I am an Associate Professor of Quantitative Biodiversity Science and head of the Biogeography & Macroecology (BIOMAC) lab at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. My main research interest is in large-scale ecology (macroecology, biogeography) and global biodiversity change. I am part of the Department Theoretical and Computational Ecology (TCE) of the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED). Moreover, I am the scientific coordinator & PI of the eEcoLiDAR project (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.
In my work, 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 past, present and future global change. For more details, please see my research pages, my publication list, or visit our BIOMAC web page.
Onstein et al. (2017): Frugivory-related traits promote speciation of tropical palms. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1: 1903–1911. [ABSTRACT]
Kissling et al. (2018): Building essential biodiversity variables (EBVs) of species distribution and abundance at a global scale. Biological Reviews 93: 600–625. [ABSTRACT]