natuurplazaOur departments has active collaborations (both research and education) with the five organizations that form Natuurplaza at the Nijmegen campus: RAVON, Sovon, Floron, Mammal Society and Stichting Bargerveen.

Centre for Avian Population Studies (CAPS)

capsThe Centre for Avian Population Studies (CAPS) is the knowledge centre for research on bird populations in the Netherlands. Five leading organisations in the fields of ornithology and population studies collaborate within CAPS: Sovon Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology, the Dutch Centre for Avian Migration and Demography (Vogeltrekstation), the Netherlands Institute of Ecology, the Institute for Water and Wetland Research of the Radboud University of Nijmegen and the Dutch BirdLife partner (Vogelbescherming Nederland). Within CAPS we strive to understand the causes of trends in bird populations, in order to come to science-based conservation management. These population fluctuations can mean both negative trends (why other some species disappearing and need to be placed on the Red List?) and positive trends (why are some populations growing so strongly that they even start becoming a nuisance?). In summary: bird count and ringing data are used to parameterize population models, to answer fundamental and applied research questions about bird populations.

Fish physiology consortia

The resilience of fish, comprehended from stress and calcium physiology, explains recent radiations and invasions and contributes to the Animal Stress Responses theme of the Institute for Water and Wetland Research. To further understand ecological consequences of stress responses we maintain close collaboration with the department of Microbiology. Together we use the facilities of the General Instrumentation.

Our department collaborates in a Radboud University wide network of research groups: the Radboud Zebrafish Platform. The groups involved, both from the Faculty of Science and RadboudUMC, recognize the power of zebrafish as translational model and share both facilities and expertise.

Additionally, we collaborate in multiple research projects together with several other groups within and outside the Radboud University. These include the Institute for Marine Resources & Ecosystem Studies (IMARES) in Wageningen (studies on sleep in fish via EEG recordings), and multiple groups in the EU in projects dealing with stress and welfare in aquaculture (Institute of Marine Research, (IMR) Bergen Norway and Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Crete, Greece), the effects of fish feed on bone formation (National Institute for Nutrition and Sea food (NIFES), Bergen), welfare of Atlantic salmon in recirculating aquaculture systems (Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research (NOFIMA), Sunndalsøra), brain plasticity (UNI Research, Bergen), en the involvement of the thyroid system on the development of the brain (University of Tromsø). There are extensive ERASMUS exchange programs concerning research and teaching with the University of Bergen (Norway), University of Cádiz (Spain) and the University of Montpellier II (France).