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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 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

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...
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...