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, data scientists, postdoctoral researchers, and PhD and MSc students. We work at the interface of ecology, Earth science, informatics and data science, and cover topics in biodiversity, geodiversity, conservation, physical geography, monitoring, policy and global biodiversity 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

  • 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]

  • 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]

  • Skidmore, A.K., Coops, N.C., Neinavaz, E., Ali, A., Schaepman, M.E., Paganini, M., Kissling, W.D., Vihervaara, P., Darvishzadeh, R., Feilhauer, H., Fernandez, M., Fernandez, N., Gorelick, N., Geizendorffer, I., Heiden, U., Heurich, M., Hobern, D., Holzwarth, S., Muller-Karger, F.E., Van De Kerchove, R., Lausch, A., Leitão, P.J., Lock, M.C., Mücher, C.A., O'Connor, B., Rocchini, D., Roeoesli, C., Turner, W., Vis, J.K., Wang, T., Wegmann, M. & Wingate, V. (2021): Priority list of biodiversity metrics to observe from space. Nature Ecology and Evolution 5: 896–906. [ABSTRACT] [PRESS RELEASE]

  • Koma, Z., Grootes, M.W., Meijer, C.W., Nattino, F., Seijmonsbergen, A.C., Sierdsema, H., Foppen, R. & Kissling, W.D. (2021): Niche separation of wetland birds revealed from airborne laser scanning. Ecography 44: 907–918. [ABSTRACT] [DATA] [PRESS RELEASE]

  • Dracxler, C.M., & Kissling, W.D. (2021): The mutualism–antagonism continuum in Neotropical palm–frugivore interactions: from interaction outcomes to ecosystem dynamics. Biological Reviews (in press). [ABSTRACT] [DATA]


Biogeography sessions at NAEM conference


Kenneth Rijsdijk is co-chairing two sessions on biogeography at the forthcoming Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting in mid February 2022.

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Welcome to Julian Evans


Julian Evans has started as the new data scientist in the ARISE project.

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Neotropical palm–frugivore interactions


A new review provides a comprehensive overview on how interaction outcomes of fruit-eating animals influence population dynamics of Neotropical palms.

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A video on recent developments of our newly started NIEBA ARISE project.

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Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting

Netherlands - Conference Centre "De Werelt", Westhofflaan 2, Lunteren

Each year in February, the Netherlands Ecological Research Network (NERN) organises her annual conference, the Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting (NAEM). The NAEM 2022 program can be found here.