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 research staff (associate and assistant professors), scientific developers, postdoctoral researchers, and PhD and MSc students. We cover a wide variety of scientific backgrounds, including ecology, data science, conservation science, physical geography, Earth science, 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

  • 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 26: 3040-3051. [ABSTRACT]

  • Lim, J.Y., Svenning, J.-C., Göldel, B., Faurby, S. & Kissling, W.D. (2020). Frugivore-fruit size relationships between palms and mammals reveal past and future defaunation impacts. Nature Communications 11: 4904. [ABSTRACT] [PRESS RELEASE] [BLOG POST]

  • Ward, M., Saura, S., Williams, B., Ramírez-Delgado, J.P., Arafeh-Dalmau, N., Allan, J.R., Venter, O., Dubois, G. & Watson, J.E.M. (2020): Just ten percent of the global terrestrial protected area network is structurally connected via intact land. Nature Communications 11: 4563. [ABSTRACT] [PRESS RELEASE]

News

Laser scanning provides insights into butterfly habitats

2021-04-10

A new papers shows how airborne laser scanning can be used to study the habitat preferences of butterflies.

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Airborne laser scanning reveals habitat features of wetland birds

2021-03-23

By making use of country-wide airborne laser scanning, we show how three closely related warbler species separate their breeding habitat niches in relation to the vertical and horizontal structure of vegetation within wetlands.

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Workflow for plant trait data integration

2021-02-27

A new paper published in Ecological Informatics shows how individual trait measurements from heterogeneous sources can be integrated.

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