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Welcome

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

June 1, 2017
Map of Life switched public a first suite of maps of aggregate biodiversity patterns. Check them out at https://mol.org/patterns .
May 31, 2017
Our new study published in Nature (by Laura Pollock, Wilfried Thuiller, and Walter Jetz ) finds that major gains in global biodiversity can be achieved if an additional 5% of...
May 18, 2017
Jetz Lab PhD student Katherine (KT) Mertes defended her PhD on “Disentangling scale-dependence in ecological niches using observations and movement data” with flying colors...
December 1, 2016
In collaboration with the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment we launched the new web portal addressing mountains and their biodiversity globally: http://www....
Map of Life and The Field Museum win MacArthur Foundation grant
September 14, 2016
The Yale-led Map of Life project and The Field Museum in Chicago have won a $300,000 MacArthur Foundation grant to support conservation decisions in South America. The two...
New Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change, directed by Walter Jetz
August 12, 2016
The new Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change, directed by Walter Jetz, has been approved. The Center will build and thematically expand on the successful Yale...
Lab postdoc Carsten Meyer awarded $1 million Freigeist Fellowship
August 5, 2016
Congratulations to Lab postdoc Carsten Meyer for winning a $1 Million Freigeist Fellowship! The award by the Volkswagen Stiftung will enable Carsten to set up his own...
New study identifies species-level biases in spatial data gaps
June 18, 2016
A new Map of Life associated study now online in GEB and led by Carsten Meyer quantifies the substantial variation in spatial data gaps in mammals species worldwide and...