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Research Showcase of IBED

Get a quick impression of the varied research of the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) in our Research Showcase.

Unravelling the mystery of the reef

The mystery of the reef: where does all the stored energy in the earth’s most productive ecosystem go? IBED researcher Jasper de Goeij found the answer during his doctoral research, a discovery that launched his scientific career with a flying start.

Biofuels, sustainability and biodiversity

Are biofuels a sustainable alternative for fossil fuels? IBED's Prof. Lucas Reijnders and co-authors critically examined the impact of biofuel production in Southeast Asia on biodiversity and CO2 reduction. They concluded that when biodiversity loss and CO2 release associated with land use change are entered in the equation, biofuels are often unsustainable.

In an interview held upon publication of the study in 2009, Prof. Reijnders and UvA University Professor Louise Fresco explain its global implications.

The surface of the Earth: where old school meets new school

Earth scientist Harry Seijmonsbergen of the research department Theoretical and Computational Ecology has a genuine love of landscapes. Both his research and lectures successfully combine classic fieldwork with the latest computer technologies, such as GIS and Remote Sensing.

From pizza box to polar bear: contaminants are everywhere

‘Where does a substance end up if I throw it in the canal?' Pim de Voogt points at the window of his office on the Nieuwe Achtergracht. ‘How much of it will end up in the air, how much will end up in the fish?

Crime Scene Investigations - Amsterdam

Forensic DNA expert Ate Kloosterman has been a researcher with the Nederlands Forensisch Intituut (NFI) [the Netherlands Forensic Institute] for years and is the expert in the area of DNA profiling. Since recently he has, as a professor by special appointment at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, been teaching University of Amsterdam Master's students the tricks of his exciting trade.

What's in a name? or how 15 plant species got the name 'Cleefii'

Prof. dr. Antoine Cleef was awarded the ‘Orden de San Carlos' for his research on biodiversity in Columbia and for his contribution to education in that country. He spent many years carrying out research on the Columbian páramos, grasslands high up in the Andes Mountains. He discovered about three hundred new plants, fifteen of which have meanwhile been named after him and now bear the name Cleefii.

How hot summer days have us singing the algae blues

When the weather is hot and there is little wind, what better way to cool down than to go swimming in one of the many Dutch lakes. Unfortunately, humans aren't the only oneswho like our open waters under these circumstances. Biologist Jolanda Verspagen of the IBED research department Freshwater and Marine Ecology investigates how we can prevent blooms of blue-green algae from ruining a nice summer day at the lakes.