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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.

Lab News

August 14, 2018
The International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space, or ICARUS, will be flying closer to the sun than ever when a pair of Russian cosmonauts installs the antennae...
Insectivorous birds such as this Prairie warbler (Setophaga discolor) showed the most drastic declines across all geographic scales, from local to continental. (Photo credit: Julie Hart)
July 2, 2018
Jarzyna and Jetz studied 50 years of data on nesting birds in North America and tracked biodiversity changes on a local, regional, and continental scale. They found...
May 9, 2018
On May 2, Yale launched the Max Planck–Yale Center for Biodiversity Movement and Global Change with a daylong symposium. The center, a partnership with the Max Planck Society...
March 26, 2018
Our study in Nature Ecology and Evolution presents a new phylogeny addressing nearly all extant, known amphibian species and evaluates patterns evolutionary distinctness and...
March 5, 2018
THE HALF-EARTH PROJECT IS ‘UNLOCKING A NEW ERA IN DATA-DRIVEN CONSERVATION.’ The Half-Earth Project has launched online the first phase of their cutting-edge global...
March 4, 2018
A New York Times article by EO Wilson showcases the scientific efforts of Map of Life and the Jetz Lab for the Half-Earth Project, an initiative led by a group of...
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...