Work in our group addresses the patterns and processes behind the distribution of species and their traits in space and time. We are particularly interested in the scale-dependence of both evidence and mechanism in biodiversity science and how environment, ecological, and macroevolutionary mechanisms combine to determine the co-occurrence of species and the structure of assemblages. We aim to use this as basis for assessing the the fate of biodiversity and its functions under global change. We work with a variety of systems, both animals and plants, but have to date been particularly active addressing birds and terrestrial vertebrates. 

Lab News

A global cloud atlas for predicting biodiversity and ecoystems

Sat, 04/02/2016

A study by former postdoc Adam Wilson and Walter Jetz provides a new 1km map of global cloud cover variation that provides striking insights into the fine-scale variation of habitats and species....

Future Earth symposium: Global Biodiversity Monitoring

Thu, 03/10/2016

The Future Earth Cluster on 'Global Biodiversity Monitoring, Prediction and Reporting' symposium held its second symposium at Monte Verita Switzerland, with a strong participation from our group...

New study in PLoS Biology: energy and species richness

Wed, 03/02/2016

A new paper in PLoS Biology takes a combined spatial - evolutionary perspective on...

Jetz Lab team teaches workshop at the Species on the Move conference in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Mon, 02/08/2016

Approximately 60 people participated in a workshop entitled "Bioinformatics tools to assess climate change impacts on composition and structure of ecological communities" taught by Marta Jarzyna,...

New lab paper on near-global freshwater environmental variables

Sat, 12/12/2015

A new study by Sami Domisch, Giuseppe Amatulli and Walter Jetz in Scientific Data provide near-...

New paper on the decline of biodiversity due to area loss

Tue, 11/17/2015

A new study by former postdoc Petr Keil and Walter Jetz in Nature Communications details...