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  • 23 Apr 2019
    Wet and dry tropical forests show opposite pathways in forest recovery

    The composition of regrowing wet and dry tropical forests follow opposite pathways while these forests are growing older. This has large consequences for forest restoration initiatives. The findings of a new study ...

  • 15 Apr 2019
    Animals important for historical long-distance dispersal of tropical fruits

    The evolution of tropical fruit traits associated with long-distance dispersal by mammals or birds, has contributed to the disjunct tropical biogeographical distribution of rain forest plants. This is the main ...

  • 9 Apr 2019
    Research Daniel Kissling highlighted in Nature editorial

    A recent editorial published in Nature Ecology & Evolution discusses the development and policy relevance of essential biodiversity variables and highlights a recent publication by IBED researcher Daniel Kissling on ...

  • 8 Apr 2019
    Three UvA researchers receive Rubicon Grant

    The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Rubicon Grant to UvA researchers Amanda Burson, Gilles de Hollander and Eftychia Stamkou. The grant will allow them to conduct research at a ...

  • 4 Apr 2019
    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 peculiar organism is dubbed ‘corallicolid’ because it is found in 70% of corals around the ...

  • 18 Mar 2019
    Millennial-scale effects of human disturbance on tropical forests

    How do human disturbances and climate change affected tropical forests? An international research team, including ecologists from the University of Amsterdam, has looked into the 7000 year history of a tropical ...

  • 13 Mar 2019
    Minor genetic change creates unattractive female moths

    Many animals use sex pheromones to attract potential mates. A group of evolutionary biologists from the UvA Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology have now ...

  • 6 Mar 2019
    Assessing biodiversity via environmental DNA

    Environmental DNA is a new method to detect species presence and relative abundance through the collection of environmental samples like air, soil and water, rather than organisms itself. As assessment of ...

  • 4 Mar 2019
    NWO-TTW grant for biological control research of thrips pests in ornamental crops

    Pesticides often have negative environmental side effects, and there is therefore an increasing demand for alternative, environmental-friendly methods such as biological control. A project led by IBED researcher Arne ...

  • 28 Feb 2019
    Ten researchers to conduct research at UvA with Marie Curie Fellowship

    Ten talented researchers have been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to conduct research at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The awarded projects include research on public support for ...

  • 25 Feb 2019
    New chimpanzee culture discovered

    Different cultures, different habits and different behavioural patterns – this applies not only to humans but also to chimpanzees, one of our two closest living relatives. A team of researchers, which includes UvA ...

  • 25 Feb 2019
    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. The chair was established on behalf of NIOZ Royal Netherlands ...

  • 11 Feb 2019
    Video on landscape restoration in East-Africa nominated for incentive award

    Safi Graauw, a Master's student in Earth Sciences, has made a documentary on the positive effects of tree planting on the East African landscape. The video ‘Seeds of Change’ depicts the progress made in reforestation ...

  • 4 Feb 2019
    Research shows importance flower strips for agriculture

    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, ...

  • 14 Jan 2019
    Hal Caswell wins Distinguished Lorentz Fellowship

    Ecologist Hal Caswell of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) has been awarded the Distinguished Lorentz Fellowship 2019/20 for his research on mathematical models of population dynamics. “The models we currently use ...

  • 10 Jan 2019
    FameLab: Pitch your research!

    Are you a PhD student or postdoc, between 21 - 40 years old, and would you like to learn how to explain your research to a general public ... in just three minutes? Join FameLab!

  • 9 Jan 2019
    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 ...

  • 11 Dec 2018
    Saskia Hogenhout, professor by special appointment of Molecular Plant-Microbe-Insect Interactions

    Prof. S.A. Hogenhout (1969) has been named professor by special appointment of Molecular Plant-Microbe-Insect Interactions at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Science. This chair was established on ...

  • 10 Dec 2018
    Ten principles to improve biodiversity informatics

    There is a high need for up-to-date, reliable and comparable biodiversity data to efficiently manage global biodiversity. An international group of biodiversity researchers, including researchers of the UvA Institute ...

  • 5 Dec 2018
    Historical climate important for soil responses to future climate change

    Researchers of the University of Amsterdam, in collaboration with colleagues from the Lund University in Sweden, examined how 18 years drought affected billions of vital bacteria hidden in the soil beneath our feet. ...

  • 28 Nov 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 ...

  • 28 Nov 2018
    Amber Woutersen wins East-West Seed Graduation prize for Plant Sciences

    Amber Woutersen, graduate of the MSc Biological Sciences at the UvA, is the winner of this year’s East-West Seed Graduation prize for Plant Sciences. On Monday she received the young-talent graduation prize, worth ...

  • 27 Nov 2018
    1.2 million for project to limit bird mortality by wind farms

    In the transition to sustainable energy, the Dutch government is strongly committed to building wind farms at sea. But these wind parks are not completely environmentally friendly: every year probably thousands of ...

  • 21 Nov 2018
    Franciska de Vries, professor of Earth Surface Science

    Dr F.T. de Vries (1978) has been appointed professor of Earth Surface Science at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Science.

  • 21 Nov 2018
    How far do we have to travel back in time to trace the origins of present-day biodiversity patterns?

    The biodiversity patterns on volcanic oceanic islands that we see today have been shaped by the way island group were arranged during long-term sea levels fluctuations in the distant past. This is the conclusion from ...

  • 12 Nov 2018
    Retiring Prof. Pim de Voogt: ‘Shift from non-polar to polar environmental chemicals was truly exciting’

    For over 25 years Prof. Pim de Voogt has worked at the UvA. He has served as professor by special appointment of Chemistry of (Emerging) Water Contaminants at the UvA's Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem ...

  • 12 Nov 2018
    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 ...

  • 31 Oct 2018
    ‘Dead turbid water’ Lake Markermeer full of life

    Lake Markermeer is a large and important nature reserve in the centre of the Netherlands. Already for a while the ecological state of the lake is declining, which has consequences for important functions as ...

  • 22 Oct 2018
    Annemarie van Wezel new scientific director IBED

    We are happy to announce that Prof. Annemarie van Wezel will be appointed director of the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) and professor Environmental Ecology, starting 1 January 2019. As our ...

  • 8 Oct 2018
    Molar of extinct giant deer reveals dietary preferences

    The molar of an extinct giant deer, found in sandy deposits of the North Sea, revealed important information that can help to understand why several large herbivores went extinct at the end of the last Ice Age. By ...

  • 2 Oct 2018
    Mountain building creates biodiversity

    Mountains are among the most biodiverse places on Earth, but scientists have struggled to fully understand why they are so important in creating high species richness. An international research team, including four ...

  • 17 Sep 2018
    Measuring species traits for biodiversity policy goals

    Management of global biodiversity requires up-to-date, reliable and comparable biodiversity data. The concept of Essential Biodiversity Variables has previously been introduced to allow monitoring the global state of ...

  • 31 Aug 2018
    Prehistoric changes in vegetation help predict future of earth's ecosytems

    As the last ice age came to an end and the planet warmed, the Earth’s vegetation changed dramatically. The current warming from climate change may drive an equally dramatic change in vegetation within the next 100 to ...

  • 8 Aug 2018
    Sky Islands: a time travel in the Andes Mountains

    In South America you can find a species rich alpine tundra ecosystem called páramos. These ecosystems are restricted to the mountain tops of the Northern Andes, forming isolated ‘sky islands’. During the last 3 ...

  • 25 Jul 2018
    From Cradle to Grave: Model Identifies Factors that Shaped Evolution

    Understanding the many factors that have played into shaping the biodiversity within Earth’s ecosystems can be daunting. In a major step to that end, an international team of researchers built a computer simulation ...

  • 20 Jul 2018
    Mangabey monkeys profit from nut-cracking skills of chimpanzees

    Mangabey monkeys exhibit peculiar foraging behaviour by scavenging on the energy-rich remnants of nuts cracked by chimpanzees and red river hogs. This allows them to obtain the inside of nuts, which they would not ...

  • 19 Jul 2018
    Climate warming speeds up migration of barnacle goose

    Climate warming is most rapid in the Arctic and the general notion is that migratory birds have to arrive earlier on the Arctic breeding grounds to let their chicks benefit from the earlier start of spring. A recent ...

  • 17 Jul 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. One possible result of reduced ocean mixing is that nutrients, which act ...

  • 16 Jul 2018
    Ecosystem shows resilience to prolonged human modification

    Nineteenth century explorers who visited the cloud forests of the Ecuadorian Andes regularly referred to the landscape as a ‘pristine’ wilderness. What they were, in fact, observing was the recovery on an environment ...

  • 9 Jul 2018
    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 ...

  • 26 Jun 2018
    Amazon River impacted eutrophication of Atlantic Ocean

    In the past, the Amazon exerted a major influence on the eutrophication in the westernmost equatorial portion of the Atlantic Ocean. This is the conclusion of an international research team coordinated by the ...

  • 11 Jun 2018
    Biggest palm fruits increasingly disappear from rainforests

    In some parts of the world palm trees with very large fruits have adapted to global change, whereas in other parts they seem to have gone extinct. These are findings from a new study by Renske Onstein and Daniel ...

  • 4 Jun 2018
    Professor Rolf Bak receives prestigious ISRS Award for coral research

    The International Society for Reef Science (ISRS) has announced that Professor Rolf Bak has been awarded an Eminence in Research Award in recognition for the exceptional research that he has conducted over the course ...

  • 18 May 2018
    Researchers discover new male variant of bulb mite

    The bulb mite (Rhizoglyphus robini) is a common pest of numerous crops. Male bulb mites display one of two reproductive tactics and are classified as ‘fighters’ and ‘scramblers’. Biologists from the University of ...

  • 8 May 2018
    ABC grant to study social learning

    An interdisciplinary team of UvA scientists received an ABC project grant from the Amsterdam Brain and Cognition centre to study the causes and consequences of social learning. One of the researchers involved is ...

  • 7 May 2018
    UvA alumni win international Sustainability Challenge

    UvA Earth Sciences alumni made it to the finals of DigitalGlobe's international GBDX for Sustainability Challenge. Their winning project, Global Green City Watch, makes it possible to monitor the quality of green ...

  • 10 Apr 2018
    ERC Advanced Grants awarded to Hal Caswell and Dennis Rodgers

    The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded prestigious Advanced Grants to UvA professors Hal Caswell and Dennis Rodgers. The grants, totalling 1.2 million euros and 2.5 million euros respectively, are awarded on ...

  • 27 Mar 2018
    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 ...

  • 13 Mar 2018
    Frank Nack is Faculty of Science's Lecturer of the Year 2018

    Frank Nack, lecturer and programme director in the Master's programme Information Studies, has been named the faculty winner of the Lecturer of the Year election by Faculty of Science students. John van Boxel and Leo ...

  • 13 Mar 2018
    Successful international workshop on species interaction EBVs

    On 26-28 February 2018, an international workshop was organized to foster the global cooperation of biodiversity research infrastructures and biodiversity scientists. The workshop was focused on species interactions ...

  • 6 Mar 2018
    Eight researchers to conduct research at UvA with Marie Curie Fellowship

    Eight talented researchers have been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to conduct research at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The awarded projects include research on border control within the ...

  • 2 Mar 2018
    Lessons from the past: new insights into nature management

    Recent research in nature reserve Laarder Wasmeren, close to Hilversum, has led to new insights with regard to the use of large herbivores in nature management in the Netherlands. Physical geographers and ...

  • 13 Feb 2018
    UvA alumni develop application for monitoring green spaces in urban areas

    Four UvA Earth Sciences alumni made it to the finals of DigitalGlobe's international GBDX for Sustainability Challenge. In the final round they are up against students from, among others, Oxford and Duke. For their ...

  • 16 Jan 2018
    Study of behaviour muskrats, coypus and beavers kicks off

    In a new study just launched by a number of Dutch district water boards and knowledge institutions, a team of scientists including statistical ecologist Emiel van Loon of the UvA Institute for Biodiversity and ...

  • 3 Jan 2018
    Sowing corals

    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 ...

  • 22 Dec 2017
    Unattractive female moths can benefit from proximity to attractive ones

    Female moths that are unattractive can increase their chances of attracting a mate by emitting their sex pheromones in close proximity to attractive females, according to research from the University of Amsterdam and ...

  • 19 Dec 2017
    Astrid Groot, professor of Population and Evolutionary Biology

    Dr A.T. Groot has been appointed professor of Population and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Amsterdam's (UvA) Faculty of Science.

  • 12 Dec 2017
    UvA 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, UvA researchers and students will join the national multidisciplinary expedition Netherlands Initiative ...

  • 5 Dec 2017
    IBED, Amsterdam Green Campus and municipality of Amsterdam sign collaboration agreement

    The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, Amsterdam Green Campus and the municipality of Amsterdam signed a collaboration agreement. The agreement confirms the shared intention to develop new knowledge ...

  • 5 Dec 2017
    Lecturer in the Spotlight: Petra Visser

    Petra Visser studies cyanobacteria in fresh and salt water. As coordinator of the Master’s programme in Freshwater and Marine Biology (Biological Sciences), she is closely involved in the teaching and supervision of ...

  • 30 Nov 2017
    Decision model brings rapid trace DNA analysis closer to the crime scene

    Rapid and mobile DNA analysis can speed up the investigation at the crime scene, but also has its risks. A new decision model can help the police and the Public Prosecution Service (OM) to determine whether or not to ...

  • 29 Nov 2017
    Polar bear blogs reveal dangerous gap between climate-change facts and opinions

    Climate-change discussions on social media are very influential. A new study in BioScience published by an international and multidisciplinary team researchers, among which UvA researcher Peter Roessingh, shows that ...

  • 21 Nov 2017
    Lustrum symposium Physical Geography

    On 16 November there was a lustrum symposium in café Oerknal to celebrate the 80th birthday of Physical Geography at UvA, as well as the 25th birthday of the corresponding study association GAOS and alumni ...

  • 21 Nov 2017
    Gemini wind farm and UvA: fundamental research into the black-backed gull

    Luuk Folkerts from Gemini Offshore Wind Park is responsible for monitoring the environmental effects of the wind farm. He works together with the Theoretical and Computational Ecology at UvA-IBED to do fundamental ...

  • 21 Nov 2017
    Studying the chemistry of light-induced degradation

    A multidisciplinary research team coordinated by Maarten van Bommel (UvA) has been awarded a NWO grant to develop a 'Toolbox for studying the Chemistry Of Light-induced Degradation'. The so-called 'TooCOLD' project ...

  • 17 Nov 2017
    Vacancy: Postdoctoral researcher in Global Ecology

    We have a job opening for a 3-year Postdoctoral researcher in global ecology at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The person will be responsible for conducting high-quality research on global ecology, ...

  • 9 Nov 2017
    Review award for Steven Droge

    Steven Droge, researcher at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (UvA), received the Excellence in Review Award 2017 of the scientific journal Environmental Science & Technology. The prize is in ...

  • 2 Nov 2017
    Researchers describe new great ape species: the Tapanuli orangutan

    An international team of researchers, which includes UvA primatologist Serge Wich and biologists (and UvA alumni) Gabriella Frederiksson and Erik Meijaard, has just described a new great ape species: the Tapanuli ...

  • 23 Oct 2017
    Fruit-eating increases biodiversity

    By dispersing the seeds of plants, fruit-eating animals contribute to the possibility of increased plant speciation and thus biodiversity. These are the findings of a new study led by Renske E. Onstein and W. Daniel ...

  • 13 Oct 2017
    Molecular diversity of coral reefs illuminated

    An international research team, including UvA-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 ...

  • 6 Oct 2017
    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 professors Jef Huisman and Gerard Muyzer of the ...

  • 3 Oct 2017
    Carina Hoorn speaker at the prestigious Staringlezing 2017

    Carina Hoorn will be this year the speaker at the prestigious Staringlezing. The annual Staring lecture is organized by the KNGMG .

  • 25 Sep 2017
    Microbial retinal pigments important for optogenetics

    A new paper co-authored by an international team of scientists, among them UvA PhD candidate Charlotte Vavourakis, shows how the team expressed microbial retinal pigments called xenorhodopsins in various model ...

  • 25 Sep 2017
    Harry Seijmonsbergen landscape winner in BMC Image Competition

    A photograph made by Harry Seijmonsbergen, assistant professor at the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), is selected as winner in the Landscape Ecology and Ecosystems section in the BMC Image ...

  • 19 Sep 2017
    NWO funding for interdisciplinary 'Origins of Life' research

    The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) bestowed a funding of 2.5 million euros upon the interdisciplinary research proposal 'Origin of Life'. This research proposal addresses questions in the ...

  • 14 Sep 2017
    Greetings from… Gaolifang, China

    UvA scientists can be found everywhere: from the lab at Roeterseiland to the North Pole and from Jordan to the United States. Or, like Ke Gao, in Gaolifang, China. Ke Gao is a PhD candidate at the Institute for ...

  • 14 Sep 2017
    Student presentation prize for Rúna Magnússon

    Rúna Magnússon, UvA alumna of the Master's programme Earth Sciences and technician at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), won the third prize in the students’ presentations competition at ...

  • 11 Sep 2017
    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. ...

  • 1 Sep 2017
    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 ...

  • 1 Sep 2017
    In Memoriam Maayke Stomp

    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 ...

  • 16 Aug 2017
    Measuring global biodiversity change

    A new paper co-authored by a group of international scientists, among them UvA researcher W. Daniel Kissling, shows how Essential Biodiversity Variables can be produced to measure biodiversity change at a global scale.

  • 8 Aug 2017
    Succulents to improve air quality

    This summer, succulents planted on the roof of an Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) building, the Benno Premselahuis, are going to filter out particulate matter in the polluted Wibautstraat. The 50 ...

  • 3 Aug 2017
    Hibernating mites show their true colors

    Molecular-genetic research at the department of Evolutionary and Population Biology of the University of Amsterdam and Ghent University revealed that the two-spotted spider mite used a group of genes from fungi in ...

  • 3 Aug 2017
    Juvenile lesser spotted eagle cannot find migration route to Africa without aid of older birds

    Juvenile eagles need older, experienced birds to travel successfully to Africa. This is the conclusion of a German research team in a study on lesser spotted eagles. University of Amsterdam (UvA) researcher Wouter ...

  • 26 Jul 2017
    Rubicon grant for Masha van der Sande in collaboration with William Gosling

    Ecologist Masha van der Sande has been awarded a Rubicon grant by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), to perform research in close collaboration with paleoecologist William Gosling from the ...

  • 18 Jul 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 ...

  • 3 Jul 2017
    Markermeer research vessel ready to sail

    The R.V. Dreissena, a ship for ecological research in lake Markermeer, is ready to set sail. Researchers and students now have their very own research vessel to carry out safe and well-equipped field trips. On 14 ...

  • 27 Jun 2017
    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 ...

  • 19 Jun 2017
    Master's student Silke van Daalen wins UvA Thesis Prize 2017

    Master's student Silke van Daalen (MSc Biological Sciences) is the winner of this year's UvA Thesis Prize. She won the award for her study of the analysis of demographic patterns in populations of human and non-human ...

  • 6 Jun 2017
    Antarctic krill victim of its own success?

    The fluctuations in the population abundance of Antarctic krill – small, crustaceous animals – are the result of internal self-regulation (i.e. competition for food) and not because of external climatological events, ...

  • 24 May 2017
    Wind blows young migrant birds to all corners of Africa

    Migrant birds that breed in the same area in Europe spread out across all of Africa during the northern winter. A new satellite-tracking study shows that the destination of individual birds is largely determined by ...

  • 10 May 2017
    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 ...

  • 9 May 2017
    To catch a killer: DNA fingerprinting reveals how malaria hides from our immune system

    DNA fingerprinting has revealed how the malaria parasite shuffles genes to create different strains and hide from our immune system. This trick allows the parasite to remain undetected and re-infect the same people, ...

  • 26 Apr 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 & ...

  • 21 Apr 2017
    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 ...

  • 19 Apr 2017
    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.

  • 28 Mar 2017
    Lecturer in the spotlight: Judy Shamoun-Baranes

    Judy Shamoun-Baranes is lecturer in the interdisciplinary Bachelor’s programme Future Planet Studies, for which she also coordinates the first-year course ‘A future perspective for planet Earth’. She is also guest ...

  • 21 Mar 2017
    Amazon River no younger than 9 million years, new study shows

    Researchers from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the University of Brasilia (Brazil) have determined the age of the formation of the Amazon River at 9.4 to 9 million years ago (Ma) with data that convincingly ...

  • 14 Mar 2017
    Presentation of Amsterdam Water Science highlights at NKWK Conference on Water and Climate

    The scientific results of four research projects initiated by Amsterdam Water Science are presented at the NKWK Conference on Water and Climate that will be held on 11 April in Amsterdam.

  • 9 Mar 2017
    KNAW grant for five UvA biologists

    Biologists Martijn Bart, Ineke Knot, Rob Kroes, Gea van der Lee and Benjamin Mueller from the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (UvA) have received a grant from the KNAW Ecology Fund. The grant will ...

  • 28 Feb 2017
    AWS takes part in the third NKWK conference

    The conference is organised by Amsterdam Water Science, Rijkswaterstaat, KNMI and staff Delta Commissaris, in collaboration with NL Engineers / Arcadis, U Twente and TU Delft.

  • 21 Feb 2017
    Harro Bouwmeester, professor of Plant Hormone Biology

    Prof. H.J. Bouwmeester (1960) has been appointed professor of Plant Hormone Biology at the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam (UvA).

  • 17 Feb 2017
    Prestigious Vici grants for four UvA researchers

    The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a prestigious Vici grant worth 1.5 million euros to four researchers from the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The grant will enable the ...

  • 14 Feb 2017
    Environmentally-friendly pest control strategies potentially conflicting

    If used in the wrong combination, environmentally and health-friendly pest control strategies might actually increase crop pest populations. A new European research project, led by UvA researcher Merijn Kant, will ...

  • 9 Feb 2017
    The solution from the skies to save endangered species

    Four hundred years ago Galileo created a revolution by pointing his telescope to the skies. Now an astrophysicist and an ecologist from the University of Amsterdam and Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) are ...

  • 8 Feb 2017
    Soil fungi play important role in nature restoration

    European biologists have discovered that relationships between soil organisms are missing during the first stages of nature restoration in former agricultural soils. Soil fungi play an important role in establishing ...

  • 7 Feb 2017
    Thirteen researchers to visit UvA with Marie Curie Fellowship

    Thirteen promising researchers have received a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to conduct research at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The projects focus, among other things, on the formation of ...

  • 26 Jan 2017
    Three UvA researchers receive Rubicon Grant

    The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Rubicon Grant to UvA researchers Jesús Aguirre Gutiérrez, Marc Heerdink and Annegreet Veldhuis-Vlug. The grant will allow them to conduct ...

  • 23 Jan 2017
    New light shed on how people use palms in South America

    An international team of researchers from the UK, Denmark and Spain together with Associate Professor Daniel Kissling of the University of Amsterdam shed new light on why and how people use palms in South America. ...

  • 18 Jan 2017
    Scientists sound alarm for world’s dwindling primate populations

    A new article co-authored by a group of internationally recognised experts on primate conservation, among them UvA professor Serge Wich, calls for urgent action to protect the world’s dwindling primate populations. ...

  • 6 Jan 2017
    eScience grant for Daniel Kissling

    Associate Professor for Quantitative Biodiversity Science Daniel Kissling of the University of Amsterdam has obtained a grant from the Netherlands eScience Center. The grant will be used to start a project to ...

  • 6 Dec 2016
    Grant for research on contaminated fish

    UvA environmental chemists Steven Droge and Pim de Voogt are rewarded a research grant of €500,000 by CEFIC, the European Chemical Industry Council. The grant is intended for research on fish that is contaminated ...

  • 21 Nov 2016
    Jolanda Verspagen appointed as Assistant professor at IBED

    Dr. Jolanda Verspagen, currently Amsterdam Water Science postdoc, accepted the new Assistant Professorship job offer in the new department of Freshwater and Marine Science / Ecology at IBED. She will start her new ...

  • 3 Nov 2016
    Art meets science in Amsterdam Science #4

    The fourth edition of the popular science magazine Amsterdam Science is out now. This issue explores the interfaces where science and art meet.

  • 11 Oct 2016
    Science Education at UvA-VU: Master’s in Ecology and Evolution

    The Master's programme in Ecology and Evolution offered by VU Amsterdam and the track in Ecology and Evolution, which is part of the UvA Master's programme in Biological Sciences, had so many similarities that both ...

  • 4 Oct 2016
    Choosing a mate: It's the brain, not the nose, that knows

    How does a male moth find the right type of female for mating when there are two similar types luring him with their pheromones? In many species, differences in the antenna used by the male to smell these perfumes ...

  • 29 Sep 2016
    Lizards as slow colonizers

    High numbers of African lizard species are found in areas where their ancestors have entered the continent more than 20 million years ago, which suggests strong dispersal limitations. These are the findings of a new ...

  • 29 Sep 2016
    Persistent and mobile organic compounds a threat to water resources

    A class of newly emerging contaminants, so-called persistent and mobile organic chemicals (PMOCs) are a threat to the quality of water resources. This is what Pim de Voogt, professor of Environmental Chemistry at the ...

  • 22 Sep 2016
    Teun Boekhout, professor of Fungal Functional Diversity

    Dr T. Boekhout (1955) has been named professor by special appointment of CBS Fungal Biodiversity Centre at the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Science. The chair was established on behalf of the Royal ...

  • 16 Sep 2016
    UvA programmes in Biology, Psychobiology and Biological Sciences assessed as ‘good’

    The UvA’s Bachelor’s programmes in Psychobiology and Biology and Master’s programme in Biological Sciences have been assessed as ‘good’ by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). All ...

  • 13 Sep 2016
    ERC Starting Grants for seven UvA researchers

    The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a Starting Grant to seven researchers from the University of Amsterdam (UvA). This individual grant, which is about 1.5 million euros for each project, offers talented ...

  • 13 Sep 2016
    Biology teachers receive doctoral scholarship

    On 12 September 2016 State Secretary of Education, Sander Dekker, awarded Biology Teachers Nienke Wieringa and Rob Kroes a doctoral scholarship.

  • 26 Aug 2016
    Specialist moth takes advantage of defensive compounds in Physalis fruits

    Researchers from the University of Amsterdam and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, including Dr. Astrid Groot (UvA-IBED), found that the specialist moth Heliothis subflexa benefits from the defensive ...

  • 4 Aug 2016
    Toxic blue-green algae adapt to rising CO2

    A common type of blue-green algae is finding it easy to adapt to Earth's rising CO2 levels, meaning blue-green algae – of which there are many toxin-producing varieties – are even more adept at handling changing ...

  • 27 Jul 2016
    Voice control in orangutan gives clues to early human speech

    An adolescent orangutan called Rocky could provide the key to understanding how speech in humans evolved from the time of the ancestral great apes, according to new research.

  • 4 Jul 2016
    Blue-green algae successfully combated with hydrogen peroxide

    The amount of blue-green algae in Lake Oosterduin in the province of South Holland has dramatically declined following an experiment with hydrogen peroxide. It is now safe to swim in the lake once again. The ...

  • 1 Jul 2016
    Lecturer in the Spotlight: Astrid Groot

    Astrid Groot gives lectures and practical training in Evolutionary Biology to second-year students of Biology, Psychobiology and Future Planet Studies. She also set up the Master’s course Current Trends in Evolution. ...

  • 28 Jun 2016
    DNA of Dutch carp under threat

    The crucian carp, the only cyprinid native to the Netherlands, can crossbreed with non-native carp species. That’s one of the things Sebastiaan Rückert, Master’s student at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), ...

  • 28 Jun 2016
    Major steps towards forecasting global biodiversity change

    After two international workshops with world-leading experts, the EU horizon 2020 project GLOBIS-B project, coordinated by Daniel Kissling of the University of Amsterdam, has made a major step towards building ...

  • 21 Jun 2016
    Understanding monument construction through geospatial modeling

    An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Amsterdam and the University of New Hampshire successfully identified spatial and environmental variables of importance to the placement of historical ...

  • 9 Jun 2016
    Pteropod experiments on board of a cruise ship

    Lisette Mekkes is a student of the MSc programme Limnology&Oceanography at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics. To get into marine science has been her dream since she ...

  • 3 Jun 2016
    In Memoriam Remi Laane (1949 - 2016)

    It saddens us to announce the untimely death of prof. dr. Remi Laane a few days ago. Remi Laane was an affiliate professor at IBED, holding a special chair Marine Biogeochemistry supported by DELTARES.

  • 26 May 2016
    Cyanobacteria of Jef Huisman on NPO2

    The outdoor swimming season has arrived again and we have to watch in some places for the dangerous blue-green algae. But there is only a very small part of the blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) family which is toxic. ...

  • 13 May 2016
    Eleven NWO Vidi grants awarded to UvA and AMC-UvA researchers

    Eleven scientists from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Academic Medical Centre (AMC-UvA) will each receive an €800,000 Vidi grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), to develop ...

  • 10 May 2016
    Esscher prize for MSc thesis Frederique Kirkels

    Frederique Kirkels (MSc Earth Sciences, track Geoecological Dynamics) won the Esscher Prize 2015 for the best Dutch Master's thesis in Earth Sciences. She carried out her research on organic carbon as source for CO2 ...

  • 4 May 2016
    In Memoriam Hans Matthijs (1951 - 2016)

    A passionate scientist, inspiring lecturer and beloved colleague has unexpectedly left our midst. Hans Matthijs was a biochemist who was fascinated by cyanobacteria and did ground breaking work on them for almost 40 ...

  • 29 Apr 2016
    Small oil spills affect life in North Sea

    A team of European researchers, including Corina Brussaard of UvA-IBED and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), found that frequent small oil spills have immediate negative effects on life in the ...

  • 25 Apr 2016
    Shifting pollinator distributions

    Insects such as bees and butterflies are important for pollination of wild plants and crops. It is therefore important to understand how climate and land use changes affect pollinators. A study by researchers from ...

  • 19 Apr 2016
    Spider mites paralyze host plants

    Spider mites secrete proteins via their saliva that suppress the natural resistances in their host plants. This was discovered by a group of researchers under supervision of Merijn Kant and Rob Schuurink of the UvA ...

  • 12 Apr 2016
    Diet affects the evolution of birds

    How diet has affected the evolution of the 10,000 bird species in the world is still a mystery to evolutionary biology. A study by Daniel Kissling of the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (UvA) and ...

  • 6 Apr 2016
    Coastal food webs greatly impacted by ecosystem engineers

    A new international study reveals that ecosystem engineers, such as sea-grass, cordgrass and mussels, can create the perfect habitat for themselves and other species, making them an invaluable tool for the ...

  • 22 Mar 2016
    New research says dodo stood proudly upright

    Today, exactly 150 years after the first reconstruction of a dodo skeleton, a new monograph on this giant pigeon which became extinct in the 17th century was published. For the first time ever, the 15th Memoir of the ...

  • 21 Mar 2016
    Viruses able to adapt infection strategy during microbial population booms

    The growth in an ecosystem’s microbial population isn’t necessarily accompanied by a rise in the number of viruses who infect and destroy it, a new study has revealed. The study, published yesterday in Nature, ...

  • 14 Mar 2016
    Major progress on global biodiversity observation system

    Great steps towards the development of a global monitoring system for changes in biodiversity have been made in the EU Horizon 2020 project GLOBIS-B. This breakthrough in global collaboration was achieved during a ...

  • 14 Mar 2016
    Corina Brussaard to become a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology

    Corina Brussaard, professor by special appointment of Viral Ecology at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.

  • 5 Mar 2016
    More Sumatran orangutans than previously thought

    A larger number of Sumatran orangutans live in the wild than previously thought, a new survey has revealed. The research team behind the survey, however, warn that continuing deforestation is likely to reduce their ...

  • 1 Feb 2016
    Researchers successfully breed threatened coral species to full sexual maturity

    Researchers from the University of Amsterdam, SECORE International and the Carmabi Marine Research Station have for the first time successfully raised laboratory-bred colonies of the critically endangered Caribbean ...

  • 26 Jan 2016
    Pim de Voogt in special edition of American Chemical Society

    Research of UvA professor Pim de Voogt and colleagues of the KWR Watercycle Research Institute, the Dutch Ministry of Transport and Waterworks and Wageningen University & Research, is published in a special edition ...

  • 26 Jan 2016
    Large variability in abundance of viruses that infect ocean microorganisms

    Viruses infect more than humans or plants. For microorganisms in the oceans – including those that capture half of the carbon taken out of the atmosphere every day – viruses are a major threat. A recently published ...

  • 18 Jan 2016
    Understanding sexual selection: which sex leads the dance?

    Astrid Groot, associate professor at the UvA Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, received an NWO Earth and Life Sciences open program grant for the research project 'Understanding sexual selection: ...

  • 18 Jan 2016
    Environmental policy causes imbalance in phosphorus and nitrogen levels of the North Sea

    In recent decades, European environmental policy has aimed to improve water quality through the reduction of nitrogen and phosphorus loads in surface waters. The measures taken were much more effective at the removal ...

  • 14 Jan 2016
    NWO–ALW open program grant for Astrid Groot

    Astrid Groot received a NWO–ALW open program grant for the project “Understanding sexual selection: which sex leads the dance when both are signallers?”

  • 12 Jan 2016
    Corals fuel sponge engine in tropical and deep-sea reefs

    In 2013 an international research team, including Jasper de Goeij from the University of Amsterdam's Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, found an answer to Darwin's reef paradox: how one of the world’s ...

  • 5 Jan 2016
    Publication of Crystal McMichael in Proceedings of the Royal Society B

    Comment on Clement et al. 2015 ‘The domestication of Amazonia before European conquest’ was published on 23 December 2015 (authors: C. H. McMichael, D. R. Piperno, M. B. Bush)

  • 5 Jan 2016
    New Year’s Eve fireworks cause mass exodus of birds

    Birds flee to unusual heights on the most noisy night of the year. Judy Shamoun-Baranes, of the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, wrote a blog post about this specific bird’s behaviour on New Year’s ...

  • 22 Dec 2015
    Bart Nolet, professor by special appointment of Waterfowl Movement Ecology

    Dr B.A. Nolet (1961) has been named professor by special appointment of Waterfowl Movement Ecology at the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Science. The chair was established by the Netherlands Institute for ...

  • 9 Nov 2015
    Amsterdam Water Science to hold international water management symposium

    Amsterdam Water Science, a new initiative by the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), will hold its inaugural launch during a two-day water management symposium on 25 and 26 November 2015.

  • 9 Nov 2015
    Launch of website AWS

    Amsterdam Water Science, the new water research collaboration between VU Amsterdam and University of Amsterdam proudly announces the launch of its new website.

  • 15 Oct 2015
    Griffon vultures measure the weather

    Data generated by GPS tracking devices used in the University of Amsterdam (UvA) Bird Tracking System (UvA-BiTS) to study bird behaviour have such a high level of accuracy that they can be used to deduce weather ...

  • 1 Oct 2015
    Coral’s Delayed Reaction to Devastating Effects of an Oil Spill

    Oil spills prevent larvae of Caribbean corals from attaching to the reef bottom well after spills are cleaned up

  • 18 Aug 2015
    Smart Monitoring grant for Piet Verdonschot and Michiel Kraak

    Piet Verdonschot and Michiel Kraak (UvA-IBED) received a grant of €320.000 from the Dutch water boards, united in the STOWA (Foundation for Applied Water Research). The to-be appointed PhD student will focus on the ...

  • 11 Aug 2015
    Jasper de Goeij on BNR Radio

    On Thursday August 13, BNR Radio will broadcast an interview of Jasper de Goeij

  • 1 Aug 2015
    Marc Davidson appointed Endowed Chair at the University of Maastricht

    Marc Davidson has been appointed, per 1 August 2015, Endowed Chair of Philosophy of sustainable development from a humanistic perspective at the International Centre for Integrated assessment and Sustainable ...

  • 1 Jul 2015
    NWO open competition grant for Daniel Kissling

    W. Daniel Kissling (UvA-IBED) received a €230,000 grant from the open competition programme of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), which will be used to fund a 3-year postdoc position. The ...

  • 5 Jun 2015
    Abrupt cooling in Europe

    A new reconstruction of past climate change shows that a warm climate in northern Europe can be hit by a sudden cooling associated with an interruption of the North Atlantic Ocean circulation. An international team ...

  • 4 Jun 2015
    Wastewater analysis – New data multi-city study on drug wastewater analysis released

    New findings of the largest European study on illicit drugs in wastewater analysis will be published today by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) in Lisbon as part of the EMCDDA ...

  • 27 May 2015
    Butterflies in sharp decline

    The diversity of butterflies has changed since 1900. A new study now provides the first inventory underlining the decline of butterflies in Denmark. It shows that twelve species (10% of Danish butterfly species) have ...

  • 25 May 2015
    Nature prefers chaos on the rocks

    Plants and animals in natural ecosystems do not always settle at a stable equilibrium. Researchers from the University of Amsterdam present the first field evidence for chaos among multiple interacting species, based ...

  • 29 Mar 2015
    Heathlands more susceptible to climate change due to landscape management

    Dutch heathlands are a typical ‘cultural landscape’ that cannot exist without landscape management. A new study by a European science team, which included Dr Albert Tietema of the University of Amsterdam, shows how ...

  • 20 Mar 2015
    Marie Curie Fellowships awarded to thirteen UvA researchers

    A Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship has been awarded to thirteen researchers for research projects at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The projects will focus, among other things, on sexual communication between ...

  • 19 Mar 2015
    Rare glimpse into how coral procreates could aid future conservation

    A rare and threatened Caribbean coral species has for the first time been successfully bred and raised in the lab, according to research conducted by researchers of the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem ...

  • 9 Mar 2015
    Neither more food nor better food – still fish biomass increases

    To increase the biomass of fish, contemporary ecological theory predicts that either the amount of food or the quality of the food has to increase. In a recent publication in Nature Communications researchers of Umeå ...

  • 27 Jan 2015
    Bednets and malaria vaccines not always good combination in fight against malaria

    The use of malaria vaccines combined with a bednet can be counter-productive in some cases and can even exacerbate the problem. This follows research carried out by an international team led by Yael Artzy-Randrup ...

  • 22 Jan 2015
    Why are tropical rainforests so diverse?

    Tropical rainforests have the largest number of species on Earth and an astonishing variation of life forms, such as climbing palms. A new study led by Daniel Kissling of the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem ...

  • 19 Jan 2015
    Chasing sea butterflies in one of the World’s largest oceans

    Two months ago Alice Burridge, PhD candidate at Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics and the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre Leiden, joined an international oceanographic expedition across the Atlantic ...

  • 12 Jan 2015
    Orangutan produces human-like sounds

    Orangutans have the ability to produce vowel and consonant-like sounds similar to those of human speech. This is the finding of new research conducted by an international team of scientists, among them researchers ...

  • 9 Jan 2015
    In Memoriam Maurice Sabelis (1950-2015)

    Maurice Sabelis passed away on Wednesday, 7 January 2015, after an illness of two years, during which he remained scientifically active until the last moment.

  • 19 Dec 2014
    NWO and water companies will study environmental risks during shale gas extraction

    The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), together with KWR Watercycle Research Institute, have started a four-year research programme focussing on the environmental risks for water systems during ...

  • 18 Dec 2014
    Students present glacier research to King Willem-Alexander

    Students Darko Radakovic and Rachael Chambers of the master Earth Sciences presented their glacier experiment to the Dutch king Willem-Alexander at the occasion of 50 years of European cooperation in space on 16 ...

  • 18 Dec 2014
    Large water management project funded by NWO-STW

    On 15 December 2015 a large joint project of the ESS group of IBED and the Department of Geoscience and Engineering of TU Delft was funded in the WATER 2014 call of STW – NWO. Within the project lead researchers Timo ...

  • 18 Dec 2014
    Pim de Voogt, professor of Chemico-Biological Interactions in Aquatic Ecosystems

    Dr W.P. de Voogt (1952) has been appointed professor of Chemico-Biological Interactions in Aquatic Ecosystems at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Science.

  • 18 Dec 2014
    Peter de Ruiter, professor of Soil Systems Ecology

    Professor P.C. de Ruiter (1952) has been named professor of Soil Systems Ecology at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Science.

  • 9 Dec 2014
    2014 Jongmans medal awarded to palynologist Dr Bas van Geel

    In recognition of his palaeoecological studies, Dr Bas van Geel was awarded the 2014 Jongmans Medal for excellence in Palaeobotany and Palynology during the opening of the 9th Palynological Conference in Padova.

  • 8 Dec 2014
    TEDx talks by two IBED scientists

    During the 2014 TEDx Amsterdam event on 28 November, two IBED scientist gave a short talk ‘beyong the wall’ in Vondel CS. Dr Judy Shamoun-Baranes talked about ‘Birds on the Move’, while Dr Sebastiaan de Vet went ...

  • 8 Dec 2014
    Micropia: a museum dedicated to the smallest life forms

    The smallest forms of life on Earth are now exhibited in a brand new museum called ‘Micropia’. IBED scientists contributed to the realization of this unique museum, which is affiliated to the Artis Zoo in Amsterdam.

  • 22 Oct 2014
    United they stand: self-organisation makes mussel beds robust

    Natural ecosystems often develop distinct spatial patterns. Research from the University of Amsterdam, the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), the Netherlands Institute of Ecology and the ...

  • 15 Sep 2014
    Ermine moths singular in plant choice

    One species of moth can subsist on a particular plant type, while another can’t. Why? Katja Hora has been exploring the way in which ermine moths choose their host plant and, more in particular, the genetic ...

  • 14 Aug 2014
    Rising CO2 levels will intensify algal blooms across the globe

    Rising CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere will stimulate harmful algal blooms at a global level. This warning is issued by UvA scientists Jolanda Verspagen and Jef Huisman on the basis of new mathematical models, ...

  • 11 Aug 2014
    Lowlands University presents: Ewald Engelen, Frank Linde and Wouter Vansteelant

    Coolpolitics and Lowlands will give a stage to science at Lowlands 2014. At Lowlands University, UvA researchers Ewald Engelen, Frank Linde and Wouter Vansteeland will give lectures on global inequality, the Higgs ...

  • 11 Jul 2014
    Africa’s great apes threatened by growth in oil palm plantations

    The growing demand for palm oil threatens the survival of Africa’s great ape species. This is the conclusion of a continent-wide analysis conducted by an international team of researchers, including Serge Wich, ...

  • 7 Jul 2014
    Future of emperor penguins on thin ice

    By the end of this century, climate change will have cut the worldwide population of emperor penguins to a fraction of what it is today. This finding, which comes out of a study conducted by an international team of ...

  • 3 Jul 2014
    The success of rogue online pharmacies: around two thirds of Viagra may be illegal

    At least two-thirds of the erectile dysfunction drug sildenafil (Viagra) consumed in the Netherlands may be illegal. In a letter published on, a team of researcher including Prof. Pim de Voogt of the ...

  • 22 Jun 2014
    Geodiversity of Alpine geo-ecosystems

    A first comprehensive inventory of the archive function of alpine landforms and the crucial role of geodiversity has been published by researchers from the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) in ...

  • 19 Jun 2014
    Karsten Kalbitz one of most-cited UvA researchers

    Five UvA professors have been listed as the most cited researchers of 2014. Dr. Karsten Kalbitz, professor in Earth Surface Science at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) is one of them.

  • 13 Jun 2014
    Serge Wich, professor by special appointment of Conservation of the Great Apes

    Professor S. Wich (1969) has been appointed professor by special appointment of Conservation of the Great Apes at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Science (FNWI). This special chair has been designated ...

  • 3 Jun 2014
    Conserving the Andean highlands

    A newly published e-book ‘Avances en investigación para la conservación de los páramos andinos’ by CONDESAN bundles recent studies on the Páramo en Jalca ecosystems in Peru and Equador. These studies were executed ...

  • 3 Jun 2014
    Quan-Xing Liu receives 2013 Chinese governmental award

    Researcher Quan-Xing Liu received the ‘2013 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Chinese Students Abroad’. He is currently working as postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Biodiversity and ...

  • 2 Jun 2014
    Frost weathering of volcanic glass can increase health hazards

    Weathering of volcanic glass produces particles that can increase respiratory health hazards and complicate the estimation of volcanic explosivity of volcanoes. These results were recently published in the Bulletin ...

  • 27 May 2014
    Analyses of wastewater detect illicit drug use in 42 European cities

    Wastewaters of 42 European cities have been analysed on an European-wide scale to establish the illicit drug use of their inhabitants. The results of these wastewater analyses were published in the scientific journal ...

  • 20 May 2014
    Two prestigious VIDI fellowships awarded to IBED scientists

    Isabel Smallegange and Merijn Kant, both researchers at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystems Dynamics (IBED), have been awarded a prestigious VIDI fellowship within the Innovational Research Incentives ...