Vicencio Oostra

I am an evolutionary biologist, interested in understanding physiological, genetic, and evolutionary mechanisms by which individuals and populations cope with environmental change, including climate change. My research uses temperate and tropical butterflies to test the relationship between phenotypic plasticity and evolutionary adaptation. In particular, I aim to understand how the genetic, regulatory, and developmental cascades that accomplish environmental responses may limit or bias rapid adaptation.

I did my undergraduate studies at the University of Amsterdam, and received my PhD from Leiden University. I moved to the UK in 2014 where I did post-doctoral work at the University of Cambridge, and University College London, with a Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellowship. I then spent a year as a postdoc at the University of Helsinki, at the Research Centre for Ecological Change, after which I joined the University of Liverpool as a Research Fellow in 2019 to start my new research group. Since 2022, I have joined Queen Mary University of London as a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow.

Mentoring & teaching

I have supervised undergraduate and MSc students in laboratory research projects lasting 6-12 months. Most them co-authored papers with me, and several continued their career in academia.

I have lectured in undergraduate and MSc courses, including Environmental Epigenetics (University of Helsinki), Adaptation (UCL), Evolutionary Analysis (Leiden University) and Evolutionary Medicine and Human Ageing (Leiden University). Before starting my PhD, I have worked as teaching assistant for courses in Genetics, Statistics and Mathematical Modelling (University of Amsterdam).

Invited Seminars & Conference Presentations

I have given talks at numerous seminars and conferences around the world, including the Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology ESEB (2015, 2017, 2018) and the Gordon Conference on Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics (2015).