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]

News

18 million EUR for biodiversity infrastructure in the Netherlands

2020-05-04

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) and four scientific institutes will invest together 18 million EUR for identifying and monitoring all multicellular flora and fauna in the Netherlands.

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Renewable energy developments threaten important biodiversity areas

2020-03-30

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

2020-02-26

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

2020-02-20

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

2020-01-28

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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Events

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EGU General Assembly 2020

Vienna - Austria

The EGU General Assembly 2020 will be held 4-8 May 2020 as an online event (more details here). Everyone can join for their favourite sessions. The BIOMAC lab will make the following two contributions. On the links you'll find the abstracts and the uploaded presentations.

Seijmonsbergen, H., McMeekin, J., Rentier, E., Polman, E. & Rijsdijk, K.: Refining geodiversity variables for monitoring global mining. https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-1699

Grootes, M.W., Meijer, C., Koma, Z., Andela, B., Ranguelova, E. & Kissling, W.D.: Unlocking modern nation-scale LiDAR datasets with FOSS – the Laserchicken framework. https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-11674