Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)

  • Biodiversity

    What do we need to know to stop biodiversity decline, at all levels of life ranging from genes, species, communities, habitats to entire ecosystems?

    Dronefoto biodiversiteit
  • Climate change

    Our climate system is undergoing dramatic changes. We use our expertise to understand the impact on biodiversity, and the capacity of natural systems to help mitigate climate change.

    Let op blauwalg
  • Sustainable use of land & water

    Healthy surface water and soils are essential for life on earth, providing diverse life-support functions. How are these ecosystem services affected by human activity, and how can we change this?

    Biodiversity in NIOO's grassland garden in summer

Ecology for Life!

The scientists at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) study nature. How does it work? What changes? We can use that knowledge - from DNA to landscape - towards biodiversity recovery, climate policy and a sustainable society.


  • Our experts

    Toxic algae? Bird personality? Carbon storage in food forests? Rewilding or future-proof nature? NIOO has the experts!

    Afdeling aquatische ecologie
  • Our publications

    We share our results with the scientific world through scientific journals. From specialist publications to  broad interest titles such as Nature and Science.

    Licht op natuur veldlocatie

Research facilities

Have a look at the ecological research infrastructure in the Netherlands.

Map with all NIOO facilities