Welcome

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 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

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...
Jetz Lab Group Photo
November 7, 2019
This November the annual two day lab retreat took the group to western Connecticut, just an hour from New Haven. After spending the day with science talks, a brainstorming...
October 25, 2019
Melodie McGeoch and Walter Jetz published a Commentary in Cell’s new journal ‘One Earth’ calling for an improved approach to biodiversity targets on invasive species.  ...
October 8, 2019
Walter Jetz and members of the Yale team represented Map of Life research at this packed whole-day event. Highlight was an evening that included contributions by former...
June 12, 2019
“Life imitates Art,” was the bold claim of Oscar Wilde, “more than Art imitates Life”. However, what if Art imitates the Tree of Life?  That question was pursued by Jetz Lab...
May 10, 2019
NPR’s ‘Science Friday’ covered our involvment in the UN Biodiversity Report (IPBES Global Assessment) and our work on predicting amphibian extinction risk.  Listen to...
May 6, 2019
Frogs already knew it wasn’t easy being green, but the going just got a lot tougher for the 1,012 additional species of amphibians who have now been newly identified as at...
April 16, 2019
Brett Jesmer, a postdoctoral associate with the Max-Planck Yale Center for Biodiversity Movement and Global Change, is the 2019 recipient of the prestigious George Mercer...