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IBED in the media

IBED researchers frequently appear in the media to present their research and its applications to a wider audience to strengthen the link between Science and Society. Here you can find an overview of IBED research that appeared in magazines/newspapers or was broadcasted on radio/TV (mainly in Dutch).

Mating opportunity unattractive female moths

Research of Michiel van Wijk and colleagues in the newspaper Parool on how unattractive female moths increase their chances to find a partner. 

Parool - 25 December

Research ship Pelagia - NICO expedition

Over seven months, nearly 130 scientists aboard the research ship Pelagia to study the changing oceans in various locations, including the North Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the Bay of Biscay. The RV Pelagia will depart from Texel in mid-December. Also a number of UvA researchers and students join this expedition and talked about their research with the media

AD - 11 December (Petra Visser & Prof. Corina Brussaard)

NOS News - 13 December (Prof. Corina Brussaard)

NOS.nl - 13 December (Prof. Corina Brussaard)

Radio 5 - 21 December (Lisette Mekkes)

Vulnerable Crucian Carps

The crucian carp is a widely distributed fish species that currently suffers from habitat destructction and interbreeding with other species. For this reason MSc student Sebastiaan Rückert studied the genetical purity of the Crucian carp in the Netherlands under supervision of  IBED researcher Hans Breeuwer. The outcomes of his reserach were published in Visionair, a magazine for recreational fishers.  

Visionair - 27 December

Plankton hunt in the ocean

Evolutionary biologist Katja Peijnenburg and marine ecologist Lisette Mekkes were 45 days on the ocean to study plankton. The scientific marine expedition started in England. This time they were not looking for whales, sharks or albatrosses, but looking for the smallest life in the ocean: plankton. 

Vroege vogels - 15 November

PhD on DNA research: "You long for a good crime scene"

An interview with the recently promoted Anna Mapes in Folia on her research questions: how can DNA research be best used in crime scenes investigations? 

Folia - 30 November

Harmful residues in strawberries

Emerites professor in environmental science Lucas Reijnders explains the so called 'cocktail effect' of different types of pesticides in strawberries. and calls for action to clarify the risks for human health. 

NOS - 4 November

Financieel Dagblad - 4 November

Trouw - 4 November

New Orang Utan species found

IBED Professor Serge Wich, who holds the special chair Conservation of the Great Apes, appeared in different media to tell more about the discovery of a new orang utan species on the Indonesian Island of Sumatra. 

NRC - 2 November

BBC News - 3 November

The Times - 3 November

NOS - 3 November

Aquatic food web research in Lake Markermeer

Aquatic ecologists Harm van der Geest and Arie Vonk explain about their research on aquatic food webs in Lake Markermeer in the TV programme Vroege Vogels.

Vroege Vogels - 31 October

The battle for clean drinking water

IBED professor Pim de Voogt, environmental chemistry, explains in the newspaper AD why drinking water will become more expensive due to pollution. 

AD - 21 October 'Drinkwater duurder door vervuiling'

AD - 21 October 'De strijd om schoon drinkwater'

Hippo teeth replace elephant ivory

Koos Biesmeijer, IBED special chair functional biodiversity, tells in the Volkskrant about the increasing trade in hippo teeth.

Volkskrant - 15 October

Research Vessel Dreissena

Aquatic ecologists Dr Harm van der Geest, Dr Arie Vonk and MSc student Margot Maathuis explain about the ecological research on lake Markermeer with their new Research Vessel Dreissena that was funded through crowdfunding.

Vroege Vogels - 6 October

Omroep Flevoland - 8 October

Leidsch Dagblad - 13 October

BMC Ecology Image Competition 2017

Harry Seijmonsbergens was the Landscape and Ecosystem Winner in the BMC Ecology Image Competition. Multiple media paid attention to these beautifull image competition, e.g:

The Guardian - 18 August

Daily Mail - 18 August

Mini Brains and Chimpanzees

IBED researcher Karline Janmaat in Radio Swammerdam about the evolution of the brains and how she followed chimpansees in the jungle with her voice-recorder.  

Radio Swammerdam - 10 September

Highest Biodiversity?

In the Dutch TV programme Kennis van Nu Gerard Oostermeijer was interviewed by Elisabeth van Nimwegen on the roof of a Landrover, while on ‘safari’ in the nature reserve ‘Duin & Kruidberg’ to discuss vegetation zonation, species richness and underlying mechanisms. With the ultimate goal to find the highest biodiversity spot in The Netherlands.

Kennis van Nu - 7 September

Sexy females help ‘Plain Jane’ moths snag their mates

Research of evolutionary biologist Astrid Groot in an article in News from Science.  

News from Science - 26 August

Soil transplantation for nature restoration

Soil ecologist Elly Morriën is interviewed in the radio show 'Vroege Vogels' about the effect of soil transplantations on nature restoration. She explains why the soil is so important and how soil transplantation can help to establish heathland on former agricultural fields. 

Vroege Vogels - 20 August

Mites become orange so they don't have to eat

About the research of amongst others biologist Thomas van Leeuwen discovered how mites can produce carotenes to stay orange during winter sleep. 

Folia - 9 August

Eagle needs parent to travel to Africa

Geo-ecologist Wouter VanSteelant was featured in an article by Vroeg Vogels about the research on juvenile lesser spotted eagles, and how they need older, experienced birds to travel successfully to Africa.

Vroege Vogels - 3 August

Opening Research Vessel Dreissena

On the day that the first UvA Research Vessel is baptized, aquatic Ecologist Harm van der Geest explains in different newspapers about the new ship that was financed by crowdfunding. 

Parool - 14 July

AD - 14 juli

Anaerobic manure fermentation

Environmental scientist and biochemist prof. Lucas Reijnders comments in the TV show 'Nieuwsuur' on anaerobic manure fermentation: solution or deception?

Nieuwsuur - 14 juli

Fieldwork in Lake Markermeer

Aquatic Ecologist Harm van der Geest explains in the newspaper Noordhollands Dagblad about the ecosystem Lake Markermeer.

Noordhollands Dagblad - 5 juli

Sponges in Amsterdam waters

Marine biologist Jasper de Goeij talks in the radioshow 'Met Het Oog Op Morgen' about his research on sponges, both in the Amsterdam waters as well as abroad. 

NOS - Met Het Oog Op Morgen - 24 June

Landscape in a hollow tooth

Paleo-ecologist Bas van Geel about his research on plant remain in the 'hollow tooths' of extinct animals like the Woolly rhinoceros in the Dutch newspaper Trouw. 

Trouw - 8 June

Antarctic krill victim of its own success?

Professor in Theoretical Ecology André de Roos was in the newspaper Volkskrant about his recently published paper in Nature Ecology & Evolution, discussing the link between climate and population dynamics of Krill.

Volkskrant - 7 June