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 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.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values in our group. We aim to promote the success of traditionally underrepresented groups in science because we believe not only in the importance of increasing equity across academia, but also that a diverse team will enable a broader perspective and enhance creativity.

Those interested in joining the group should contact Alex Killion (alexander.killion@yale.edu) with a CV and a brief statement of research interests.

Lab News

July 6, 2022
In a study led by Yale BGC postdoc Emily Sandall and co-authored by former postdoc Stefan Pinkert and Walter Jetz, the most comprehensive global-scale dataset of odonate...
March 9, 2022
In a recent interview with Yale News, BGC Director Walter Jetz discusses how scientific advancements in how we measure conservation success, including those made at the...
November 22, 2021
In their most recent issue, Science published a feature entitled “Getting the big picture of biodiversity” by Elizabeth Pennisi, which details recent trends in the use of...