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 consists of four research departments : Ecosystem and Landscape Dynamics, Evolutionary and Population Biology, Freshwater and Marine Ecology, and Theoretical and Computational Ecology. 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 >65 scientific articles and currently serves as handling editor for two journals: Ecography and Journal of Biogeography

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

Schmeller, D.S., Mihoub, J.-B., Bowser, A., Arvanitidis, C., Costello, M.J., Fernandez, M., Geller, G., Hobern, D., Kissling, W.D., Regan, E., Saarenmaa, H., Turak, E., & Isaac, N.J.B. (2017): Towards an operational definition of Essential Biodiversity Variables. Biodiversity and Conservation in press

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 16:99-107

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