Walter Jetz

Associate Professor

Address: 165 Prospect Street New Haven, CT 06520-8106, USA
Phone: +1 (203)-432-7540

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. 




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Area of Interest

Ecology, Global biodiversity science, Global change biology, Ecoinformatics


2002, D.Phil. Zoology. University of Oxford, UK. Title: Biodiversity of African birds. Advisor: Prof. P.H. Harvey FRS.

1997, M.Sc. Integrative Bioscience. University of Oxford, UK. Distinction.

1996, Pre-diploma Biology. University of Würzburg, Germany.


Professional Appointments

since 2012 Adjunct Associate Professor, School for Forestry and the Environment, Yale University

since 2009 Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University (tenured since 2011)

2008 - 2009, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, University of California San Diego.

2004 - 2008, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, University of California San Diego.


Service (selection):

Director, Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change (2016-

Director, Yale Program in Spatial Biodiversity Science and Conservation (2013-2016)

Chair, Yale University Teaching, Learning and Advising Committee (2013-15)

Steering Committee, Diversitas Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (2013-)

Lead PI, Future Earth Cluster on 'Biodiversity Monitoring, Prediction and Reporting' (2014-)

Co-Manager, IPBES Task Force on Data and Knowledge (2014-)

Member, GEO BON Implementation Committee (2014-)

Planning Committee Member, NASA 2015 Carbon Cycle & Ecosystems Joint Science Meeting (2015)