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  • 11 Feb 2019
    Video on landscape restoration in East-Africa nominated for incentive award

    Safi Graauw, a Master's student in Earth Sciences, has made a documentary on the positive effects of tree planting on the East African landscape. The video ‘Seeds of Change’ depicts the progress made in reforestation ...

  • 4 Feb 2019
    Research shows importance flower strips for agriculture

    What role play flower-rich field margins in agriculture? And do these flower strips enhance biodiversity? These were some of the central questions of a two-year collaborative research programme that involved farmers, ...

  • 14 Jan 2019
    Hal Caswell wins Distinguished Lorentz Fellowship

    Ecologist Hal Caswell of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) has been awarded the Distinguished Lorentz Fellowship 2019/20 for his research on mathematical models of population dynamics. “The models we currently use ...

  • 10 Jan 2019
    FameLab: Pitch your research!

    Are you a PhD student or postdoc, between 21 - 40 years old, and would you like to learn how to explain your research to a general public ... in just three minutes? Join FameLab!

  • 9 Jan 2019
    Annemarie van Wezel, professor of Environmental Ecology

    Prof. A.P. van Wezel (1968) has been appointed professor of Environmental Ecology at the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Science (UvA). In addition, she has also been appointed director of the UvA’s Institute ...

  • 11 Dec 2018
    Saskia Hogenhout, professor by special appointment of Molecular Plant-Microbe-Insect Interactions

    Prof. S.A. Hogenhout (1969) has been named professor by special appointment of Molecular Plant-Microbe-Insect Interactions at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Science. This chair was established on ...

  • 10 Dec 2018
    Ten principles to improve biodiversity informatics

    There is a high need for up-to-date, reliable and comparable biodiversity data to efficiently manage global biodiversity. An international group of biodiversity researchers, including researchers of the UvA Institute ...

  • 5 Dec 2018
    Historical climate important for soil responses to future climate change

    Researchers of the University of Amsterdam, in collaboration with colleagues from the Lund University in Sweden, examined how 18 years drought affected billions of vital bacteria hidden in the soil beneath our feet. ...

  • 28 Nov 2018
    Aquatic macroinvertebrates unable to find restored streams

    The channelized streams in our landscape are slowly restored into the original meandering streams that are naturally present in the Netherlands. These restoration projects are important to keep the streams functional ...

  • 28 Nov 2018
    Amber Woutersen wins East-West Seed Graduation prize for Plant Sciences

    Amber Woutersen, graduate of the MSc Biological Sciences at the UvA, is the winner of this year’s East-West Seed Graduation prize for Plant Sciences. On Monday she received the young-talent graduation prize, worth ...

  • 27 Nov 2018
    1.2 million for project to limit bird mortality by wind farms

    In the transition to sustainable energy, the Dutch government is strongly committed to building wind farms at sea. But these wind parks are not completely environmentally friendly: every year probably thousands of ...

  • 21 Nov 2018
    Franciska de Vries, professor of Earth Surface Science

    Dr F.T. de Vries (1978) has been appointed professor of Earth Surface Science at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Science.

  • 21 Nov 2018
    How far do we have to travel back in time to trace the origins of present-day biodiversity patterns?

    The biodiversity patterns on volcanic oceanic islands that we see today have been shaped by the way island group were arranged during long-term sea levels fluctuations in the distant past. This is the conclusion from ...

  • 12 Nov 2018
    Retiring Prof. Pim de Voogt: ‘Shift from non-polar to polar environmental chemicals was truly exciting’

    For over 25 years Prof. Pim de Voogt has worked at the UvA. He has served as professor by special appointment of Chemistry of (Emerging) Water Contaminants at the UvA's Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem ...

  • 12 Nov 2018
    Gerard Muyzer author of most cited paper in Microbiology

    A research article written by Prof. Gerard Muyzer has been listed as the highest cited paper of the Microbiology research field. The article describes a molecular approach to analyse the genetic diversity of complex ...

  • 31 Oct 2018
    ‘Dead turbid water’ Lake Markermeer full of life

    Lake Markermeer is a large and important nature reserve in the centre of the Netherlands. Already for a while the ecological state of the lake is declining, which has consequences for important functions as ...

  • 22 Oct 2018
    Annemarie van Wezel new scientific director IBED

    We are happy to announce that Prof. Annemarie van Wezel will be appointed director of the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) and professor Environmental Ecology, starting 1 January 2019. As our ...

  • 8 Oct 2018
    Molar of extinct giant deer reveals dietary preferences

    The molar of an extinct giant deer, found in sandy deposits of the North Sea, revealed important information that can help to understand why several large herbivores went extinct at the end of the last Ice Age. By ...

  • 2 Oct 2018
    Mountain building creates biodiversity

    Mountains are among the most biodiverse places on Earth, but scientists have struggled to fully understand why they are so important in creating high species richness. An international research team, including four ...

  • 17 Sep 2018
    Measuring species traits for biodiversity policy goals

    Management of global biodiversity requires up-to-date, reliable and comparable biodiversity data. The concept of Essential Biodiversity Variables has previously been introduced to allow monitoring the global state of ...

  • 31 Aug 2018
    Prehistoric changes in vegetation help predict future of earth's ecosytems

    As the last ice age came to an end and the planet warmed, the Earth’s vegetation changed dramatically. The current warming from climate change may drive an equally dramatic change in vegetation within the next 100 to ...

  • 8 Aug 2018
    Sky Islands: a time travel in the Andes Mountains

    In South America you can find a species rich alpine tundra ecosystem called páramos. These ecosystems are restricted to the mountain tops of the Northern Andes, forming isolated ‘sky islands’. During the last 3 ...

  • 25 Jul 2018
    From Cradle to Grave: Model Identifies Factors that Shaped Evolution

    Understanding the many factors that have played into shaping the biodiversity within Earth’s ecosystems can be daunting. In a major step to that end, an international team of researchers built a computer simulation ...

  • 20 Jul 2018
    Mangabey monkeys profit from nut-cracking skills of chimpanzees

    Mangabey monkeys exhibit peculiar foraging behaviour by scavenging on the energy-rich remnants of nuts cracked by chimpanzees and red river hogs. This allows them to obtain the inside of nuts, which they would not ...

  • 19 Jul 2018
    Climate warming speeds up migration of barnacle goose

    Climate warming is most rapid in the Arctic and the general notion is that migratory birds have to arrive earlier on the Arctic breeding grounds to let their chicks benefit from the earlier start of spring. A recent ...

  • 17 Jul 2018
    How marine algae cope with changing ocean conditions

    Human activities are changing the ocean on a global scale, with seawater in some regions becoming warmer, more acidic, and less well mixed. One possible result of reduced ocean mixing is that nutrients, which act ...

  • 16 Jul 2018
    Ecosystem shows resilience to prolonged human modification

    Nineteenth century explorers who visited the cloud forests of the Ecuadorian Andes regularly referred to the landscape as a ‘pristine’ wilderness. What they were, in fact, observing was the recovery on an environment ...

  • 9 Jul 2018
    Global expansion of cyanobacterial blooms

    Last week an international team of scientists led by aquatic ecologists from the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics published a review about the world wide expansion, causes and risks of cyanobacterial ...

  • 26 Jun 2018
    Amazon River impacted eutrophication of Atlantic Ocean

    In the past, the Amazon exerted a major influence on the eutrophication in the westernmost equatorial portion of the Atlantic Ocean. This is the conclusion of an international research team coordinated by the ...

  • 11 Jun 2018
    Biggest palm fruits increasingly disappear from rainforests

    In some parts of the world palm trees with very large fruits have adapted to global change, whereas in other parts they seem to have gone extinct. These are findings from a new study by Renske Onstein and Daniel ...

  • 4 Jun 2018
    Professor Rolf Bak receives prestigious ISRS Award for coral research

    The International Society for Reef Science (ISRS) has announced that Professor Rolf Bak has been awarded an Eminence in Research Award in recognition for the exceptional research that he has conducted over the course ...

  • 18 May 2018
    Researchers discover new male variant of bulb mite

    The bulb mite (Rhizoglyphus robini) is a common pest of numerous crops. Male bulb mites display one of two reproductive tactics and are classified as ‘fighters’ and ‘scramblers’. Biologists from the University of ...

  • 8 May 2018
    ABC grant to study social learning

    An interdisciplinary team of UvA scientists received an ABC project grant from the Amsterdam Brain and Cognition centre to study the causes and consequences of social learning. One of the researchers involved is ...

  • 7 May 2018
    UvA alumni win international Sustainability Challenge

    UvA Earth Sciences alumni made it to the finals of DigitalGlobe's international GBDX for Sustainability Challenge. Their winning project, Global Green City Watch, makes it possible to monitor the quality of green ...

  • 10 Apr 2018
    ERC Advanced Grants awarded to Hal Caswell and Dennis Rodgers

    The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded prestigious Advanced Grants to UvA professors Hal Caswell and Dennis Rodgers. The grants, totalling 1.2 million euros and 2.5 million euros respectively, are awarded on ...

  • 27 Mar 2018
    Wastewater-based tracing op doping use

    Through the chemical analysis of wastewater it has been shown that the highly dangerous weight loss agent DNP is used by amateur athletes during sport events. These results have recently been published by researchers ...

  • 13 Mar 2018
    Frank Nack is Faculty of Science's Lecturer of the Year 2018

    Frank Nack, lecturer and programme director in the Master's programme Information Studies, has been named the faculty winner of the Lecturer of the Year election by Faculty of Science students. John van Boxel and Leo ...

  • 13 Mar 2018
    Successful international workshop on species interaction EBVs

    On 26-28 February 2018, an international workshop was organized to foster the global cooperation of biodiversity research infrastructures and biodiversity scientists. The workshop was focused on species interactions ...

  • 6 Mar 2018
    Eight researchers to conduct research at UvA with Marie Curie Fellowship

    Eight talented researchers have been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to conduct research at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The awarded projects include research on border control within the ...

  • 2 Mar 2018
    Lessons from the past: new insights into nature management

    Recent research in nature reserve Laarder Wasmeren, close to Hilversum, has led to new insights with regard to the use of large herbivores in nature management in the Netherlands. Physical geographers and ...

  • 13 Feb 2018
    UvA alumni develop application for monitoring green spaces in urban areas

    Four UvA Earth Sciences alumni made it to the finals of DigitalGlobe's international GBDX for Sustainability Challenge. In the final round they are up against students from, among others, Oxford and Duke. For their ...

  • 16 Jan 2018
    Study of behaviour muskrats, coypus and beavers kicks off

    In a new study just launched by a number of Dutch district water boards and knowledge institutions, a team of scientists including statistical ecologist Emiel van Loon of the UvA Institute for Biodiversity and ...

  • 3 Jan 2018
    Sowing corals

    The troubling loss of coral reefs worldwide has prompted scientists and conservationists to assist the reefs’ recovery through active restoration approaches. A new innovation to sow coral larvae onto degraded reefs ...

  • 22 Dec 2017
    Unattractive female moths can benefit from proximity to attractive ones

    Female moths that are unattractive can increase their chances of attracting a mate by emitting their sex pheromones in close proximity to attractive females, according to research from the University of Amsterdam and ...

  • 19 Dec 2017
    Astrid Groot, professor of Population and Evolutionary Biology

    Dr A.T. Groot has been appointed professor of Population and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Amsterdam's (UvA) Faculty of Science.

  • 12 Dec 2017
    UvA researchers on NICO ocean expedition

    How can we gain a better grasp of the opportunities and threats for the changing seas? In the months ahead, UvA researchers and students will join the national multidisciplinary expedition Netherlands Initiative ...

  • 5 Dec 2017
    IBED, Amsterdam Green Campus and municipality of Amsterdam sign collaboration agreement

    The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, Amsterdam Green Campus and the municipality of Amsterdam signed a collaboration agreement. The agreement confirms the shared intention to develop new knowledge ...

  • 5 Dec 2017
    Lecturer in the Spotlight: Petra Visser

    Petra Visser studies cyanobacteria in fresh and salt water. As coordinator of the Master’s programme in Freshwater and Marine Biology (Biological Sciences), she is closely involved in the teaching and supervision of ...

  • 30 Nov 2017
    Decision model brings rapid trace DNA analysis closer to the crime scene

    Rapid and mobile DNA analysis can speed up the investigation at the crime scene, but also has its risks. A new decision model can help the police and the Public Prosecution Service (OM) to determine whether or not to ...

  • 29 Nov 2017
    Polar bear blogs reveal dangerous gap between climate-change facts and opinions

    Climate-change discussions on social media are very influential. A new study in BioScience published by an international and multidisciplinary team researchers, among which UvA researcher Peter Roessingh, shows that ...