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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.

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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.

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A mid-term analysis of progress toward international biodiversity targets

03 October 2014

Published in Science , co-authored by N. Burgess from CMEC.

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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.

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Better forecasts of range dynamics using genetic data

17 June 2014

Published in TREE by David Nogues-Bravo, Damien Fordham and co-authors.

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Global warming favours light-coloured insects in Europe

28 May 2014

Published in Nature Communications by Carsten Rahbek, Dirk Zeuss and Stefan Brunzel.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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PNAS-paper by K.Jønsson et.al. (CMEC):

28 February 2011

Major global radiation of corvoid birds originated in the proto-Papuan archipelago

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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

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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

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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'

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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

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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.

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Species assemblages at larger geographical scale

24 March 2010

Carsten Rahbek has a paper published in PNAS on macroecological signals of species interactions

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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.

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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

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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

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