Innovative Bio-Monitoring research group
As the name suggests, the aim of the Innovative Bio-Monitoring research group is to apply innovative bio-monitoring techniques – like automatic image and sound recognition - to concrete social issues. The goal is to contribute to protecting and maintaining our biodiversity.
About the research group
As the name suggests, the aim of the Innovative Bio-Monitoring research group is to apply innovative bio-monitoring techniques to concrete social issues. The research group also wants to validate them and to develop them further. The goal is to contribute to protecting and maintaining our biodiversity.
Biodiversity is not going well at all. That is why HAS green academy and Naturalis started the Innovative Bio-Monitoring research group. Goal is to project and preserve biodiversity.
Developments such as intensive agriculture, urbanisation and climate change have undesirably reduced the diversity of animal and plant species, with all the adverse consequences this has on our ecosystem. This is why it is becoming increasingly important to take stock of our biodiversity, measure losses and monitor the effects of intervention.
The aim of the research group is to apply innovative bio-monitoring techniques to concrete social issues, to validate them and to develop them further. The challenge is to look for new unexpected smart combinations and applications of techniques that make the detection and monitoring of species easy or easier, and which will contribute to the early and effective deployment of nature and other conservation measures.
Naturalis as a partner
Unique to this research group is the collaboration with Naturalis, the biodiversity institute in the Netherlands. Naturalis has always been a well-known partner of universities and academic institutions when it comes to carrying out fundamental scientific research. With the establishment of the Innovative Bio-Monitoring research group at HAS University of Applied Sciences, Naturalis is now also committed to applied research. Employees at Naturalis Biodiversity Centre are making an active contribution to the network of expertise associated with the research group.
Surrounded bij real-life projects
The research topics of the research group are linked directly to the topics covered in the study programme. This enables students to benefit from the knowledge and experience they acquire during their studies and to build on it through real practical assignments. The research group also focuses strongly on cooperation with:
- other research groups
- knowledge centres
- the local water authorities
- other educational institutions
Lines of research
Bearing in mind the expertise of Naturalis, the research group focuses primarily on 2 specific techniques for species recognition. Both techniques are ideal for applied research:
- environmental and non-environmental DNA
- automatic image and sound recognition
In addition, the programme focuses on 3 specific species groups:
- invasive and non-invasive exotics
- rare and/or protected species that are hard to detect
- plagues and infestations
Sustainable Development Goals
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