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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: danielkissling [@] web.de

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, functional ecology, biotic interactions, and global environmental change (in the past, present, and future). At the University of Amsterdam, I contribute to the special research cluster 'Global Ecology'. In my research, 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) develop solutions to cross-scale environmental problems in global change biology and conservation management. This requires an integrated and interdisciplinary effort 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)

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. & Schleuning, M. (2014): Multispecies interactions across trophic levels at macroscales: retrospective and future directions. Ecography in press. [ABSTRACT]

Kissling, W.D., Pattemore, D.E. & Hagen, M. (2014): Challenges and prospects in the telemetry of insects. Biological Reviews Early View. [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]

Kissling, W.D., Sekercioglu, C.H. & Jetz, W. (2012): Bird dietary guild richness across latitudes, environments and biogeographic regions. Global Ecology & Biogeography 21: 328–340. [ABSTRACT]

W. Daniel Kissling