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 Anna Schuerkmann (anna.schuerkmann@yale.edu) with a CV and a brief statement of research interests.

Lab News

May 13, 2021
Traditional naming practices when naming new species have generally Latinized personal names using Latin grammatical gender, adding the suffixes -i to identify species...
April 29, 2021
In a study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution research associate Dirk Karger, two expert botanists and Walter Jetz teamed up to show that despite significant...
March 23, 2021
A study  published in Nature Ecology & Evolution by Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change scientists Mario Moura and Walter Jetz puts yet to be discovered...