Staff expedition to Bonaire

Last month our group – the Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management Group @ WUR – travelled to the Caribbean to analyse the socio-ecological-system of Bonaire. This happened in the same week that a report came out stating that the nature in the Dutch Caribbean is under heavy pressure, highlighting the need for a change in nature management and for additional research. So we went!

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Optimism for mitigation of climate warming impacts for sea turtles through nest shading and relocation

Our research published this week in Scientific Reports reported effective conservation strategies that can mitigate the impacts of climate warming on sea turtle nesting success, #oceanoptimism.

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Megaherbivores may impact expansion of invasive seagrass in the Caribbean: our paper in Journal of Ecology

Green sea turtle digging its own watery grave due to invasion of non-native seagrass….

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The potential of using drones and other UAVs in sea turtle research and conservation

In a new paper with lead author Alan Rees and collegues we reviews how drones and other UAVs can be used in sea turtle research and conservation.

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Out today: New Tools to Identify the Location of Seagrass Meadows. Marine Grazers as Habitat Indicators

Emerging from the 12th International Seagrass Biology Workshop, held in October 2016, has been the view that grazing marine megafauna may play a useful role in helping to identify previously unknown seagrass habitats. Just follow green turtles & dugongs to map global seagrass meadows…

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Paper out: estimating the exposure to river plumes for coastal ecosystems

Can we estimate the exposure to river plumes for coastal ecosystems? During my PhD fieldwork I had the opportunity to collaborate with a multidisciplinairy team of hydrologists, physical geologists, modelers, coral reef biologists to study this in East Kalimantan, Indonesia.

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Personal research NWO-VENI grant received!

Happy news! I received a personal VENI (research) grant today, from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)! To work for 3-4 yrs on “Global defaunation and plant invasion: cascading effects on seagrass ecosystem services”. It will involve … Continue reading “Personal research NWO-VENI grant received!”