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April 2019

Corallicolids are found in 70 percent of corals around the world.

Scientists discover first organism with chlorophyll genes that doesn’t photosynthesize

For the first time scientists have found an organism that can produce chlorophyll but does not engage in photosynthesis. The study, co-authored by UvA marine biologist Mark Vermeij, is now published in Nature.

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February 2019

Prof Linda Amaral-Zettler, professor Marine Biology

Linda Amaral-Zettler, professor by special appointment of Marine Microbiology

Dr L.A. Amaral-Zettler has been named professor by special appointment of Marine Microbiology at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Science. 

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January 2019

Prof Annemarie van Wezel

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 for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED).

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November 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 and healthy.

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Retirement Prof. Pim de Voogt

For over 25 years Prof. Pim de Voogt has worked at the UvA. In 2014 he was appointed professor of Chemico-Biological Interactions in Aquatic Ecosystems. Prof. Pim de Voogt is retiring this year and therefore he gave a valedictory lecture reflecting on 'Emerging contaminants in a changing world'.

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dr. G. (Gerard) Muyzer

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 microbial populations and has been cited 7558 times since it was published in 1993.

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October 2018

Satellite picture of Lake Markermeer where it can be seen the water is very turbid.

‘Dead turbid water’ Lake Markermeer full of life

Lake Markermeer is a large and important nature reserve in the centre of the Netherlands. The turbid state of the lake is often mentioned as the main cause of why Lake Markermeer would have turned into a dead lake. Recent research by the University of Amsterdam shows that this sludge water is actually full of life, similar to the type of life we know from the open ocean.

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July 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. Recently an article was published in Nature Microbiology, co-authored by UvA aquatic microbiologist Susanne Wilken, demonstrating that the microalga Micromonas commoda shows a specialized adaption strategy in response to phosphorus limitation.

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Cyanobacterial bloom in a Dutch lake

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 blooms in Nature Reviews Microbiology.

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June 2018

Rolf Bak

Professor Rolf Bak receives prestigious ISRS Award for coral research

The International Society for Reef Science (ISRS) has announced that Prof. Rolf Bak has been awarded an Eminence in Research Award in recognition for the exceptional research that he has conducted over the course of his academic career. Until he retired, Rolf Bak was Professor by Special Appointment of Tropical Marine Biology at IBED.

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April 2018

Pim de Voogt en Erik Emke KWR drugs research

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 of Fame in the scientific journal Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry.

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March 2018

NICO expedition

Petra Visser, Mark Vermeij and Bas van Beusekom in scientific TV & radio program Focus

You can watch the broadcast online: and listen to the radio show



January 2018

Zaai-units worden uitgezet in een koraalrif in de wateren van Curaçao

Sowing corals: New approach paves the way for large-scale coral reef restoration

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 has the potential for effective large-scale reef restoration and minimise costly and time-consuming approaches.

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December 2017


Fame 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, Fame researchers and students will join the national multidisciplinary expedition Netherlands Initiative Changing Oceans (NICO) to better equip the Netherlands in this regard.

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PhD Defence ceremony Alice Burridge

On Thursday December 7, Alice Burridge will defend her PhD thesis.

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2nd AcroporaNet Symposium (1-12-2017 in Amsterdam)

The symposium will cover all aspects of marine science and management. Experimental and observational studies of demography, behavior, and physiology provide the raw material for scientists, managers, and the public to advance their understanding of coral reef ecosystems.

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November 2017

Steven Droge

Review award for Steven Droge

Steven Droge received the Excellence in Review Award 2017 of the scientific journal Environmental Science & Technology. The prize is in recognition of his review contributions to the journal over the last year.

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October 2017

Coralreef with molecules

Molecular diversity of coral reefs illuminated

An international research team, including Ibed Fame-biologist Mark Vermeij, made two important advances in the understanding of the molecular diversity as found on coral reefs, as well as the use of this knowledge in the development of medication. The study was published in PNAS this week.

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Lake Vechten

Microbes dictate regime shifts causing anoxia in lakes and seas

Gradual environmental changes due to eutrophication and global warming can cause a rapid depletion of oxygen levels in lakes and coastal waters. A new study led by Jef Huisman and Gerard Muyzer shows that microorganisms play a key role in these disastrous regime shifts. The researchers’ findings were published in the journal Nature Communications on 6 October.

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September 2017

Cyanobacterial Bloom Lake Taihu

Cyanobacteria beat green algae at elevated CO2

It is often argued that cyanobacteria are superior competitors at low CO2 levels owing to their effective carbon-concentrating mechanism, but tend to be displaced by eukaryotic phytoplankton species at elevated CO2. However, a new study by Xing Ji and colleagues shatters this classic paradigm.

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SponGES team embarks on two research cruises in the Arctic

A team of researchers part of the European project SponGES is in the middle of a busy summer performing experiments on two research cruises and in lab facilities in Bergen (Norway). PhD student Martijn Bart, Post-Doc Benjamin Mueller and MSc students Titus Rombouts and Clea van de Ven (all from UvA-IBED) report from the field.

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August 2017

Maayke Stomp

In Memoriam Maayke Stomp

(1976 - 2017)

For several years, Maayke Stomp fought a battle that ultimately she could not win. Maayke was a talented scientist, dedicated lecturer and beloved colleague, who initiated ground-breaking research on the effects of light colour on the biodiversity of phytoplankton.

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July 2017

Festive opening Research Vessel R.V. Dreissena

Friday 14 July was the festive opening of the research vessel R.V. Dreissena. The ship will be used by the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED-UvA) to carry out research on Lake Markermeer. The well-attended ceremony was led by Prof. dr. Jef Huisman (head of the research department Freshwater & Marine Ecology) who highlighted the importance of Markermeer research in his speech. 

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June 2017

Lucas Stal

Retiring Prof. Lucas Stal: ‘Water science more important than ever’

For ten years Lucas Stal has been a special professor in the field of Marine Microbiology at the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED). This year he will retire and in his honour there is a symposium on marine microorganisms and their contribution to global biogeochemical cycles. During this symposium Prof. Stal will give his farewell address as professor (valedictory speech) .

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May 2017

Ji Xing

Chinese Government Award for PhD Candidate Xing Ji

Xing Ji, PhD candidate at the Research Department Freshwater and Marine Ecology of the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), has received the 2016 Chinese Government Award for outstanding self-financed students abroad.

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Fame department

We are happy to announce the inauguration of our new department, called ‘Freshwater and Marine Ecology’ (FAME). Our department is achieved by merging and regrouping the two former research groups Aquatic Microbiology (AMB) and Aquatic Environmental Ecology (AEE). The two groups had research themes that in part overlapped.

April 2017


Article Pim de Voogt among ES&T’s Best Papers 2016

The paper entitled "Mind the Gap: Persistent and Mobile Organic Compounds—Water Contaminants That Slip Through" was selected as one of the Best Papers of 2016 of the prestigious journal "Environmental Science & Technology".

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2017-NKWK Climate and Water Conference-Petra-Visser

Amsterdam Water Science showcased at NKWK Climate and Water Conference

Over 400 participants attended the NKWK Water and Climate conference that was held at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam on 11 April. The conference was co-organised by Amsterdam Water Science and themed ‘New knowledge and opportunities’.

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Construction of Markermeer research vessel begins

After a successful fundraising campaign among donors to the Amsterdam University Fund last year, construction of a ship for ecological research in the waters of Markermeer began in late March.

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