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W. Daniel Kissling
(Dr. rer. nat., M.Sc., Dipl. Laök, PGDipl.)

Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED),
University of Amsterdam, P.O. Box 94248, 1090 GE Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Room: C4.166;
Phone: +31 (0)20 525 8423; Email: wdkissling [@] gmail.com

I am an Associate Professor of Quantitative Biodiversity Science at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. My main research interest is in macroecology, biogeography, macroevolution, and global change (the past, the present, and the future). At the University of Amsterdam, I contribute to the special research cluster 'Global Ecology'. In general, I use an ecoinformatics approach to understand biodiversity patterns across space and time. More specifically, I take advantage of recent advances in technology, computing, numerical databasing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), phylogenies and statistical modelling to (1) better understand the broad-scale distribution of life on Earth, and (2) address major challenges that humanity and the biosphere are facing under ongoing and future global change. This requires an integrated and interdisciplinary synthesis and my work thus involves collaborations across a variety of disciplines and countries (see here). I believe that a sound management of our biosphere requires a quantitative understanding of biological patterns and processes across space and time, and a better transfer of ecological knowledge into conservation management and political decision making.

Recent publications (for a complete list click here)

Couvreur, T.L.P.*, Kissling, W.D.*, Condamine, F.L., Svenning, J.-C., Rowe, N.P. & Baker, W.J. (2015): Global diversification of a tropical plant growth form: environmental correlates and historical contingencies in climbing palms. Frontiers in Genetics 5: 452. (* = shared first authorship) [ABSTRACT] [IBED news] [Included in the Special Issue "Origin of tropical diversity: from clades to communities" edited by Toby Pennington and James Edward Richardson]

Kissling, W.D., Dalby, L., Fløjgaard, C., Lenoir, J., Sandel., B., Sandom, C., Trøjelsgaard, K. & Svenning, J.-C. (2014): Establishing macroecological trait datasets: digitalisation, extrapolation and validation of diet preferences in terrestrial mammals worldwide. Ecology and Evolution 4: 2913–2930. [ABSTRACT] [Data access]

Barnagaud, J.-Y.*, Kissling, W.D.*, Sandel, B., Eiserhardt, W.L., Sekercioglu, C.H., Enquist, B.J., Tsirogiannis, C. & Svenning, J.-C. (2014): Ecological traits influence the phylogenetic structure of bird species co-occurrences worldwide. Ecology Letters 17: 811–820. (* = shared first authorship) [ABSTRACT] [Featured on front cover]

Kissling, W.D., Pattemore, D.E. & Hagen, M. (2014): Challenges and prospects in the telemetry of insects. Biological Reviews 89: 511–530. [ABSTRACT]

Kissling, W.D., Dormann, C.F., Groeneveld, J., Hickler, T., Kühn, I., McInerny, G.J., Montoya, J.M., Römermann, C., Schiffers, K., Schurr, F.M., Singer, A., Svenning, J.-C., Zimmermann, N.E. & O’Hara, R.B. (2012): Towards novel approaches to modelling biotic interactions in multispecies assemblages at large spatial extents. Journal of Biogeography 39: 2163–2178. [ABSTRACT]

Kissling, W.D.*, Eiserhardt, W.L.*, Baker, W.J., Borchsenius, F., Couvreur, T.L.P., Balslev, H. & Svenning, J.-C. (2012): Cenozoic imprints on the phylogenetic structure of palm species assemblages worldwide. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 109: 7379–7384. (* = shared first authorship) [ABSTRACT]

W. Daniel Kissling