Newsletter 9 | 10 October 2014


This newsletter will come to you twice per year to inform you about the symposia of the CWE, about research opportunities, about activities of Stowa's Water Mosaic and to announce events and news. We are open for suggestions and contributions

Rob Fraaije (secretary CWE)
Jos Verhoeven (chairman CWE)

CWE News

  • Next CWE symposium 5 Febraury 2015: Special symposium dedicated to the retirement of Prof.dr. Wim Admiraal on the theme "wetland restoration: past achievements and future challenges", University of Amsterdam. More information soon.
  • CWE member appointed Professor: Leon Lamers, Professor of Aquatic Ecology and Environmental Biology at the Radboud University Nijmegen, gave his inaugural speech 3 October 2014. Read more
  • New insights on constructed wetlands on CWE symposium Ghent: 50 attendants visited this symposium on the theme 'constructed wetlands'.

Collaborative research projects

  • PEATCAP Research Volgermeerpolder: Ciska Overbeek of the University of Amsterdam carried out large scale experiments on decomposition of plant material, focusing on the roles of substrate, water type, micro-organisms and macro-invertebrates.
  • Results of MarkerMeerMoeras in 'Landschap': Results of research in the CWE programme MarkerMeerMoeras on the optimal conditions for marshland development were published in a special issue of 'Landschap'.
  • Progress in the project 'WATER-RIJK': The Radboud University of Nijmegen (Monique van Kempen) is involved in this joint project, in which water retention areas mediate regional water shortages and surpluses, with the aim to generate economical and ecological value. Read more

STOWA / Water mosaic

  • European interest for STOWA's 'Eological Key Factors': the decision support system for water management called 'Ecologische Sleutelfactoren' (ESF) received great interest during a presentation at the EU MARS project on stressors in the aquatic environment. Read more
  • Course 'From clear, to turbid and back': a two-day course on the applicability of scientific knowledge to water quality management of stagnant waters. 11-12 Nov, Amersfoort. Read more
  • Book: Clarity on the role of sediments in ecological rehabilitation: This recently published book by STOWA focusses on sediment processes and their effects on the ecological quality of water bodies. Read more

Other news

  • Rising CO2 levels will intensify algal blooms across the globe: This warning is issued by UvA scientists Jolanda Verspagen and Jef Huisman in PLOS ONE on the basis of new mathemathical models, fieldwork and laboratory experiments. Read more Picture by 'Provincie Zeeland'
  • PhD Merrin Whatley (UvA) in the spotlight: Her doctoral thesis showed that the plants and macrofauna of the North Holland polder landscape are in a poor state. Read more
  • UU permafrost researcher wins Veining Meinesz Prize: Earth scientist Jorien Vonk won this prize for her research on the influence of melting permafrost on the climate. Read more
  • New book on aquatic ecology in the Netherlands: An overview of functioning and management of fresh and brackish water ecosystems in the Netherlands by Henk Hoogenboom. Read more

PhD graduations

  • Claudia Zell (NIOZ / UU) 14 April 2014: “Origin and fate of branched tetraether lipids in river drainage systems. Implications for the use of the MBT/CBP proxy as a continental palaeothermometer in marine sedimentary records". Personal page
  • Alejandra Goldenberg (UvA) 30 October 2014: “Spatial patterns and diversity of diatom communities in agricultural ditches". Personal page
  • Ziye Hu (RU) 5 December 2014: “'New insights into the physiology and application of the anammox bacteria". News page
  • Anne Immers (NIOO / UU) 22 December 2014: “Preventing or predicting cyanobacterial blooms - Iron addition as a whole lake restoration tool". News page

Recent key publications

  • Boschker et al. 2014. Chemoautotrophic carbon fixation rates and active bacterial communities in intertidal marine sediments. PLOS ONE
  • Cusell et al. 2014. Filtering fens: Mechanisms explaining phosphorus-limited hotspots of biodiversity in wetlands adjacent to heavily fertilized areas. Sci of the total Envir 481: 129-141
  • Hallmann et al. 2014. Declines in insectivorous birds are associated with high neonicotinoid concentrations. Nature 511: 341-343
  • Van der Biest et al. 2014. EBI: An index for delivery of ecosystem service bundles. Ecological indicators 37: 252-265
  • Verhoeven 2014. Water-quality issues in Ramsar wetlands. Marine and Freshwater Research 65: 604-611
  • Verspagen et al. 2014. Rising CO2 levels will intensify phytoplankton blooms in eutrophic and hypertrophic lakes. PLOS ONE
  • Quick et al. 2014. Heteroaggregation and sedimentation rates for nanomaterials in natural waters. Water Research 48: 269-279