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Unfortunately many journals don't allow authors to post pdf's of their own publications on their website. Whenever possible I have therefore included links to the journal's website which should take you straight to paper. If you don't have access to one of them, you should give ResearchGate and Google Scholar a try. If that doesn't help you either, or if you are interested in any of the papers that are currently in press, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

in press

P. Nietlisbach, L.F. Keller, G. Camenisch, F. Guillaume, P. Arcese, J.M. Reid and E. Postma, In Press. Pedigree-based inbreeding coefficient explains more variation in fitness than heterozygosity at 160 microsatellites in a wild bird population. Proceedings of the Royal Society B



T. Bonnet, P. Wandeler, G. Camenisch and E. Postma, 2017. Bigger is fitter? Quantitative genetic decomposition of selection reveals an adaptive evolutionary decline of body mass in a wild rodent population. PLoS Biology 15: e1002592.    link

K.J. van Benthema, M. Bruijninga, T. Bonneta, E. Jongejansb, E. Postmab and A. Ozgulb, In Press. Disentangling evolutionary, plastic and demographic processes underlying trait dynamics: A review of four frameworks. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 8: 75–85 (a shared first authorship; b shared last authorship)    link



E. Postma, 2016. Why we should not to dismiss a relationship between attractiveness and performance: a comment on Smoliga & Zavorsky (2015). Biology Letters 12: 20160068    link

T. Bonnet and E. Postma, 2016. Successful by chance? The power of mixed models and neutral simulations for the detection of individual fixed heterogeneity in fitness components. American Naturalist 187: 60-74    link

P. Becker, J. Hegelbach, L. Keller and E. Postma, 2016. Phenotype-associated inbreeding biases estimates of inbreeding depression in a wild bird population. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 29: 35-46    link

P. Nietlisbach, L.F. Keller and E. Postma, 2016. Genetic variance components and heritability of multi-allelic heterozygosity under inbreeding. Heredity 116: 1-11    link

V. García-Navas, T. Bonnet, D. Waldvogel, G. Camenisch and E. Postma, In Press. Consequences of natal philopatry for reproductive success and mate choice in an Alpine rodent. Behavioral Ecology 27: 1158-1166    link

V. García-Navas, T. Bonnet, R. Bonal and E. Postma, 2016. The role of fecundity and sexual selection in the evolution of size and sexual size dimorphism in New World and Old World voles (Rodentia: Arvicolinae). Oikos 125: 1250–1260    link



P. Nietlisbach, G. Camenisch, T. Bucher, J. Slate, L.F. Keller and E. Postma, 2015. A microsatellite-based linkage map for song sparrows (Melospiza melodia). Molecular Ecology Resources 15: 1486-1496    link

V. García-Navas, T. Bonnet, D. Waldvogel, P. Wandeler, G. Camenisch and E. Postma, 2015. Gene flow counteracts the effect of drift in a Swiss population of snow voles fluctuating in size. Biological Conservation 191: 168-177    link

P. Becker, S. Reichert, S. Zahn, J. Hegelbach,S. Massemin, L. Keller, E. Postmaa and F. Criscuoloa, 2015. Mother-offspring and nest mate resemblance but no heritability in early-life telomere length in white-throated dippers. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282: 20142924. (a shared last authorship)    link



D. Berger and E. Postma, 2014. Biased estimates of diminishing returns epistasis? Empirical evidence revisited. Genetics 198:1417-1420    link

B. Tschirren, E. Postma, L. Gustafsson, T.G.G. Groothuis and B. Doligez, 2014. Natural selection acts in opposite ways on correlated hormonal mediators of prenatal maternal effects in a wild bird population. Ecology Letters 17: 1310-1315    link

N.T. Wheelwright, L.F. Keller and E. Postma, 2014. The effect of trait type and strength of selection on heritability and evolvability in an island bird population. Evolution 68: 3325-3336    link

J. Hoffmann, E. Postma and M. Schaub, 2014. Identifying factors influencing double brooding in Eurasian Hoopoes Upupa epops. Ibis 157: 17-30    link

E. Postma, 2014. Four decades of estimating heritabilities in wild vertebrate populations: Improved methods, more data, better estimates? In: A. Charmantier, D. Garant and L.E.B. Kruuk (eds.), Quantitative Genetics in the Wild. Oxford University Press

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E. Postma, 2014. A relationship between attractiveness and performance in professional cyclists. Biology Letters 10: 20130966    link (open access)   (FAQs)

A. Bürkli and E. Postma, 2014. Genetic constraints underlying human reproductive timing in a pre-modern Swiss village. Evolution 68: 526–537    link

E. Postma, H. Siitari, H. Schwabl, H. Richner and B. Tschirren, 2014. The multivariate egg: quantifying within- and among-clutch correlations between maternally derived yolk immunoglobulins and yolk androgens using multivariate mixed models. Oecologia 174: 631-638    link



D. Berger, E. Postma, W.U. Blanckenhorn and R.J. Walters, 2013. Quantitative genetic divergence and standing genetic (co)variance in thermal reaction norms along latitude. Evolution 67: 2385-2399    link



B. Tschirren, E. Postma, A.N. Rutstein and S.C. Griffith, 2012. When mothers make sons sexy: maternal effects contribute to the increased sexual attractiveness of extra-pair offspring. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279: 1233-1240    link



E. Postma, 2011. Comment on "Additive Genetic Breeding Values Correlate with the Load of Partially Deleterious Mutations". Science 333: 1221    link

E. Postma, F. Heinrich, U. Koller, R.J. Sardell, J.M. Reid, P. Arcese and L.F. Keller, 2011. Disentangling the effect of genes, the environment and chance on sex ratio variation in a wild bird population. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 278: 2996-3002    link

E. Postma, N. Spyrou, L.A. Rollins and R.C. Brooks, 2011. Sex-dependent selection differentially shapes genetic variation on and off the guppy Y chromosome. Evolution 65: 2145-2156    link

R.C. Brooks and E. Postma, 2011. Genetics of Male Guppy Colour Patterns. In: J. P. Evans, A. Pilastro, and I. Schlupp (Eds.), Ecology and Evolution of Poeciliid Fishes. Chicago, University of Chicago Press

K. Thüler, L.F. Bussière, E. Postma, P.I. Ward and W.U. Blanckenhorn, 2011. Genetic and environmental sources of covariance among internal reproductive traits in the yellow dung fly. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24: 1477-1486    link



E. Postma, L. Martini and P. Martini, 2010. Inbred women in a small and isolated Swiss village have fewer children. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 23: 1468-1474    link

B. Tschirren and E. Postma, 2010. Quantitative genetics research in Zebra Finches: Where we are and where to go. Emu - Austral Ornithology 110: 268-278    link

E. Postma, 2010. Using animal model methodology to infer and predict the evolutionary consequences of climate change. In: A.P. Møller, W. Fiedler and P. Berthold (Eds.), Effects of Climate Change on Birds. Oxford University Press    link



A.J. Wilson, D. Réale, M.N. Clements, M.M. Morrissey, E. Postma, C.A. Walling, L.E.B. Kruuk and D.H. Nussey, 2009. An ecologists' guide to the animal model. Journal of Animal Ecology 79: 13-26    link

E. Postma, R.J. den Tex, A.J. van Noordwijk and A.C. Mateman, 2009. Neutral markers mirror small scale quantitative genetic differentiation in an avian island population. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 97: 867-875    link

E. Postma and P. Gienapp, 2009. Origin-related differences in plumage coloration within an island population of great tits (Parus major). Canadian Journal of Zoology 87: 1-7    link

B. Tschirren, A.N. Rutstein, E. Postma, M. Mariette and S.C. Griffith, 2009. Short- and long-term consequences of early developmental conditions: a case study on wild and domesticated zebra finches. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22: 387-395    link



E. Postma, 2007. Inflated impact factors? The true impact of evolutionary papers in non-evolutionary journals. PLoS ONE 2: e999    link

E. Postma and A. Charmantier, 2007. What "animal models" can and cannot tell ornithologists about the genetics of wild populations. Journal of Ornithology 148 (Suppl 2): S633-S642 link

E. Postma, J. Visser and A.J. van Noordwijk, 2007. Strong artificial selection in the wild results in predicted small evolutionary change. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 20: 1823-1832    link



E. Postma, S.C. Griffith and R. Brooks, 2006. Brief Communication Arising: The Evolution of Mate Choice in the Wild. Nature 444: E16    link

P. Gienapp, E. Postma, M.E. Visser, 2006. Why breeding time has not responded to selection for earlier breeding in a songbird population. Evolution 60: 2381-2388    link

E. Postma, 2006. Implications of the difference between true and predicted breeding values for the study of natural selection and micro-evolution. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 19: 309-320    link



E. Postma and A.J. van Noordwijk, 2005. Gene flow maintains a large genetic difference in clutch size at a small spatial scale. Nature 433: 65-68    link

D.H. Nussey, E. Postma, P. Gienapp and M.E. Visser, 2005. Selection on heritable phenotypic plasticity in a wild bird population. Science 310: 304-306    link

E. Postma and A.J. van Noordwijk, 2005. Genetic variation for clutch size in wild populations of birds from a reaction norm perspective. Ecology 86: 2344-2357    link

P. Edelaar, E. Postma, P. Knops and R. Phillips, 2005. No support for a genetic basis for mandible crossing direction in crossbills (Loxia spp.). The Auk 122: 1123-1129    link

P. Edelaar, T. Piersma and E. Postma, 2005. Retained non-adaptive plasticity: Gene flow or small inherent costs of plasticity. Evolutionary Ecology Research 7: 489-495    pdf



E. Postma, W.F. van Hooft, S.E. van Wieren and L. van Breukelen, 2001. Microsatellite variation in Dutch roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) populations. Netherlands Journal of Zoology 51: 85-95)    link pdf


not peer-reviewed

E. Postma, 2011. Mäuse sparen nicht fürs Alter. VSAO Journal 3: 30-31 (in German)    pdf

L.F. Keller and E. Postma, 2011. Darwin und die Folgen der Inzucht. In: H.-U. Reyer and P. Schmid-Hempel (Eds.), Darwin und die Evolutionstheorie in der heutigen Zeit. Zürcher Hochschulforum, Band 47. vdf Hochschulverlag AG. (in German)

E. Postma, 2007. Review of "State-dependent life-history strategies: A long-term study on Oystercatchers" by Martijn van de Pol. Ardea 95: 169-171    pdf

E. Postma, L.E.B. Kruuk, J. Merilä, A.J. van Noordwijk and B.C. Sheldon, 2003. Old wine in a new but defective bottle. Comment on Quantitative genetic analysis of natural populations by A.J. Moore & P. F. Kukuk. Nature Reviews Genetics    link