Research Showcase of IBED

Get a quick impression of the varied research of the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) in our Research Showcase.

Unravelling the mystery of the reef

The mystery of the reef: where does all the stored energy in the earth’s most productive ecosystem go? IBED researcher Jasper de Goeij found the answer during his doctoral research, a discovery that launched his scientific career with a flying start.

Sex sells, but does it also select?

Sexual attraction is the first step in determining who mates with whom. The evolution of sexual communication thus plays a pivotal role in the process of speciation. It also forms the core of the research of Dr. Astrid Groot who joined the UvA in 2011 as MacGillavry fellow.

Bushmeat orphans from a unique chimpanzee culture

In a five year research project in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Dr. Cleve Hicks studied a population of one of the most fascinating creatures on Earth: our close relative the chimpanzee. Hicks’s story is bittersweet and recounts the amazing discovery of one of the largest chimpanzee populations in Africa, with its own unique and surprisingly widespread culture. Tragically, though, this culture is under siege from a spreading wave of illegal bushmeat hunting, which is leaving a growing number of bushmeat orphans in its wake.

Biofuels, sustainability and biodiversity

Are biofuels a sustainable alternative for fossil fuels? IBED's Prof. Lucas Reijnders and co-authors critically examined the impact of biofuel production in Southeast Asia on biodiversity and CO2 reduction. They concluded that when biodiversity loss and CO2 release associated with land use change are entered in the equation, biofuels are often unsustainable.

In an interview held upon publication of the study in 2009, Prof. Reijnders and UvA University Professor Louise Fresco explain its global implications.

The surface of the Earth: where old school meets new school

Earth scientist Harry Seijmonsbergen of the Computational Geo-Ecology research group has a genuine love of landscapes. Both his research and lectures successfully combine classic fieldwork with the latest computer technologies, such as GIS and Remote Sensing.

From pizza box to polar bear: contaminants are everywhere

‘Where does a substance end up if I throw it in the canal?' Pim de Voogt points at the window of his office on the Nieuwe Achtergracht. ‘How much of it will end up in the air, how much will end up in the fish?

Crime Scene Investigations - Amsterdam

Forensic DNA expert Ate Kloosterman has been a researcher with the Nederlands Forensisch Intituut (NFI) [the Netherlands Forensic Institute] for years and is the expert in the area of DNA profiling. Since recently he has, as a professor by special appointment at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, been teaching University of Amsterdam Master's students the tricks of his exciting trade.

What's in a name? or how 15 plant species got the name 'Cleefii'

Prof. dr. Antoine Cleef was awarded the ‘Orden de San Carlos' for his research on biodiversity in Columbia and for his contribution to education in that country. He spent many years carrying out research on the Columbian páramos, grasslands high up in the Andes Mountains. He discovered about three hundred new plants, fifteen of which have meanwhile been named after him and now bear the name Cleefii.

The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain, or does it?

People wading knee-high through water, cars floating through the streets: when it rains in Spain, it really rains. Physical geographer Jan Peter Lesschen of the IBED group of Earth Surface Processes and Materials investigates the consequences of such a cloudburst on erosion in agricultural areas abandoned by people.

How hot summer days have us singing the algae blues

When the weather is hot and there is little wind, what better way to cool down than to go swimming in one of the many Dutch lakes. Unfortunately, humans aren't the only oneswho like our open waters under these circumstances. Biologist Jolanda Verspagen of the IBED research group of Aquatic Microbiology investigates how we can prevent blooms of blue-green algae from ruining a nice summer day at the lakes.

Published by  IBED

7 January 2014