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Results: 1 - 20 of 262
Results: 1 - 20 of 262
  • Carina Hoorn receives 'Van Waterschoot van der Gracht Award'
    11 Oct 2021
    ‘Carina Hoorn is convincing biologists to consider geology in their hypothesis development, and convincing geologists that biology and molecular phylogeny has much to offer to their discipline.’ At 30 September ...
  • Iris Pit receives Rubicon grant from NWO
    7 Oct 2021
    European rivers contain mixtures of synthetic chemicals from waste water discharges but the effect of synthetic chemicals on biodiversity is unknown. In this project, Pit will investigate whether and which chemicals ...
  • Study shows the impacts of deforestation and forest burning on biodiversity in the Amazon
    13 Sep 2021
    A new study, co-authored by a team of researchers including Crystal McMichael of the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics of the Amsterdam University provides the first quantitative assessment of how ...
  • Long-distance relationships for endangered corals
    8 Sep 2021
    Flash-frozen sperm collected from corals in Florida and Puerto Rico was used to fertilize coral eggs from hundreds of kilometres away in Curaçao. The technique could be used as a conservation tool by introducing ...
  • International volunteer team brings portable sequencing platform for SARS-CoV-2 monitoring to developing countries
    30 Aug 2021
    Genomic sequencing, rare in low-income countries, identifies and tracks variants of the virus that cause COVID-19. Variant tracking enables local governments and hospitals to make better-informed decisions to lower ...
  • Landslide disaster risk in the Kivu Rift is linked to deforestation and population growth
    26 Aug 2021
    New research shows how deforestation and population growth have greatly impacted landslide risk in the Kivu Rift. This is what an international team of researchers established from an analysis of six decades of ...
  • Green fracking fluids are not environmentally friendly alternatives
    25 Aug 2021
    There is much public and scientific concern about environmental and human health effects as a result of hydraulic fracturing activities and related contamination. There are greener fracking fluids available intended ...
  • Nitrogen is equally well retained in new as in aged ecosystems
    18 Aug 2021
    Human activity has led to an enormous increase in the amount of reactive nitrogen in the biosphere. Ecosystems are exposed to greater amounts of nitrogen. Nitrogen retention is an important function of natural and ...
  • New carbon off-set start-up takes biodiversity into account
    12 Aug 2021
    A new climate tech start-up Koobi Carbon, founded by IBED scientist Dr James Allan, is fighting climate change and species extinctions by offsetting carbon footprints in a way that conserves biodiversity and ...
  • Testing the dilution effect hypothesis
    11 Aug 2021
    Ever since its emergence the Dilution Effect Hypothesis is a promising idea supporting more biodiversity for the purpose of holding back diseases. ‘But it we cannot regard it as a universal emerging property of ...
  • Geert Timmermans appointed as Honorary Fellow
    26 Jul 2021
    Geert Timmermans (1956), urban ecologist with the municipality of Amsterdam, has been appointed Honorary Fellow at the UvA Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics. Geert Timmermans is the first Honorary ...
  • NWO-Vidi grants worth €800,000 for 13 UvA researchers
    14 Jul 2021
    The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded Vidi grants worth €800,000 each to 13 experienced researchers from the UvA and the Amsterdam UMC, location AMC. The grants will enable them to develop their own innovative ...
  • Photo: Manuel de la Riva
    Winds and geography shape zigzag migration of Eleonora’s falcons between Canary Islands and Madagascar
    13 Jul 2021
    To reach their winter homes in Madagascar from their breeding grounds in the Canary Islands - and vice versa - Eleonora's falcons don’t take the shortest route, instead they zigzag across the width of Africa. This is ...
  • The UvA Honorary Medallion
    UvA kicks off first Medallion Day with six awards
    25 Jun 2021
    The UvA has started a new tradition: the annual Medallion Day. On this day each year, the UvA will award Honorary Medallions to individuals who have made a special contribution to the university. At the first ...
  • Pesticides do not reduce arthropod pest densities when natural enemies are present
    24 Jun 2021
    When natural enemies of arthropod pests of crops are present, pesticide applications often do not result in a decrease of average pest densities. This is the main conclusion of a new study by UvA biologists Arne ...
  • Emily Burdfield-Steel
    Pokémon and a love of evolution
    23 Jun 2021
    As a child, Satoshi Tajiri could often be found in the countryside around Tokyo. He felt more at home there than in the hustle and bustle of the Japanese metropolis. Among the trees, Tajiri hunted for insects, which ...
  • Opening ‘The Fungal Wall’ in Micropia
    21 Jun 2021
    Wednesday June 16 the major piece of art ‘The Fungal Wall’, made by artist Lizan Freijsen was opened in the only microbial ‘zoo’ in the world, namely Micropia in Amsterdam. The artwork was made in close collaboration ...
  • 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 ...