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]



Sharing global biotic interaction data


GloBI, an open infrastructure, allows to share your species interaction datasets in an interoperable way.

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GLOBIS-B workshop on species interactions


The fourth workshop of the Horizon 2020 project GLOBIS-B was held in Bari, Italy, with >50 participants from all over the world.

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New publication on paleo-area changes of islands


Our new publication in Global Ecology & Biogeography provides data on sea level-driven palaeo-geography changes on islands worldwide.

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Presentations on NAEM meeting


Several BIOMAC members gave presentations at the 2018 Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting.

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Renske Onstein becomes junior research group leader at iDiv


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!

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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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Climate Change Biogeography Meeting

√Čvora - Portugal

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).


Royal Botanical Society of Belgium

Meise - Belgium

The 2018 annual meeting of the Royal Botanical Society of Belgium will be held on 23 March 2018 at the Botanic Garden Meise, Belgium.