I am an 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). I am also 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. Additionally, I am the scientific coordinator, PI, Co-PI and work package leader in a number of research projects funded by LifeWatch-ERIC, the European Commission and the Dutch Research Council (see Research).
My main interest is in data-intensive biodiversity science, especially in the fields of macroecology, ecoinformatics, biodiversity monitoring and global biodiversity 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 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, data integration workflows, and automated data collection). Please see my research pages, my publication list, or the BIOMAC lab homepage for more details.
Kissling et al. (2018): Towards global data products of Essential Biodiversity Variables on species traits. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2: 1531–1540. [ABSTRACT]