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).
In het Geobrief newsletter of december 2019, Kenneth Rijsdijk and Harry Seijmonsbergen about geodiversity, the importance of geodiversity, and the growing recognistion of that importance.
At the celebration of the UvA's 388th Dies Natalis, two researchers, including Johan Rockström, received their honorary doctorate. Rockström received the honorary doctorate for his pioneering scientific contributions in the area of global sustainability, and for his research into planetary boundaries in particular.
Newsmedia refer to research by IBED researchers Judy Shamoun-Baranes and Willem Bouten that show that fireworks disturb milions of birds every year.
NPO radio program Vroege Vogels interviewed marine biologist Fleur Visser (IBED/NIOZ) about her research on the size of whales and how they got to grow that big.
Bionieuws has written about Annemarie van Wezel, professor Ecotoxicology and director of IBED after her inaugeral lecture. The popular scientific website Kennislink has also used her knowledge in an article on PFAS.
Biologist Ciska Overbeek defended her thesis on the growth of peat this month. The Noordhollands Dagblad writes about her research. Her supervisor Harm van der Geest (UvA-IBED) also contributed to the article.
In NPO's Kennis van Nu TV-special Petra Visser, Associate Professor of Algal Ecophysiology at IBED, tells about her research on benthic cyanobacterial mats on coral reef ecosystems. For this research samples are collected in the ocean around Curaçao and Easter Island.
IBED researcher Fleur Visser explains why baleenwhales are so big in the Volkskrant
IBED biologists Harm van der Geest en Arie Vonk explain why fonteinkruid belongs in the Markermeer in the Noordhollands Dagblad.
IBED researcher Jasper de Goeij contributed to research on sponges featured in the New York Times
In the Volkskrant of december 7, Annemarie van Wezel responds to news about cyanide dumping by Tata steel.
Professor Annemarie van Wezel responds to the PFAS problems in an online article on NOS.NL
New PFAS-norms have given the building industry room to breath, but the new norms don't give cause for more or less concerns about PFAS than before, Annemarie van Wezel comments in NRC.
Annemarie van Wezel comments on the new Dutch PFAS-norms on the NOS radio show 'het oog op morgen' and explains why there is still uncertainty about PFAS and its associated safety norms.
Apart from through scientific publications IBED-reseaercher Verena Schoepf also regularly communicates her research to the general public. She recently featured in German and Austrian media. She was interviewed about her research on reef-building corals and how they are affected by climate and environmental change, in Bild der Frau (Die Frau, die ein Paradies retten wil) and Die Presse (Wo die Korallen aus dem Wasser schauen).
Annemarie van Wezel has given an interview about PFAS on BNR radio. She explains why these compounds are problematic and why it is neccessary to remove them from our environment. Do you want to learn more about PFAS? Find the link to the interview below.
IBED Scientists are set to do research on nitrogencompounds emitted by dairy production. The research is funded by the Mesdag-zuivelfonds, an organisation that represents diary producers. Annemarie van Wezel elaborates on the goal and methods of the research at IBED on NPO 1 radio.
The new crisis for building projects: PFAS. But, what are PFAS? And why are they suddenly a problem? Annemarie van Wezel explains the current PFAS problems in an interview with the NRC.
What do we know about the evolution and eventual extinction of the Dodo on Mauritius? Kenneth Rijsdijk, researcher at IBED, about the research that has taught us more about the history of this special bird.
In an episode of BNRs wetenschap vandaag IBED professor Franciska de Vries explains why rainworms are important and what climates these prefer - and why climate change may influence their distribution in the future.
PFAS (fluor compounds) in our drinking water and our environment. In an article on fluor pollution Annemarie van Wezel tells about PFAS in our drinking water.
There is a new product on the dairy aisle, Kefir. Teun Boekhout van IBED tells about the microorganisms that form Kefir in an episode of de Keuringsdienst van Waarde.
Sietze Norder, guest-researcher at IBED’s Theoretical and Computation Ecology department, was one of the speakers at a very varied lecture evening of De Balie TV about birds-of-paradise (Parotia) on New Guinea. Sietze is an island biogeographer and conducts research into patterns of biodiversity on islands. In his lecture he explains what makes the island so special that it produced the bird-of-paradise.
Both Dagblad van het Noorden and Omroep Groningen had a news item about research done by IBED into the impact that wind farms in Eemshaven have on birds and other animals. Eemshaven lies in an important migration route of birds and bats. The research, lead by Prof. Willem Bouten, must show how temporary wind turbine shutdowns can be planned in such a way that the number of animal victims is limited as much as possible.
On October 4, Gerard Oostermeijer was a guest on the TV program Buitengewoon on Omroep Gelderland. Here he talked about the IBED-Science4Nature project on the threatened Silene baccifera (Besanjelier).
The newspaper Noord-Hollands Dagblad featured a story on school kids from various European countries who participated in an excursion to Lake Markermeer. Titus Rombouts taught them on the dangers of plastic waste for the environment.
In the radio programme Wetenschap Vandaag (Science Today) at BNR Nieuwsradio, Valérie explained the results of her research on Curaçao on survival strategies of corals.
Increasing contamination, sea level rise and drought may effect the future quality of Dutch drinking water. Annemarie van Wezel, professor Environmental Ecology and director of IBED, answers questions about this in Het Parool.
On 11 September Emeritus Professor Pim de Voogt commented in NOS news broadcasts about drugs dumping.
PFAS-chemicals like PFOS and GenX have been found in drinking water sources. Annemarie van Wezel, professor Environmental Ecology, comments on this.
Assistant Professor Crystal McMichael and Postdoctoral Researcher Yoshi Maezumi are featured in a National Geographic article about the fires in the Amazon, and the importance of paleoecology in understanding those fires.
The research done by IBED in this field is also mentioned in an article on Atlas Obscura.
Karline Janmaat was interviewed live on radio NPO 1 Bureau Buitenland about her study on primate and human behaviour in the rain forest.
On World Mosquito Day, Parool called with IBED special chair Piet Verdonschot to ask him everything about mosquitos.
Reserchers from New Zealand studied a kauri tree stump in a New Zealand forest that still contains living tissue as it is connected to one or more of the kauri trees around it, probably via its roots.Franciska de Vries responds to this exciting research news on the website of Forestry South Africa.
A nice snack of cattail? The 'cattail', often found along the water and in swamps, was on the menu of residents of prehistoric China seven to eight thousand years ago. Folia published an interview about a new study by by IBED researcher Bas van Geel.
Boris Jansen, associate professor at IBED, was in the Peruvian mountains for a week and a half with students from the MSc programme Earth Sciences. He talked to Folia about the field course that he supervised there.
IBED researcher Karline Janmaat investigated the sense of direction of wild chimpanzees and the BaYaka people in Congo. "Far too often cognition is examined in a laboratory." NRC wrote a background article about two of her recent publications.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan want a maximum of two children to minimize their impact on climate change. Their statement provokes a lot of discussion, but do they have a point? Marc Davidson argues that they do, as having a child has a huge effect on green house gas emissions.
Professor aquatic microbial ecology Jef Huisman explains in Het Parool that micro-organisms play a crucial role in both the production and capute of green house gasses. The algae in the sea absorb CO2, but there are also plenty of microbes that produce greenhouse gases. Bacteria in a cow's stomach produce for instance methane.
For many scientists, the summer is the ideal time to do fieldwork. Folia spoke to IBED PhD candidate Dominique Narain-Ford. This summer she takes samples of groundwater, soil water, soil and plants in Haaksbergen.
Is evolution a process that we can predict based on general principles? IBED researchers Meike Wortel and Ken Kraaijeveld study microscopic worms to get a better grip on the (un)predictability of evolution. NEMO Kennislink published an interview with both researchers and asked them whether we can predict evolution and what kind of information is needed for that.
Several online media reported about a new publication of IBED Professor Earth Surface Science Franciska de Vries in the New Phytologist, on how plants under drought stress can promote the activity of micro-organisms with the probable effect of releasing more nutrients and promoting their own growth.
Aquatic microbiologist Jef Huisman (IBED) talks with BNR Radio about problems caused by algae on beaches and other places. The interview starts a few seconds after the start of the broadcast in the link.
Marine biologist Katja Peijnenburg is one of the experts in the fourth episode of television programme De Toren about the the deep sea. Ninety-nine percent of the world's habitat consists of water. Therefore we must call our earth Planet water, according to plankton researcher Katja Peijnenburg.
A fresh dip in the water can have nasty consequences: irritations to the eyes or skin, stomach and intestinal complaints and sometimes even serious health problems. These are all consequences if you come into contact with cyanobacteria (a.k.a. blue-green algae). How does this bacterium end up in our bathing water every year? KRO-NCRV spoke to Jef Huisman, IBED professor of Aquatic Microbiology.
Thomas ter Laak recorded a video in collaboration with the Universiteit van Nederland about drug waste dumpings. The video was published on the website of AD, and the website of het Parool as part of an extensive article on drug issues with Minister Grapperhaus.
To gain more insight into the evolution of herbivorous attack strategies, it is necessary to understand their pros and cons within the context of the environment in which they are applied. Bram Knegt, who successfully defended his thesis on Wednesday 26 June, describes the advantages and disadvantages of a recently discovered attack strategy, namely the suppression of plant defense, for the spider mite Tetranychus evansi.
An international group of leading microbiologists, including UvA professor Jef Huisman, have issued a warning that climate change will have a major impact on microorganisms with cascading effects on ecosystems, agriculture and human health. The research was highlighted on the website of Mondiaal Nieuws.
We have been fighting against it for centuries, but how is the quality of our surface water now and how can it be improved? IBED PhD candidate Milo de Baat was interviewed by on Radio Swammerdam about his research into improving water quality measurement. How do we test the quality of surface water? And what political and social motives are behind this?
There are already sustainable coffins, as well as natural urns. Now there is also a 'mushroom suit' that ensures that your body decays durably. IBED director Annemarie van Wezel comments in NRC whether harmful substances from the body can in this way end up in the environment.
Last week Judy Shamoun Baranes was one of the guests in the Big Bird Show in De Balie, organised by de Volkskrant. In this talkshow Judy explained about her research on gull flight behavior. The show (in Dutch) can be viewed via the belowstanding link (starting at 1:01).
Drug production is still a huge problem for many municipalities. Thomas van der Laak shows in a movie on 'NOS op 3' how he is able to trace drug waste via the sewage.
Coral reefs are full of life while surrounded by nutrient-poor water. An international research team thinks it has solved Darwin's paradox. IBED researcher Jasper de Goeij comments on the study in de Volkskrant.
IBED researcher Judy Shamoun-Baranes was interviewed by the Volkskrant about the individual behavior of (European herring) gulls.
Ecologist Jasper de Goeij reacts in Trouw to new research into the food chains of coral reefs.
This year it is exactly 30 years ago that the beaver returned to the Netherlands. Bart Nolet, special chair at IBED and researcher at NIOO, followed the beavers in the Biesbosch after their release. He joins the film crew of Vroege Vogels while spotting beavers in nature reserve the Biesbosch.
Newspapers Parool and De Brug joined UvA students and IBED researcher Rob Kroes while tagging fish at the Oranjesluizen (Orange locks). In this way they study fish migration between Lake Markermeer and the North Sea Canal.
Criminals discharge drug waste partly through the sewer to get rid of it invisibly. KWR/IBED researcher Thomas ter Laak explains more about the research that has been done in the regio of Eindhoven.
Bas van Geel was one of the guests in the radio show of Radio Swammerdam about hay fever. He explains what type of information can be retrieved from pollen of million years old.
Serge Wich, special chair Conservation of the Great Apes at IBED, comments in the popular scientific magazine KIJK on research that shows how Bonobo mothers actively intervene to ensure that their sons become fathers.
A team of experts, including Annemarie van Wezel, professor Environmental Ecology and director of IBED, comments on the use of the Oeauo-waterfilter in Trouw.
Annemarie van Wezel explains in de Volkskrant about the vulnerability of water to years of pollution and responds to the claim that one drop of oil can make a drinking water source unusable for a hundred years.
IBED special chair Prof. Linda Amaral-Zettler studies marine plastic. She explains in The Telegraph about the impact of our plastic waste on the planet.
IBED Scientific Director Annemarie van Wezel responds on the chemistry and life science platform C2W to a recent article by HIMS researcher Chris Slootweg, in which he formulates 12 principles for circular chemistry.
Every two weeks an employee, student, director, teacher or professor talks with Folia about his or her workplace. This week: Joséphine Blaazer (26), PhD candidate at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics. She studies how we can make plants resistant to mites.
Most species undergo metamorphosis, but scientists aren’t sure why the process evolved. Hanna ten Brink, who did her PhD at IBED and works together with IBED professor André de Roos, explains a new theory in The New York Times: metamorphosis gives animals greater access to food.
How do scientists come to that one insight that determines the course of their entire career? This is the main question addressed in the weekly Eureka section in newspaper AD, and published on the website of the New Scientist. This week: evolutionary biologist Katja Peijnenburg who works both Naturalis Biodiveristy Center and IBED.
In February, Folia joined one of the weekly fieldwork trips to the Markermeer on board of the IBED research vessel Dreissena. During this trip they spoke with Harm van der Geest, Arie Vonk and Titus Rombouts. On their website you can read the full story and watch a video showing the measurements that are done on board of the RV Dreissena.
Thomas ter Laak appeared in several media to tell more about the analyses of waste water in the cities Amsterdam, Utrecht and Eindhoven. Again, these analyses show that the use of cocaine and MDMA has increased.
What role play flower-rich field margins in agriculture? And do these flower strips enhance biodiversity? These were some of the central questions of a two-year collaborative research programme that involved farmers, agronomists, conservationists and IBED researcher Paul van Rijn that was published on Nature Today.
Phys.org and AgriHolland report about a new study by a group of IBED researchers on a minor gentic change that can create unattractive female moths.
Peter Roessingh published a letter in NRC to comment on an article on about climate change, in which Frits Bolkestein stated that he never read a convincing story about climate change.
Serge Wich, professor by special appointment of Conservation of the Great Apes, is asked by KIJK to comment on a recent study in Science on the human impact on chimpanzee behavioral diversity. Wich emphasizes that it is important to preserve the cultural diversity of chimpanzees.
De Volkskrant writes about the use of modern technology in trapping poachers. Professor Serge Wich, professor by special appointment of Conservation of the Great Apes, gives comments. He himself uses drones for his research on Great Apes.
Computational ecologist Prof. Willem Bouten responds in The Scientist on a study that links bird movement to tidal currents. He argues that that seabirds could provide a wealth of additional information on ocean currents for oceanographers.
Folia and Haarlems Dagblad report about the Chimpanzee research in the difficult-to-access areas of Eastern Congo poses, that involved IBED researcher Peter Roessingh.
Environmental philosopher Marc Davidson is interviewed by Folia and Metro about climate policy, and tells whether a moral revolution is needed to combat climate change. And what are the similarities between climate change, emancipation and abolition of slavery?
Misuse of pesticides can pose risks to the environment and health, but in practice the rules for pesticide use are poorly observed. Annemarie van Wezel, professor Environmental Ecology, explains on NPO Radio 1 about the consequences.
Climate change could change microbial life in the oceans in such a way that the color of water will change. IBED professor Jef Huisman explains in science and techonlogy magazine KIJK about the mechanisms behind this potential effect of changing climate conditions.
On 29 March ends the British membership of the European Union. Folia asked British UvA employees, among whom IBED researcher William Gosling, how they experience the Brexit and how this will impact science.
For a long time arrow worms were elusive for evolutionary biologists. A article, co-authored by Katja Peijnenburg, now describes the genetic basis of the arrow worms and is highlighted by NRC.
Chemical drug waste is often dumped in the sewage, as it is effective and relatively invisible. Thomas ter Laak, researcher at KWR and associate professor at IBED, explains in newspaper de Gelderlander what the consequences are for the environment.
Can special laundry machine filters prevent micro plastics to end up in the environment? Annemarie van Wezel, professor Environmental Ecology and director of IBED, comments on this technology in Trouw.