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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 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: See our new paper in Nature Communications about bird diversification: here

NEWS: Our H2020 project GLOBIS-B has started. See our new project website: www.globis-b.eu

Selected publications (for a complete list click here)

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. & Schleuning, M. (2015): Multispecies interactions across trophic levels at macroscales: retrospective and future directions. Ecography 38: 346–357. [ABSTRACT] [Included in the Intecol Special Issue "The diversity of diversity studies: retrospectives and future directions" edited by Christopher J. Lortie and Jens-Christian Svenning]

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.*, 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