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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).

Grass snakes on Marken

Ingo Janssen (RAVON/IBED) studies the applicability of artificial grass snake shelters on Marken. Noorhollands Dagblad wrote an article about this research.

Horny moth smells his chance of sex

The newspaper Noordhollands Dagblad interviewed Prof. Astrid Groot and asked her how she became a researcher that studies the sex life of moths. In this article Astrid explains the importance and approach of her research.

Bird mortality by wind farms on NH Nieuws

The regional news provider Noord Hollands Nieuws pays attention to the large grant that Judy Shamoun-Baranes and Willem Bouten received for their research on bird behaviour and the reduction of bird mortality due to wind farms.

Mammoth research in Discover Magazine

The American popular science magazine Discover Magazine published an article about mammoths, including research of Bas van about the eating habits of the extinct animals.

Gerard Muijzer author of most cited paper in Microbiology

Folia wrote an article about the most cited paper in Microbiology, written by Gerard Muijzer.

Media attention for PhD research Judith Westveer

Various professional media paid attention to the PhD research of Judith Westveer, who successfully defended her thesis on 4 December. She shows that small water creatures are unable to recover recovered streams. As a result, the ecological recovery of the streams is going very slowly.

Importance of soil fungi and mushrooms

Elly Morriën explained about the importance of soil fungi for plant roots in the TV programme De grote tuinverbouwing on SBS6. 

Nuclear energy very last resort

IBED researcher Marc Davidson published an opinion paper in Volkskrant, stating that the use of nuclear energy may have become inevitable, but only as a very last resort of a climate policy in which all other options have been reasonably exhausted.

Pioneering on the Marker Wadden

The Marker Wadden Restoration project focuses on the restoration of one of the largest freshwater lakes in Western Europe and offers great possibilities for ecological research. IBED researchers Harm van der Geest en Arie Vonk tell in Bionieuws about their weekly field work during which they analyse a fixed transect in Lake Marken in order to study relation between water quality, algae and plant growth and the rest of the food web. The local newspaper Nieuw Volendam reports about their recent study with surprising results: the sludge water of Lake Markermeer is actually full of life, similar to the type of life we know from the open ocean

The time bomb under our coral

Petra Visser, Mark Vermeij and Bas van Beusekomperformed research during the NICO expedition off the coast of Curaçao and Bonaire together with colleagues from other research institutes. Focus was there to make a documentary about the coral reefs and the threats corals have to cope with.

Coral Q&A with Dr Jasper de Goeij

Part of AXA Oceans Education, Coral Live features live broadcasting from the world’s marine hotspots to classes internationally. Each Coral Live event is underpinned by lesson plans, multimedia resources, 360VR tools and background subject knowledge. Jasper de Goeij was a guest in one of the life streams during their visit to the CARMABI Research Station. 

Molar reveals giant deer's diet

A 42.500 year old molar of the extinct giant deer has been found in sandy deposits of the North Sea. The molar contained remains of sage. NRC and radio show Vroege Vogels interviewed paleoecologist Bas van Geel and asked him how sure we can be that these remains reveal information about the dietary preferences of the giant deer. 

Wastewater-based tracing op doping use

Prof. Pim de Voogt explains in Nieuwsuur how doping use during sport events can be traced in wastewater.

Nobel prize winner Nordhaus increases global warming problem

Winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize for Economics, William Nordhaus, stated that benefits of climate policy rarely outweigh the costs. Currently Nordhaus plees for a globall CO2 tax. Marc Davidson, researcher at IBED, states in an opinion paper in NRC that executing the 'optimal plan' of Nordhaus will cause the global temperature to increase with 3 degrees. 

Sexual preference of moths

Last month, Astrid Groot gave her oration and she is now officially professor Evolutionary and Population Biology. The radio show Vroege Vogels interviewed her about her research on the sexual preference of moths.

Coral Sex Could Help Rebuild Reefs

An article in the Atlantic Magazine on the research of former IBED PhD candidate Valeria Chamberland an researcher Mark Vermeij explaining how sexual reproduction can help to restore coral reefs.

Rain radar for birds

How can a 'rain radar for birds' protect the animals from wind turbines? De Volkskrant published an interview with researcher Judy Shamoun-Baranes about the development of a bird migration model at IBED.

Climate-proof infrastructure investments 

PhD candidate Sietze Norder published an opinion article in Trouw in which he plees for an infrastructure investment strategy that takes into account climate change. 

Field edges basis for 'hunters'

In addition to stimulating biodiversity and beautifying the landscape, a field edge can be functional as a basis for natural enemies of pest insects. Researcher Paul van Rijn explains more about the importance of field edges in relation to biological control in an online publsihed interview. 

Radio portret Katja Peijnenburg - Plankton

Vroege Vogels made a radio portret of Katja Peijnenburg, who works as a researcher at IBED and Naturalis. As a child, Katja Peijnenburg was already watching crabs and snails at the beach. That love for sea animals has always remained. She now works as an evolutionary biologist and has studied zooplankton for more than twenty years. Especially sea butterflies as they say a lot about the acidification of the oceans.

Why are deep sea sponges so fascinating?

Sponge researcher Jasper de Goeij explains why sponges are so important for the functioning of coral reefs and other ecosystems. 

Stress caused by underwater noise

IBED researcher Fleur Visser tells on the website Kennislink about her whale and dolphin research in the Azoren.

Cyanobacterial blooms | Blauwalgen

Many bathing waters in the Netherlands are currently being threatened by, possibly toxic, cyanobacterial blooms. Petra Visser and her team are currently treating several lakes with hydrogen peroxide to suppress cyanobacterial blooms. NPO Radio 1 interviewed her while working at the Oosterduinse meer and Folia visited the research team while treating de Zoetermeerse Plas.

Predictive bird migration model

Numerous birds are killed by wind mill parks. Willem Bouten was on NOS news to tell more about the bird migration predication model that is currently being developed by his research group. Such a model could help to predict when large numbers of birds will approach wind mill parks, so that wind mills can be temporarily shut down. 

Studying dolphins on the Azores

Fleur Visser is studying dolphins around the Azores. She was visited by a reporter from the radio show Vroege Vogels while she was tagging dolphins to learn more about the underwater life of dolphins.

Where are all the pinguins?

The largest colony of king penguins has shrunk by 90%! To find out how that can happen NPO radio 1 called with IBED PhD candidate Sietze Norder.

Bathing water more often contaminated with cyanobacteria

Petra Visser gave her expert vision to on the increase of cyanobacteria in bathing water due to the ongoing heat. 

Why your dog does not have to eat fruit

With his new book 'Waarom je hond geen fruit hoeft eten' Ken Kraaijeveld wants to make knowledge about DNA accessible to everyone. In the radio show Vroege Vogels he tells more about his book and gives examples of how DNA research affects different aspects of our life.

Mangabey monkey makes complicated choices

Karline Janmaat en Bryndan van Pinxteren talked in the radio show Vroege Vogels about their research on the special foraging behaviour of Mangabey monkeys: they feed on the nut cracking remains of Chimpansees. However, this is not without danger...

More wasps compared to previous years

Biologist Hans Breeuwer explains in Hart van Nederland why we have more wasps this year compared to previous years. 


Is the earth a kind of Noah's Ark that can only carry a maximum number of living beings? Are we actually already with too much or are we just scaring each other with ill-conceived doom scenarios? The TV programme 'Het Filisofisch Kwintet' discusses overpopulation and one of the guests at the table is IBED lecturer Marc Davidson. 

Rare Manta Ray nurserary discovered

Marine biologist Mark Vermij in KIJK Magazine abou the discovery of a nurserary for Manta Rays.

Great Barrier Reef has "died" five times already

Mark Vermeij in KIJK Magazine about the question whether the Great Barrier Reef is more resilient than we think. 

40 years of solving crimes

Prof. Ate Kloosterman, professor by special appointment of Forensic Biology, retired to the position of emeritus. In Parool he tells about 40 years of solving crimes.

Bullet needed for less herbivores

An opinion paper by André de Roos and Peter van Tienderen in NRC about the new nature manegement plan for the Oostvaardersplassen.

Bird migration prediction model should save birds from wind turbines

IBED researchers are involved in developing a bird migration prediction model that can be used to reduce the number birds killed by wind turbines. Willem Bouten explains more about this line of research in the TV programme 'Monitor'.

Gulls in the city

Gulls are increasingly causing nuisance in Dutch cities. IBED researcher Judy Shamoun-Baranes explains in AD Haagse Courant why gulls move to the cities and that the presence of gulls can also be seen as usefull.

Research grant for Hal Caswell

IBED reseacher Hal Caswell appeared in Folia since he received for the second time the Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (ERC).

Waste-water based tracing of drug use

Pim de Voogt, professor of Chemical-Biological Interactions in Aquatic Ecosystems at UvA, appeared in several media to talk about waste-water based tracing of cocaine, xtc and doping use. 

Lessons from the past

Jan Sevink, emeritus professor in Physical Geography, in the Volkskrant and radio show Vroege Vogels about the lessons we can learn from paleoecological research with respect to current nature management in the Netherlands.  

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 departed from Texel in December 2017. Also a number of UvA researchers and students join this expedition and talked about their research with the media.

Kingfisher on UvA Science Park

On UvA Science Park it is possible to spot the kingfisher. Jan van Arkel, digital illustrator at IBED, was very lucky to make some beautiful pictures of this birds and was interviewed by UvA medium Folia.

Water, too few and too many

Researcher Emiel van Loon talks on Radio Swammerdam about the interaction between water infrastructure and animals in the Netherlands. For example, musk rats dig corridors in our dykes, but this same dike also has a lot of influence on the life of other residents in the environment. 

Sowing method to restore damaged coral

Various media payed attention to a new method of IBED PhD candidate Valérie Chamberland and reserach Mark Vermeij to restore damaged coral reefs.