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Results: 1 - 20 of 245
  • Primate ecology and evolution shaped by two most consumed plant families
    15 Jun 2021
    By analysing the relative proportion of different plant parts consumed by primates, researchers suggest that primates may be intricately and subtly shaped by two key families of plants: Moraceae and Fabaceae. The ...
  • Indigenous peoples were stewards of the Western Amazon
    8 Jun 2021
    Researchers have found new evidence that prehistoric indigenous peoples did not significantly alter large swaths of forest ecosystems in the western Amazon, effectively preserving large areas of rainforests. The new ...
  • Newly discovered African ‘climate seesaw’ drove human evolution
    31 May 2021
    A scientific consortium has found that ancient El Niño-like weather patterns were the primary drivers of environmental change in sub-Saharan Africa over the last 620 thousand years – the critical timeframe for the ...
  • Differences between juveniles and adults determine resilience of complex ecological communities
    31 May 2021
    A new study shows that differences between juvenile and adult individuals are crucial for the stability of complex ecological communities. These findings, now published in the scientific journal Proceeding of the ...
  • John van Boxel elected Lecturer of the Year at the Faculty of Science
    25 May 2021
    Lecturer of Biology John van Boxel has been named Faculty of Science Lecturer of the Year. This was announced during 'UvA Hours of Education'. Van Boxel received the most votes within the Faculty of Science and was ...
  • Unprecedented rates of vegetation change since 4000 years before present
    21 May 2021
    Vegetation naturally changes over time but sometimes these changes occur more rapidly and for an extended period because of climate, humans, or both. A new study published in Science by researchers from the ...
  • DSC Awards Funding for Data-Driven Research at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics
    18 May 2021
    Through the Accelerate Programme, the UvA Data Science Centre (DSC) has awarded funding for six proposals at the Faculty of Science. Within the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), this is to ...
  • How moths find their flame
    14 May 2021
    The mysteries of sexual attraction just became a little less mysterious – at least for moths. Biologists have discovered the gene controlling the mating preference of male European corn borer moths for the female sex ...
  • Tracking biodiversity from space
    13 May 2021
    An international expert group published a priority list of biodiversity metrics that can be observed from space. These measurements have high potential to improve the direct monitoring of biodiversity from ...
  • Time running out to save coral reefs
    10 May 2021
    The window of opportunity to save the world’s coral reefs is still open but time is running out. A new study by an international group of scientists, including UvA marine biologists Dr Verena Schoepf and Niklas ...
  • 3D vegetation structure in wetlands revealed by airborne laser scanning
    10 May 2021
    Researchers of the UvA Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics have been able to quantify the 3D ecosystem structure of wetlands by using airborne laser scanning data and comparing these to actual field ...
  • Indigenous population collapsed in Americas centuries before Europeans arrived
    30 Apr 2021
    While it was long thought that the largest population decrease in the Americas was caused by European colonialism, new research presented in the journal Science shows that a major population collapse of indigenous ...
  • Laser scanning data provide insight into butterfly microhabitats
    22 Apr 2021
    Airborne laser scanning creates high-resolution 3D images of the landscape. Researchers from the University of Amsterdam and the Dutch Butterfly Conservation used these data to study the habitat preferences of ...
  • UvA and Staatsbosbeheer join forces to study grazing in the Oostvaardersplassen
    19 Apr 2021
    On 19 April professor Annemarie van Wezel, director of the University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), signed a cooperation agreement with Staatsbosbeheer in the context of the ...
  • Changes to European meteorological data policies threaten aerial biodiversity monitoring
    15 Apr 2021
    A group of international scientists, including UvA professor Judy Shamoun-Baranes, warns that changes to European meteorological data policies threaten biodiversity monitoring as they make vital data unavailable. In ...
  • Travel reveals the mind
    15 Apr 2021
    A large set of observations of the travel paths of wild primates provides new opportunities for in-depth insights in the evolution of the mental abilities that primates, including ourselves, use to know where and ...
  • The life story of a spoonbill called Sinagote
    13 Apr 2021
    This week a book was published by Theunis Piersma, Willem Bouten, Carl Zuhorn and Petra de Goeij, in which the life story of a spoonbill called Sinagote is being told.
  • Matched sampling of squid environmental DNA (eDNA) in the foraging zones of Risso’s dolphins (left) and Cuvier’s beaked whales (right). Hunting zones, and depths of sampling locations, are determined through recording of the foraging behaviour of two species, using non-invasive sound and movement recording tags. Graphic: Visser et al., Science Advances 2021; 7: eabf5908 GEOMAR, C. Kersten
    Whales dive deep for profitable prey
    31 Mar 2021
    An international research team has investigated why dolphins and whales perform record-breaking dives to several kilometres deep. For the first time they were able to match hunting behaviour to the prey present in ...
  • Measuring bird migration above ARTIS as part of a demonstration site
    26 Mar 2021
    Researchers of the University of Amsterdam have installed a BirdScan radar at the elephant enclosure in ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo to record bird migration. This BirdScan radar is part of the first site of the ...
  • Airborne laser scanning reveals habitat features of wetland birds
    23 Mar 2021
    By making use of country-wide airborne laser scanning, researchers of the UvA Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics were able to show that three closely related warbler species separate their breeding ...