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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

February 21, 2018
A paper in Nature by Lab graduate student Ignacio Quintero and Walter Jetz offers a new and global look at the elevational gradient in diversity and its macroevolutionary...
November 15, 2017
Work led by former Lab Postdoc Dan Rosauer (now at ANU) shows that phylogenies and species distribution data allow an effective identification of high-priority areas for...
October 23, 2017
The Map of Life team joins E.O. Wilson and the Half-Earth Project for a splendid Half-Earth Day event held at the National Geographic headquarters in DC.   Walter presenting...
July 18, 2017
A new paper,  jointly developed with Uli Brose’s group at iDiv during Walter’s sabbatical there, provides a simple scaling explanation for this long-standing...
June 1, 2017
Map of Life has released a first suite of maps that aggregate biodiversity patterns. These pages feature global biodiversity patterns based on publications in Nature and PNAS...
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....