BioNews 20 – November / December 2015

Bionews-20BioNews is a monthly newsletter by the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA), focusing on the biodiversity research and monitoring in the Dutch Caribbean. BioNews presents you with an overview of the on-going research and monitoring efforts and provides a regular update on what’s currently happening on our islands.

In this final BioNews edition of 2015, we are very pleased to be able to present to you a broad range of examples from the diverse and fascinating science work underway in the Dutch Caribbean today.

Articles range work done locally by Dr. Patrick Lyons who has been has been studying the impact of recreational scuba divers on Bonaire’s coral reefs to the start of two new NWO funded projects from the Netherlands, one examining aspects of sea turtle ecology and conservation and the other looking at the impact of invasive species in the Dutch Caribbean.

There is an update on the effects of invasive predators, cats and rats, on the breeding success of Red-billed Tropicbirds in the windward islands of Saba and St. Eustatius as well as a review from the recent 19th Annual European Elasmobranch Association meeting.

This month for the first time we are also proud to profile the research institutes in the Dutch Caribbean. CIEE Research Station on Bonaire, CARMABI Research Station on Curacao as well as the newly established Caribbean Netherlands Science Institute (CNSI) on St. Eustatius. In the months ahead we will be sharing more information on the science directors, their staff as well as the research and projects underway at these institutes and how they are helping both to build local capacity and also to disseminate scientific knowledge locally.

We would like to thank our partners, conservationists and scientists for their invaluable input and support. We hope you will enjoy reading BioNews!

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