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 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.


Selected publications

  • 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]

  • Heinen, J.H., van Loon, E.E., Hansen, D.M. & Kissling, W.D. (2017): Extinction-driven changes in frugivore communities on oceanic islands. Ecography (in press). [ABSTRACT] [BLOG]

  • 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]



New publication on frugivore extinctions


Our new publication in Ecography documents a substantial loss of frugivores on oceanic islands worldwide.

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Julia Heinen accepts PhD position at the University of Copenhagen


Our former MSc student Julia Heinen has obtained a competitive PhD position at the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate (CMEC) at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Symposium biodiversity and global change


The symposium 'Biodiversity and global change in the Tropics' was held at the University of Amsterdam on 17th November 2017.

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International Geomorphology Conference


Harry Seijmonsbergen presented on the International Conference on Geomorphology in New Dehli, India.

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Our Nature Ecology & Evolution paper is out!


Our new study in Nature Ecology & Evolution suggests that animal-mediated seed dispersal by frugivorous birds and mammals influences the speciation of palms.

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Workshop on geodiversity


A workshop on geodiversity was held at the University of Amsterdam, NL together with colleagues from the University of Nottingham, UK.

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EMODnet data products workshop


The European Marine Observation and Data Network held a workshop on key biological data products in London, UK.

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GEO BON workshop

Germany - Leipzig

W. Daniel Kissling is co-organizing a workshop on defining minimum requirements for Essential Biodiversity Variable (EBV) data products and the development of an EBV data platform for GEO BON (the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network). The workshop will be held at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) in Leipzig, Germany (14/15 December 2017). More details about GEO BON.



Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting 2018

Lunteren - The Netherlands

The next Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting (NAEM) will be held on Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14 February 2018 at the Conference Centre "De Werelt" in Lunteren, The Netherlands. W. Daniel Kissling will convene the session 'Monitoring biodiversity change: Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) and beyond' together with Rob Jongman. More details about speakers, program and registration.