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

  • 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]


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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Vacancy postdoc in modelling Arctic bird areas


Open vacancy for a 2-yr postdoc position on macroecological studies for modelling Arctic bird areas under climate change.

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

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Tracking biodiversity from space


A new paper outlines a priority list of biodiversity metrics that can be observed from space.

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