Dr Jelle Boonekamp

  • Lecturer (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health & Comparative Medicine)

Biography

2008 – 2009        University of Wageningen (lecturer)

2009 – 2013        University of Groningen (PhD)

2014 – 2016        GELIFES University of Groningen (Post-doc)

2017 – 2018        TRES University of Groningen (Post-doc)

2018 – 2020        CEC University of Exeter (Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow)

2020 – present    IBAHCM University of Glasgow (lecturer)

Research interests

My research focusses on understanding the ultimate (evolutionary) and proximate (physiological) causes of senescence. I use birds and insects as study systems to investigate candidate mechanisms of ageing such as oxidative stress, telomere attrition, and epigenetic alterations. My research uses a combination of experimental approaches in the lab and in the wild to investigate causal relationships, and quantitative genetic approaches to estimate selection, heritability, and evolution. In the context of evolution and local adaptation I am also interested in pathways of non-genetic inheritance, such as inter- and transgenerational epigenetic effects based on the work of Waddington.

For more info see  https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jelle_Boonekamp

Publications

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Number of items: 21.

2021

Boonekamp, J. , Rodríguez‐Muñoz, R., Hopwood, P., Zuidersma, E., Mulder, E., Wilson, A., Verhulst, S. and Tregenza, T. (2021) Telomere length is highly heritable and independent of growth rate manipulated by temperature in field crickets. Molecular Ecology, (doi: 10.1111/mec.15888) (PMID:33728719) (Early Online Publication)

2020

Boonekamp, J. J. , Bauch, C., Verhulst, S. and Richardson, D. (2020) Experimentally increased brood size accelerates actuarial senescence and increases subsequent reproductive effort in a wild bird population. Journal of Animal Ecology, 89(6), pp. 1395-1407. (doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.13186) (PMID:32037534) (PMCID:PMC7317873)

Makai, G., Rodríguez-Muñoz, R., Boonekamp, J. J. , Hopwood, P. and Tregenza, T. (2020) Males and females differ in how their behaviour changes with age in wild crickets. Animal Behaviour, 164, pp. 1-8. (doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2020.03.011)

Goerlich, V. C., Dijkstra, C., Boonekamp, J. J. and Groothuis, T. G. G. (2020) Change in body mass can overrule the effects of maternal testosterone on primary offspring sex ratio of first eggs in homing pigeons. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 83(3), pp. 490-500. (doi: 10.1086/651315) (PMID:20345244)

2019

Rodríguez-Muñoz, R., Boonekamp, J. J. , Fisher, D., Hopwood, P. and Tregenza, T. (2019) Slower senescence in a wild insect population in years with a more female-biased sex ratio. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences, 286(1900), 20190286. (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.0286) (PMID:30940063) (PMCID:PMC6501688)

Copenhaver, G. P., Bauch, C., Boonekamp, J. J. , Korsten, P., Mulder, E. and Verhulst, S. (2019) Epigenetic inheritance of telomere length in wild birds. PLoS Genetics, 15(2), e1007827. (doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1007827) (PMID:30763308) (PMCID:PMC6375570)

Rodríguez‐Muñoz, R., Boonekamp, J. J. , Liu, X. P., Skicko, I., Fisher, D. N., Hopwood, P. and Tregenza, T. (2019) Testing the effect of early‐life reproductive effort on age‐related decline in a wild insect. Evolution, 73(2), pp. 317-328. (doi: 10.1111/evo.13679) (PMID:30597559) (PMCID:PMC6590129)

Rodríguez‐Muñoz, R., Boonekamp, J. J. , Liu, X. P., Skicko, I., Haugland Pedersen, S., Fisher, D. N., Hopwood, P. and Tregenza, T. (2019) Comparing individual and population measures of senescence across 10 years in a wild insect population. Evolution, 73(2), pp. 293-302. (doi: 10.1111/evo.13674) (PMID:30597539) (PMCID:PMC6590638)

2018

Boonekamp, J. J. , Mulder, E., Verhulst, S. and Coulson, T. (2018) Canalisation in the wild: effects of developmental conditions on physiological traits are inversely linked to their association with fitness. Ecology Letters, 21(6), pp. 857-864. (doi: 10.1111/ele.12953) (PMID:29601669)

Wilbourn, R. V., Moatt, J. P., Froy, H., Walling, C. A., Nussey, D. H. and Boonekamp, J. J. (2018) The relationship between telomere length and mortality risk in non-model vertebrate systems: a meta-analysis. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 373(1741), p. 20160447. (doi: 10.1098/rstb.2016.0447) (PMID:29335371) (PMCID:PMC5784067)

2017

Boonekamp, J. J. , Bauch, C., Mulder, E. and Verhulst, S. (2017) Does oxidative stress shorten telomeres? Biology Letters, 13(5), 20170164. (doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2017.0164) (PMID:28468913) (PMCID:PMC5454244)

Boonekamp, J. J. , Dijkstra, R., Dijkstra, C., Verhulst, S. and Blanckenhorn, W. (2017) Canalization of development reduces the utility of traits as fitness biomarkers: feather fault bars in nestling birds. Functional Ecology, 31(3), pp. 719-727. (doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12765)

Briga, M., Koetsier, E., Boonekamp, J. J. , Jimeno, B. and Verhulst, S. (2017) Food availability affects adult survival trajectories depending on early developmental conditions. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 284(1846), 20162287. (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2016.2287) (PMID:28053061) (PMCID:PMC5247499)

2016

Atema, E., van Noordwijk, A. J., Boonekamp, J. J. and Verhulst, S. (2016) Costs of long-term carrying of extra mass in a songbird. Behavioral Ecology, 27(4), pp. 1087-1096. (doi: 10.1093/beheco/arw019)

Gorter, J. A., Jagadeesh, S., Gahr, C., Boonekamp, J. J. , Levine, J. D. and Billeter, J.-C. (2016) The nutritional and hedonic value of food modulate sexual receptivity in Drosophila melanogaster females. Scientific Reports, 6, 19441. (doi: 10.1038/srep19441) (PMID:26777264) (PMCID:PMC4726014)

2015

Boonekamp, J. J. , Briga, M. and Verhulst, S. (2015) The heuristic value of redundancy models of aging. Experimental Gerontology, 71, pp. 95-102. (doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2015.09.005) (PMID:26362219)

2014

Verhulst, S., Geerdink, M., Salomons, H. M. and Boonekamp, J. J. (2014) Social life histories: jackdaw dominance increases with age, terminally declines and shortens lifespan. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281(1791), 20141045. (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.1045) (PMID:25100696) (PMCID:PMC4132676)

Boonekamp, J. J. , Mulder, G.A., Salomons, H. M., Dijkstra, C. and Verhulst, S. (2014) Nestling telomere shortening, but not telomere length, reflects developmental stress and predicts survival in wild birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences, 281(1785), 20133287. (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.3287)

Boonekamp, J. J. , Salomons, M., Bouwhuis, S., Dijkstra, C., Verhulst, S. and Sorci, G. (2014) Reproductive effort accelerates actuarial senescence in wild birds: an experimental study. Ecology Letters, 17(5), pp. 599-605. (doi: 10.1111/ele.12263) (PMID:24818237)

2013

Boonekamp, J. J. , Simons, M. J. P., Hemerik, L. and Verhulst, S. (2013) Telomere length behaves as biomarker of somatic redundancy rather than biological age. Aging Cell, 12(2), pp. 330-332. (doi: 10.1111/acel.12050) (PMID:23346961)

2008

Boonekamp, J. J. , Ros, A. H.F. and Verhulst, S. (2008) Immune activation suppresses plasma testosterone level: a meta-analysis. Biology Letters, 4(6), pp. 741-744. (doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2008.0347) (PMID:18700197) (PMCID:PMC2614147)

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Number of items: 21.

Articles

Boonekamp, J. , Rodríguez‐Muñoz, R., Hopwood, P., Zuidersma, E., Mulder, E., Wilson, A., Verhulst, S. and Tregenza, T. (2021) Telomere length is highly heritable and independent of growth rate manipulated by temperature in field crickets. Molecular Ecology, (doi: 10.1111/mec.15888) (PMID:33728719) (Early Online Publication)

Boonekamp, J. J. , Bauch, C., Verhulst, S. and Richardson, D. (2020) Experimentally increased brood size accelerates actuarial senescence and increases subsequent reproductive effort in a wild bird population. Journal of Animal Ecology, 89(6), pp. 1395-1407. (doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.13186) (PMID:32037534) (PMCID:PMC7317873)

Makai, G., Rodríguez-Muñoz, R., Boonekamp, J. J. , Hopwood, P. and Tregenza, T. (2020) Males and females differ in how their behaviour changes with age in wild crickets. Animal Behaviour, 164, pp. 1-8. (doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2020.03.011)

Goerlich, V. C., Dijkstra, C., Boonekamp, J. J. and Groothuis, T. G. G. (2020) Change in body mass can overrule the effects of maternal testosterone on primary offspring sex ratio of first eggs in homing pigeons. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 83(3), pp. 490-500. (doi: 10.1086/651315) (PMID:20345244)

Rodríguez-Muñoz, R., Boonekamp, J. J. , Fisher, D., Hopwood, P. and Tregenza, T. (2019) Slower senescence in a wild insect population in years with a more female-biased sex ratio. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences, 286(1900), 20190286. (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.0286) (PMID:30940063) (PMCID:PMC6501688)

Copenhaver, G. P., Bauch, C., Boonekamp, J. J. , Korsten, P., Mulder, E. and Verhulst, S. (2019) Epigenetic inheritance of telomere length in wild birds. PLoS Genetics, 15(2), e1007827. (doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1007827) (PMID:30763308) (PMCID:PMC6375570)

Rodríguez‐Muñoz, R., Boonekamp, J. J. , Liu, X. P., Skicko, I., Fisher, D. N., Hopwood, P. and Tregenza, T. (2019) Testing the effect of early‐life reproductive effort on age‐related decline in a wild insect. Evolution, 73(2), pp. 317-328. (doi: 10.1111/evo.13679) (PMID:30597559) (PMCID:PMC6590129)

Rodríguez‐Muñoz, R., Boonekamp, J. J. , Liu, X. P., Skicko, I., Haugland Pedersen, S., Fisher, D. N., Hopwood, P. and Tregenza, T. (2019) Comparing individual and population measures of senescence across 10 years in a wild insect population. Evolution, 73(2), pp. 293-302. (doi: 10.1111/evo.13674) (PMID:30597539) (PMCID:PMC6590638)

Boonekamp, J. J. , Mulder, E., Verhulst, S. and Coulson, T. (2018) Canalisation in the wild: effects of developmental conditions on physiological traits are inversely linked to their association with fitness. Ecology Letters, 21(6), pp. 857-864. (doi: 10.1111/ele.12953) (PMID:29601669)

Wilbourn, R. V., Moatt, J. P., Froy, H., Walling, C. A., Nussey, D. H. and Boonekamp, J. J. (2018) The relationship between telomere length and mortality risk in non-model vertebrate systems: a meta-analysis. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 373(1741), p. 20160447. (doi: 10.1098/rstb.2016.0447) (PMID:29335371) (PMCID:PMC5784067)

Boonekamp, J. J. , Bauch, C., Mulder, E. and Verhulst, S. (2017) Does oxidative stress shorten telomeres? Biology Letters, 13(5), 20170164. (doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2017.0164) (PMID:28468913) (PMCID:PMC5454244)

Boonekamp, J. J. , Dijkstra, R., Dijkstra, C., Verhulst, S. and Blanckenhorn, W. (2017) Canalization of development reduces the utility of traits as fitness biomarkers: feather fault bars in nestling birds. Functional Ecology, 31(3), pp. 719-727. (doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12765)

Briga, M., Koetsier, E., Boonekamp, J. J. , Jimeno, B. and Verhulst, S. (2017) Food availability affects adult survival trajectories depending on early developmental conditions. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 284(1846), 20162287. (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2016.2287) (PMID:28053061) (PMCID:PMC5247499)

Atema, E., van Noordwijk, A. J., Boonekamp, J. J. and Verhulst, S. (2016) Costs of long-term carrying of extra mass in a songbird. Behavioral Ecology, 27(4), pp. 1087-1096. (doi: 10.1093/beheco/arw019)

Gorter, J. A., Jagadeesh, S., Gahr, C., Boonekamp, J. J. , Levine, J. D. and Billeter, J.-C. (2016) The nutritional and hedonic value of food modulate sexual receptivity in Drosophila melanogaster females. Scientific Reports, 6, 19441. (doi: 10.1038/srep19441) (PMID:26777264) (PMCID:PMC4726014)

Boonekamp, J. J. , Briga, M. and Verhulst, S. (2015) The heuristic value of redundancy models of aging. Experimental Gerontology, 71, pp. 95-102. (doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2015.09.005) (PMID:26362219)

Verhulst, S., Geerdink, M., Salomons, H. M. and Boonekamp, J. J. (2014) Social life histories: jackdaw dominance increases with age, terminally declines and shortens lifespan. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281(1791), 20141045. (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.1045) (PMID:25100696) (PMCID:PMC4132676)

Boonekamp, J. J. , Mulder, G.A., Salomons, H. M., Dijkstra, C. and Verhulst, S. (2014) Nestling telomere shortening, but not telomere length, reflects developmental stress and predicts survival in wild birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences, 281(1785), 20133287. (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.3287)

Boonekamp, J. J. , Salomons, M., Bouwhuis, S., Dijkstra, C., Verhulst, S. and Sorci, G. (2014) Reproductive effort accelerates actuarial senescence in wild birds: an experimental study. Ecology Letters, 17(5), pp. 599-605. (doi: 10.1111/ele.12263) (PMID:24818237)

Boonekamp, J. J. , Simons, M. J. P., Hemerik, L. and Verhulst, S. (2013) Telomere length behaves as biomarker of somatic redundancy rather than biological age. Aging Cell, 12(2), pp. 330-332. (doi: 10.1111/acel.12050) (PMID:23346961)

Boonekamp, J. J. , Ros, A. H.F. and Verhulst, S. (2008) Immune activation suppresses plasma testosterone level: a meta-analysis. Biology Letters, 4(6), pp. 741-744. (doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2008.0347) (PMID:18700197) (PMCID:PMC2614147)

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Supervision

NEW! IAPETUS Doctoral Teaching Program opportunity!

A high altitute meadow

Epigenetics of local adaptation

Climate change poses a profound threat to biodiversity. However, this threat can be mitigated through a better understanding of how organisms adapt to changes in their local environmental conditions. One understudied route to such rapid adaptation is through epigenetic modifications affecting the expression of genes adjusting an individual organism’s traits to its prevailing environment. This project uses a “natural laboratory” of wild field crickets in the mountains of northern Spain to investigate such epigenetic mechanisms of local adaptation. The student will test how DNA methylation and non-coding RNA control how crickets cope with manipulated altitudinal environmental variation. The project integrates these experimental approaches with quantitative genetic approaches to determine whether intergenerational epigenetic effects can facilitate rapid adaptation to environmental change.

This studentship will capitalise on an existing long-term study of 10 natural populations of field crickets in the mountains of northern Spain (see www.wildcrickets.org). We have established methods for quantifying behaviour, performance, and relative fitness using a genetically based pedigree and 24/7 tracing and performance-monitoring of individuals through a novel network of 150 video-cameras. The student will join the WildCrickets team to experimentally translocate crickets between altitudes, addressing two main objectives:

 

  1. MECHANISM: 1a. Determine the epigenetic modes underpinning physiological and behavioural adjustments to altitude, 1b. test their intergenerational effects, and 1c. validate their causal roles in physiology and behaviour using RNA-interference.
  2. EVOLUTION: 2a. Estimating the strength of selection on epigenetic markers and their additive genetic variation in the wild. 2b. Test if epigenetics underpin indirect genetic effects.

The project will benefit from matured genomic resources including an annotated genome, gene expression data, a genome browser (www.chirpbase.org), and bioinformatic pipelines in closely-related cricket species, and includes a secondment to co-supervisor Nathan Bailey’s lab at the University of St Andrews. The Polyomics centre in Glasgow has established pipelines for epigenomic analyses. We will collaborate intensively with Paul Shiels (Glasgow), an expert on epigenomics.

Contact me if you are interested and want to know more about the project.

Application deadline is 8th January 2021 - applications should be completed at https://www.gla.ac.uk/scholarshipApp and www.iapetus2.ac.uk  - application links will come live shortly.

 

Teaching

I am coordinating and teaching the L3 course "Vertebrate Life"