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


Wednesday 16 September 2020
Discovery of microbes with 'mixed skins' sheds new light on early evolution of life
Current research suggests that more complex life-forms, including humans, evolved from a symbiosis event of Bacteria and another single-celled organism known as Archaea. However, evidence of a transition period in which the two organisms mixed were…
Friday 04 September 2020
Importance of science-based data in an exploration of deep-sea mining
The wrap-up of the ‘Blue Nodules’ project shows the importance of science-based data in the much-debated exploration of deep-sea mining. In this EU-funded project on deep-sea mining, scientific data supports engineers in the development and…
Wednesday 02 September 2020
ERC grant for ‘mysterious world of archaeal symbionts’ and the evolution of life
NIOZ researcher Anja Spang receives one of the highly-competitive Starting Grants from the European Research Council (ERC) for her research on the early evolution of cellular life. The awarded project ‘Archaeal Symbionts in the Evolution of Life’…
Monday 31 August 2020
Myron Peck joins NIOZ as new Head of Coastal Systems
Dr. Myron Peck joins NIOZ as the new Head of Department for Coastal Systems (COS) from the first of September. Despite these challenging times, Peck is excited to make the transition to NIOZ. ‘NIOZ and COS are world-renown for their research on…
Friday 28 August 2020
Red knots base migration strategy on both environment and experience
In her dissertation Why Knot? Eva Kok (NIOZ and the University of Groningen) investigates how individual red knots develop their migration strategy. Although environmental conditions play a key role in shaping individual routines, she urges not to…
Wednesday 26 August 2020
Understanding potential errors and downfalls of a novel climate proxy
Accurate reconstructions of past climate changes are essential to understand the changes the world faces today and make predictions for the future. In her PhD research, NIOZ scientists Sophie Reiche focused on the novel proxies of long-chain alkyl…
Thursday 13 August 2020
Testing a 70 m mooring construction for deep sea research on land
For his deep sea research on underwater waves NIOZ scientist Hans van Haren has developed, together with the technicians of the National Marine Facilities department, a large mooring construction. Before shipping it to the Mediterranean Sea in…
Monday 10 August 2020
Previously undescribed lineage of Archaea illuminates microbial evolution
In a publication in Nature Communications last Friday, NIOZ scientists Nina Dombrowski and Anja Spang and their collaboration partners describe a previously unknown phylum of aquatic Archaea that are likely dependent on partner organisms for growth…
Thursday 06 August 2020
First record of invasive shell-boring worm in the Wadden Sea means trouble for oyster
In October 2014, the suspicion arose that the parasite worm Polydora websteri had found its way to the Wadden Sea. Following years of research, that suspicion has now been confirmed: the worm, that likely originates from the Asian Pacific, has…
Tuesday 04 August 2020
NIOZ on Netflix. How can dust help reduce global warming
Dust seems insignificant, but a dust cloud can do a lot: from generating oxygen and mitigating hurricanes to fertilizing the rainforest. In the third episode of the Netflix orginial series "Connected. The hidden science of everything", dust plays a…