Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research


Monday 18 October 2021
Inaugural lecture Jan-Berend Stuut 21 October 2021 | 'Desert dust plays a major role in our climate'
"It is an insulating blanket, a reflective sunscreen and it also feeds the algae in the oceans with nutrients; dust from the desert plays a much bigger role in our climate than many people realize." This is what NIOZ researcher Professor Jan-Berend…
Monday 18 October 2021
New subspecies of bar-tailed godwit officially recognized
As of today there are no longer just five subspecies of bar-tailed godwits, but six. In the latest issue of the ornithological journal Ibis, a new subspecies is described by an international team of biologists. “Limosa lapponica yamalensis has a…
Thursday 14 October 2021
In memory of Alex Cofino | In Memoriam Alex Cofino
On Sunday evening 10 October 2021, we received the very sad news of the totally unexpected death of our highly esteemed colleague Alex Cofino, head of the NIOZ-National Marine Research Facilities (NMF). Because of his warm, open personality,…
Thursday 14 October 2021
Cordgrass invasion threatens the world’s most stunning saltmarshes
A new study by an international team of conservation biologists demonstrates that the performance of even well-managed Protected Areas can be severely undermined by exotic species invasions. Their findings are published in the leading scientific…
Wednesday 06 October 2021
Climate change tipping points: back to the drawing table
We regularly hear warnings that climate change may lead to ‘tipping points’: irreversible situations where savanna can quickly change into desert, or the warm gulf stream current can simply stop flowing. These cautions often refer to spatial patterns…
Monday 04 October 2021
The colonization of the Azores began 700 years prior to Portuguese arrival
The human occupation of the Azores Islands in the Atlantic Ocean began 700 years earlier than the onset of Portuguese settlement of the island, which as historical documents indicate, was in the 14th century. This is the main conclusion of new…
Thursday 30 September 2021
Utrecht University and NIOZ join forces in eleven more joint research projects
Eleven research pairs from Utrecht University (UU) and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) have been awarded grants to carry out joint research into the functioning of coastal seas and oceans. In 2020, thirteen previous pairs…
Tuesday 28 September 2021
European fishing communities face their own specific climate risks
Of all European fisheries and coastal communities, the ones in the UK and the Eastern Mediterranean have the highest risk of being affected by climate change. Marine researchers working in Denmark, the UK and the Netherlands published the outcomes of…
Thursday 23 September 2021
New, innovative equipment for national marine research
Under the leadership of the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), a large consortium of national marine research and education institutes has been focusing, over the past few years, on the now necessary replacement of the national…
Monday 20 September 2021
Inaugural lecture Jan van Gils 21 September 2021 | ‘Climate change leads to shortage of males’
The Arctic is the region with the fastest change in climate. This has drastic consequences for a migratory bird like the knot, NIOZ-ecologist Jan van Gils explains in his inaugural lecture as honorary professor ‘Global Change Ecology of Migrant…