The Radboud Institute for Biological and Environmental Sciences (RIBES) is one of the research institutes within the Faculty of Science of Radboud University. RIBES performs top quality research with excellent experimental facilities on themes with high societal relevance.

Mission: Towards Healthy Ecosystems

The Radboud Institute for Biological and Environmental Sciences (RIBES) aims to perform world leading research in order to understand the response of the natural environment to human impact.

RIBES investigates stress and adaptation processes in severely affected ecosystems. This curiosity-driven, fundamental research is cross-linked with innovative applications in both industry and society with a focus on mitigating ecosystem degradation and finding solutions to restore the natural environment.

RIBES is (inter)nationally unique, as its research encompasses three major groups of organisms (microorganisms, plants and animals) and spans nearly all levels of biological organisation.

In addition to developing world-class research, the institute is dedicated to first-rate education in its Biology BSc, MSc and international PhD programmes.

Management team

The management team (MT) of RIBES consists of one member of each research department in the institute, plus the managing director. 

Mark Huijbregts (research director)
Sarian Kosten
Sebastian Lücker
Ivo Rieu
Martijn Frieling (managing director)

The management team of RIBES is supported by policy officer Lara de Die and management assistant Bea van Beurden.

Sustainable Development Goals

Through our mission Towards Healthy Ecosystems, RIBES aims to have a significant impact on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Life on Land, Life Below Water, Climate Action, Zero Hunger, and Clean Water and Sanitation, and address important challenges of our future society.

Photo of the 8 members of the RIBES PhD council

PhD Council

The PhD council of RIBES consists of 1 or 2 PhD candidates from each department in our institute. They represent PhD candidates across the institute with the RIBES management team and organise activities for PhD candidates. Contact them via phdcouncil.ribes [at] science.ru.nl (phdcouncil[dot]ribes[at]science[dot]ru[dot]nl).

The members of the PhD council of 2024 are (from left to right, top to bottom): Quinte Geessinck, Davide Fundaro', Daniela Seitz, Fabiënne Gidding, Yvet Telgenkamp, Evalien Baas, Nicky Dotsios, and Judith van der Knaap (chair).


Our institute works with partners in and outside the region of Nijmegen, both in projects and in a structural way. Our structural partners include: Natuurplaza, Stichting Bargerveen, RIVM, B-Ware, RadboudumcWageningen University & ResearchNEC-E, the Centre for Avian Population Studies (CAPS),and Naturalis Biodiversity Center. Please contact us for possible collaborations. 



You can download the logo for the Radboud Institute for Biological and Environmental Sciences (RIBES) in .JPG-format. For other logo file formats, please contact the RIBES office.

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Get in touch with the Radboud Institute for Biological and Environmental Sciences by contacting the RIBES office. 

+31 6 48 33 81 03