The University of Amsterdam is one of the three main university centers of ecological and evolutionary research in the Netherlands and in particular has a strong profile in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem dynamics.
The Faculty of Science provides the perfect environment for this type of research given its location in Science Park Amsterdam, close to institutes like CWI and SARA, with which there is a close collaboration. The research priority Global Ecology aims to strengthen and expand this profile over the forthcoming period through more intensive collaborations with external partners, such as:
- Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)
- Darwin Center
- NCB Naturalis
- World Wildlife Fund
- National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).
Formalization of these existing collaborations will be pursued by means of special professor chairs.
The recent KNAW sector plan also supplies the basis for intensifying national collaboration within the domain of ecology and evolution. In particular, in a recent initiative the main research groups in ecology and evolution attempt to establish a joint research agenda with a focus on the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of ecosystems in a rapidly changing world.
Grants and staff
The allocation of the ERC research grants in 2012 and the appointments of various tenured scientists in the context of Global Ecology will furthermore strengthen its profile by broadening its research scope to include, among others, macroecological studies of species occurrence over large spatial and temporal scales as well as studies on issues with global dimensions, such as the role of diversity for dynamics of malaria outbreaks.