Wilm Daniel Kissling

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C. F. Dormann (carsten.dormann@ufz.de), Dept of Computational Landscape Ecology, UFZ Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Permoserstr. 15, DE-04318 Leipzig, Germany. J. M. McPherson, Dept of Biology, Dalhousie Univ., 1355 Oxford Street Halifax NS, B3H 4J1 Canada. M. B. Araújo, Dept de Biodiversidad y Biologı́a Evolutiva, Museo Nacional de Ciencias(More)
The causes of variation in animal species richness at large spatial scales are intensively debated. Here, we examine whether the diversity of food plants, contemporary climate and energy, or habitat heterogeneity determine species richness patterns of avian frugivores across sub-Saharan Africa. Path models indicate that species richness of Ficus (their(More)
Predicting which species will occur together in the future, and where, remains one of the greatest challenges in ecology, and requires a sound understanding of how the abiotic and biotic environments interact with dispersal processes and history across scales. Biotic interactions and their dynamics influence species' relationships to climate, and this also(More)
BACKGROUND The palm family occurs in all tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. Palms are of high ecological and economical importance, and display complex spatial patterns of species distributions and diversity. SCOPE This review summarizes empirical evidence for factors that determine palm species distributions, community composition and(More)
Biodiversity is organised into complex ecological networks of interacting species in local ecosystems, but our knowledge about the effects of habitat fragmentation on such systems remains limited. We consider the effects of this key driver of both local and global change on both mutualistic and antagonistic systems at different levels of biological(More)
L. Mauricio Bini, J. Alexandre F. Diniz-Filho, Thiago F. L. V. B. Rangel, Thomas S. B. Akre, Rafael G. Albaladejo, Fabio S. Albuquerque, Abelardo Aparicio, Miguel B. Araújo, Andrés Baselga, Jan Beck, M. Isabel Bellocq, Katrin Böhning-Gaese, Paulo A. V. Borges, Isabel Castro-Parga, Vun Khen Chey, Steven L. Chown, Paulo de Marco, Jr, David S. Dobkin, Dolores(More)
Despite long-standing interest in the origin and maintenance of species diversity, little is known about historical drivers of species assemblage structure at large spatiotemporal scales. Here, we use global species distribution data, a dated genus-level phylogeny, and paleo-reconstructions of biomes and climate to examine Cenozoic imprints on the(More)
BACKGROUND Accurate estimates of movement behavior and distances travelled by animals are difficult to obtain, especially for small-bodied insects where transmitter weights have prevented the use of radio-tracking. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS Here, we report the first successful use of micro radio telemetry to track flight distances and space use of(More)
In ecology and biogeography it is often recognized that the species richness of different groups of organisms is spatially congruent (and thus positively correlated). However, ecological phenomena are often scale dependent and can change with spatial scale (i.e., grain size and extent). Because species richness gradients are also correlated with(More)
Essential biodiversity variables (EBVs) have been proposed by the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) to identify a minimum set of essential measurements that are required for studying, monitoring and reporting biodiversity and ecosystem change. Despite the initial conceptualisation, however, the practical implementation(More)