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

February 19, 2020
New study in Nature Communications simulated global bird migrations during scenarios of past climate conditions. The paper, product of an international collaboration within ...
December 20, 2019
The newest episode of SEEKER “How Close Are We to Discovering All Life on Earth?” features Map of Life research and its contribution to biodiversity science and conservation...
December 4, 2019
A new Jetz Lab paper, led by post-doc Nathan Upham, was published in PLOS Biology describing efforts to build an improved evolutionary tree of life for all ~6,000 species of...