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Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

We aim to unravel how ecosystems function in all their complexity

Research themes

Ecosystems and Landscape dynamics
The Ecology and Landscape Dynamics research department improves our understanding of the functioning and dynamics of abiotic and biotic components of (geo-)ecosystems across landscapes through time.
Evolutionary and Population Biology
Research in the department of Evolutionary and Population Biology focuses on understanding the ecological and evolutionary processes that drive community dynamics and speciation, and determine biodiversity patterns.
Freshwater and Marine Ecology
The department of Freshwater & Marine Ecology aims to increase our understanding of the biodiversity and dynamics of freshwater and marine ecosystems from the level of molecules and genes to entire ecosystems.
Theoretical and Computational Ecology
Research in the Department of Theoretical and Computation Ecology focuses on understanding the complexity of ecological systems by using theoretical and advanced computational approaches.
Millennial-scale effects of human disturbance on tropical forests
18 March 2019
How do human disturbances and climate change affected tropical forests? An international research team, including ecologists from the University of Amsterdam, has looked into the 7000 year history of a tropical ...
Minor genetic change creates unattractive female moths
13 March 2019
Many animals use sex pheromones to attract potential mates. A group of evolutionary biologists from the UvA Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology have now ...
Assessing biodiversity via environmental DNA
6 March 2019
Environmental DNA is a new method to detect species presence and relative abundance through the collection of environmental samples like air, soil and water, rather than organisms itself. As assessment of ...
IBED Seminar by Dr Anne Hertel
28 Mar 2019 16:00 - 17:00
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IBED Seminar by Dr Noah Whiteman
25 Apr 2019 16:00 - 17:00
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IBED Seminar by Trudy MacKay & Robert Anholt
23 May 2019 16:00 - 17:00
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Research highlight: Sky Islands, a time travel in the Andes Mountains
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Education programme on Bachelor and Master level
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