S.R. Evans, E. Postma and B.C. Sheldon B.C., 2020. It takes two: heritable male effects on reproductive timing but not clutch size in a wild bird population. Evolution 74: 2320-2331.    link

A. Hagmayer, G. Camenisch, C. Canale, E. Postma and T. Bonnet, 2020. Limited mass-independent individual variation in resting metabolic rate in a wild population of snow voles (Chionomys nivalis). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 33: 608-618.      link

M. Bowden-Parry, E. Postma, N.J. Boogert, 2020. Effects of food type and abundance on begging and sharing in Asian small-clawed otters (Aonyx cinereus). PeerJ 8: e10369.    link


J.L. Pick, E. Postma and B. Tschirren, 2019. The more you get, the more you give: Positive cascading effects shape the evolutionary potential of prenatal maternal investment. Evolution Letters: 10.1002/evl3.125.       link


S.R. Evans, D. Waldvogel, N. Vasiljevic and E. Postma, 2018. Heritable spouse effects increase evolutionary potential of human reproductive timing. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 285: 20172763.      link

T. Bonnet and E. Postma, 2018. Fluctuating selection and its (elusive) evolutionary consequences in a wild rodent population. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 31: 572-586.      link


S. Brosnan and E. Postma, 2017. Humans as a model for understanding biological fundamentals. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284: 20172146.      link

C. Kasper, M. Kölliker, E. Postma and B. Taborsky, 2017. Consistent cooperation in a cichlid fish is caused by maternal and developmental effects rather than heritable genetic variation. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284: 20170369.      link

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

P. Nietlisbach, L.F. Keller, G. Camenisch, F. Guillaume, P. Arcese, J.M. Reid and E. Postma, 2017. 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 284: 20162763. link

K.J. van Benthema, M. Bruijninga, T. Bonneta, E. Jongejansb, E. Postmab and A. Ozgulb, 2017. 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

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

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

V. García-Navas, T. Bonnet, D. Waldvogel, G. Camenisch and E. Postma, 2016. Consequences of natal philopatry for reproductive success and mate choice in an Alpine rodent. Behavioral Ecology 27: 1158-1166

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


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

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)


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

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

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
link to OUP website

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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     link


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)
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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     link

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