Dr Lee Henry

NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow

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Email: leehenrym@gmail.com
Address: VU University Amsterdam
Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences
De Boelelaan 1085-1087
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Research interests

I study the interactions between individual, species and their environment, as a central process generating biodiversity. In particular I am interested in the ecology, evolution and genetic interactions of insects and their beneficial symbionts.

My current research program focuses on the evolution of facultative mutualistic symbiosis in a model insect system, the Old World aphids. My key questions are: what are the ecological and evolutionary forces that shape symbiont communities and how do they affect the evolution of their hosts? In order to answer this, I have developed a Multilocus Typing Scheme for several symbiont species, which I combine with field surveys and laboratory experiments to assess the evolutionary dynamics of beneficial symbiosis in aphids from diverse natural environments. In parallel, I am applying genomic approaches to better understand the molecular basis of the benefits that symbionts provide to hosts. Through these lines of research I intended to contribute to our greater understanding of mutualistic symbiosis in the evolution and radiation of Eukaryotes, especially the major (and economically important) arthropod groups.

Selected publications

  • Henry LM, Peccoud J, Simon J-C, Hadfield JD, Maiden MJC, Ferrari J, and Godfray HCJ. 2013. Horizontally Transmitted Symbionts and Host Colonization of Ecological Niches. Current Biology 23:1713-1717.
  • Henry L*, Schwander T* and Crespi B 2011 Deleterious mutation accumulation in asexual Timema stick insects. Molecular Biology and Evolution 29: 401-408. *Shared first authorship
  • Schwander T*, Henry L* and B Crespi 2011 Molecular evidence for antiquity in asexual Timema stick insects. Current Biology 21: 1129-1134. *Shared first authorship
  • Henry LM, Bannerman J, Gillespie DR and Roitberg BD 2010 Predator identity and the nature and strength of food web interactions. Journal of Animal Ecology79: 1164-1171.
  • Henry LM, May N, Acheampong S, Roitberg BD and Gillespie DR 2010 Host-adapted parasitoids in biological control: does source matter? Ecological Applications20: 242-259.
  • Henry LM, Ma BO and Roitberg BD 2009 Size-mediated adaptive foraging: a host selection strategy for insect parasitoids. Oecologia 161:433-445.
  • Henry LM, Gillespie DR and Roitberg BD 2008 Host-range evolution in Aphidius parasitoids: fidelity, virulence and fitness trade-offs on an ancestral host. Evolution 62: 689-699.
  • Henry LM 2008 Assortative mating and the role of phenotypic plasticity in male competition: implications for gene flow among host-associated parasitoid populations. Biology Letters 4: 508-511.
  • Henry LM, Roitberg BD and Gillespie DR 2006 Covariance of phenotypically plastic traits induces an adaptive shift in host selection behaviour. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 273: 2893-2899.