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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, especially in relation to global change (past, present, and future). At the University of Amsterdam, I am part of the research group of Computational Geo-Ecology and I also contribute to the special research cluster 'Global Ecology'. I mostly use an ecoinformatics approach to understand and predict 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 how the biosphere is changing under ongoing and future global change. This requires an integrated and interdisciplinary synthesis and my work thus involves collaborations across a variety of disciplines, scientific backgrounds, nationalities and organism groups (for a non-exhaustive overview 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.

NEWS: next conferences: 8th Biennial Conference of the International Biogeography Society (IBS) inTucson, Arizona, USA from 9-13 January 2017, and 10th Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting (NAEM) in Lunteren, The Netherlands from 14-15 February 2017

NEWS: See our new paper in Scientific Reports about lizard diversity across Africa: here

NEWS: See our H2020 project GLOBIS-B: www.globis-b.eu

Selected publications (for a complete list click here)

Kissling, W.D., Blach-Overgaard, A., Zwaan, R.E. & Wagner, P. (2016): Historical colonization and dispersal limitation supplement climate and topography in shaping species richness of African lizards (Reptilia: Agaminae). Scientific Reports 6: 34014. [ABSTRACT] [Data access] [IBED news]

Burin, G., Kissling, W.D., Guimarães Jr., P.R., Şekercioğlu, Ç.H. & Quental, T.B. (2016): Omnivory in birds is a macroevolutionary sink. Nature Communications 7: 11250. [ABSTRACT]

Kissling, W.D. (2015): Animal telemetry: follow the insects. Science 349: 597. [SUMMARY] [This is a commentary in response to R. Kays et al. review on "Terrestrial animal tracking as an eye on life and planet"]

Kissling, W.D., Hardisty, A., García, E.A., Santamaria, M., De Leo, F., Pesole, G., Freyhof, J., Manset, D., Wissel, S., Konijn, J. & Los, W. (2015): Towards global interoperability for supporting biodiversity research on Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs). Biodiversity 16: 99–107. [ABSTRACT] [Included in the Special Issue "Connecting the dots: integrating biodiversity observations to better track the CBD 2020 targets"]

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