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

New study identifies species-level biases in spatial data gaps

Sat, 06/18/2016

A new Map of Life associated study now online in GEB and led by Carsten Meyer quantifies the substantial...

New paper in TREE: Detecting the multiple facets of biodiversity

Wed, 05/18/2016

An opinion piece by postdoc Marta Jarzyna and Walter Jetz on the pitfalls of ignoring imperfect detection of species in studies of functional and phylogenetic diversity was published in Trend in...

Lab senior thesis student Gwen Antell wins Yale William R. Belknap prize

Wed, 05/11/2016

The award recognizes excellence in natural history studies of undergraduates in their senior year. Gwen wrote her thesis on the niche partitioning of East African hornbills. Based on...

Lab senior thesis student Rebecca Beilinson wins Yale 2016 Library Map Prize

Wed, 05/11/2016

For her research project on 'Species Distribution Modeling of North American Odonates', supervised by Walter Jetz and Sami Domisch. This award is conferred on a Yale College senior for the...

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,...