Written in the media
Groundbreaking discoveries on the evolution of birds
19 December 2014
With Danish scientists in front, an international research project involving more than 200 researchers has mapped the evolution of birds by analysing the genomes of no less than 48 species.
On the Danish Government's plan for nature conservation
20 November 2014
In an interview with Danish newspaper Politiken, CMEC Center Director Carsten Rahbek discusses the government's new nature conservation plan, Naturplan Danmark, and highligts problematic parts of the plan. These include the strong focus on green corridors and voluntary actions.
European salamanders threatened by deadly fungus
10 November 2014
To Danish newspaper Politiken, Jos Kielgast, PhD student at Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, explains the danger of the fungus Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans, which threatens the European salamanders right now.
More investment needed to reach international biodiversity targets by 2020
03 October 2014
Neil Burgess from the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate talks to the Danish press (DR.dk and Information) about the study published in Science, on the progress towards reaching the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
The small nature spots are vital for plants and animals
02 October 2014
In an article in Jyllands Posten, Carsten Rahbek, Head of the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, explains why the small nature spots, the so-called §3-areas, are so vital for many plant and animal species.
New science project relies on citizens' contributions
18 September 2014
Researchers from CMEC need help from the Danish citizens to record changes in the Danish nature. The purpose of the new method is to ensure a far larger amount of data.
The sixth mass extinction is a reality
18 September 2014
Human actions cause the extinction of species to happen at a much greater speed than the natural pace. What are the consequences? Carsten Rahbek (CMEC) comments on the new research in an interview by videnskab.dk
Millions wasted on invasive species
19 August 2014
The current fight versus invasive species in Denmark is both expensive and inefficient. A reason why Carsten Rahbek, among others, wants it made more efficient.This will be achieved by the efforts prioteres and admininsteres from the national level.
Evidence based research put nature on the political agenda
31 July 2014
Russian rocket blasts wildlife tracker into orbit
30 June 2014
A recently launched wildlife tracker will help us solve the mysteries of migrations by monitoring tiny tags on birds. The research project is a collaboration between CMEC and DTU. Sciencemag.org brings the story.
Hypoxia reduced in Danish waters
03 June 2014
We're starting to see the positive effects of reduced nitrogen load in Danish waters. However, it remains hard to tell how long it will be before everything is back to normal conditions. Maren Lyngsgaard from CMEC is interviewed by Videnskab.dk on her PhD thesis.
Art can convey as well as challenge science
02 May 2014
Spanish artist Mauricio Antón uses the arts to convey knowledge about prehistorical species. Danish newspaper Weekendavisen covered his visit at the Natural History Museum of Denmark. In the article, researcher David Nogués-Bravo of CMEC explains how he believes art can contribute to science.
The most profound consequences of climate change are found in the tropics
02 May 2014
Although the polar bear has become a symbol of climate change, the consequences for tropical species will be just as severe. Director of CMEC Carsten Rahbek elaborates on this point in an interview with Danish newspaper Politiken.
Global warming will attract new species to Denmark
02 May 2014
In an interview with Danish newspaper Politiken, director of CMEC Carsten Rahbek explains which species we can expect to find in Denmark in the future.
Is captive breeding the right way to save endangered species?
27 April 2014
In Danish newspaper Politiken, the implications of captive breeding as a means to save endangered species is discussed. Which species should we save? What is even possible? Director of CMEC Carsten Rahbek points out that captive breeding is an expensive and ineffective tool when it comes to preserving the biodiversity of the Earth. Still, zoos have an important role to play, eg. by drawing the attention of its audience to the problems we face.
Not enough food for the Danish Little Owl
11 April 2014
Kasper Thorup of CMEC took part in researching the food habits of the Danish Little Owl. The research shows us that various human activities makes it harder for the owl to feed its baby birds, which causes the population to decrease every year. In the Danish newspaper Nordjyske Stiftstidende, the scientists explain that the decreasing population of the Little Owl is a sign of too little life in the open country.
The photo hunt for leopards
11 March 2014
In the latest issue of Aktuel Naturvidenskab, Rasmus Gren Havmøller, a PhD student at the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, and the Centre for GeoGenetics at the University talks about his project on Udzungwas leopards in Tanzania.
Forest and biodiversity
05 March 2014
VILLUM FOUNDATION granted in 2012 5.700.000 DKK for the research project "Biodiversity and socioeconomic values in Danish forests. Optimization of various goals of the forest ecosystem services".
What determines the distribution of life on Earth?
04 March 2014
Carsten Rahbek, professor at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, and director of the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate (CMEC) wants to help answer this question.
Is it worth it?
25 February 2014
Martin Reinhardt Nielsen has tracked down 325 African poachers and exposed them to a choice experiment, borrowed from economists and advertisers. He explains to National Geographic and Weekendavisen about his trips to Africa and why many of our attempts to protect Africa's wildlife miss the mark.
Jobs for pennies can stop poaching
25 February 2014
Martin Reinhardt Nielsen of the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate at University of Copenhagen is the first in a scientific context to identify, visit, and question the poachers directly about what it takes to get them to change their way of life. To Verdensnyt.dk he tells how one day's pay of 15 kr (approximately 3 USD) is more effective at getting the African poachers out of their illegal occupation than increased patrols and higher fines.
The forgotten desert
22 January 2014
The world's green attention is biased towards rainforests and coral reefs. Far from those Sahara's wildlife is under pressure from war, conflicts and local poverty. Carsten Rahbek is interviewed by Weekendavisen.
Let nature be nature
05 December 2013
Anders Tøttrup on future nature management in light of climate change. Article brought by DR.dk
New Species of Spiny Rat Found in Indonesia
27 September 2013
In the remote mountain forests of Halmahera, the largest island of the Maluku archipelago in Indonesia lurks the newest member of the rodent family sporting spiky brown fur and a stubby tail. National Geographic and BBC Science has interviewed former CMEC Postdoc Pierre-Henri Fabre.
Ecologists' network to boost careers
06 September 2013
Young scientists are often still outsiders, with few contacts in their own field. But in the field of ecology, young researchers can now meet up thanks to an initiative by CMEC PhD student Peter Søgård Jørgensen. University Post brings the article.
Butterfly can provide answers to climate issues
06 August 2013
Andreas Kelager is studying Alcon blue which is dependent on ants and one particular plant species to survive. It can provide answers on how animals respond to a changing environment, says Andreas Kelager to the paper Kristeligt Dagblad.
Astray rare birds are 'normal'
01 August 2013
Often we tend to believe it is due to climate change, but astray birds can also be the result of a wrong coding in the birds 'GPS' or bad weather, explains Anders Tøttrup to DR.dk/Viden.
Politicians do not appreciate our biodiversity
05 July 2013
In 2014, all EU countries should have started evaluating the value of their local ecosystems. Parts of the British evaluations have just been published and a number of other countries are also in progress. However, not a whole lot has taken place in Denmark. Carsten Rahbek is interviewed in Videnskab.dk
Nature should get first priority
25 June 2013
72 percent of Danish species are in decline. The figure speaks for itself. If biodiversity is to prevail, we need a comprehensive plan that provides first priority to natural areas, says specialist consultant Anders Højgård Petersen to 'Natur og Miljø'.
Nature restoration - also in the marine, please
13 June 2013
Our ancestors "borrowed" large natural areas to develop community value. Now is the time to repay the loan of marine natural areas by restoring the coastal, shallow areas that have a particular significance for the nature of the sea, writes Professor Katherine Richardson in Altinget.
27 May 2013
Peter Søgaard Jørgensen (CMEC) explores the intersection of nature and encroachment of man in the latest issue of University Post
Chasing the smallest arctic algea
14 May 2013
CMEC PhD students Erik Askov Mousing and Nikolaj Sørensen reports on their marine field expedition to Greenland in the magazine 'Aktuel Naturvidenskab'. During the trip they sampled and studied picoplankton and their importance to the oceanic carbon cycle.
Tough criticism of efforts for the aquatic environment
13 March 2013
The Danish government and the opposition are heading in the wrong direction when it comes to the aquatic environment and nature, criticise a number of leading experts including Professor Carsten Rahbek from CMEC.
Incredible bacterial diversity found in belly buttons
26 November 2012
1,458 new species of bacteria have been discovered in belly buttons with a diversification pattern resembling tropical rainforest species. Carsten Rahbek shares his comments on diversity of life in the article.
Ash dieback has the potential to benefit biodiversity
16 November 2012
Many are concerned with the million of ash trees that are affected by ash dieback caused by a fungal disease. Hans Henrik Bruun and Jacob Heilmann-Clausen delivers a new perspective on the matter in an article brought by Weekendavisen.
Cod and mackerel are fleeing Danish waters
13 November 2012
Climate change is causing cod and mackerel to leave their Danish territories, CMEC Professor Brian MacKenzie explains in an interview to Ingeniøren.
Struggle to finance biodiversity at top meeting
11 October 2012
The 11th COP meeting on biological diversity is taking place in India these days. Altinget.dk brings a story on the expectations from the Danish delegation commented by associate professor Hans Henrik Bruun.
Forest cover falls 9% in East Africa in 9 years
08 August 2012
Forest cover in East Africa has dropped by 9.3 percent from 2001-2009. Neil Burgess is one of the researchers behind the study.
Bird migrants arrive three weeks earlier
19 June 2012
A study based on an 80 year long dataseries shows that earlier arrival of bird migrants is related to recent climate variation. CMEC associate professor Anders Tøttrup is among the researchers behind the study.
Tipping point for the Earth's ecosystem
18 June 2012
The Earth's ecosystem is worse off than 20 years ago, but our knowledge about it is greater than ever. Katherine Richardson is interviewed by P1 Morgen, few days before she sets off towards Rio+20.
Velvet Spiders Emerge from Underground
29 May 2012
A new elaborate image library documenting the anatomy of all the major kinds of velvet spider has been assembled by an international team of researchers including professor Nikolaj Sharff from CMEC. ScienceDaily brings the story.
Statistics makes journalists exaggerate
11 May 2012
Research and journalists' mediation of research does not always match up. Michael Krabbe Borregaard gives his view on the problem in an interview by Videnskab.dk.
Biology towards 2112: Dealing with the unknown
12 April 2012
We are masters of our own fate, says Carsten Rahbek. Read the full interview by House of Futures.
Continuous interst for biodiversity in the media
26 March 2012
Carsten Rahbek interviewed in Radio 24syv on the importance of biodiversity. Several of CMEC's latest activities in this topic has created a continuous interest in the media for biodiversity, it's importance for human wellfare and it's link to economy.
Why use nature money on afforestation?
26 March 2012
In an open letter to Jyllandsposten, four researchers from CMEC question the new afforestation scheme announced by The Danish Ministry of Environment.
Here we can ensure the Danish nature better
15 March 2012
The economic "Wisemen" and Carsten Rahbek, CMEC, shows in analysis where the Danish biodiversity benefits most from conservation efforts. Article in Politiken 14th of March 2012
Wise men: More wild forest
29 February 2012
Denmark will get most biodiversity for least money by making the forests more wild. Anders Højgård Petersen and Carsten Rahbek explains the findings of the recently published report 'Conservation of the Biodiversity in Denmark -An Analysis of Effort and Costs
Scientists call for global neglected disease database
20 January 2012
Anna-Sofie Stensgaard, CMEC, co-author to paper referred to in Science and Development Network
Evolutionary armsrace between spiders and insects is called off
06 January 2012
Dimitar Dimitrov interviewed by Videnskab.dk about spider evolution
List of species far from fully described
03 January 2012
It is not difficult to find new species, Carsten Rahbek explains to Berlingske in an article highlighting the most peculiar animals and plants discovered in 2011
Carsten Rahbek in Politiken "Science section"
19 December 2011
CR interviewed on how climate change has impacted human evolution on the frontpage of the "Science-section" Politiken 18 Dec
Carsten Rahbek in Danish radio P1
24 November 2011
Don't waste money on white storks in Denmark prioritize them in their strongholds abroad
Holm oaks will gain ground
10 November 2011
in northern forests due to climate change. Press release from Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology. Ref: David Nogués-Bravo (CMEC)
"Focus on Home, Not Meals, Led Spiders to Diversify"
07 November 2011
Dimitar Dimitrov, CMEC-scientist, is interviewed in The New York Times
Tracking cross-continental movements in songbirds
10 October 2011
Article in Danish newspaper Politiken with interview of Anders Tøttrup
Lost islands of the crows revealed in DNA study
02 March 2011
New Scientist write about the work of Knud Jønsson et.al. publicized in PNAS
Model shows 'waves of forest degradation'
10 August 2010
BBC refers study by Neil Burgess, A. Ahrends a.o.
David Nogués-Bravo comments in Nature on diversity and climate change
27 May 2010
"Fast-breeding mice dominate a warming world"
David Nogues-Bravo in Fox News about mass extinction of mammals
27 May 2010
"Did Cold Weather Kill the Woolly Mammoth?"
Danish basidiomycete mapping
04 March 2010
results from the first project year referred in newspaper
Jon Fjeldsås work prominently presented
04 March 2010
on the front cover of the nationwide Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende
Danish center will explain the distribution of life on Earth
01 February 2010
Article about CMEC in Danish newpaper Kristeligt Dagblad
Now we finally will be able to understand the laws of nature
01 February 2010
Article in Danish newspaper Kristeligt Dagblad
Carsten Rahbek receives the "Elite Researcher Price"
29 January 2010
The Danish newspaper Berlingske put it into perspective
Tracking long-distance migrants throughout their annual cycle
31 August 2009
During the summer 2009 Anders Tøttrup CME started a project tracking long-distance migrants - Red-backed Shrikes - using geolocators.
The agriculture won. The nature lost.
15 May 2009
The governments "Green Growth" plan will support the Danish agriculture industry and only give nice words to the biological diversity. A feature article by professor Carsten Rahbek.
13 January 2009
The climate problem removes focus from major nature problems.
Interview with Professor Carsten Rahbek in "Naturvejleder" (Danish)
Little Owl threatened
07 January 2009
A press release recommends immediate Governmental action. (Danish/English)
Birds adapt to climate change
19 November 2008
A recent study by researchers from the Center for Macorecology shows that birds adapt to climatic change by changing migration speed (Danish).