Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

Photographer: Daniel Kissling

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

  • Faculty of Science
  • Visiting address
    Science Park A
    Science Park 904  Amsterdam
    Room number: C4.166
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  94248
    1090 GE  Amsterdam
    T: 0205258423

I am an Associate Professor for Quantitative Biodiversity Science at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Most of my work is focused on macroecology & biogeography, spatial modelling, species interactions, and global change. My core research interest is 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.

Associate Professor W. Daniel Kissling


  • 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. DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12937 [details] [PDF]
  • Cámara-Leret, R., Faurby, S., Macia, 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[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[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]. DOI: 10.1038/srep24451 [details / files]
  • 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]. DOI: 10.1038/srep34014 [details / files]
  • 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]. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms11250 [details / files]
  • 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. DOI: 10.1111/boj.12420 [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]
  • 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. (2015). Animal telemetry: follow the insects. Science, 349(6248), 597. DOI: 10.1126/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] [PDF]
  • 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] [PDF]
  • 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]. DOI: 10.1038/srep12213 [details / files]


  • 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 / files]
  • 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] [PDF]
  • 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] [PDF]


  • 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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