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


Tuesday 25 May 2021
Aquaculture turns biodiversity into uniformity along the coast of China
Fishery and aquaculture have given rise to an enormous uniformity in the diversity of bivalves along the more than 18,000 kilometer long Chinese coast, biologist He-Bo Peng and colleagues report in this month’s issue of Diversity and Distributions.
Tuesday 25 May 2021
Southwestern Greenland is a hotspot of mercury release
The southwestern margin of the Greenland Ice Sheet is a large source of mercury, according to a study published in Nature Geoscience on Monday 24 May. The source, which has not been accounted for in global mercury budgets, may have significant impact…
Wednesday 19 May 2021
Birds dealing with change - Mapping migration routes can lead to conservation areas
Tracking migratory birds that carry tiny satellite transmitters in featherlight ‘backpacks’, can teach us a lot about change in the environment. It may also point at possibilities to avoid loss of biodiversity. That is an important message in the…
Tuesday 18 May 2021
Grazing by herbivores contributes to coastal protection
Grazing by cows and small herbivores like hare and geese can help reduce the erosion of vulnerable coastal salt marshes and therefore contribute to nature-based coastal defense. This conclusion was published in a peer-reviewed paper by ecological…
Wednesday 12 May 2021
Save our oceans to protect our health - scientists call for global action plan
Scientists have proposed the first steps towards a united global plan to save our oceans, for the sake of human health. [Dutch version below English]
Monday 10 May 2021
Rooted tree key to understanding bacterial evolution
The findings of a new study, published in the journal Science last week, demonstrate how integrating vertical descent and horizontal gene transfer can be used to infer the root of the bacterial tree and the nature of the last bacterial common…
Friday 30 April 2021
Trawl fishing leads to decreased nutrient cycling in sediments
Bottom trawling leads to lower nutrient levels and loss of invertebrate life in the upper sediment layer, and thus to a poorer seafloor. These are the conclusions from a model study of Royal NIOZ postdoctoral researcher Emil De Borger and colleagues.…
Thursday 29 April 2021
NIOZ Annual Report 2020
NIOZ director Henk Brinkhuis: "Its Springtime, 2021... and the NIOZ Annual Report 2020 is now online. So.. what about 2020? Well.. for starters, unfortunately COVID-19 still rules the waves... Learning to live and cope with Corona has become both a…
Monday 12 April 2021
Thick sea-ice warms Greenland fjords
Greenland is famous for its ice sheet. This massive ice volume ‘drains’ into Greenland’s fjords as slow-moving rivers of ice - glaciers. Understanding the factors that control how fast glaciers move, break-up and deposit chunks of ice (icebergs) into…
Tuesday 06 April 2021
Assessing the Impacts of Nodule Mining on the Deep-Sea Environment
Scientists of the JPI Oceans project “MiningImpact” are embarking on a 6-week expedition to the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone (CCZ) in the Pacific. Their goal is to carry out independent scientific monitoring of the test of a pre-prototype nodule…