Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research


Thursday 11 January 2024
Beaches and dunes globally squeezed by roads and buildings
Beaches and dunes are becoming increasingly trapped between rising sea levels and infrastructure. Dutch researchers found that nowadays, when dropped on a random beach around the world, you only need to walk 390 meters on average to find the nearest…
Thursday 04 January 2024
A knot’s character is formed in first year of life
In any group of red knots, respective individuals exhibit a remarkable array of distinct character types. Birds with an exploratory character are motivated to investigate their environment and readily explore unfamiliar areas. Meanwhile, birds with…
Wednesday 03 January 2024
Aquaculture blessing in disguise for migratory waders fueling up in China
On the mudflats along the Chinese coasts where non-destructive forms of aquaculture are practiced, shorebirds like knots and bar-tailed godwits are doing relatively well. That is shown in the dissertation that NIOZ PhD candidate and biologist He-Bo…
Tuesday 19 December 2023
WISE award for Eleonora Puccinelli
With the WISE fellowship, Eleonora Puccinelli’s objective is to elucidate pathways of omega-3 production and transfer from primary producers (phytoplankton) to higher trophic levels, with a particular focus on pelagic zooplankton in the Wadden…
Wednesday 13 December 2023
Waan je wandelend bij Wemeldinge in het jaar 1150
Wandel door het historische landschap van Zeeland, via de Virtual Reality route ’Wemeldinge 1150 AD’ De VR-route is te bekijken op je mobiel tijdens een wandeling bij Wemeldinge (of binnen vanachter je eigen computer). De visualisatie komt voort…
Monday 27 November 2023
A warmer Wadden Sea: tough choices for fish
For cold-blooded species, temperature determines their activity and metabolism: if it is warm enough, they become active and if it gets too cold, they remain still. But apart from temperature, fish respond to more environmental factors: for example,…
Tuesday 21 November 2023
Looking for ‘LUCA’ and the timing of cellular evolution
LUCA, the ‘last universal common ancestor’ of all living organisms, lived 4.32 to at most 4.52 billion years ago. This is indicated by a study from NIOZ biologists Tara Mahendrarajah and senior author Anja Spang, with collaborating partners from…
Tuesday 21 November 2023
Changing climate homogenizes diversity in migratory birds
Changing climate may slowly erode the difference between two subspecies of bar-tailed godwits. That warning is voiced by bird researchers from the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA) in the latest…
Thursday 16 November 2023
Succesful sanderlings go for shrimp
Against the trends for many shorebirds, sanderlings have been doing relatively well in the Wadden Sea for the past years. The key to that success lies in the timing of these little birds' main food: shrimp on the mudflats. That is one of the…
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