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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).

The life story of a spoonbill called Sinagote

The book Sinagote tells the life story of a spoonbill called Sinagote and the importance of looking, thinking and acting beyond our national borders when protecting our migratory birds.

Radar counts birds above Artis

In Artis Zoo, on the edge of the elephant enclosure, an advanced radar has recently been installed that counts the birds, insects and bats that are flying over day in, day out, 24/7. "Because the device also looks at the wing beat, it even sees the difference between, say, a gull and a duck," explains IBED Professor Judy Shamoun-Baranes on Vroege Vogels Radio.

Laser scanning data provide insight into butterfly microhabitats

Airborne laser scanning creates high-resolution 3D images of the landscape. IBED researchers Szófia Koma and Daniel Kissling in collaboration with the Dutch Butterfly Conservation used these data to study the habitat preferences of butterflies. They found that the structure of the vegetation determines the occurrence of butterflies. Even the habitats of small invertebrates can be studied in this way. This work was featured in Nature Today.

The elephants of Artis have a new neighbor: the bird radar

Since last week, every bird that moves above Artis has been recorded by a white box next to the elephants. IBED Professor Judy SHamoun-Baranes explains how they are using this bird radar to gain insight into biodiversity as part of the national biodiversity monitoring project ARISE. 

Scientists excited about rare peat layer from the ice age in construction pit

Scientists, including IBED emeritus professor Jan Sevink, have come across a layer of peat from the ice age in Lage Vuursche, estimated to date from 13-14 thousand years ago. This rare find gives a picture of the vegetation during a short warmer period, which came to an abrupt end and was followed by a very cold phase in the latter part of the ice age. 

Franciska de Vries in the Leeuwarder Courant about the importance of climate change in the elections

How important is the theme of climate change in the upcoming elections? And which party is best to vote for if you find this theme important too? The Leeuwarder Courant submitted these questions to the scientists of their Climate Panel, including IBED professor Franciska de Vries.

How a bird of prey can prevent the construction of a wind turbine 'in your backyard'

Wind turbines and birds are not a good combination: birds are at risk due to generating renewable energy.  On the Veluwe the protected status of the honey buzzard has put the arrival of dozens of wind turbines on hold. IBED professor Willem Bouten explains in a web article of Pointer (KRO-NCRV) that with a good understanding of the behavior of birds, the right measures can be taken at the right time to prevent bird casualties.

Climate change: Sea butterflies already struggle in acidifying Southern Ocean

SciTechDaily reports about a new publication of Naturalis and IBED researchers Katja Peijnenburg, Lisette Mekkes and colleagues. The study shows that sea butterflies experience difficulties in building their shells in today’s Southern Ocean. This will become even more difficult in the upcoming decades.

Jasper de Goeij talks about sponge research in Vroege Vogels

IBED reseacher Jasper de Goeij talks on the radio show Vroege Vogels about his research on sponges: an animal that is the oldest from of multicellularity and shows remarkable similarities with our intestinal system. During the interview Jasper explains how sponges can dine in a marine dessert and tells about the importance of sponges for coral reefs. 

Bird ringing of great importance: 'Human actions have an effect on animals'

Ringing herring and black-backed gulls is important to keep track of the colonies. IBED reseracher Roos Kentie tells about her research on NH nieuws: 'We conduct research with the aim of mapping changes in the environment and their effect on populations.'

Visualizing the process of digestion in the oldest known animal-microbe symbiosis

Phys.org reports about a new study of IBED researchers Meggie Hudspith, Jasper de Goeij and Gerard Muyzer, in which they have been able to visualize for the first time how tropical sponges and their symbiotic bacteria work together to consume and recycle organic food.

Will the marbled crayfish become the next successful invasive crayfish?

Researchers from Naturalis and IBED special chair Wetland Restoration Ecology Piet Verdonschot have recorded the characteristics of the various species of crayfish found in the Netherlands. Based on their analysis, they expect that the marbled crayfish could become a successful invasive species.

BioJournaal about the call to iclude soils in international agreements on the protection of biodiversity

A group of international biologists, including IBED professor Franciska de Vries, urges in the scientific journal Science not to forget the soil and soil life in international agreements on the protection of biodiversity. Soil protection currently plays a marginal role in international treaties, while healthy soils are essential for the health of the rest of the ecosystem. Professional medium BioJournaal took over the call.

PhD candidate Lisette Mekkes on 'Nieuws en Co' Radio 1

IBED & Naturalis PhD candidate Lisette Mekkes explains on radio 'Nieuws en Co' about her newest publication on the adaptability of pteropods to changing ocean conditions like acidification. She performed her research on board of a large research vessel along the United States West Coast.

How rock flour should restore nature that is affected by nitrogen deposition

Vulnerable nature reserves have become very acidic due to many years of nitrogen deposition. Rockflour seems to be a promising way to do something about this. IBED emeritus professor Jan Sevink explains in Pointer Radio (NPO Radio 1) that more research is needed before rock flour can be used on large scales to restore nature. 

The mandrills in Artis are up to date

Do monkeys have a sense of time? Yes, according to research with mandrills in Artis. Trouw published an article on the research of Artis professor of cognitive behavioral ecology and UvA researcher Karline Janmaat and her student Kavel Ozturk, in which they found that mandrills can keep track of how many days have passed in order to allow them to be the first to gather the food.

Money for coral and climate research

The newspaper Antilliaans Dagblad reports out the the Caribbean Research program of the Dutch Research Council (NWO), that allocated 7 million euros to study corals and climate change. IBED professor of Tropical Marine Ecology Mark Vermeij is one of the research leaders.