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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


    • 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]. DOI: 10.3390/rs11030292 [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. DOI: 10.1111/geb.12835 [details]


    • Bender, I. M. A., Kissling, W. D., Blendinger, P. G., Böhning-Gaese, K., Hensen, I., Kühn, I., ... Schleuning, M. (2018). Morphological trait matching shapes plant-frugivore networks across the Andes. Ecography, 41(11), 1910–1919. DOI: 10.1111/ecog.03396 [details]
    • Kissling, W. D., Walls, R., Bowser, A., Jones, M. O., Kattge, J., Agosti, D., ... Guralnick, R. P. (2018). Towards global data products of Essential Biodiversity Variables on species traits. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2(10), 1531–1540. DOI: 10.1038/s41559-018-0667-3 [details]
    • Antonelli, A., Kissling, W. D., Flantua, S. G. A., Bermúdez, M. A., Mulch, A., Muellner-Riehl, A. N., ... Hoorn, C. (2018). Geological and climatic influences on mountain biodiversity. Nature Geoscience, 11(10), 718–725. DOI: 10.1038/s41561-018-0236-z [details]
    • Heinen, J. H., van Loon, E. E., Hansen, D. M., & Kissling, W. D. (2018). Extinction-driven changes in frugivore communities on oceanic islands. Ecography, 41(8), 1245–1255. DOI: 10.1111/ecog.03462 [details]
    • Serna Chavez, H. M., Kissling, W. D., Veen, L. E., Swenson, N. G., & van Bodegom, P. M. (2018). Spatial scale-dependence of factors driving climate regulation services in the Americas. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 27(7), 828–838. DOI: 10.1111/geb.12743 [details]
    • Onstein, R. E., Baker, W. J., Couvreur, T. L. P., Faurby, S., Herrera-Alsina, L., Svenning, J-C., & Kissling, W. D. (2018). To adapt or go extinct? The fate of megafaunal palm fruits under past global change. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 285(1880), [20180882]. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2018.0882 [details]
    • Norder, S. J., Baumgartner, J. B., Borges, P. A. V., Hengl, T., Kissling, W. D., van Loon, E. E., & Rijsdijk, K. F. (2018). A global spatially explicit database of changes in island paleo-area and archipelago configuration during the late Quaternary. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 27(5), 500–505. DOI: 10.1111/geb.12715 [details]
    • Pellissier, V., Barnagaud, J-Y., Kissling, W. D., Şekercioğlu, Ç., & Svenning, J-C. (2018). Niche packing and expansion account for species richness-productivity relationships in global bird assemblages. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 27(5), 604–615. DOI: 10.1111/geb.12723 [details]
    • Kissling, W. D., Ahumada, J. A., Bowser, A., Fernandez, M., Fernández, N., Garcia, E. A., ... Hardisty, A. R. (2018). Building essential biodiversity variables (EBVs) of species distribution and abundance at a global scale. Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, 93(1), 600–625. DOI: 10.1111/brv.12359 [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. DOI: 10.1038/s41559-017-0348-7 [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. DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12582 [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]
    • 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. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12683 [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]. DOI: 10.1038/nplants.2016.220 [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. DOI: 10.1002/2016EF000389 [details]
    • 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]
    • Kissling, W. D. (2017). Has frugivory influenced the macroecology and diversification of a tropical keystone plant family? Research Ideas and Outcomes, 3, [e14944]. DOI: 10.3897/rio.3.e14944
    • 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]. DOI: 10.3897/rio.3.e14939 [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. DOI: 10.1111/geb.12629 [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]


    • Göldel, B., Araujo, A. C., Kissling, W. D., & Svenning, J-C. (2016). Impacts of large herbivores on the spinescence and abundance of palms in the Brazilian Pantanal. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 182(2), 465-479. DOI: 10.1111/boj.12420 [details]
    • Sanín, M. J., Kissling, W. D., Bacon, C. D., Borchsenius, F., Galeano, G., Svenning, J-C., ... Pintaud, J-C. (2016). The Neogene rise of the tropical Andes facilitated diversification of wax palms (Ceroxylon: Arecaceae) through geographic colonization and climatic niche separation. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 182(2), 303-317. DOI: 10.1111/boj.12419 [details]
    • Kissling, W. D., Blach-Overgaard, A., Zwaan, R. E., & Wagner, P. (2016). Historical colonization and dispersal limitation supplement climate and topography in shaping species richness of African lizards (Reptilia: Agaminae). Scientific Reports, 6, [34014]. [details]
    • Aguirre-Gutiérrez, J., Kissling, W. D., Carvalheiro, L. G., WallisDeVries, M. F., Franzén, M., & Biesmeijer, J. C. (2016). Functional traits help to explain half-century long shifts in pollinator distributions. Scientific Reports, 6, [24451]. [details]
    • Burin, G., Kissling, W. D., Guimarães, P. R., Şekercioğlu, Ç. H., & Quental, T. B. (2016). Omnivory in birds is a macroevolutionary sink. Nature Communications, 7, [11250]. [details]
    • McCormack, C. G., Born, W., Irvine, P. J., Achterberg, E. P., Amano, T., Ardron, J., ... Sutherland, W. J. (2016). Key impacts of climate engineering on biodiversity and ecosystems, with priorities for future research. Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, 13(2-4), 103–128. DOI: 10.1080/1943815X.2016.1159578 [details]


    • Kissling, W. D. (2015). Animal telemetry: follow the insects. Science, 349(6248), 597. [details]
    • Kissling, W. D. (2015). Ecology of climate change: the importance of biotic interactions by Eric Post. The Quarterly Review of Biology, 90(2), 213-214. DOI: 10.1086/681462 [details]
    • Kissling, W. D., & Schleuning, M. (2015). Multispecies interactions across trophic levels at macroscales: retrospective and future directions. Ecography, 38(4), 346-357. DOI: 10.1111/ecog.00819 [details]
    • Kissling, W. D., Hardisty, A., García, E. A., Santamaria, M., De Leo, F., Pesole, G., ... Los, W. (2015). Towards global interoperability for supporting biodiversity research on Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs). Biodiversity, 16(2-3), 99-107. DOI: 10.1080/14888386.2015.1068709 [details]
    • Eiserhardt, W. L., Borchsenius, F., Sandel, B., Kissling, W. D., & Svenning, J-C. (2015). Late Cenozoic climate and the phylogenetic structure of regional conifer floras worldwide. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 24(10), 1136-1148. DOI: 10.1111/geb.12350 [details]
    • Eskildsen, A., Carvalheiro, L. G., Kissling, W. D., Biesmeijer, J. C., Schweiger, O., & Høye, T. T. (2015). Ecological specialization matters: long-term trends in butterfly species richness and assemblage composition depend on multiple functional traits. Diversity and distributions, 21(7), 792-802. DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12340 [details]
    • Göldel, B., Kissling, W. D., & Svenning, J-C. (2015). Geographic variation and environmental correlates of functional trait distributions in palms (Arecaceae) across the New World. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 179(4), 602-617. DOI: 10.1111/boj.12349 [details]
    • Ribeiro Mello, M. A., Rodrigues, F. A., da Fontoura Costa, L., Kissling, W. D., Şekercioğlu, Ç. H., Darcie Marquitti, F. M., & Kalko, E. K. V. (2015). Keystone species in seed dispersal networks are mainly determined by dietary specialization. Oikos, 124(8), 1031-1039. DOI: 10.1111/oik.01613 [details]
    • Tjørnløv, R. S., Kissling, W. D., Barnagaud, J-Y., Bøcher, P. K., & Høye, T. T. (2015). Oviposition site selection of an endangered butterfly at local spatial scales. Journal of Insect conservation, 19(2), 377-391. DOI: 10.1007/s10841-014-9747-0 [details]
    • Weigelt, P., Kissling, W. D., Kisel, Y., Fritz, S. A., Karger, D. N., Kessler, A., ... Kreft, H. (2015). Global patterns and drivers of phylogenetic structure in island floras. Scientific Reports, 5, [12213]. [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. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1136 [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. DOI: 10.1111/brv.12065 [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. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12285 [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. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2013.3246 [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. DOI: 10.3389/fgene.2014.00452 [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. DOI: 10.1111/oik.01426 [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. DOI: 10.1093/czoolo/60.2.243 [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. DOI: 10.1890/12-1577.1 [details]
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