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’.
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 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.
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.