Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

Biology teachers receive doctoral scholarship

13 September 2016

On 12 September 2016 State Secretary of Education, Sander Dekker, awarded Biology Teachers Nienke Wieringa and Rob Kroes a doctoral scholarship.

Both candidates are biology teacher at a secondary school, and will be pursuing their PhD at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) of the University of Amsterdam.

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has introduced the grant for teachers to gain research experience and to improve the quality of education. The scholarship ensures that the teachers can be replaced at the school for two days a week while they pursue their PhD research the rest of the week. The grant also provides the teachers support in writing a doctoral thesis.

Nienke Wieringa en Rob Kroes

From left to right: Nienke Wieringa (teacher), Franciska de Jong (member NWO), Sander Dekker (State Secretary of Education), Rob Kroes (teacher).

Fish migration

Rob Kroes will examine the migration of fish in the Markermeer. He wants to know what influence the obstruction of fish migration has on the ecology in the Markermeer.

Soil ecology

Nienke Wieringa will develop a method to assess the ecology and ecotoxicology of the soil in and around Amsterdam. She will actively engage students from her school to work in the lab and field to get them acquainted with and actively involved in scientific research.

Both studies will be supervised by Prof. Verdonschot, IBED.

Source: NWO

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