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 and forecasted.

The group comprises associate and assistant professors, lecturers, postdoctoral research fellows, and PhD and MSc students. We cover a wide variety of scientific backgrounds, including ecology, conservation, 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

  • 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]

  • Schrodt, F., Bailey, J.J., Kissling, W.D., Rijsdijk, K.F., Seijmonsbergen, A.C., van Ree, D., Hjort, J., Lawley, R.S., Williams, C.N., Anderson, M.G., Beier, P., van Beukering, P., Boyd, D.S., Brilha, J., Carcavilla, L., Dahlin, K.M., Gill, J.C., Gordon, J.E., Gray, M., Grundy, M., Hunter, M.L., Lawler, J.J., Monge-Ganuzas, M., Royse, K.R., Stewart, I., Record, S., Turner, W., Zarnetske, P.L. & Field, R. (2019): Opinion: To advance sustainable stewardship, we must document not only biodiversity but geodiversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116: 16155–16158. [ABSTRACT] [PRESS RELEASE]

  • Schleuning, M., Neuschulz, E.L., Albrecht, J., Bender, I.M.A., Bowler, D.E., Dehling, D.M., Fritz, S.A., Hof, C., Müller, T., Nowak, L., Sorensen, M.C., Böhning-Gaese, K. & Kissling, W.D. (2020): Trait-based assessments of climate-change impacts on interacting species. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 35: 319–328. [ABSTRACT]

  • Rehbein, J.A., Watson, J.E.M., Lane, J.L., Sonter, L.J., Venter, O., Atkinson, S.C. & Allan, J.R. (2020): Renewable energy development threatens many globally important biodiversity areas. Global Change Biology (in press). [ABSTRACT]


Renewable energy developments threaten important biodiversity areas


Thousands of renewable energy plants have been built in National Parks, wilderness and Key Biodiversity Areas, and thus compromise the conservation of biodiversity.

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Primate clour vision is linked to palm fruit colours


The evolution of colour vision in primates might be closely linked to the availability of food plants such as palms.

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EBV 2020 workshop


The EBV 2020 workshop brought together >20 scientists to advance the production of Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs).

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Trait-based assessments of climate-change impacts


A set of functional traits of plants and animals can help to better forecast interdependent species responses, novel communities, and eco-evolutionary consequences of climate change.

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TRY plant trait database


The TRY plant trait database now provides unprecedented data coverage under an open access data policy.

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Future of Butterflies in Europe

Wageningen - Netherlands

Dutch Butterfly Conservation (De Vlinderstichting) will host its 5th international symposium on Future of Butterflies in Europe, to be held in Wageningen, the Netherlands, 2-4 April 2020. More details are here.



IBS Early Career Conference

Amsterdam - Netherlands

The International Biogeography Society (IBS) is holding an early career biogeographers conference this coming April 17-19, 2020. For more details, see here.


EGU General Assembly 2020

Vienna - Austria

The EGU General Assembly 2020 will be held 3-8 May 2020 in Vienna, Austria. It will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. More details here.



World Palm Symposium

Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

The 7th World Palm Symposium (PALMS2020) will be held 10-13 August 2020 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It will bring together palm experts from all over the world. More details are here.


International Conference on Ecological Informatics

Thiruvnanthapuram - India

The 11th International Conference on Ecological Informatics (ICEI2020) will be held 17-21 November 2020 in Thiruvnanthapuram, India. It will cover future directions in ecological applications of Data Science, Image- and Sensing-based Monitoring, Machine and Deep Learning, and Hybrid Modeling and Uncertainty Analysis. More information here.