W. Daniel Kissling

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I am Associate Professor of Quantitative Biodiversity Science at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), The Netherlands. I am leading the Biogeography & Macroecology (BIOMAC) lab which is embedded in the Department Theoretical and Computational Ecology (TCE) of the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) at UvA. I am further appointed as the scientific coordinator of the Virtual Laboratory Innovation Center (LW-VLIC) of LifeWatch-ERIC (a European Research Infrastructure Consortium with focus on biodiversity and ecosystem research), and as one of the scientific directors of NIEBA ARISE (Netherlands Infrastructure for Ecosystem and Biodiversity Analysis: Authoritative and Rapid Identification System for Essential biodiversity information). Besides, I am leading a number of research projects (see Research).

My main interest is in data-intensive biodiversity science, especially in the fields of macroecology, biogeography, biodiversity monitoring and global change (past, present, and future). In my work, I mostly use and compile large ecological and environmental datasets together with ecoinformatic tools to understand, quantify and predict biodiversity, functional traits and species distributions across space and time. I take advantage of recent advances in computing, data availability, numerical databasing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing (especially LiDAR) and statistical modelling to (1) better understand the broad-scale distribution of life on Earth, and (2) address how biodiversity changes under past, present and future global change. I am also interested in the interoperability of biodiversity research infrastructures and other aspects of data science (e.g. data and metadata standards, and workflows for data integration). Please see my research pages, my publication list, or the BIOMAC lab homepage for more details.




Kissling et al. (2019): PalmTraits 1.0, a species-level functional trait database of palms worldwide. Scientific Data 6: 178. [ABSTRACT] [DATA]

Kissling et al. (2018): Towards global data products of Essential Biodiversity Variables on species traits. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2: 1531–1540. [ABSTRACT]