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Results: 1 - 20 of 398
  • A multi-million grant to investigate the biological clock in our modern day society
    26 Nov 2020
    Dutch researchers are joining forces with a series of societal partners to conduct research into how to keep our biological clock healthy in the modern 24-hour society. The BioClock consortium will receive a research ...
  • Foto: Laurence Garczarek (Biologisch Station van Roscoff).
    Molecular vibrations of water predict global distributions of photosynthetic organisms in lakes and oceans
    9 Nov 2020
    Why have cyanobacteria and algae evolved a wide variety of photosynthetic pigments, and how are these pigments distributed geographically? Scientists from the University of Amsterdam and Roscoff (France) give an ...
  • The DNA of Life at its Limits
    9 Nov 2020
    Scientists have unraveled the complete genome of the tomato russet mite, which is considered one of the smallest animals on our planet and known as a destructive agricultural pest. The genome is the smallest reported ...
  • Veni grants for 25 UvA and Amsterdam UMC researchers
    5 Nov 2020
    No fewer than 25 researchers from the UvA and Amsterdam UMC have been awarded Veni grants from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The grants amount to a maximum of 250,000 euros per project. ...
  • NWO Vidi grants for 10 experienced UvA and Amsterdam UMC researchers
    4 Nov 2020
    The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded Vidi grants to ten researchers from the UvA and the Academic Medical Center (AMC-UvA, part of Amsterdam UMC). The recipients are: Camiel Boon, ...
  • Methodology published for quality improvement in genetic database
    26 Oct 2020
    Scientists, including Biological Sciences alumnus Thijs van den Burg, have published a standard method for checking the quality of data in the global genetic database, GenBank. Using amphibians as a case study, they ...
  • Natuurmonumenten and University of Amsterdam investigate effects of chronic drought on nature
    26 Oct 2020
    We have now had three dry summers in a row, the consequences of which were very clear: brown grass, trees dying or dropping their leaves far too early, dead heather and forbs with curled leaves. What is the effect of ...
  • Climate change causing irreversible shifts in unique Asian ecosystem
    9 Oct 2020
    Thirty-four million years ago, sudden climate change caused ecological breakdown in Central Asia. Deserts spread across the lowlands, and biological diversity was permanently affected. These are the findings by an ...
  • Willem Renema appointed professor by special appointment of Marine Palaeobiodiversity
    7 Oct 2020
    Dr Willem Renema (1972) has been appointed professor by special appointment of Marine Palaeobiodiversity at the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The chair was designated on behalf of the ...
  • Extinction of mammals affects the future of tropical palms
    29 Sep 2020
    The loss of large mammalian frugivores as seed dispersers in tropical ecosystems will have severe consequences for many rainforest plants. This is the conclusion from a study using empirical data and simulations of ...
  • Ocean's canaries have survived previous perturbations in the Earth's carbon cycle
    25 Sep 2020
    Pteropods, abundant aragonitic calcifying plankton, are the equivalent of "canaries in the coal mine" for our acidifying oceans. Their sensitivity to high CO2 levels and limited fossil record has led to the widely ...
  • Solution to water shortage
    24 Sep 2020
    Globally, there is an imbalance between water availability and water demand. The main cause of this mismatch is agricultural irrigation, which accounts for about 70% of freshwater withdrawal. At the same time, ...
  • UvA-onderzoeker Peter Roessingh beschrijft op basis van een twaalf jaar durende studie, een nieuw gedragstype van de Oostelijke chimpansee in the Bili-Uéré regio in het Noorden van de Democratische Republiek Congo.
    Humans have eroded 2 million km2 of wilderness since 2000
    22 Sep 2020
    New research reveals that 2 million km2 of intact wildlife habitat has been lost since 2000. The international research team, including biologist James Allan from the University of Amsterdam, mapped areas across ...
  • What we can learn from bird behavior
    17 Sep 2020
    Why do some animals easily adapt to humans and why do other animals suffer when humans invade their habitat? IBED professor Judy Shamoun-Baranes is immensely fascinated by birds and their behavior, especially bird ...
  • Dams in the upper Mekong river transform nutrient release downstream
    17 Sep 2020
    Hydropower is the world’s largest source of energy generation. It is commonly assumed that hydropower reservoirs retain nutrients, and this nutrient reduction significantly reduces primary productivity, fishery ...
  • Only 10 percent of world’s protected nature areas are connected, threatening biodiversity
    11 Sep 2020
    Protected nature areas are essential for conserving the earth’s biodiversity. But having isolated protected areas isn’t enough; to really maintain biodiversity, it is essential that these areas are also connected. A ...
  • Mark Vermeij appointed professor of Tropical Marine Ecology
    13 Aug 2020
    Dr Mark Vermeij (1973) has been appointed professor of Tropical Marine Ecology at the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam (UvA).
  • Unique species in island-like systems
    5 Aug 2020
    Mountains and islands both host a high number of unique species. When seen from above, mountains can look like archipelagos of islands in a low-elevation sea. This parallel has sparked the thought that the isolated ...
  • Judy Shamoun-Baranes appointed Professor of Animal Movement Ecology
    24 Jul 2020
    Dr Judy Shamoun-Baranes (1969) has been appointed Professor of Animal Movement Ecology at the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Science.
  • Why are offspring of older mothers less able to live long and prosper?
    6 Jul 2020
    The offspring of older mothers don’t fare as well as those of younger mothers, in humans and many other species. They aren’t as healthy, or they don’t live as long, or they have fewer offspring themselves. A ...