Remco Folkertsma
Institute of Biochemistry and Biology
University of Potsdam
E-mail: rfolkertuni-potsdamde

Address 1
Evolutionary adaptive genomics
Building 29, Room 2.56
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25
14476 Potsdam (Golm)
Phone:  0331 977 5437

Address 2
Animal ecology
Building 1, Room 1.06
Maulbeerallee 1
14469 Potsdam
Phone:  0331 977 4812

Research interests
As part of my PhD-project I am currently working on evolutionary and phenotypic adaptations to local climatic conditions in vole species.  As climate change imposes intensified and novel selection pressures on this species I am hoping that my study provides more information about the endurance of this and other species under climate change. I intend to use molecular genetic approaches and NGS data to uncover signatures of evolutionary adaption using different environmental gradients throughout Europe.

MSc. Behavioural biology, 2012, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
BSc. Behavioural biology 2008, University of Groningen, the Netherlands


  • Breedveld, M. C., Folkertsma, R., & Eccard, J. A. (2019). Rodent mothers increase vigilance behaviour when facing infanticide risk. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 12054. doi:10.1038/s41598-019-48459-9
  • Eccard, J. A., Reil, D., Folkertsma, R., & Schirmer, A. (2018). The scent of infanticide risk? Behavioural allocation to current and future reproduction in response to mating opportunity and familiarity with intruder. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 72(11), 175. doi:10.1007/s00265-018-2585-4
  • Folkertsma, R., Westbury, M. V., Eccard, J. A., & Hofreiter, M. (2018). The complete mitochondrial genome of the common vole, Microtus arvalis (Rodentia: Arvicolinae). Mitochondrial DNA Part B, 3(1), 446–447. doi:10.1080/23802359.2018.1457994
  • Bill Redness Is Positively Associated with Reproduction and Survival in Male and Female Zebra Finches. Simons MJP, Briga M, Koetsier E, Folkertsma R, Wubs MD, Dijkstra C & Verhulst S. (2012) Bill Redness Is Positively Associated with Reproduction and Survival in Male and Female Zebra Finches. PLoS ONE 7(7): e40721. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0040721