Studying geo-ecosystems and the distribution of life on Earth
The Biogeography & Macroecology (BIOMAC) lab is a research group at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Netherlands. We are part of the Department Theoretical and Computational Ecology (TCE) within the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED). The central aim of our work is to quantify how biodiversity and abiotic components of the Earth system vary across space and time, how they interact, and how responses of species and ecosystems to changing environmental conditions can be predicted and forecasted.
The group comprises associate and assistant professors, lecturers, postdoctoral research fellows, and PhD and MSc students. We cover a wide variety of scientific backgrounds, including ecology, conservation, physical geography, Earth science, evolution and global change biology. Please read more about our research and our teaching, have a look at our news page, or get in touch with our lab members.
Schrodt, F., Bailey, J.J., Kissling, W.D., Rijsdijk, K.F., Seijmonsbergen, A.C., van Ree, D., Hjort, J., Lawley, R.S., Williams, C.N., Anderson, M.G., Beier, P., van Beukering, P., Boyd, D.S., Brilha, J., Carcavilla, L., Dahlin, K.M., Gill, J.C., Gordon, J.E., Gray, M., Grundy, M., Hunter, M.L., Lawler, J.J., Monge-Ganuzas, M., Royse, K.R., Stewart, I., Record, S., Turner, W., Zarnetske, P.L. & Field, R. (2019): Opinion: To advance sustainable stewardship, we must document not only biodiversity but geodiversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116: 16155–16158. [ABSTRACT] [PRESS RELEASE]
Schleuning, M., Neuschulz, E.L., Albrecht, J., Bender, I.M.A., Bowler, D.E., Dehling, D.M., Fritz, S.A., Hof, C., Müller, T., Nowak, L., Sorensen, M.C., Böhning-Gaese, K. & Kissling, W.D. (2020): Trait-based assessments of climate-change impacts on interacting species. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 35: 319–328. [ABSTRACT]
Rehbein, J.A., Watson, J.E.M., Lane, J.L., Sonter, L.J., Venter, O., Atkinson, S.C. & Allan, J.R. (2020): Renewable energy development threatens many globally important biodiversity areas. Global Change Biology 26: 3040-3051. [ABSTRACT]
Lim, J.Y., Svenning, J.-C., Göldel, B., Faurby, S. & Kissling, W.D. (2020). Frugivore-fruit size relationships between palms and mammals reveal past and future defaunation impacts. Nature Communications 11: 4904. [ABSTRACT] [PRESS RELEASE] [BLOG POST]
Ward, M., Saura, S., Williams, B., Ramírez-Delgado, J.P., Arafeh-Dalmau, N., Allan, J.R., Venter, O., Dubois, G. & Watson, J.E.M. (2020): Just ten percent of the global terrestrial protected area network is structurally connected via intact land. Nature Communications 11: 4563. [ABSTRACT] [PRESS RELEASE]
The loss of large mammalian frugivores as seed dispersers in tropical ecosystems will have severe consequences for rainforest plants such as palms.
The evolution of fruit colour, fruit size and spines in palms is associated, suggesting that animal species which consume both fruits and leaves (e.g. megafauna) are favouring the simultaneous evolution of fruit and defensive traits in tropical plants.
The Dutch Research Council (NWO) and four scientific institutes will invest together 18 million EUR for identifying and monitoring all multicellular flora and fauna in the Netherlands.