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, and PhD and MSc students. 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

  • 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]

  • 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 (in press).

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

News

New paper in Nature Geoscience

2018-10-01

Our new paper in Nature Geoscience shows how the interplay between mountain building and climate generates high levels of biodiversity.

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Welcome to Jun Ying Lim!

2018-09-01

Jun Ying Lim has started as a new Postdoc in our group with focus on palm trait biogeography and macroevolution. Welcome to the BIOMAC lab!

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New paper in Nature Ecology & Evolution

2018-08-24

Our new paper in Nature Ecology & Evolution shows how intra-specific trait variability can inform international policies about global biodiversity change.

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Our Ecography paper is highlighted on the front cover

2018-08-12

Our recent Ecography paper on extinction-driven changes in frugivore communities on oceanic islands has been selected for the August 2018 cover of the journal.

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Youtube videos about island extinctions

2018-07-13

Julia Heinen presents two Youtube videos about our recent Ecography paper on extinction-driven changes in frugivore communities on oceanic islands

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Events

do15nov

Ecology and Evolution symposium at UvA

Amsterdam - The Netherlands

The following ecology & evolution symposium will be held on 15th November from 13:30-17:00 at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), University of Amsterdam: Treub - UvA Symposium


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Macroecology 2019

W├╝rzburg - Germany

The Macroecology 2019 meeting will be the 13th annual meeting of the specialist group Macroecology of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (GfÖ). It will be held at the Biocenter of the University of Würzburg, Germany. The topic is ‚Bridging local patterns and global challenges‘, with contributions from ‘small data’ to questions of global relevance for biodiversity research. The conference will foster the dialogue between empiricists dealing with local patterns, bioinformaticians, data scientists, theoreticians and modellers from central Europe and beyond, promoting scientific exchange and progress. More information is found here.