CMEC > Highlighted papers
Planetary Boundaries updated
20 January 2015
Four of nine planetary boundaries have now been crossed as a result of human activity, show international study with co-author Katherine Richardson. Published in Science.
Avian genome evolution
11 December 2014
A large international team with CMEC scientists Carsten Rahbek, Jon Fjeldså and Knud Jønsson has sequenced, assembled and compared full genomes of 48 bird species. Special issue of Science.
A mid-term analysis of progress toward international biodiversity targets
03 October 2014
Published in Science , co-authored by N. Burgess from CMEC.
Applying evolutionary biology to address global challenges
11 September 2014
Published in Science Express, with P.S. Jørgensen from CMEC as one of the leading authors.
Better forecasts of range dynamics using genetic data
17 June 2014
Published in TREE by David Nogues-Bravo, Damien Fordham and co-authors.
Global warming favours light-coloured insects in Europe
28 May 2014
Published in Nature Communications by Carsten Rahbek, Dirk Zeuss and Stefan Brunzel.
Multiple dimensions of climate change and their implications for biodiversity
02 May 2014
Raquel Garcia, Carsten Rahbek, Miguel Araújo and co-authors, provide this review in Science.
Evidence of taxon cycles in an Indo-Pacific passerine bird radiation
30 January 2014
Published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B in January 2014, Knud Jønsson and co-authors provide strong evidence of the importance of taxon cycles in shaping the contemporary distribution of passerine birds in the Indo-Pacific.
An update of Wallace's zoogeographic map
07 January 2013
Published in Science in January 2013, by Ben Holt, Jean-Philippe Lessard, Carsten Rahbek and 12 other CMEC researchers. A long overdue update to one of the most fundamental maps of global biodiversity.
Migrants delayed by drought in Africa
07 December 2012
A recent paper in Science: “Drought in Africa caused extreme delayed arrival of European songbirds”, by the CMEC researchers Anders P. Tøttrup, Mikkel Willemoes Kristensen, Carsten Rahbek and Kasper Thorup
Early human arrival
07 August 2012
A Letter in PNAS entitled “Human arrival scenarios have a strong influence on interpretations of the late Quaternary extinctions” by Nogués-Bravo and Marske
Vangas Beat Darwin’s Finches in Diversity
07 May 2012
A recent paper in PNAS: "Ecological and evolutionary determinants for the adaptive radiation of the Madagascan vangas" by Jønsson KA et al.
Communities under climate change
28 November 2011
A recent Perspective in Science by Nogués-Bravo and Rahbek highlights the need of better integrating biological disciplines for unveiling impacts of climate change in biodiversity
Rethinking species’ ability to cope with rapid climate change
15 August 2011
A recent study in Global Change Biology by CMEC researchers lead by Christian Hof and Irina Levnisky
Long-term climate change and diversity patterns
29 July 2011
A study in Ecology Letters co-authored by David Nogués-Bravo shows that biodiversity is controlled by past climatic changes.
Regional species pools shape local communities
16 June 2011
J.-P. Lessard et al. have a new paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Biodiversity - species loss revisited
23 May 2011
Carsten Rahbek and Rob Colwell writes in Nature about study demonstrating that Species-Area-Curves often overpredicts rate of species extinctions
Climate change threatens European conservation areas
03 May 2011
A study in Ecology Letters co-authored by David Nogués-Bravo shows that Natura 2000 areas don't retain climate suitability better
PNAS-paper by K.Jønsson et.al. (CMEC):
28 February 2011
Major global radiation of corvoid birds originated in the proto-Papuan archipelago
21st century climate change threatens mountain flora unequally across Europe
27 January 2011
A recent study in Global Change Biology co-authored by David Nogués-Bravo
Sequential forest degradation spreading from Dar es Salaam
10 August 2010
Paper in PNAS by Neil Burgess (CMEC) and scientists from 11 other organisations in Europe
Link found between ‘Climate Footprints’ and mass mammal extinction
19 May 2010
David Nogués-Bravo et al. has published a study using global data modelling to build continental ‘climate footprints'
Body size variation at risk in the world’s mammals
07 April 2010
Susanne Fritz (CMEC) and Andy Purvis (Imperial College London) have a paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Towards a mechanistic understanding of distribution-abundance relationships
25 March 2010
In a recent paper in QRB, Borregaard and Rahbek reviews the causality of one of ecology's most pervasive patterns.
Species assemblages at larger geographical scale
24 March 2010
Carsten Rahbek has a paper published in PNAS on macroecological signals of species interactions
The Longest Migration
20 January 2010
Carsten Egevang has a paper published in PNAS on tracking Arctic tern throughout their migration period showing an incredible pole-to-pole journey.
Hindcasting species climatic niches
18 August 2009
A recent paper in GEB reviews and offer new venues to predict the past distribution of species climatic niches using climate envelope models. Read More
Projected impacts of climate change on a continent-wide protected area network.
18 August 2009
A recent paper in Ecology Letters using sub-Saharan Africa's entire breeding avifauna shows that rigorously defined networks of protected areas can play a key role in mitigating the worst impacts of climate change on biodiversity. Read More