Gund Postdoctoral Fellow, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Biology, University of Vermont

Matthew is a macroecologist, global change biologist, and data scientist. His research seeks to understand what shapes spatial biodiversity patterns at biotic scales ranging from genes to ecosystems, and to inform conservation under global environmental change. As a postdoc at the University of Vermont, he is working to develop and apply spatial modeling tools to understand how recent and future climate trends drive changes in ecological communities across the forested and agricultural landscapes of the Northeast.

Matt completed his PhD in Integrative Biology at Berkeley, and his Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies and Conservation Biology at Middlebury College. Beyond academia, he has worked as a scientist for government, NGO, and private organizations in the environmental space. He is passionate about translational research, open science, and data visualization.


  • Kling, M., and D. Ackerly. (2021) Global wind patterns shape genetic differentiation, asymmetric gene flow, and genetic diversity in trees. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118(17)
  • Skelton, R., L. Anderegg, J. Diaz, M. Kling, P. Papper, L. Lamarque, S. Delzon, T. Dawson, and D. Ackerly. (2021) Evolutionary relationships between drought-related traits and climate shaped large hydraulic safety margins in North American oaks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118(10)
  • Kling, M., and D. Ackerly. (2020) Global wind patterns and the vulnerability of wind-dispersed species to climate change. Nature Climate Change, 10: 868-875
  • Ackerly, D., M. Kling, M. Clark, P. Papper, M. Oldfather, A. Flint and L. Flint. Topoclimates and Biotic Responses to Climate Change: Which locations on the landscape will be most sensitive? Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 18(5): 288–297
  • Stevens, J., M. Kling, D. Schwilk, M. Varner, and J. Kane. Biogeography of fire regimes in western US conifer forests: a trait-based approach. (2020) Global Ecology and Biogeography, 29: 944-955
  • Kling, M., S. Auer, P. Comer, D. Ackerly, and H. Hamilton. (2020) Multiple axes of ecological vulnerability to climate change. Global Change Biology, 26: 2798-2813.
  • Kling, M., B. Mishler, B. Baldwin, A. Thornhill, and D. Ackerly (2018). Facets of phylodiversity: evolutionary diversification, divergence, and survival as conservation targets. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 374: 20170397.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Conservation biology, global change, spatial ecology, biogeography, data science


  • PhD, Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley
  • BA, Conservation Biology & Environmental Studies