I am Associate Professor of Quantitative Biodiversity Science and head of the Biogeography & Macroecology (BIOMAC) lab at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), The Netherlands. I am embedded in the Department Theoretical and Computational Ecology (TCE) of the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) at UvA. I am also working (one day per week) as the scientific coordinator of the Virtual Laboratory Innovation Center (LW-VLIC) of LifeWatch-ERIC, a European Research Infrastructure Consortium established by the European Commission with focus on biodiversity and ecosystem research. I further lead the eEcoLiDAR project (eScience infrastructure for Ecological applications of LiDAR point clouds, funded by the Netherlands eScience Center) and the Global Ecology project (funded by the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam).
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. (2018): Towards global data products of Essential Biodiversity Variables on species traits. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2: 1531–1540. [ABSTRACT]