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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 ...