Clean-up kano's in action
November 28th, 2023

De Grachtwacht wins award

The Leiden initiative De Grachtwacht, which has been cleaning the canals since 2018, received the NWO Communication Initiative Award yesterday. Founders Auke-Florian Hiemstra and Liselotte Rambonnet, affiliated with Naturalis and Leiden University, are…
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Vacht van een mierenegel
November 10th, 2023

Not the last of his species after all

A British expedition has shot the first ever images of a Sir David Attenboroughs long-beaked echidna. Until then, the specimen at Naturalis was considered to be the only evidence that the species ever existed at all.
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Ajaree Thonglim
November 9th, 2023

Day of the PhD defense: Ajaree Thonglim

On Thursday the 9th of November Ajaree Thonglim defended her PhD thesis titled: ‘ Disentangling drought-responsive traits with focus on Arabidopsis ’ in the academy building in Leiden. For her PhD research at Naturalis and the university of Leiden she…
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Geoglyphs in the Amazon
October 6th, 2023

More than 10,000 hidden structures in the Amazon

Hidden in the Amazon forest are thousands of remnants of ancient civilizations. These hidden structures, also called geoglyphs, reveal much about the history of the Amazon. A major study of these geoglyphs and their relationship to the forest was published…
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Portret of Dewi
September 13th, 2023

Defense day: Dewi Pramanik

On Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m., Dewi Pramanik defended her thesis titled ' Evolution and development of flowers, fruits and inflorescences of Phalaenopsis and other orchid species ' in the Academy Building in Leiden. For her PhD research at Naturalis…
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September 6th, 2023

Making sense of animal sounds: "Bioacoustic AI"

Machine learning, often called "AI", makes it possible to uncover the mysterious world of animal communication, analyzing their sounds that convey so much information. A new project called Bioacoustic AI is going to make this happen, and will use that…
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