Biogeography & Macroecology

Studying geo-ecosystems and the distribution of life on Earth

Biogeography & Macroecology

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.

The group comprises associate and assistant professors, lecturers, post-docs, and PhD and MSc students. We cover a wide variety of scientific backgrounds, including ecology, 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.

 

Selected publications

  • Bakx, T.R.M., Koma, Z., Seijmonsbergen, A.C. & Kissling, W.D. (2019): Use and categorization of Light Detection and Ranging vegetation metrics in avian diversity and species distribution research. Diversity and Distributions 25: 1045–1059. [ABSTRACT] [DATA]

  • Kissling, W.D., Walls, R., Bowser, A., Jones, M.O., Kattge, J., Agosti, D., Amengual, J., Basset, A., van Bodegom, P.M., Cornelissen, J.H.C., Denny, E.G., Deudero, S., Egloff, W., Elmendorf, S.C., Alonso García, E., Jones, K.D., Jones, O.R., Lavorel, S., Lear, D., Navarro, L.M., Pawar, S., Pirzl, R., Rüger, N., Sal, S., Salguero-Gómez, R., Schigel, D., Schulz, K.-S., Skidmore, A. & Guralnick, R.P. (2018): Towards global data products of Essential Biodiversity Variables on species traits. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2: 1531–1540. [ABSTRACT]

  • Antonelli, A.*, Kissling, W.D.*, Flantua, S.G.A.*, Bermúdez, M.A.*, Mulch, A., Muellner-Riehl, A.N., Kreft, H., Linder, H.P., Badgley, C., Fjeldså, J., Fritz, S.A., Rahbek, C., Herman, F., Hooghiemstra, H. & Hoorn, C.* (2018): Geological and climatic influences on mountain biodiversity. Nature Geosciences 11: 718–725. (* = equal contributions) [ABSTRACT] [DATA]

  • Onstein, R.E., Baker, W.J., Couvreur, T.L.P., Faurby, S., Svenning, J.-C. & Kissling, W.D. (2017): Frugivory-related traits promote speciation of tropical palms. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1: 1903–1911. [ABSTRACT] [DATA & CODE] [PRESS RELEASE] [BLOG]

  • Norder, S.J., Proios, K.V., Whittaker, R.J., Alonso, M.R., Borges, P.A.V., Borregaard, M.K., Cowie, R.H., Florens, F.B.V., de Frias Martins, A.M., Ibáñez, M., Kissling, W.D., de Nascimento, L., Otto, R., Parent, C.E., Rigal, F., Warren, B.H., Fernández-Palacios, J.M., van Loon, E.E., Triantis, K.A. & Rijsdijk, K.F. (2018): Beyond the Last Glacial Maximum: Island endemism is best explained by long-lasting archipelago configurations. Global Ecology and Biogeography: 28: 184–197. [ABSTRACT] [DATA] 

  • Seijmonsbergen, A.C., Guldenaar, J. & Rijsdijk, K.F. (2018): Exploring Hawaiian long-term insular geodiversity dynamics. Landform Analysis 35: 31–43. [ABSTRACT]

News

Unburned islands support wildlife

2019-07-05

A new study shows that unburned islands within fire habitats can reduce the negative effects of fire on wildlife and therefore help species to survive in such ecosystems.

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Five recent MSc publications

2019-06-23

Five of our recent MSc students have published their work in an international, peer-reviewed scientific journal.

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Climate change impacts on mountain biodiversity

2019-06-04

Global warming will force many plant and animal species to shift upslope. We examined how this will change functional diversity and trait distributions of birds and plants along a tropical elevational gradient.

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Two new LiDAR papers

2019-04-13

Two of our new papers show how high-resolution Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data can be used to better understand the distribution of species and their habitats.

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Long-distance dispersal of rainforest plants

2019-04-04

This new paper shows how plant traits related to fruit eating by animals have influenced the intercontinental long‐distance dispersal and disjunct biogeographical distribution of rain forest plants.

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Editorial in Nature Ecology & Evolution

2019-04-02

An editorial published in Nature Ecology & Evolution highlights our recent paper on developing Essential Biodiversity Variables on species traits.

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New synthesis of palm-frugivore interactions

2019-01-01

A comprehensive collection of pairwise interactions between palms and their animal seed dispersers reveals that the Neotropics has a larger interaction diversity and more modular network structure than the Afrotropics.

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Events

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Island Biology 2019

University of La Réunion - La Réunion

The third Island Biology conference will be held from 8-13 July 2019 on La Réunion, one of the Mascarene islands, and in the heart of the Malagasy Region biodiversity hotspot. For more details, see here.


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Nordic Remote Sensing Conference

Aarhus - Denmark

The Nordic Remote Sensing Conference 2019 from 17-19 September will provide a transdisciplinary platform for researchers in both academia and industry, involved in the acquisition, analysis and applications of remotely sensed data to share their knowledge for the advancement of the field. It will also serve as a forum for networking to promote collaborative projects. More details are found here.


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Biodiversity_next 2019

Leiden - The Netherlands

The 2019 biodiversity_next conference brings together major international organisations, research scientists, and policy makers to jointly identify socio-technical bottlenecks and horizon-scan opportunities around data-intensive biodiversity and geodiversity research. More information here.