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On Friday 29 November Professor Linda Amaral-Zettler, named Professor by Special Appointment of Marine Microbiology, delivered her inaugural lecture "Trouble on the High Seas: From Microplastics to Macroalgae". This Special chair at the University of Amsterdam was designated on behalf of the Netherlands Foundation of Scientific Research Institute / the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), and is embedded in the FAME-department of IBED.

Professor Linda Amaral-Zettler, 29 November 2019

In her lecture Professor Amaral-Zettler took her audience to the “Plastisphere” - the microbial life on plastic waste in the ocenans - and the sargassa weeds, which form a kind of floating rainforests and flood the shores of three continents.

As Professor of Marine Microbiology Linda Amaral-Zettler is conducting research within a wide range of freshwater and local coastal environments. Her research investigates the relationships between microbes and the mechanisms that determine their diversity, distribution, survival and impact on local and global processes. 

The inaugural lecture was recorded and can be watched here:


More details about the research of Prof. Amaral-Zettler can be found on:

Contact person:

Prof. dr. L.A. (Linda) Amaral Zettler

Special Chair Marine Microbiology