012 24th Annual Entomology Meeting, Ede, NL (plenary lecture)
Seminar at the department of Biology, Univ of Florida, USA
2011 23rd Annual Entomology Meeting, Ede, NL
2nd Entomophagous Insects Conference, Antibes, FR
2010 16th Annual European Meeting for PhD students in Evolutionary Biology, Wierzba, PL
Workshop on Arthropod Symbiosis, Bad Bevensen, DE*
Seminar at the Evolutionary Genetics group, Univ of Groningen, NL
Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting, Lunteren, NL
2009 1st Entomophagous Insects Conference, Minneapolis, USA
2007 Benelux Congress of Zoology, Amsterdam, NL
19th Annual Entomology Meeting, Ede, NL
Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, Falmouth, UK*
2006 18th Annual Entomology Meeting, Ede, NL
Research visits
2015 Ecologie Évolutive et Génétique, Univ Catholique de Louvain, BE, with Prof Caroline Nieberding (1 wk)
2014 Ecologie Évolutive et Génétique, Univ Catholique de Louvain, BE, with Prof Caroline Nieberding (1 mo)
Institute of Population Genetics, Univ of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, AT, with Prof Christian Schlötterer (1 wk)
Ecologie du Comportement et Dynamique des Populations, Univ de Lyon, FR, with Prof Emmanuel Desouhant (2 wk)
Terrestrial Ecology, Netherlands Institue of Ecology, NL, with Prof Jeffrey Harvey (2 wk)
2010 Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, USA, with Dr Dan Hahn (3 mo)
2009 Silwood Park Campus, Imperial College London, UK, MSc course (3 wk)
2007 College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Univ of Exeter, UK, with Dr Zenobia Lewis (3 mo)
2017 Job-student supervision, Univ catholique de Louvain, BE
Lecture series MSc course evolution, Univ catholique de Louvain, BE
Invited lecture on molecular ecology, Univ catholique de Louvain, BE
2016 Lecture series MSc course evolution, Univ catholique de Louvain, BE
Mentor for 6 first year BSc students, Univ catholique de Louvain, BE
2015 Invited lecture on evolution, Univ catholique de Louvain, BE
2014 Employment of a research technician (Ingénieur d’Étude), Tours Univ, FR
Research internship supervision of 1 MSc student, Tours Univ, FR
2012 Supervision of 1 MSc literature survey, VU Univ Amsterdam, NL
Research internship supervision of 6 BSc and 2 MSc students, VU Univ Amsterdam/Netherlands Institute of Ecology, NL
2008-2010 Lectures/fieldwork for a 1st years Ecology course, VU Univ Amsterdam, NL
2006 Introduction to research for high school students, Leiden Univ, NL
Community Involvement
2007-2017 Referee for BehaviourBioControl, Biological Control, Canadian EntomologistEcological Entomology, Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, Functional Ecology, Journal of Experimental Biology, Journal of Insect BehaviorJournal of Insect Science, Journal of Thermal Biology, Peer Community in Evolutionary BiologyPhysiological Entomology, Scientific Reports & SpringerPlus
2017 Thesis defence committee of Loulou Albittar, Univ catholique de Louvain (BE)
MSc thesis committee member (biodiversity and conservation), Univ catholique de Louvain (BE)
2016-17 Organizer of the Biodiversity Research Centre seminar series, Univ catholique de Louvain (BE)
2015 Article in Entomologische Berichten (in English)
Newspaper article in SME (in Slovak)
Newspaper article in NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch)
2013 Symposium organizer Evolutionary physiology – Linking gene to function
Interview and article in Bionieuws (in Dutch)
Article in VU University alumni newsletter (in Dutch)
2012 Article in Entomologische Berichten (in Dutch)
Newspaper article in Trouw (in Dutch)
Interview with Hoe?Zo! Wetenschap on national Dutch radio 5 (in Dutch)
Interview with Nu Al Wakker on national Dutch radio 1 (in Dutch)
Article in Voeding Nu (in Dutch)
Interview and newspaper article in Eindhovens Dagblad (in Dutch)
2011 PhD and postdoc retreat organizer, Gorssel, NL
2010 Newspaper article in De Pers (in Dutch)
Article in Bionieuws (in Dutch)
Interview committee member for a PhD position, VU Univ Amsterdam (NL)