W. Daniel Kissling

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I am Associate Professor of Quantitative Biodiversity Science and head of the Biogeography & Macroecology (BIOMAC) lab at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. My main interest is in data-intensive biodiversity science, especially in the fields of macroecology, biogeography and global change (past, present, and future). In my work, I mostly use large ecological and environmental datasets together with ecoinformatic tools to understand and predict biodiversity patterns across space and time. 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. I am also interested in biodiversity research infrastructures and in data science more generally. Please see my research pages, my publication list, or the BIOMAC lab homepage for more details.

At the University of Amsterdam, I am part of the Department Theoretical and Computational Ecology (TCE) of the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED). I further lead the eEcoLiDAR project (eScience infrastructure for Ecological applications of LiDAR point clouds, funded by the Netherlands eScience Center), the frugivory & palm diversification project (funded by the Dutch Science Foundation NWO), and the Global Ecology project (funded by the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam). Recently, I have finished GLOBIS-B, a Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Commission to facilitate the collaboration of biodiversity research infrastructures worldwide. 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.




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]