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

The Biogeography & Macroecology (BIOMAC) lab

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 biodiversity, macroecology, biogeography, macroevolution, biotic interactions and global change (past, present, and future). 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 computing, data availability, numerical databasing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, phylogenies and statistical modelling to (1) better understand the broad-scale distribution of life on Earth, and (2) address how biodiversity changes under ongoing and future global change.

At the University of Amsterdam, I am leading the Biogeography & Macroecology (BIOMAC) lab in the Department Theoretical and Computational Ecology (TCE). Moreover, I am the scientific coordinator & PI of the Horizon 2020 project GLOBIS-B (global infrastructures for supporting biodiversity research, funded by the European Commission), the project eEcoLiDAR (eScience infrastructure for Ecological applications of LiDAR point clouds, funded by the Netherlands eScience Center), and the frugivory & palm diversification project (funded by the Dutch Science Foundation NWO). I am also contributing to GEO BON (the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network) as a co-leader of the Data Task Force and as a member of the Implementation Committee. Finally, I am a handling editor for two great journals: Ecography and Journal of Biogeography.

Selected publications (for a complete list click here)

Onstein, R.E., Baker, W.J., Couvreur, T.L.P., Faurby, S., Svenning, J.-C. & Kissling, W.D. (2017): Frugivory-related traits promote speciation of tropical palms. Nature Ecology & Evolution (in press). [ABSTRACT]

Kissling, W.D., Ahumada, J.A., Bowser, A., Fernandez, M., Fernandez, N., Garcia, E.A., Guralnick, R.P., Isaac, N.J.B., Kelling, S., Los, W., McRae, L., Mihoub, J.-B., Obst, M., Santamaria, M., Skidmore, A.K., Williams, K.J., Agosti, D., Amariles, D., Arvanitidis, C., Bastin, L., De Leo, F., Egloff, W., Elith J., Hobern, D., Martin, D., Pereira, H.M., Pesole, G., Peterseil, J., Saarenmaa, H., Schigel, D., Schmeller, D.S., Segata, N., Turak, E., Uhlir, P.F., Wee, B. & Hardisty, A.R. (2017): Building essential biodiversity variables (EBVs) of species distribution and abundance at a global scale. Biological Reviews in press. [ABSTRACT]

Kissling, W.D., Seijmonsbergen, A.C., Foppen, R.P.B. & Bouten, W. (2017): eEcoLiDAR, eScience infrastructure for ecological applications of LiDAR point clouds: reconstructing the 3D ecosystem structure for animals at regional to continental scales. Research Ideas and Outcomes 3: e14939. [ABSTRACT]

Kissling, W.D. (2017): Has frugivory influenced the macroecology and diversification of a tropical keystone plant family? Research Ideas and Outcomes 3: e14944. [ABSTRACT]

Cámara-Leret, R., Faurby, S., Macía, M.J., Balslev, H., Göldel, B., Svenning, J.-C., Kissling, W.D., Rønsted, N. & Saslis-Lagoudakis, C.H. (2017): Fundamental species traits explain provisioning services of tropical American palms. Nature Plants 3: 16220. [ABSTRACT] [IBED news]

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.*, 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