The University of Amsterdam (UvA)

The Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA) is the largest university of the Netherlands. Within the Faculty of Science, the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) has the mission to increase the understanding of the diversity and dynamics of ecosystems from the level of molecules and genes to entire ecosystems. IBED has currently nine research groups which are clustered in three research themes: biodiversity and evolution, geo-ecology, and community dynamics. The institute also leads the Faculty of Science Research Cluster ‘Global Ecology’ and participates in the Faculty of Science Research Cluster ‘Green Life Sciences’.

Relevant previous projects and activities

  • CReATIVE-B: coordination of research e-infrastructure activities toward an international virtual environment for biodiversity
  • ENVRI: common operations of environmental research infrastructures
  • LifeWatch: e-science European infrastructure for biodiversity and ecosystem research.

Project members

Daniel Kissling

Dr. W. Daniel Kissling is Associate Professor for Quantitative Biodiversity Science and staff member of the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) at the University of Amsterdam. He is PI and scientific coordinator of GLOBIS-B. Research interests include global ecology, macroecology, biogeography, ecoinformatics, and global change. Particular focus is on species interactions and functional traits, aiming to improve predictions and understanding of spatiotemporal patterns and dynamics in terrestrial ecosystems. He has published >50 scientific papers and currently serves as subject editor for the journal Ecography (2014–present).

Wouter Los

Wouter Los has initiated various initiatives in biodiversity e-science over the last decades. These include the development of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and large EU-funded projects such as Fauna Europaea and European Network of Biodiversity Information (ENBI). He was coordinator of the FP7 projects Creative-B and ENVRI. He has also coordinated the LifeWatch preparatory project and provided consultancy for its further development.

Jacco Konijn

Jacco Konijn is head of project management at the Faculty of Science and is the project manager of the GLOBIS-B project. In the past he has been involved as coordinator and project manager in the preparatory project LifeWatch, CReATIVE-B and ENVRI. Currently he is also Work Package leader in the ENVRplus project, a large cluster project in which 23 Environmental Research Infrastructures collaborate to develop products of common interest.


Recent publications

Kissling, W.D., Hardisty, A., García, E.A., Santamaria, M., De Leo, F., Pesole, G., Freyhof, J., Manset, D., Wissel, S., Konijn, J. & Los, W. (2015): Towards global interoperability for supporting biodiversity research on Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs). Biodiversity accepted.

Kissling, W.D. & Schleuning, M. (2015): Multispecies interactions across trophic levels at macroscales: retrospective and future directions. Ecography 38: 346–357.

Kissling, W.D., Dalby, L., Fløjgaard, C., Lenoir, J., Sandel., B., Sandom, C., Trøjelsgaard, K. & Svenning, J.-C. (2014): Establishing macroecological trait datasets: digitalisation, extrapolation and validation of diet preferences in terrestrial mammals worldwide. Ecology and Evolution 4: 2913–2930.