Dr Kimberly Thompson


Research interests


Anthropogenic disturbances are increasing multi-scale interactions and creating no-analog communities, which can irreversibly alter the structure and function of ecosystems. As a quantitative ecologist, this idea motivates me to pursue research questions that merge macrosystems biology and community ecology through ecological modelling and spatiotemporal analysis. My research focuses on unifying fine-scale processes with macroscale patterns, through an understanding of how biodiversity patterns are affected by interacting anthropogenic stressors.

Short CV


  • PhD in Wildlife Ecology, 2021, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
  • Masters in Conservation Biology, 2013, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University, USA

Publications before iDiv


Thompson, K.L., B. Zuckerberg, W.P. Porter, J.N. Pauli (2021): The decline of a hidden and expansive microhabitat: the subnivium. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment DOI

Tromboni, F., J. Liu, E. Ziaco, D.D. Breshears, K.L. Thompson, W.K. Dodds, K.M. Dahlin, E.A. LaRue, J.H. Thorp, A. Viña, M.M. Laguë, A. Maasri, H. Yang, S. Chandra, S. Fei (2021): Macrosystems as metacoupled human and natural systems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment DOI

Thompson, K.L., B. Zuckerberg, W.P. Porter, and J.N. Pauli (2018): The phenology of the subnivium. Environmental Research Letters DOI



Gilbert, N. A., McGinn, K. A., Nunes, L. A., Shipley, A. A., Bernath-Plaisted, J., Clare, J. D. J., Murphy, P. W., Keyser, S. R., Thompson, K. L., Maresh Nelson, S. B., Cohen, J. M., Widick, I. V., Bartel, S. L., Orrock, J. L., Zuckerberg, B.

(2023): Daily activity timing in the Anthropocene. Trends in Ecology & Evolution
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Universität Leipzig

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