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.

The group comprises associate and assistant professors, lecturers, post-docs, and PhD and MSc students. We cover a wide variety of scientific backgrounds, including ecology, 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]

  • 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 LiDAR paper

2019-02-01

In this new paper, we show how high-resolution Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) can be used to map linear vegetation elements (e.g. hedges, tree lines) in agricultural landscapes.

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New synthesis of palm-frugivore interactions

2019-01-01

A comprehensive collection of pairwise interactions between palms and their animal seed dispersers reveals that the Neotropics has a larger interaction diversity and more modular network structure than the Afrotropics.

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Ten principles to improve biodiversity informatics

2018-12-15

There is a high need for up-to-date biodiversity data to efficiently measure global biodiversity change. In a new paper, we outline ten principles to improve cooperation and interoperability among research infrastructures to achieve this goal.

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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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Events

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Macro2019

Würzburg - Germany

The Macro2019 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.


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EGU General Assembly 2019

Vienna - Austria

The EGU General Assembly 2019, taking place in Vienna (Austria) on 7–12 April 2019, will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences. More information here.


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Island Biology 2019

University of La Réunion - La Réunion

The third Island Biology conference will be held from 8-13 July 2019 on La Réunion, one of the Mascarene islands, and in the heart of the Malagasy Region biodiversity hotspot. For more details, see here.


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Open digital science week

Leiden - The Netherlands

The 2019 biodiversity_next conference brings together major international organisations, research scientists, and policy makers to jointly identify socio-technical bottlenecks and horizon-scan opportunities around data-intensive biodiversity and geodiversity research. More information here.