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Aruban whiptail lizard (Cnemidophorus arubensis).

Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao are home to unique ecosystems that include several species of lizards not found anywhere else in the world. Among these are three endemic species: the Aruba Whiptail, the Bonaire Whiptail, and the..

Continue reading 13 April 2024   3 mnd oud

Fish and invertebrate animals are far more affected by warmer and more acidic seawater than previously known. This is the conclusion of a study co-led by NIOZ marine biologist Katharina Alter, based on a new analysis method and..

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Morphotypes of Tubastraea on the platform's submerged sections, March 2017.

Coral ecosystems are susceptible to invasive species, that can wreak havoc on the balanced communities. Such species can be transported unintentionally by marine structures, as is demonstrated by research on a platform which was..

Continue reading 09 April 2024   3 mnd oud
Strand Terschelling

Visiting the beach and enjoying the sun and the sea. For many of us, this is an important way to relax in warm weather. However, Dutch beaches are becoming increasingly crowded. This means that it is not only difficult to find a..

Continue reading 06 April 2024   3 mnd oud
Unomia invasion Venezuela.

Recent reports highlight the concerning spread of the invasive soft coral Unomia stolonifera, currently devastating Venezuela’s marine ecosystems and detected in Cuba. With the potential threat of its expansion to the (Dutch)..

Continue reading 27 March 2024   3 mnd oud

Over the past forty years, the Atlantic Ocean has experienced a tropicalization, with an increase of warmer-water species. The Mediterranean and the Baltic Sea, where warming has been more rapid, have seen a marked decline in..

Continue reading 27 March 2024   3 mnd oud

As more and more nutrients from land and air enter the world’s oceans, the dead zones without oxygen in the water will increase in size and intensity. That is the warning that PhD student Zoë van Kemenade, an organic geochemist at..

Continue reading 26 March 2024   3 mnd oud
Kust van Cayenne, Frans-Guyana

A large quantity of fossils from the period just before and during the last ice age have been discovered in French Guiana. The area changed from a species-rich mangrove system to a dry grassland savannah in a relatively short..

Continue reading 26 March 2024   3 mnd oud

Plants are not interchangeable when it comes to forming young dunes on a beach. This is shown in the thesis of coastal ecologist Carlijn Lammers of NIOZ. She discovered that sand couch and marram grass form different types of..

Continue reading 24 March 2024   3 mnd oud
Bananaquit - bijgesneden voor lead

In the Dutch Caribbean, all six islands have started the spring data collection of their five-year bird monitoring project. The goal is to monitor and assess local breeding land bird populations. Last year’s first edition gave..

Continue reading 20 March 2024   3 mnd oud