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dr. rer. nat. W.D. (Daniel) Kissling

Associate Professor of Quantitative Biodiversity
Faculty of Science
Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics
Photographer: Daniel Kissling

Visiting address
  • Science Park 904
  • Room number: C4.168
Postal address
  • Postbus 94240
    1090 GE Amsterdam
  • Profile

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    I am an Associate Professor for Quantitative Biodiversity Science and head of the Biogeography & Macroecology (BIOMAC) lab at the University of Amsterdam. With my research I am embedded in the Department Theoretical and Computational Ecology (TCE) at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED). Most of my research is focused on large-scale biodiversity patterns, macroecology, biogeography, biotic interactions (especially frugivory) and global change. With my work, I aim to understand how past, present and future environmental factors, species interactions, human impacts and evolutionary history influence species distributions and the structure and assembly of biological communities.

    At IBED, I am the coordinator and teacher of the BSc course 'Biodiversity and Global Change' and the MSc course 'Global Ecology and Biodiversity'. I am further leading several research projects, including the eScience project eEcoLiDAR and the NWO-funded frugivory & palm diversification project. I recently finished the EU project 'GLOBal Infrastructures for Supporting Biodiversity research (GLOBIS-B)' for which I was the scientific coordinator. Moreover, I am also contributing to the efforts of the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) by being a co-leader of the Data Task Force and a member of the Implementation Committee. For more details, please see my personal homepage and our BIOMAC lab webpage.


    Associate Professor W. Daniel Kissling
  • Publications


    • Meyer, L., Diniz-Filho, J. A. F., Lohmann, L. G., Hortal, J., Pereira, E. B., Kissling, W. D., & Rangel, T. F. (2020). Canopy height explains species richness in the largest clade of Neotropical lianas. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 29(1), 26-37.


    • Bakx, T. R. M., Koma, Z., Seijmonsbergen, A. C., & Kissling, W. D. (2019). Use and categorization of Light Detection and Ranging vegetation metrics in avian diversity and species distribution research. Diversity and distributions, 25(7), 1045-1059. [25]. [details]
    • Barnagaud, J-Y., Mazet, N., Munoz, F., Grenié, M., Denelle, P., Sobral, M., ... Violle, C. (2019). Functional biogeography of dietary strategies in birds. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 28(7), 1004–1017.
    • Bender, I. M. A., Kissling, W. D., Böhning-Gaese, K., Hensen, I., Kühn, I., Nowak, L., ... Schleuning, M. (2019). Projected impacts of climate change on functional diversity of frugivorous birds along a tropical elevational gradient. Scientific Reports, 9, [17708].
    • Hardisty, A., Belbin, L., Hobern, D., McGeoch, M. A., Pirzl, R., Williams, K. J., & Kissling, W. D. (2019). Research infrastructure challenges in preparing Essential Biodiversity Variables data products for alien invasive species. Environmental Research Letters, 14, [025005].
    • Hardisty, A., Michener, W. K., Agosti, D., García, E. A., Bastin, L., Belbin, L., ... Kissling, W. D. (2019). The Bari Manifesto: An interoperability framework for essential biodiversity variables. Ecological Informatics, 49, 22–31.
    • Kissling, W. D., Balslev, H., Baker, W. J., Dransfield, J., Göldel, B., Lim, J. Y., ... Svenning, J-C. (2019). PalmTraits 1.0, a species-level functional trait database of palms worldwide. Scientific Data, 6, [178 ].
    • Lucas, C., Bouten, W., Koma, Z., Kissling, W. D., & Seijmonsbergen, A. C. (2019). Identification of Linear Vegetation Elements in a Rural Landscape Using LiDAR Point Clouds. Remote Sensing, 11(3), [292]. [details]
    • Muellner-Riehl, A. N., Schnitzler, J., Kissling, W. D., Mosbrugger, V., Rijsdijk, K. F., Seijmonsbergen, A. C., ... Favre, A. (2019). Origins of global mountain plant biodiversity: Testing the ‘mountain‐geobiodiversity hypothesis’. Journal of Biogeography, 46(12), 2826-2838. [details]
    • Musche, M., Adamescu, M., Angelstam, P., Bacher, S., Bäck, J., Buss, H. L., ... Klotz, S. (2019). Research questions to facilitate the future development of European long-term ecosystem research infrastructures: a horizon scanning exercise. Journal of Environmental Management, 250, [109479].
    • Muñoz, G., Kissling, W. D., & van Loon, E. E. (2019). Biodiversity Observations Miner: A web application to unlock primary biodiversity data from published literature. Biodiversity Data Journal, 7, [e28737].
    • Muñoz, G., Trøjelsgaard, K., & Kissling, W. D. (2019). A synthesis of animal-mediated seed dispersal of palms reveals distinct biogeographic differences in species interactions. Journal of Biogeography, 46(2), 466–484. [details]
    • Norder, S. J., Proios, K., Whittaker, R. J., Alonso, M. R., Borges, P. A. V., Borregaard, M. K., ... Rijsdijk, K. F. (2019). Beyond the Last Glacial Maximum: Island endemism is best explained by long-lasting archipelago configurations. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 28(2), 184-197. [details]
    • Nowak, L., Kissling, W. D., Bender, I. M. A., Dehling, D. M., Böhning-Gaese, K., & Schleuning, M. (2019). Projecting consequences of global warming for the functional diversity of fleshy-fruited plants and frugivorous birds along a tropical elevational gradient. Diversity and distributions, 25(9), 1362–1374.
    • Onstein, R. E., Kissling, W. D., Chatrou, L. W., Couvreur, T. L. P., Morlon, H., & Sauquet, H. (2019). Which frugivory-related traits facilitated historical long-distance dispersal in the custard-apple family (Annonaceae)? Journal of Biogeography, 46(8), 1874–1888. [details]
    • Schrodt, F., Bailey, J. J., Kissling, W. D., Rijsdijk, K. F., Seijmonsbergen, A. C., van Ree, D., ... Field, R. (2019). To advance sustainable stewardship, we must document not only biodiversity but geodiversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 116(33), 16155-16158. [details]
    • Steenvoorden, J., Meddens, A. J. H., Martinez, A. J., Foster, L. J., & Kissling, W. D. (2019). The potential importance of unburned islands as refugia for the persistence of wildlife species in fire-prone ecosystems. Ecology and Evolution, 9(15), 8800–8812.



    • Aguirre-Gutiérrez, J., Kissling, W. D., Biesmeijer, J. C., WallisDeVries, M. F., Reemer, M., & Carvalheiro, L. G. (2017). Historical changes in the importance of climate and land use as determinants of Dutch pollinator distributions. Journal of Biogeography, 44(3), 696-707. [details]
    • Barnagaud, J-Y., Kissling, W. D., Tsirogiannis, C., Fisikopoulos, V., Villéger, S., Sekercioglu, C. H., & Svenning, J-C. (2017). Biogeographic, environmental and anthropogenic determinants of global patterns in taxonomic and trait turnover in birds. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 26(10), 1190–1200. [details]
    • Barratt, C. D., Bwong, B. A., Onstein, R. E., Rosauer, D. F., Menegon, M., Doggart, N., ... Loader, S. P. (2017). Environmental correlates of phylogenetic endemism in amphibians and the conservation of refugia in the Coastal Forests of Eastern Africa. Diversity and distributions, 23(8), 875–887. [details]
    • Bender, I. M. A., Kissling, W. D., Böhning-Gaese, K., Hensen, I., Kühn, I., Wiegand, T., ... Schleuning, M. (2017). Functionally specialised birds respond flexibly to seasonal changes in fruit availability. Journal of Animal Ecology, 86(4), 800–811. [details]
    • Cámara-Leret, R., Faurby, S., Macía, M. J., Balslev, H., Göldel, B., Svenning, J-C., ... Saslis-Lagoudakis, C. H. (2017). Fundamental species traits explain provisioning services by tropical American palms. Nature Plants, 3(2), [16220]. [details]
    • Ilsøe, S. K., Kissling, W. D., Fjeldså, J., Sandel, B., & Svenning, J-C. (2017). Global variation in woodpecker species richness shaped by tree availability. Journal of Biogeography, 44(8), 1824–1835. [details]
    • Irvine, P. J., Kravitz, B., Lawrence, M. G., Gerten, D., Caminade, C., Gosling, S. N., ... Smith, S. J. (2017). Towards a comprehensive climate impacts assessment of solar geoengineering. Earth’s Future, 5(1), 93-106. [details]
    • Kissling, W. D. (2017). Has frugivory influenced the macroecology and diversification of a tropical keystone plant family? Research Ideas and Outcomes, 3, [e14944]. [details]
    • Kissling, W. D., Seijmonsbergen, A. C., Foppen, R. P. B., & Bouten, W. (2017). eEcoLiDAR, eScience infrastructure for ecological applications of LiDAR point clouds: reconstructing the 3D ecosystem structure for animals at regional to continental scales. Research Ideas and Outcomes, 3, [e14939]. [details]
    • Onstein, R. E., Baker, W. J., Couvreur, T. L. P., Faurby, S., Svenning, J. C., & Kissling, W. D. (2017). Frugivory-related traits promote speciation of tropical palms. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 1(12), 1903-1911. [details]
    • Schmeller, D. S., Mihoub, J-B., Bowser, A., Arvanitidis, C., Costello, M. J., Fernandez, M., ... Isaac, N. J. B. (2017). Towards an operational definition of Essential Biodiversity Variables. Biodiversity and Conservation, 26(12), 2967–2972. [details]




    • Barnagaud, J-Y., Kissling, W. D., Sandel, B., Eiserhardt, W. L., Şekercioğlu, Ç. H., Enquist, B. J., ... Svenning, J-C. (2014). Ecological traits influence the phylogenetic structure of bird species co-occurrences worldwide. Ecology Letters, 17(7), 811-820. [details]
    • Cabral, J. S., Weigelt, P., Kissling, W. D., & Kreft, H. (2014). Biogeographic, climatic and spatial drivers differentially affect α, β and γ diversities on oceanic archipelagos. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 281(1784), 3246. [details]
    • Couvreur, T. L. P., Kissling, W. D., Condamine, F. L., Svenning, J-C., Rowe, N. P., & Baker, W. J. (2014). Global diversification of a tropical plant growth form: environmental correlates and historical contingencies in climbing palms. Frontiers in Genetics, 5, 452. [details]
    • Dupont, Y. L., Trøjelsgaard, K., Hagen, M., Henriksen, M. V., Olesen, J. M., Pedersen, N. M. E., & Kissling, W. D. (2014). Spatial structure of an individual-based plant-pollinator network. Oikos, 123(11), 1301-1310. [details]
    • Høye, T. T., Eskildsen, A., Hansen, R. R., Bowden, J. J., Schmidt, N. M., & Kissling, W. D. (2014). Phenology of high-arctic butterflies and their floral resources: species-specific responses to climate change. Current Zoology, 60(2), 243-251. [details]
    • Kissling, W. D., Dalby, L., Fløjgaard, C., Lenoir, J., Sandel, B., Sandom, C., ... Svenning, J-C. (2014). Establishing macroecological trait datasets: digitalisation, extrapolation and validation of diet preferences in terrestrial mammals worldwide. Ecology and Evolution, 4(14), 2913-2930. [details]
    • Kissling, W. D., Pattemore, D. E., & Hagen, M. (2014). Challenges and prospects in the telemetry of insects. Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, 89(3), 511-530. [details]


    • Blach-Overgaard, A., Kissling, W. D., Dransfield, J., Balslev, H., & Svenning, J-C. (2013). Multimillion-year climatic effects on palm species diversity in Africa. Ecology, 94(11), 2426-2435. [details]
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