Dr Martijn Timmermans


Dr Martijn Timmermans
NameDr Martijn Timmermans
Job titleDoP Natural Science/Associate Professor in Biology
Research institute
Primary appointmentNatural Sciences
Email addressm.timmermans@mdx.ac.uk
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5024-9053
Contact categoryResearcher

Biography

Biography

Martijn has a background in Evolutionary Genomics, Phylogenetics and Molecular Ecology. His aim is for his research to result in a better understanding of earth’s biological diversity.

He was awarded a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) in 2021. 

He is on the Editorial Board of Evolutionary Ecology (Springer-Nature) (since 2016) and The Evolutionary Journal of the Linnean Society (Oxford Academic) (since 2022).

Teaching

Martijn is Programme Leader of BSc Biological Sciences. He teaches aspects of organismal biology, molecular biology, genetics and genomics on undergraduate and postgraduate modules. 

He is module leader of: BIO1116 Practical Skills for Bioscientists, BIO1632 Form and Function I, BIO2556 Molecular Biology, BIO2566 Aspects of the Tree of Life, BIO3232 Bioinformatics, BIO3556 Gene expression and control, BIO4799 Research Project.

Education and qualifications

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHE)
Middlesex University, UK
PhD
VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
MSc Biology (Population Biology)
Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Bsc Biology
Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Grants

Prizes and Awards

Research outputs

Molding the future: optimization of bioleaching of rare earth elements from electronic waste by Penicillium expansum and insights into its mechanism

Gonzalez Baez, A., Pantoja Munoz, L., Timmermans, M., Garelick, H. and Purchase, D. 2024. Molding the future: optimization of bioleaching of rare earth elements from electronic waste by Penicillium expansum and insights into its mechanism. Bioresource Technology. 402. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2024.130750

Wolbachia and Spiroplasma endosymbionts in the Anurida maritima (Collembola) species group

Timmermans, M., Prabha, H. and Kett, S. 2023. Wolbachia and Spiroplasma endosymbionts in the Anurida maritima (Collembola) species group. Evolutionary Journal of the Linnean Society. 2 (1). https://doi.org/10.1093/evolinnean/kzad001

Mitochondrial genome divergence supports an ancient origin of circatidal behaviour in the Anurida maritima (Collembola: Neanuridae) species group

Timmermans, M., Arbea, J., Campbell, G., King, M., Prins, A. and Kett, S. 2022. Mitochondrial genome divergence supports an ancient origin of circatidal behaviour in the Anurida maritima (Collembola: Neanuridae) species group. Organisms Diversity & Evolution. 22 (1), pp. 131-140. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13127-021-00503-1

Mimicry diversification in Papilio dardanus via a genomic inversion in the regulatory region of engrailed – invected

Timmermans, M., Srivathsan, A., Collins, S., Meier, R. and Vogler, A. 2020. Mimicry diversification in Papilio dardanus via a genomic inversion in the regulatory region of engrailed – invected. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 287 (1926). https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2020.0443

Phylogeny of the Hawkmoth tribe Ambulycini: mitogenomes from museum specimens resolve major relationships

Timmermans, M., Daghmoumi, S., Glass, D., Hamilton, C., Kawahara, A. and Kitching, I. 2019. Phylogeny of the Hawkmoth tribe Ambulycini: mitogenomes from museum specimens resolve major relationships. Insect Systematics and Diversity. 3 (6). https://doi.org/10.1093/isd/ixz025

Phylogenomics resolves major relationships and reveals significant diversification rate shifts in the evolution of silk moths and relatives

Hamilton, C., St Laurent, R., Dexter, K., Kitching, I., Breinholt, J., Zwick, A., Timmermans, M., Barber, J. and Kawahara, A. 2019. Phylogenomics resolves major relationships and reveals significant diversification rate shifts in the evolution of silk moths and relatives. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 19 (1), pp. 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12862-019-1505-1

The contribution of mitochondrial metagenomics to large-scale data mining and phylogenetic analysis of Coleoptera

Linard, B., Crampton-Platt, A., Moriniere, J., Timmermans, M., Andújar, C., Arribas, P., Miller, K., Lipecki, J., Favreau, E., Hunter, A., Gómez-Rodríguez, C., Barton, C., Nie, R., Gillett, C., Breeschoten, T., Bocak, L. and Vogler, A. 2018. The contribution of mitochondrial metagenomics to large-scale data mining and phylogenetic analysis of Coleoptera. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 128, pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2018.07.008

Black rabbits on Lundy: Tudor treasures or post-war phonies?

Timmermans, M., Elmi, H. and Kett, S. 2018. Black rabbits on Lundy: Tudor treasures or post-war phonies? Journal of the Lundy Field Society. 6, pp. 105-113.

What's on the menu: Drosera rotundifolia diet determination using DNA data

Lekesyte, B., Kett, S. and Timmermans, M. 2018. What's on the menu: Drosera rotundifolia diet determination using DNA data. Journal of the Lundy Field Society. 6, pp. 55-64.

Two European Cornus L. feeding leafmining moths, Antispila petryi Martini, 1899, sp. rev. and A. treitschkiella (Fischer von Röslerstamm, 1843) (Lepidoptera, Heliozelidae): an unjustified synonymy and overlooked range expansion

van Nieukerken, E., Lees, D., Doorenweerd, C., Koster, S., Bryner, R., Schreurs, A., Timmermans, M. and Sattler, K. 2018. Two European Cornus L. feeding leafmining moths, Antispila petryi Martini, 1899, sp. rev. and A. treitschkiella (Fischer von Röslerstamm, 1843) (Lepidoptera, Heliozelidae): an unjustified synonymy and overlooked range expansion. Nota Lepidopterologica. 41 (1), pp. 39-86. https://doi.org/10.3897/nl.41.22264

The phylogeny of Galerucinae (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) and the performance of mitochondrial genomes in phylogenetic inference compared to nuclear rRNA genes

Nie, R., Breeschoten, T., Timmermans, M., Nadein, K., Xue, H., Bai, M., Huang, Y., Yang, X. and Vogler, A. 2018. The phylogeny of Galerucinae (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) and the performance of mitochondrial genomes in phylogenetic inference compared to nuclear rRNA genes. Cladistics. 34 (2), pp. 113-130. https://doi.org/10.1111/cla.12196

Independent evolution of sexual dimorphism and female-limited mimicry in swallowtail butterflies (Papilio dardanus and Papilio phorcas)

Timmermans, M., Thompson, M., Collins, S. and Vogler, A. 2017. Independent evolution of sexual dimorphism and female-limited mimicry in swallowtail butterflies (Papilio dardanus and Papilio phorcas). Molecular Ecology. 26 (5), pp. 1273-1284. https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.14012

Intraspecific genetic variation in complex assemblages from mitochondrial metagenomics: comparison with DNA barcodes

Gómez-Rodríguez, C., Timmermans, M., Crampton-Platt, A. and Vogler, A. 2017. Intraspecific genetic variation in complex assemblages from mitochondrial metagenomics: comparison with DNA barcodes. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 8 (2), pp. 248-256. https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.12667

Uncovering trophic interactions in arthropod predators through DNA shotgun-sequencing of gut contents

Paula, D., Linard, B., Crampton-Platt, A., Srivathsan, A., Timmermans, M., Sujii, E., Pires, C., Souza, L., Andow, D. and Vogler, A. 2016. Uncovering trophic interactions in arthropod predators through DNA shotgun-sequencing of gut contents. PLoS ONE. 11 (9), pp. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0161841

Nature read in tooth and fur: non-invasive sampling of the Pygmy Shrew (Sorex minutus Linnaeus, 1766) on Lundy for population genetics

Legall, N., Kett, S. and Timmermans, M. 2016. Nature read in tooth and fur: non-invasive sampling of the Pygmy Shrew (Sorex minutus Linnaeus, 1766) on Lundy for population genetics. Journal of the Lundy Field Society. 5, pp. 101-108.

Rapid assembly of taxonomically validated mitochondrial genomes from historical insect collections

Timmermans, M., Viberg, C., Martin, G., Hopkins, K. and Vogler, A. 2016. Rapid assembly of taxonomically validated mitochondrial genomes from historical insect collections. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 117 (1), pp. 83-95. https://doi.org/10.1111/bij.12552

Mitogenomics of ‘old world Acraea’ butterflies reveals a highly divergent ‘Bematistes’

Timmermans, M., Lees, D., Thompson, M., Sáfián, S. and Brattström, O. 2016. Mitogenomics of ‘old world Acraea’ butterflies reveals a highly divergent ‘Bematistes’. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 97, pp. 233-241. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2015.12.009

Family-level sampling of mitochondrial genomes in coleoptera: compositional heterogeneity and phylogenetics

Timmermans, M., Barton, C., Haran, J., Ahrens, D., Culverwell, C., Ollikainen, A., Dodsworth, S., Foster, P., Bocak, L. and Vogler, A. 2016. Family-level sampling of mitochondrial genomes in coleoptera: compositional heterogeneity and phylogenetics. Genome Biology and Evolution. 8 (1), pp. 161-175. https://doi.org/10.1093/gbe/evv241

Validating the power of mitochondrial metagenomics for community ecology and phylogenetics of complex assemblages

Gómez-Rodríguez, C., Crampton-Platt, A., Timmermans, M., Baselga, A. and Vogler, A. 2015. Validating the power of mitochondrial metagenomics for community ecology and phylogenetics of complex assemblages. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 6 (8), pp. 883-894. https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.12376

Phylogenetic community ecology of soil biodiversity using mitochondrial metagenomics

Andújar, C., Arribas, P., Ruzicka, F., Crampton-Platt, A., Timmermans, M. and Vogler, A. 2015. Phylogenetic community ecology of soil biodiversity using mitochondrial metagenomics. Molecular Ecology. 24 (14), pp. 3603-3617. https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.13195

Interplay of robustness and plasticity of life-history traits drives ecotypic differentiation in thermally distinct habitats

Liefting, M., van Grunsven, R., Morrissey, M., Timmermans, M. and Ellers, J. 2015. Interplay of robustness and plasticity of life-history traits drives ecotypic differentiation in thermally distinct habitats. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 28 (5), pp. 1057-1066. https://doi.org/10.1111/jeb.12629

Soup to tree: the phylogeny of beetles inferred by mitochondrial metagenomics of a Bornean rainforest sample

Crampton-Platt, A., Timmermans, M., Gimmel, M., Kutty, S., Cockerill, T., Khen, C. and Vogler, A. 2015. Soup to tree: the phylogeny of beetles inferred by mitochondrial metagenomics of a Bornean rainforest sample. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 32 (9), pp. 2302-2316. https://doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msv111

Metagenome skimming of insect specimen pools: potential for comparative genomics

Linard, B., Crampton-Platt, A., Gillett, C., Timmermans, M. and Vogler, A. 2015. Metagenome skimming of insect specimen pools: potential for comparative genomics. Genome Biology and Evolution. https://doi.org/10.1093/gbe/evv086

The evolutionary genetics of highly divergent alleles of the mimicry locus in Papilio dardanus

Thompson, M., Timmermans, M., Jiggins, C. and Vogler, A. 2014. The evolutionary genetics of highly divergent alleles of the mimicry locus in Papilio dardanus. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 14. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2148-14-140

Bulk de novo mitogenome assembly from pooled total DNA elucidates the phylogeny of weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea)

Gillett, C., Crampton-Platt, A., Timmermans, M., Jordal, B., Emerson, B. and Vogler, A. 2014. Bulk de novo mitogenome assembly from pooled total DNA elucidates the phylogeny of weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea). Molecular Biology and Evolution. 31 (8), pp. 2223-2237. https://doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msu154

Comparative genomics of the mimicry switch in Papilio dardanus

Timmermans, M., Baxter, S., Clark, R., Heckel, D., Vogel, H., Collins, S., Papanicolaou, A., Fukova, I., Joron, M., Thompson, M., Jiggins, C., ffrench-Constant, R. and Vogler, A. 2014. Comparative genomics of the mimicry switch in Papilio dardanus. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 281 (1787), pp. 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2014.0465

Towards a mitogenomic phylogeny of Lepidoptera

Timmermans, M., Lees, D. and Simonsen, T. 2014. Towards a mitogenomic phylogeny of Lepidoptera. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 79, pp. 169-178. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2014.05.031

Characterising the phenotypic diversity of Papilio dardanus wing patterns using an extensive museum collection

Thompson, M. and Timmermans, M. 2014. Characterising the phenotypic diversity of Papilio dardanus wing patterns using an extensive museum collection. PLoS ONE. 9 (5), pp. 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0096815
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