Tropical Ecology in the Netherlands

October 12, 2015

UvAPresentations by current PhD research students
elated to the University of Amsterdam Tropical Ecology course

Date: Friday October 16 2015
Location: Sciencepark 904
Contact: Joost Duivenvoorden


9:00-9:30 Marian Cabrera (UvA): Paramo response to human influence: A trait-based approach.
9:30-10:00 Caterina Cúcio (UvA): The seagrass rhizobiome and its role in the sulfur cycle.
10:00-10:30 Vitor Gomes (Naturalis): Endangered tree species future in Amazon.

Coffee Break

11:00-11:30 Catarina Jacovac (WUR): Effects of land use on forest succession in the Amazon.
11:30-12:00 Andre van Proosdij (WUR/Naturalis): Assessing botanical diversity patterns in Gabon using Species Distribution Models: methods & applications.
12.00-12.30 André Junqueira (WUR): Legacies of anthropogenic soils on forests and cultivation systems in Amazonia.


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Palaeoecology at UvA and Twente 2015: Teaching and Learning

September 21, 2015

By Crystal McMichael

The month-long palaeoecology module at UvA is coming to an end. We have had two weeks of lectures and microscope work, an introduction to quantitative palaeoecology, and we just finished a week of fieldwork in Twente, which is in the easternmost part of the Netherlands.

Students working in the field (photo: M. Groot)

Students working in the field (photo: M. Groot)

Will Gosling and I tried something new for the field excursion this year. We split the class into eight groups, and gave each group a set of pollen and phytolith samples from an ‘unknown location’. Unknown in this context means being from one of the eight primary sites that we would visit during the field excursion. The students were required to perform vegetation surveys and characterize soils at each of the primary sites that we visited. The goal of each group was to figure out which location their set of ‘unknown’ samples came from. Basically, we had them doing forensic palynology, with idea that they could then better visualize the different vegetation assemblages seen in the palaeoecological records.
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