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 the biotic and abiotic components of the Earth system vary across space and time, how they interact, and how responses of biodiversity to changing environmental conditions can be predicted.
The group comprises associate and assistant professors, lecturers, post-docs, students (PhD, MSc and BSc levels) and support staff. We cover a wide variety of scientific backgrounds, including macroecology, physical geography, biodiversity, geomorphology, island biogeography, geodiversity, macroevolution and global change. Please read more about our research and our teaching, have a look at our news page, or get in touch with our lab members.
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., Seijmonsbergen, A.C., Rughooputh, S.D.D.V., van Loon, E.E., Tatayah, V., Kamminga, A.T., & Rijsdijk, K.F. (2017): Assessing temporal couplings in social–ecological island systems: historical deforestation and soil loss on Mauritius (Indian Ocean). Ecology and Society 22: 29. [ABSTRACT]
Kamps, M.T., Bouten, W., & Seijmonsbergen, A.C. (2017): LiDAR and orthophoto synergy to optimize object-based landscape change: analysis of an active landslide. Remote Sensing 9: 805. [ABSTRACT]
Davidson, M.D. (2017). Equity and the conservation of global ecosystem services. Sustainability 9: 339. [ABSTRACT]
A new paper from the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) shows how monitoring biodiversity change can be achieved globally.
GloBI, an open infrastructure, allows to share your species interaction datasets in an interoperable way.
The fourth workshop of the Horizon 2020 project GLOBIS-B was held in Bari, Italy, with >50 participants from all over the world.
Our new publication in Global Ecology & Biogeography provides data on sea level-driven palaeo-geography changes on islands worldwide.
Several BIOMAC members gave presentations at the 2018 Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting.
Our Postdoc Renske Onstein has been offered a junior research group leader position at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) in Leipzig, Germany. Congratulations!
Our new study in Nature Ecology & Evolution suggests that animal-mediated seed dispersal by frugivorous birds and mammals influences the speciation of palms.
The Climate Change Biogeography Meeting of the International Biogeographical Society (IBS) will be held from 20-24th March 2018 at the Colégio do Espirito Santo, University of Évora (Portugal).
The 2018 annual meeting of the Royal Botanical Society of Belgium will be held on 23 March 2018 at the Botanic Garden Meise, Belgium.