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Results: 1 - 20 of 237
  • 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 ...
  • Six million euros for consortium research on reuse of wastewater
    11 Mar 2021
    The research programme AquaConnect is to receive 4 million euros from the NWO Perspective programme and 2 million euros from companies and societal organisations. AquaConnect focuses on reusing wastewater and ...
  • Sea butterflies already struggle in acidifying Southern Ocean
    4 Mar 2021
    Due to increasing concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide, the Southern Ocean will acidify in the upcoming few decades. This will affect shell growth in sea butterflies, useful biological indicators of ocean ...
  • How sponges dine in a marine desert
    23 Feb 2021
    Marine biologists have been able to visualize for the first time how tropical sponges and their symbiotic bacteria work together to consume and recycle organic food. The research led by Meggie Hudspith and Jasper de ...
  • Will the marbled crayfish become the next successful invasive crayfish?
    18 Feb 2021
    Ecologists expect that the marbled crayfish could become a successful invasive species in the Netherlands. This it the main outcome of a new scientific publication in Scientific Reports by researchers from University ...
  • Pteropods produce thinner shells in more acidified and colder waters
    28 Jan 2021
    Shelled pteropods, tiny free-swimming sea snails, are widely regarded as indicators for ocean acidification because their fragile shells are vulnerable to increasing ocean acidity. A team of Dutch and American ...
  • Eutrophication turns aquatic omnivores into vegetarians
    21 Jan 2021
    The feeding behaviour of several invertebrate animals in aquatic food webs is drastically changed by increasing inputs of nitrogen and phosphorus into surface waters. This is demonstrated in a new study by ...
  • Earthworms are the architects of the soil. They mix the soil layers, form a network of burrows essential for soil water, air, and nutrient dynamics, and decompose dead material.
    Biologists plead in Science: Include the protection of soil in international biodiversity strategies
    15 Jan 2021
    A quarter of all known species live in the soil. Life above ground depends on the soil and its countless inhabitants. Yet, global strategies to protect biodiversity have so far paid little attention to this habitat. ...
  • Large grant for UvA research in Caribbean
    7 Jan 2021
    During the annual consultation with the Caribbean part of the Kingdom, Ingrid van Engelshoven, the Minister of Education, Culture and Science, has announced that more than 7 million euros has been awarded to two ...