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

Map of Life and The Field Museum win MacArthur Foundation grant

Wed, 09/14/2016

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 institutions will...

New Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change, directed by Walter Jetz

Fri, 08/12/2016

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 Program on Spatial...

Lab postdoc Carsten Meyer awarded $1 million Freigeist Fellowship

Fri, 08/05/2016

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 research group at the...

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....