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List of researchers, students, and staff currently working in the center. Scrolling down below the overview, you will, on this page, find short descriptions of research interests and pictures of people.
At the bottom you will find a list of the international and national research collaborators of the center.

Faculty and Senior Members
Carsten Rahbek
Neil David Burgess
Jon Fjeldså
Gary Graves
Jette Bredahl Jacobsen
Katherine Richardson
Nathan Sanders
Niels Strange
Bo Jellesmark Thorsen
Robert J. Whittaker
Henning Adsersen
Miguel B. Araujo
Aimée T. Classen
Robert Dunn
Jacob Heilmann-Clausen
Thomas Hedemark Lundhede
David Nogués-Bravo
Nikolaj Scharff
Kasper Thorup
Anders P. Tøttrup

Assistant professors
Michael Krabbe Borregaard
Bo Dalsgaard
Sally A. Keith
Katharine Ann Marske
Anna-Sofie Steensgaard
Maja Sundqvist
Zhiheng Wang

Affiliated Faculty
Henrik Glenner
Brian MacKenzie
Jørgen Bendtsen
Hans Henrik Bruun
Mads Cedergreen Forchhammer

Postdoctoral Researchers
Joseph Bull
Aida Cuni Sanchez
Israel Del Toro
Jonas Geldmann
Martin Hartvig
Knud Andreas Jønsson
Mikkel Willemoes Kristensen
Antonin Machac
Jagoba Malumbres-Olarte
Adriano Mazziotta
Andreia Miraldo
Erik Askov Mousing
Leticia Ochoa

PhD Students
Erik Buchwald
Chelsea Chisholm
Konstantinos Giampoudakis
Rasmus Gren Havmøller
Mathilde Lerche- Jørgensen
Jonathan Kennedy
Tora Finderup Nielsen
Lykke Pedersen
Alexander Flórez Rodríguez
Gustavo Silva de Miranda
Katherine Snell
Shirin Taheri
Stavroula Tsoukali
Marta L. Vega
Mathias Vogdrup-Schmidt
Petter Zahl Marki

MSc Students
Nick Hass Brandtberg
Simona Brucoli
Jennie Burmester
Lea Bütje
Anne-Sophie Delbanco
Daniel Palm Eskildsen
Marie-Louise Kolding Jørgensen
Camilla Boje Langkilde-Lauesen
Louise Juhl Lehmann
Peter Lindboe
Patrick Philipsen
Jesper Sonne
Maja Boss Lundsgaard Thomsen
Ditte Truelsen
Johanne Øhlers Aagaard

BSc Students
Rie Birkelund Elgaard Jensen
Lasse Nyholm Jessen
Kimmie Møenbo Jensen

Technical and Administrative Staff
Lisbeth Andreassen
Daniel Palm Eskildsen
Simon Friis-Wandall
Line Lund Hansen
Louis A. Hansen
Bjørn Hermansen
Anders Illum
Camilla Kleis
Jan Bolding Kristensen
Sen Li
Jan Pedersen
Anders Højgård Petersen
Ditte Truelsen
Elisabeth Wulffeld

Collaborators
Robert Colwell
Catherine Graham
Robert E. Ricklefs
Martin Wikelski
John (Jack) W. Williams
Guojie Zhang

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Faculty and Senior Members

Carsten Rahbek
Full Professor in Macroecology , Director of CMEC

I direct CMEC and have an active interest in all its activities. My main personal research interests are patterns of species distribution, species range sizes, species assemblages, species richness and what determines such patterns (contemporary and historical factors or perhaps also just a bit of chance). Recent focus has been on the role of scale and conceptual formulation and practical design of null- and predictive models that allow direct testing of hypotheses related to patterns of diversity. The natural "other side" of my research relates how evolutionary and ecographical principles can be used to identify robust priorities for conservation of biodiversity.

Email: crahbek@snm.ku.dk


Neil David Burgess
Full Professor (part-time)

My current research interests are related to the interface between science and pratical conservation action, either on the ground in terms of reserve management or community engagment, or within international proceses such as the propgramme of work on protected areas in the CBD and the whole issue of forest carbon and the implementation of REDD within the UNFCCC. As such I work on collaboration projects with NGOs (WWF, BirdLife, Conservation International, IUCN), Governments (Tanzania) and UN agencies (UNEP-WCMC and UNDP GEF and UN REDD).

Email: ndburgess@snm.ku.dk


Jon Fjeldså
Full Professor

Field of expertease broad, comprising evolution, biogeography and taxonomy of birds. Current research has focus on the tropical Andes region of South America and eastern Africa, and global evolution of passerine birds, which comprise more than half of all birds. Mode of speciation and historical and ecological factors affecting the regional patterns of endemism and species richness. This is developed through traditional biogeographical methods supplemented with DNA-based studies of species-rich groups (in collaboration with other institutes) and comprehensive distributional databases (with external collaboration concerning GIS and remotely sensed environmental parameters). Conservation priority analysis (with links to institutions studying human use of natural resources). The broader field of interest includes art and illustration of books in the fields of ornithology and conservation.

Email: jfjeldsaa@snm.ku.dk


Gary Graves
Adjunct Full Professor

I am interested primarily in the evolution, ecology, and biogeography of birds. My current interests focus on the application of null models to multi-scale patterns of species diversity, the evolutionary consequences of hybridization, and the ecology and evolution of wood warblers. I am conducting long-term field studies in the Great Dismal Swamp and in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern North America.

Email: gravesg@si.edu


Jette Bredahl Jacobsen
Professor MSO

I am professor in economics and management of ecosystem services. My research interests cover a broad range of topics of human-nature interactions. I work with the valuation of ecosystem services, with landowners decisions-making, with adaptation strategies to climate change and broader with decision making under uncertainty mainly in relation to forestry. I teach on the master programme of Forest and Nature Management, Sustainable Forest and Nature Mangement and Sustainable Tropical Forest Management and also part of courses taken by MSc students from Nature Management and Environmental and Resource Economics.

Email: jbj@ifro.ku.dk


Katherine Richardson
Full Professor

My research deals with the identification and quantification of factors influencing the flow of energy and material (especially carbon and nitrogen) in pelagic ecosystems. Most of my research has been on marine plankton (primarily phytoplankton). However, I have also studied higher trophic levels such as fish (both larvae and adults) and even harbour porpoises. Specifically, I concentrate on the climatic control of marine ecological processes, including predicting the influence of climate change on aquatic productivity, quantifying the role of biological processes in ocean uptake of atmospheric CO2, how changes in ocean conditions influence the strength of the biological pump and the effect of physical/chemical conditions on biodiversity and size distribution of phytoplankton.

Email: kari@science.ku.dk  See CV


Nathan Sanders
Full Professor

We pursue questions about the causes and consequences of biodiversity, from genes to ecosystems. Current research interests in the lab center on geographic diversity gradients, community and ecosystem genetics, global climate change and species distributions, and the structure and function of ant and temperate tree communities. Generally speaking we ask three broad questions: (1) What processes underly the assembly of ant communities? (2) What factors govern broad-scale patterns in the distribution of biodiversity?, and (3) Do trophic dynamics limit local community structure and mediate ecosystem processes?

Email: nsanders@utk.edu


Niels Strange
Full Professor

I direct the European Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Sustainable Forest and Nature Management (www.sufonama.net). My main personal research interests focus on environmental planning and economics under uncertainty. In particular on climate change and environmental effects. I am also involved in a number of research projects concerning payments for environmental services, landowner behaviour and contract design, multi-criteria analysis, environmental economics, spatial planning under risk of calamities, and agent-based modelling. In my research and teaching career I have strived to mix my competences within quantitative as well as qualitative methods.

Email: nst@life.ku.dk


Bo Jellesmark Thorsen
Full Professor

I am Professor in Applied Economics of Forest and Landscape and Head of the Division of Economics, Policy and Management Planning. My research interests are quite broad. A considerable part of my research has focused on uncertainty and decision making in forest and natural resource settings. I am also interested in the environmental economics of forest and landscape. I also teach in various courses at KU-LIFE - mainly as a co-teacher, and I act as supervisor for a number of PhD-students and MSc-thesis students.

Email: bjt@life.ku.dk


Robert J. Whittaker
Full Professor (Part-time)

Rob Whittaker is appointed by the Dean of the faculty of Science to an Honorary Professorship in Macroecology and Climate at the Department of Biology from July 2008 for a five year term. He is Professor at the University of Oxford, where he is a founding member of the School of Geography and the Environment's Biodiversity research cluster. His research interests span diverse themes within ecological biogeography and ecology, including: conservation biogeography, spatial scale, species diversity theory, climatic controls on species richness, species richness-productivity relationships, macroecology, and island biogeography. He is also an authority on the ecology of the Krakatau Islands, Indonesia, which provide a classic case study of ecosystem recovery in the tropics involving studies of both forest dynamics and island biogeography and their inter-relationships.

Email: robert.whittaker@ouce.ox.ac.uk


Henning Adsersen
Associate Professor (Emeritus)

Current Research: Island biogeography, ecology and biodiversity. Special interests: Invasibility of (island) ecosystems, invasivity of plants and animals, evolutionary traits on islands, distribution patterns, conservation aspects, succession and vegetation dynamics, species turnover, vegetation analysis. The research focuses on the Galápagos Islands, the Mascarenes and Danish habitat islands.

Email: adser@bio.ku.dk


Miguel B. Araujo
Full Professor

My research is focused around three broad questions: why do species occur where they do? What processes drive speciation, persistence and extinction of species at varying spatial and temporal scales? How do processes operating at the individual-species level scale up to large ensembles of species and species richness? I have also a strong interest in the application of biogeographical principles, theories, and analyses to problems concerning the conservation of biodiversity at macroecological scales.

Email: mbaraujo@snm.ku.dk


Aimée T. Classen
Full Professor

Broadly, we use experiments, observations, and models to explore and predict how ecosystems function now and in the future. We focus on the interactions between above- and below-ground biotic communities and how and when changes in abiotic processes might alter those interactions. Three general questions underly most of our work: (1) How will the direct and interactive impacts of climate change alter the above- and below-ground composition and function of ecosystems?, (2) When does changing biodiversity in ecosystems, such as shifts in plants and microbial communities shape ecosystem function?, and (3) How do plant and soil microbial traits influence ecosystem function and ecosystem trajectories under global change?

Email: aimee.classen@snm.ku.dk


Robert Dunn
Full Professor (part-time)

I’m interested in the geography of societies and the species that live with them. Sometimes the societies I study are human, other times those of insects including ants and bees. Throughout my work I engage the public in doing science, be in helping to generate hypotheses, collecting data or even analyses. Me and my yourwildlife.org team are now working to develop new public science projects with the Danish Natural History Museum, projects based in Denmark but with a global reach. In the context of this new work I’m particularly interested in the unusual species with the species traits necessary to live with and on Danes. I’m the author of three books, most recently, The Man Who Touched His Own Heart (http://www.robrdunn.com/books/the-man-who-touched-his-own-heart/).

Email: rrdunn@ncsu.edu


Jacob Heilmann-Clausen
Associate Professor

My main research interests are related to forest biodiversity and its conservation. I am especially interested in the links between landscape history, disturbance dynamics and habitat diversity on one side, and the diversity of fungi, vascular plants and epiphytes on the other. The more normative aspects of Conservation Biology is another key interest, and I consider the question: "why conserve nature" to be far from trivial. In particular, I am interested in exploring and possibly bridging the typical conceptual gap in how "good nature" is appreciated among landowners, conservationists and the broader population. Finally, I have a special devotion to fungi, and are working part-time in the Danish basidiomycete mapping project.

Email: jheilmann-clausen@snm.ku.dk


Thomas Hedemark Lundhede
Associate Professor

At the Danish Centre for Forest and Landscape I primarily work with the socioeconomic aspects of biodiversity. Like any other natural resource biodiversity is managed within limited economical means. Therefore I focus on how society’s objectives of protecting biodiversity are best and economically efficient accomplished. Among other things this involves revealing society’s preferences for different species by means of non-market valuation techniques and econometric modelling.

Email: Thlu@life.ku.dk


David Nogués-Bravo
Associate Professor

My research aimed at unveiling the drivers of biological diversity for a better understanding the future impacts of Global Change on biodiversity. I´m specifically assessing the causes of Late Quaternary Extinctions (humans and climate change) integrating genomics, phylogeography and niche modeling. This is also an excellent playground to improve niche modeling and getting better predictions of future extinctions when climate change and humans come together.

Email: dnogues@snm.ku.dk


Nikolaj Scharff
Professor MSO

My research deals with the evolution, biogeography and taxonomy of spiders. Currently my research focus on the global evolution of orb weaving spiders and their close relatives (approx. 10.000 species) and the drivers of diversification and evolution of complex behavioral and morphological traits in this group. Another ongoing research project deals with the diversification patterns of arthropods in the Eastern Arc Mountains biodiversity hotspot in Tanzania. Through a large-scale inventory of selected arthropod faunas within the mountain range we investigate biodiversity patterns at local scales (within single mountains) and regional scales (between mountains) as well as temporal patterns (time). We are particularly interested in faunal turnover along both elevation and longitudinal gradients.

Email: nscharff@snm.ku.dk


Kasper Thorup
Associate Professor

My primary research interests are within ornithology with a focus on bird migration, especially the orientation systems of long-distance migrants, but also including animal orientation and radio tracking in general. Other primary research interests include all aspects of the distribution, evolution and ecology of birds. Overall research themes: Bird Migration: Migration routes; Climate change effects; Monitoring; Spread of bird-borne diseases. Navigation: Navigation and orientation, the migratory orientation programme. Conservation: Rare Danish breeding birds, Environmental impact assessment.

Email: kthorup@snm.ku.dk


Anders P. Tøttrup
Associate Professor

My main research interests are within Ornithology with a specific focus on studying migratory birds throughout their annual cycle as well as Conservation and nature management in general. My main objective is to clarify consequences of different aspects of global climate and different nature management strategies to improve our understanding and ultimately develop knowledge-based conservation initiatives. I am also very interested in long-term changes at spatiotemporal scales driven by e.g. global change studying phenology and mortality as well as intra- and inter-specific interactions.

Email: aptottrup@snm.ku.dk


Assistant Professors

Michael Krabbe Borregaard
Assistant Professor

My research fields are macroecology and island biogeography, with a focus on the processes determining spatial and temporal variation in species richness. My macroecological work focuses on the determinants of species' geographic ranges and the composition of regional species pools. My work in island biology focuses on the role of island geologic processes in shaping the gradual accummulation of island faunas and floras. I take a quantitative approach that incorporates simulation models and null models where appropriate.

Email: mkborregaard@snm.ku.dk      See CV


Bo Dalsgaard
Assistant Professor

I have a wide interest in evolutionary ecology, biogeography and conservation. I am especially interested in spatial patterns of biotic interaction networks, biodiversity and human linguistic diversity, and how this may interrelate. A main aim is to determine how species interactions and diversity may be influenced by contemporary and historical climate. Most of my work focuses on hummingbird-plant interactions in the New World, mainly in the West Indies and the Atlantic Forest in Brazil. However, I also work with other systems, such as island biogeography of birds in Wallacea and the West Indies and the global congruence of biological and human linguistic diversity.

Email: bo.dalsgaard@snm.ku.dk


Sally A. Keith
Assistant Professor

My research aims to understand how underlying processes generate and maintain biodiversity patterns over space and time. I am especially fascinated by how these large aggregate patterns are influenced by geographical range limits at the species level and by the relative importance of contemporary environment, evolutionary history and biotic interactions as mechanistic explanations. To tackle these questions, I endeavour to move beyond traditional correlative approaches, which are limited in their ability to disentangle mechanisms, towards a more innovative process-oriented approach that incorporates theoretical and empirical perspectives.

Email: sally.a.keith@gmail.com


Katharine Ann Marske
Assistant Professor

I am broadly interested in comparative phylogeography, both as a stand-alone approach to investigate the evolution of a particular community, and integrated with other ecological and evolutionary methods. Currently, I am investigating ways to link phylogeography with macroecology to provide insights into the relative roles of history, environment and dispersal limitation in determining community composition. My research also combines phylogeography with species distribution models to detect historical range shifts and clarify the link between climate change, extinction and other potential responses to contemporary climate change.

Email: KAMarske@snm.ku.dk


Anna-Sofie Steensgaard
Assistant Professor

The aim of my research is to gain a better understanding of the underlying principles that drive the spatio-temporal patterns of infectious diseases. I am particularly interested in human parasitic infections that require a vector or secondary host species to completely their life cycles. I am interested in combining conceptual and theoretical approaches ranging from classical macroecology, disease ecology and host-pathogen evolutionary ecology. In my current research I follow a multi-scale, multi-species approach, were individual pathogens are investigated in the context of co-existing host-pathogen systems and their spatial-environmental realities. I use Bayesian geostatistical mapping and ecological niche modeling to assess the relative roles of biotic and abiotic factors in driving the spatial variation in single and co-endemic snail- and mosquito borne parasitic infection patterns in Africa and South-America.

Email: astensg@sund.ku.dk


Maja Sundqvist
Assistant Professor

I am interested in how abiotic and biotic factors interact to shape communities and ecosystems. Current projects I work on explores the role of climate, nutrient limitation, plant-plant and plant-herbivore interactions on plant and soil microbial communities, the linkages between them and processes they drive. The variation in responses among community types to the same factors, and the consequences of this variability for ecosystem functioning is of particular interest to me. Most of my work is on mountain ecosystems and combines natural gradient approaches with experimental manipulations.

Email: maja.sundqvist@emg.umu.se


Zhiheng Wang
Assistant Professor

I am interested in all issues of macroecology, especially the causes of the geographical patterns of biodiversity, range size and body size, and the responses of species to climate change. My work in the last several years was mainly focused on the compilation of Database of China’s Woody Plants, and the geographical patterns of plant diversity in eastern Asia and North America. My current research combines phylogeography with macroecology to explore how climate and species evolution collectively determine local and regional species diversity, and how future climate change influences species distribution.

Email: zwang@snm.ku.dk


Affiliated faculty

Henrik Glenner
Affiliated Full Professor

My research interest can be divided in 3 major points. 1) Lifecycle studies of barnacles and related crustacean groups have constituted a major part of my research activities. 2) Invasive species in the marine environment in Norway and other places. In the recent years I have been studying the population dynamic and genetics of two invasive marine crab species and their most prominent parasite, a parasitic barnacle or rhizocephalan, which as adult castrates their crab hosts. And 3) I am interested in how to construct the most reliable phylogeny by the use of data from diverse data like dna, fossils and morphological and geographical sources.

Email: hglenner@bio.ku.dk


Brian MacKenzie
Affiliated Full Professor

My research interest are the effects of climate variability on fish populations and marine ecosystems. Larval/juvenile fish ecology. Long-term changes in populations and ecosystems. Historical marine ecology Professor MacKenzie holds a permanent position at DTU aqua, National Institute of Aquatic resources.

Email: brm@aqua.dtu.dk


Jørgen Bendtsen
Affiliated Associate Professor

My research field is on ocean circulation and and the role of the ocean in the climate system. I have studied the interaction between physical transports in the ocean, i.e. mixing and advection of substances and plankton, and the biogeochemical cycling of carbon, oxygen and nutrients. I am involved in studies of the biological uptake of CO2 and the remineralisation of organic carbon and the influence from this, socalled "biological pump", influences the CO2-uptake in the ocean. Global and regional ocean circulation models are applied in these studies. I am the holder of VitusLab, a reseach and consultancy company on ocean and climate dynamics.

Email: jb@vituslab.dk


Hans Henrik Bruun
Affiliated Associate Professor

My research is focussed on community assembly and species richness, more specifically: environmental control (productivity, disturbance) vs. neutral effects, species pool effects, relationships of diversity to invasibility and to productivity and community phylogenetics. My interests, however, cover a wide range of related topics, such as demography, reproductive allometry, seed dispersal processes, niche conservatism, habitat specialization, historical landscape ecology, conservation and restoration. I have done my research in temperate, alpine and arctic plant communities. A main theme in my current research is what we can learn about communities and about migration and colonization processes from studying invasive species. We study the Japanese rose (Rosa rugosa) in its native Asian range and in Europe. I entered the CME on August 1, 2009.

Email: hhbruun@bio.ku.dk


Mads Cedergreen Forchhammer
Affiliated Full Professor

I am a quantitative population biologist who addresses ecological questions and theory with cross-disciplinary analytic models applied to observational and large-scale data sets. I have considerable experience within the field of Global Change Biology. Indeed, how climatic changes interact with the ecology and dynamics of terrestrial plants, animals and their biotic environment have been pivotal in my research and teaching over the last 15 years. Specifically, I am engaged in analyzing and modelling ecological responses of vertebrates to short- and long-term changes in intra- and inter-trophic level dynamics and to large-scale climatic variability. My work has been among the first to simultaneously incorporate climatic variation into population models as well as empirically demonstrate specific phenotypic, life history and behavioural responses to global climate change within and across trophic levels in ecosystems. Recently, I have focused on the quantitative modelling of the resilience of species and system responses to climate changes.

Email: mads.forchhammer@snm.ku.dk


Postdoctoral Researchers

Joseph Bull
Postdoctoral Researcher

My overall research interest lies in exploring, at large spatial scales, which components of biodiversity are the most crucial to protect and restore – given that ecosystems are dynamic, uncertain and subject to change. To do so, I work with simulation models and algorithms, large secondary (and occasionally primary) data sets, and spatial analysis of data including satellite imagery. I have a particular interest in investigating the impacts of the private sector upon global biodiversity. This involves investigating mechanisms through which business can manage impacts and fund conservation and restoration activities, so as to achieve no net loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services alongside economic development.

Email: j.bull10@imperial.ac.uk


Aida Cuni Sanchez
Postdoctoral Researcher

I am an ecologist interested in a wide range of topics, mainly: biomass changes in tropical rainforests, ecological responses of plants to global changes, the role of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) in conservation; and local communities’ adaptation to climate change. I have been working in several countries in Africa, mainly in the rainforest zone. My current project focuses on ecosystem services (ES) of remnant forest in drylands, in East Africa. We plan not only to measure and value the ecosystem services generated by these forests, but also to determine if current/historical use of important ES is sustainable and to develop management strategies which promote sustainable ressource provision, particularly with respect to water and food security in the long term.

Email: aidacuni@snm.ku.dk


Israel Del Toro
Postdoctoral Researcher

My current research focuses on the effects of climate change on biodiversity. Specifically I am studying how the southwestern U.S and Mexico manage shared ecosystems and prepare for evaluating the impacts of climate change on the terrestrial arthropod communities of this region. To do this I collect ants, beetles, spiders, and grasshoppers along elevation gradients in the “sky island” ecosystems of northern Mexico, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. I use field observational studies and warming experiments to predict how climate change can impact the ecosystems services and processes that arthropods mediate. I also use spatial modeling approaches to predict how communities might change in composition in future climates.

Email: israedt@gmail.com


Jonas Geldmann
Postdoctoral Researcher

My primary research interest is in Conservation biology; particularly looking at the link between conservation responses and changes in the biological state (i.e. biodiversity). My work focuses on developing a set of biodiversity indicators for Denmark that can be used to track changes over time in biodiversity at the municipality-level, through data collected by citizens. The project is run in collaboration with the Danish Society for Nature Conservation (DN). I also work on evaluating the effectiveness of protected areas internationally combining management effectiveness data with data on changes in biodiversity outcomes. This project is conducted in collaboration with the IUCN taskforce on Protected Area Effectiveness, UNEP-WCMC, GEF, UNDP, WWF/ZSL Living Planet Index and Oxford University.

Email: jgeldmann@bio.ku.dk


Martin Hartvig
Postdoctoral Researcher

I have a wide interest in community and food web ecology at different spatial and temporal scales. I am particularly interested in how communities are assembled, and how they loose species and reconfigure when exposed to invasions and/or environmental changes. My work includes both theoretical and data-driven approaches; hopefully these two ends will benefit from each other and synthesise the field. Currently I work on predicting future species distributions in the North Atlantic ecosystems when both the environment and prey distributions are changing.

Email: martin.hartvig@snm.ku.dk


Knud Andreas Jønsson
Postdoctoral Researcher

I am a molecular systematist, biogeographer and evolutionary ecologist with a particular focus on molecular systematics of passerine birds, and assessing patterns and testing hypotheses pertaining to historical biogeography and community build-up. Most of my work is centered on the Indo-Pacific archipelagos where I also carry out fieldwork.

Email: kajonsson@snm.ku.dk


Mikkel Willemoes Kristensen
Postdoctoral Researcher

My research will mainly focus on individual migration patterns of small night-migrating birds wintering south of the Sahara. The migration routes will be tracked using small light-weight satellite transmitters, light-based geolocators and radio tagging. The obtained information of migration timing, migration routes, stop-over sites, wintering grounds and winter behaviour will be tested against patterns of population decline as well as large scale patterns of migration control. I will also investigate patterns of dispersal and migration distances in relation to climate in large sets of ringing data. My previous research areas include ecology and management of seabird populations, orientation of vagrant passerines and arctic ecology. I am based at the National History Museum of Denmark.

Email: MWKristensen@snm.ku.dk


Antonin Machac
Post Doctoral Resarcher

How the diversity of life emerged is one of the key questions in biology. My work takes on this challenge and explores the ecology of evolutionary diversification. More specifically, I study how climate, topography, and biotic interactions influence the processes of speciation and extinction. Employing modern statistics, implemented at computer grids, my research combines phylogenies with geographic information and functional traits. This integrative approach then affords insights into the global diversity dynamics. Learn more on my website

Email: a.machac@snm.ku.dk


Jagoba Malumbres-Olarte
Postdoctoral Researcher

I am an ecologist interested in a diverse range of fields, including community and molecular ecology, evolutionary biology, biogeography and systematics and conservation. I explore and test ecological questions by modelling data on a variety of taxa — including plants, mammals and invertebrates, particularly spiders — to try to understand past and present patterns in biodiversity. My current work at the Center looks into the diversity patterns of arthropods in the Eastern Arc Mountains, Tanzania. Our aim is to understand the community changes in space and time and identify their drivers, and further develop cost-efficient data collecting methods for biodiversity assessments.

Email: jagoba.malumbres.olarte@gmail.com


Adriano Mazziotta
Post Doctoral Resarcher

I have a wide interest in conceptual and applied aspects of conservation biology. At CMEC I am pursuing research activity in evidence-based conservation in cooperation with the Conservation Group. My work focuses on describing how natural and anthropogenic factors affect the components of biodiversity. More specifically, I aim at defining the biodiversity baseline for the largest protected land area in Denmark (Lille Vildmose), and evaluate the possible outcomes of planned restoration actions. I am also interested in analyzing the role of species-species and species-environment interactions in shaping biological communities in the reserve. From an applied perspective, I plan to evaluate the current vulnerability of biodiversity to the threats insisting on the protected area. As a part of my project I am developing new biodiversity-oriented management projects to implement within the Danish natural areas owned by the Aage V. Jensen Foundation.

Email: adriano.mazziotta@snm.ku.dk


Andreia Miraldo
Postdoctoral Researcher

I am interested in studying the ecological and genetic mechanisms involved in generating diversity and the processes that help maintaining this diversity in the wild. Here at CMEC I will be working on a project looking at the impact of climate change in the spatial and temporal distribution of genetic diversity. Despite recent studies showing that genetic diversity plays an important role in determining the fitness and persistence of populations in space and time, assessments of climate change impacts on biodiversity have mainly focused at the ecosystem or species level, and little is known about the impact of climate change at the third level of biodiversity, the gene. I use a comparative phylogeographic approach, combining genetic data across species in a spatially explicit format with a set of climate change indicators. With this approach I hope to reveal the spatial distribution of genetic diversity across species at different points in time and identify how gene pools have changed until they reach their current distributions. This information will then be used to predict how the distribution of genetic diversity could evolve in face of climate change.

Email: andreia.miraldo@snm.ku.dk


Erik Askov Mousing
Post Doctoral Resarcher

My research interests focus mainly on marine phytoplankton ecology and paleoecology. During my PhD I will investigate the ecological and evolutionary processes that control the distribution and diversity of phytoplankton in the ocean. I will also examine how climate change and, in particular, global warming is expected to affect the distribution and diversity of phytoplankton in the future. The project will build on several different data sets covering multiple spatial scales from global datasets (e.g. the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS)) to local data sets from monitoring activities in Denmark. To understand the contemporary species distribution and diversity, it is necessary to understand the role of past environmental and evolutionary processes. Combining historic data sets of climate and species distributions I will explore the possibility to use modeling as a tool to establish historical ranges under different environmental scenarios. The understanding of past ranges combined with contemporary data sets will then be used to elucidate the controlling factors and possibly explain the anticipated effects of global warming.

Email: EAMousing@bio.ku.dk


Leticia Ochoa
Postdoctoral Researcher

I have always been interested in biogeographic and macroecological processes and the interrelationship with local-scale dynamics. And I have always been fascinated by the impressive diversity of amphibians. My main research is focused on the factors driving amphibian distribution from local spatial scales to coarse scale patterns. My postdoctoral project aims to study the relationship between overall diversity patterns (alpha and beta) of life history traits of Neotropical amphibians, specifically, and their relationship with the environment (climate niche), as well as the relationship with phylogenetic diversity. I am also interested in developing more accurate ways of modelling species distribution. In addition, I am also involved in a conservation project with the aim of establishing a connectivity corridor across Mexico taking in to account land use models.

Email: thirsia@yahoo.com


PhD Students

Erik Buchwald
PhD Student

My industrial PhD project will study questions of importance for conservation management of threatened species (animals, plants, fungi) in Denmark - focusing on Danish Nature Agency lands. Forest species and species important for fulfilling the political 2020 targets on halting the loss of biodiversity will be investigated in particular. Data from Copenhagen and Aarhus Universities, the Ministry of Environment and the internet will be combined and analysed. The project will provide the basis for introducing a more focussed and evidence-based management for the threatened species in Denmark. The project aims to 1) study the protection of terrestrial species and habitats which are of particular importance in relation to the political 2020 targets on halting the loss of biodiversity, and 2) to investigate questions of importance for the conservation management of threatened forest species in Denmark, and more specifically on Danish Nature Agency lands, in order to provide the basis for introducing a more focussed and evidence-based management for the species, and finally 3) to use results from the studies to compile a prioritized catalogue of recommended conservation measures, which can quickly be implemented on the lands of the Nature Agency. The study will apply hotspot-, complementarity- and gap-analysis to identify patterns and priorities in the occurrences of species and supplement with other methods as appropriate. A novel part of the study is to down-scale to the applied management scale, so that the study will be directly useful for planning conservation measures.

Email: ebuchwald@snm.ku.dk


Chelsea Chisholm
PhD Student

A central focus of my research is in understanding the relative roles of biotic and abiotic factors in determining community assembly. I am interested in integrating information on evolutionary history and functional traits in studying species interactions in ecological communities, as well as the consequence of these interactions for ecosystem functioning. At the local scale I use a combination of experimental and empirical approaches to examine community assembly of plants along elevational gradients. I also work with a regional database of flora along multiple elevational gradients in China to assess the influence of local species interactions on large scale distributional patterns. I hope to use these approaches to to improve our ability to predict changes in communities across scales with climate change, with a focus on mountainous regions. My previous work documented the phylogenetic and functional diversity of cryptic species in subarctic mountains, as well as phenological responses of high arctic plants to climate change.

Email: chelsea.chisholm@gmail.com


Konstantinos Giampoudakis
PhD Student

My research interest is to understand why/ how Homo Sapiens sapiens successfully spread across the planet and how they have shaped ecosystems and communities during the Late Pleistocene. I am using paleoclimatic simulations, human and megafaunal fossil record, Species Distribution Models and ecological tools in a multitemporal framework to answer questions such as: did modern humans track specific types of habitats and climatic conditions or did they adapt in novel conditions by means of natural selection and technological innovation? What were the impacts of human colonization of the planet to the faunal communities they encountered and what was the relationship of the dispersal of humans with the large extinction events of megafauna’ species in all continents during the Late Pleistocene? In summary I aim to unveil the mechanisms of human dispersal and the consequences of our geographic expansion on biological diversity to improve our understanding about the ecology of humans in contrast to other species and better anticipate future responses of species to anthropogenic climate change and habitat alteration.

Email: konstantinosg@snm.ku.dk


Rasmus Gren Havmøller
PhD Student

My research interest lies within population genetics, ecology, biodiversity, zoology and conservation biology more specifically within cryptic and endagered species. My PhD involves abundance, ecology and genetics of leopards (Panthera pardus) in the Udzungwa Mountains, part of the Eastern Arc, in Tanzania. The Udzungwa Mountains consists of a variety of tropical forest, ranging from lowland rainforest to monetane forest, and lies directly adjacent to the savannah-woodlands of the Selous Game Reserve. The main question is if leopards move between the two highly different habitats, how abundant they are in the forests and if they are genetically distinct. This will be done through camera-trapping and collection of scat and hair samples for genetic analysis. Additionally I will also be reviewing the sub-genus classification of African leopards, which currently classify all African leopards as a single subspecies across the entire continent. This is to aid the development of better conservations management strategies of the species. As I worked with Sumatran rhinos (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) for my BSc thesis and Northern bottlenose whales (Hyperoodon ampullatus) for my MSc thesis I continue have interests within this line of work as well.

Email: rasmushav@gmail.com


Mathilde Lerche- Jørgensen
PhD Student

My main fields of interest are migration, conservation and wild-life management. In my PhD I am studying trans-Saharan migratory passerines, in order to understand migration strategies and movement patterns of long distant migrants as well as how they are prioritized in conservation matters. Ringing data is used to study how survival is affected by timing of arrival and departure and to determine seasonal distribution I areas with few or no recoveries. This is important in order to understand general migration patterns and how they can be affected in future by e.g. climate changes. The newest tracking technology is used to describe general and species specific migration patterns as well as habitat use and conservation during the non-breeding season; I use light-level loggers to identify the birds’ migration route, staging sites and non-breeding areas and radio-transmitters to track local movement and responses to local environmental factors like burning and agricultural intensification in the non-breeding area. This can help us to understand whether environmental factors in the areas used during the non-breeding season contribute to the pattern of decline of long distance migrants that we see in Europe. Further I am investigating if we tend to be less willing to pay to conserve migrating birds which only spends the breeding season or even less time within the countries’ borders. Together these studies will allow us to understand the consequences of current and future environmental changes for species with complicated spatio-temporal distributions and how the willingness to preserve them differs from sedentary bird species.

Email: mathildelj@snm.ku.dk


Jonathan Kennedy
PhD Student

One of the most well documented and historically recognised patterns in ecology is that clades vary greatly in terms of their overall species richness. My main research interest is to understand the ultimate causes of these diversity patterns both within and among geographic regions, primarily through the study of birds. While the underlying causes determining such disparities remain contentious, they must reflect differences in one or more of the following factors; 1) The timing of regional colonisation, and hence time for in situ diversification, 2) Rates of speciation and extinction and/or 3) Ecological carrying capacity as a consequence of ecological limits on diversification. I aim to elucidate between these processes through analysis of phylogenetic, ecological, morphological and distributional data in both a spatial and comparative framework.

Email: jonathan.kennedy@bio.ku.dk


Tora Finderup Nielsen
PhD Student

By using unconventional data sources such as published and unpublished local floras and excursion notes, my current research aims to quantify historical changes in Danish plant biodiversity as well as the drivers behind these changes. Linking rarely examined historical sources to modern data and land-use history enables me to identify systematic alterations in plant traits and habitats, identify causes of these changes and assess whether the changes are reversible in restored terrestrial and fresh water habitats. Historical ecology possesses a ray of challenges but often constitutes the only mean for identifying the slow changes in biodiversity occurring on a century scale. I therefore hope to use this approach to establish a baseline for current nature quality assessments to be compared to and for future objectives to be based on. Furthermore, I aim to help determine processes regulating the composition and quality of our flora on a spatial and temporal scale resulting in recommendations for future nature management. Besides Danish nature conservation I have a broad interest within evolution and biodiversity of plants in Scandinavia and the Arctic. I have previously worked with hybridization in arctic willows of different ploidy using controlled crossings, molecular and morphological methods as well as with CO2 exchange and climate-induced plant community changes in Greenland and Northern Sweden.

Email: tora.nielsen@bio.ku.dk


Lykke Pedersen
PhD Student

My main fields of interest are within Ornithology, Conservation and Movement Ecology with a particular focus on seasonal interactions. In my PhD I will use direct tracking tools such as geolocators and radio transmitters as well as satellite based vegetation indices to investigate how small migratory songbirds respond to the variation in habitat conditions that they encounter during the annual cycle. By using this approach, I hope to unravel critical stages in the life-cycle controlling population limitation. Furthermore, I will investigate the spatio-temporal migration patterns of different populations within the same species and across species belonging to various migration systems to identify potential consistencies among the use of staging areas and migration routes in relation to environmental factors.

Email: lypedersen@snm.ku.dk


Alexander Flórez Rodríguez
PhD Student

For my Ph.D. I am going to work in the intersection between comparative phylogeography and macroecology, integrating evolutionary and ecological population dynamics in a geographical frame to better understand the causes and dynamics of species extinctions under climate change. Specifically, I explore how populations of multiple species varying in key ecological traits, located in different food web levels and across different biogeographic zones reacted to Late Quaternary climate change. I also pretend to forecast genetic parameters of those populations to different climate change scenarios. Furthermore, in order to understand the footprints of climate change on population dynamics, I am going to use available phylogeographic data, fossil record, paleoclimatic reconstructions and simulations of species range dynamics to understand the mechanism (i.e, niche liability and dispersal) that control population trends and range dynamics under climate change. In summary, I aim at better understanding extinction dynamics in the past to improve forecasting of future species extinctions and conservation status.

Email: alexflorezr@gmail.com


Gustavo Silva de Miranda
PhD Student

My main research interests are taxonomy, phylogeny, evolution and biogeography of arachnids, particularly whip spiders (Amblypygi), shorttailed whipscorpion (Schizomida) and spiders (Araneae). My PhD thesis has the aims to review the internal classification and study the evolution and biogeography of a Charinidae, a family of Amblypygi, based on morphological and molecular data. The idea is to test different types of analytical methods combined with geometric morphometrics to assess the evolution of the family understanding the variation of shape and size. Concurrent biogeographic tools will also be used to understand the patterns and process of the family’s distribution.

Email: gustavo.miranda@snm.ku.dk


Katherine Snell
PhD Student

The focus of my research here is investigating physiological regulatory mechanisms of long-range migration and orientation in small passerines. I will be using tracking technologies to determine movements for free ranging birds during seasonal migration episodes and the interrelationship with key regulators of activity, body composition, development of sensory organs related to navigation and seasonality. My previous research has included tracking equipment to understand life history events in birds and seals, investigating metabolic processes governing functional energy portioning, appetite and activity and I have worked in remote locations from Antarctica to Greenland.

Email: Katherine.snell@snm.ku.uk


Shirin Taheri
PhD Student

My research focus is on the geographic range shifts of species in response to climate change. I assess whether climate change significantly affect range dynamics and species extinction risk. In particular, I am exploring whether species range shift is directional (following climate change) or multi-directional due to natural population dynamic or land use change and habitat lose. I am particularly interested in the way how environmental factors, species interactions, human impacts and population fragmentation influence species distributions. I have extensive experience in applying geo-information and spatio-temporal analytical tools in environmental sciences, and I am strongly interested to use the application of Remote Sensing in Biodiversity, ecological and Biogeographical modeling.

Email: shirin.taheri@snm.ku.dk


Stavroula Tsoukali
PhD Student

In my PhD project I will focus on the oceanography of small pelagic fish species of the Northern Seas, and specifically on the early life stages (eggs and larvae) which are particularly vulnerable to temperature changes. Our aim is to investigate how their life history traits, such as survival, growth and developmental rates or the timing of spawning and hatching in regard to the spring bloom, are affected by temperature and further by climate changes. We will examine the match-mismatch dynamics, which early life history traits have stronger or weaker responses to temperature changes, the intra- and inter-specific differences and what would be the consequences to the ecosystems.

Email: stavroula.tsoukali@snm.ku.dk


Marta L. Vega
PhD Student

My research interests are broadly within behavioural and evolutionary ecology of birds. I am especially interested in studying how migrating birds cope with environmental change and the long-term consequences at population level. A main topic in my research is to study migration patterns at inter- and intra-specific levels and the influence of environmental pressures such as climate change and land use. To do so, I will combine the use of modern satellite transmitters, geolocators, radio tagging, and an existing ringing database to track timing of migration and migration routes in cuckoos and red-backed shrikes together with the collection of environmental data at key areas. Another main topic is to study the migratory orientation programme using as model system juvenile cuckoos to shed light on the innate mechanisms by which the migration behaviour is controlled. My previous research work includes spatiotemporal distribution and habitat use of Afro-Eurasian and American migrant bird species at staging and breeding grounds. I am placed at the Zoological Museum of Denmark.

Email: marta.l.vega@snm.ku.dk


Mathias Vogdrup-Schmidt
PhD Student

Working within economic valuation of migratory bird species I am interested in what makes people across countries cooperate in conservation efforts. International cooperation is crucial to sustain many migratory bird species and I hope to be able to shed light on some factors needed to facilitate this. I am currently performing research within environmental and experimental economics on bird species with both intra- and intercontinental migration patterns. Other interests are application of multi-criteria decision analysis tools in assessing land use changes.

Email: mvs@ifro.ku.dk


Petter Zahl Marki
PhD Student

My research interests are related to the mating systems, life-histories and diversification dynamics of birds, with a particular focus on the oscine passerines. This large radiation had its origin in the Australasian region, but several lineages have through multiple independent dispersal events colonized all the world’s major landmasses, barring Antarctica, and some of them have experienced extensive subsequent radiation. On the other hand, a large number of phylogenetically old and relict lineages are still restricted to their area of origin in New Guinea and Australia. In my PhD I aim to investigate how variations in breeding ecology, such as promiscuity rates, modes of parental care and innovations in nest construction might have influenced such diversification patterns. I will address these questions in a comparative framework by combining old and newly collected data with robust molecular phylogenies.

Email: zoothera87@hotmail.com


MSc Students

Nick Hass Brandtberg
M.Sc. Student

My main field of interests are conservation biology, ornithology, birds migration patterns and home range use, and how best to communicate nature science to the public. In my master thesis I investigate two common long-distance migratory songbirds during their breeding season in Denmark, the chiffchaff and the willow warbler. The focus of the investigation will be on habitat requirements and home ranges size of the two songbirds. Furthermore I will be able to compare the collected data with data gathered from the nonbreeding period in sub-Saharan Africa. This will hopefully give an insight to how their requirements to habitat choice and home range size during breeding/nonbreeding period are different.

Email: brandtberg@gmail.com


Simona Brucoli
M.Sc. Student

My main research interests are conservation, biodiversity and nature management. In my thesis I will look at renaturation projects in Denmark, Great Britain and Germany that use long period grazing as landscape management tool to restore landscapes and increase biodiversity on a large scale. Not only do I want to review the differences in management of these projects, but more importantly I'll try to evaluate the impact of differing parameters on indicator species (eg. Birds, butterflies).

Email: qnx946@alumni.ku.dk


Jennie Burmester
M.Sc. Student

My main fields of interest are conservation, nature management and biodiversity. My master’s thesis seeks to investigate the connectivity for species between protected areas (PAs) in West Africa. Connectivity conservation is considered to be particularly important in the face of climate change, as the primary means by which wildlife respond to climate change is to migrate to climatically suitable areas. My thesis is conducted within the framework of the Protected Areas Resilient to Climate Change (PARCC) West Africa project, which is managed by the United Nations Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). My study is based on and seeks to improve previous work done by UNEP-WCMC. The aim is to investigate, through modelling, the connectivity for species between PAs in West Africa and to identify important PAs and links between them that, if improved, should contribute most efficiently to the connectivity of the PA-network. I will also investigate which Key Biodiversity Areas that could contribute the most to the overall PA network in terms of increasing habitat availability, if protected. Furthermore, I will create Least Cost Paths, in order to investigate how the surrounding habitat contributes to the connectivity of the PA-network. I will also look at forest loss in the past and try to predict deforestation threats to PAs. If time permits, the intention is to create a simple climate model, in order to predict which PAs might change significantly in the face of climate change.

Email: jennieburmester@yahoo.dk


Lea Bütje
M.Sc. Student

My main interests are in nature conservation and ecology. During my bachelor project I focused on bats in their wintering grounds. Now, in my master thesis, I will investigate bats in different habitat types in Denmark's oldest forest (Gribskov). There, I will document species occurrence and activity in differently managed forest types. My data collection will be done via acoustic monitoring in beech, oak and coniferous forest stands. The outcome of my project will be important for conservation planning as I will be able to find out about the effects of different forestry management regimes on diversity and activity of bat species.

Email: lgq320@alumni.ku.dk


Anne-Sophie Delbanco
M.Sc. Student

My MSc project is part of a larger project trying to establish the consequences to the livelihood of people living around Marsabit Forest in Northern Kenya (which has been subject to severe deforestation and thus is threatened), if the forest is being fenced to protect it from degradation. People in this area are generally very poor and cannot afford treatment during illness, thus, they mainly rely on medicinal plants. In addition, they originate from pastoralist communities bringing many traditions with them. I have obtained data on vegetation type from where people collect medicinal plants. Furthermore, I have interviewed both vendors at the market and herbalists to learn about the most common diseases and which plants are being used to treat these. I have also interviewed hospital and medical clinic staff to examine the cost of treatment and willingness of people to choose “modern” treatment over medicinal plants and herbalists.

Email: pjd812@alumni.ku.dk


Daniel Palm Eskildsen
M.Sc. Student

My research interests lie mostly within the behavior and ecology of migratory birds. Eurasian-African migrant passerines are declining in numbers and the reason for the decline is not yet fully understood. To increase our knowledge about what drives this phenomena. Basic knowledge about the drivers of distributions is required. Using the wood warbler (phylloscopus sibilatrix) as a study organism I will try to increase our knowledge of those drivers. During the spring and summer of 2014 I radio tracked wood warblers in Gribskov of northern Zealand to unveil their home ranges in different forest types of their breeding areas. I hope to also be able to compare the home ranges of individuals in the European breeding sites with the home ranges of individuals in the African wintering sites. At the center I have been working as a scientific student assistant and since May 2013 I have worked in the center administration, covering many different tasks such as travel-booking and other logistical issues.

Email: dpeskildsen@snm.ku.dk


Marie-Louise Kolding Jørgensen
M.Sc. Student

My main interests lie within conservation biology, population dynamics and wild-life management. In my master's thesis I will analyze the spatial-temporal distribution of birds, fish and vegetation in a reestablished freshwater lake - Filsø: from its new beginning until present day. The aim of the project is to assess where and when the immigration of birds and fish occurs to a newly reestablished lake, as well as if there is a correlation between the distribution of birds and fish over time and space.

Email: bxc640@alumni.ku.dk


Camilla Boje Langkilde-Lauesen
M.Sc. Student

My main research interests are related to understanding the synergies and trade-offs between different ecosystem services and/or land-uses. Specifically, I am interested in how to identify and implement sustainable solutions to land-use-biodiversity conflicts. Furthermore, to understand how they can be integrated into natural resource management and decision-making and planning processes. My case is National Park Thy, which was established in 2008 as the first national park in Denmark. The objective of the national park is to protect and enhance natural values, while promoting outdoor recreation, tourism and other uses of the area. Obtaining a balance between conservation and other land-uses under resource limitations, poses a major challenge. In my master thesis, I apply spatial prioritization, using Marxan with zones, to address this problem. The aim is to identify near optimal and cost-efficient suggestions for a zonation plan of the different land-uses in National Park Thy. Additionally, I will evaluate the associated conservation costs and the applicability and limitations of Marxan with zones as a tool for conservation prioritization in a Danish context.

Email: srd940@alumni.ku.dk


Louise Juhl Lehmann
M.Sc. Student

My research interests cover a wide range of topics within macroecology, evolution, conservation and natural history in general. Currently, my main focus is on pollination ecology and plant-pollinator networks. Many studies concerning these networks have focused on visitation rate alone, but this does not accurately describe the importance of each interaction between plant and visitor. In my thesis I will focus on the pollination systems of species in the Rubiacea family on the Caribbean island, Dominica. Here, I will examine the geographical variation in floral phenotype and pollinator service of insects and hummingbirds given the ecological differences between different elevations and habitats. I will do this by characterizing floral traits and determining pollination effectiveness at different elevations from data that I will collect myself during 3 1/2 months of fieldwork on Dominica. The results of this study will improve our understanding of pollination systems and thereby provide an useful contribution to management and conservation of Rubiacea species and their pollinators.

Email: louisejuhllehmann@gmail.com


Peter Lindboe
M.Sc. Student

My main interests lie within conservation biology, population genetics and ornithology. In my master's thesis, I'll be using data from the Danish Common Bird Census and the Swedish Breeding Bird Survey to investigate fluctuations in populations of Danish forest birds compared to birds associated with other habitats, as well as to the same forest species in Sweden. In the last few decades, efforts have been made to conserve biodiversity in Danish forests and my thesis also aims to explore the effects that these efforts may have had on the different species of forest birds.

Email: plindboe@gmail.com


Patrick Philipsen
M.Sc. Student

My main interests are in community ecology, and to understand the consequences that biotic and abiotic alterations have on species interactions, as well as the structure and functioning of ecological communities. In my master's project I am using long-term data from a monitoring programme in Greenland, to compare temporal dynamics of high-arctic spider communities at different scales. This project will help understanding the interplay between biodiversity and community change.

Email: flj776@alumni.ku.dk


Jesper Sonne
M.Sc. Student

My research interests cover a wide range within the fields of ornithology, evolution and macroecology. I am particularly interested in neotropical bird communities, and the importance of species interactions for patterns of biodiversity. In my M.Sc project, I focus on the functional and phylogenetic structure of hummingbird-plant and frugivore bird-plant communities across the word and how these may explain large scale variations in biotic specialization.

Email: jesper2904@hotmail.com


Maja Boss Lundsgaard Thomsen
M.Sc. Student

My fields of interest are mainly conservation, biodiversity and nature management with an emphasis on plants. In my thesis, I will examine the burning of burial mounds as a form of nature management. I wish to examine whether burning is conducive to the biodiversity of plants and thereby biodiversity in general. I will do this by monitoring the occurrence of certain indicator-species on 9 burial mounds where either burning or cutting of the vegetation was used. Furthermore, I will examine the occurrence of certain nutrients in the soil.

Email: qdt573@alumni.ku.dk


Ditte Truelsen
M.Sc. Student

My main scientific interests are evolution, population genetics and phylogeography. My thesis will provide a large-scale multi-taxa comparative assessment of genetic diversity responses to different magnitudes of climate change velocity and will help to lay the foundations to improve forecasting of future extinctions based on past responses to climate change at genetic level. Simulation studies have shown that range contractions tend to decrease genetic diversity as compared with population with stable ranges but quite counterintuitively, fast range contractions preserve higher levels of diversity and induce lower levels of genetic differentiation among refuge areas than slow contractions. I will test these assumptions using palaeoclimatic reconstructions, modern and ancient DNA, distribution of the dated fossil record and traits for 23 species of co-distributed Holarctic mammals during the last 50,000 years under climate change.

Email: dmtruelsen@snm.ku.dk


Johanne Øhlers Aagaard
M.Sc. Student

My main fields of interest are conservation biology, biodiversity, plant biology and ornithology. In my master’s thesis I will use data from two Danish forests, Høstemark and Tofte Skov to compare biodiversity across forest gradients in hydrology and forest structure including investigations of community structures and species turn-over. The project will apply both qualitative and quantitative approaches using available data on birds, bats, dragonflies and butterflies as well as data on forest structure and strata.

Email: vdb799@alumni.ku.dk


BSc Students

Rie Birkelund Elgaard Jensen
B.Sc. Student

My main interests lie within conservation, ornithology, animal behaviour and biodiversity. Ever since volunteering in South Africa 3 years ago I have gotten more and more interested in conservation biology. Last year I conducted a minor project about abnormal behavior in Asian Elephants at the CPH Zoo. My B.Sc. Project aims to determine the home range size and asses habitat use of the Common Chiffchaff. The Chiffchaff is a medium-distance migratory bird, which breeds in Danish forests, and is found in Tofte Forest, where I will conduct the field work for my research. I will asses if home range size and habitat requirements varies in the breeding season, and if there is any relationship between home range size and habitat quality.

Email: gxk991@alumni.ku.dk


Lasse Nyholm Jessen
B.Sc. Student

I have a very broad interest within conservation biology, but biodiversity, wildlife management and climate change are some of my main interests. I’ve always been fascinated by the arctic environment and therefore naturally how climate changes affect these places in concern to changes in biodiversity, how migratory patterns are affected and what kind of management is needed to aid the vulnerable species. My first practical experience with conservation will be radio tracking of the great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) to gain experience with the method and to determine home rage size and habitat preferences

Email: sbh276@alumni.ku.dk


Kimmie Møenbo Jensen
B.Sc. Student

My main research interests are conservation biology, biodiversity and entomology. I am especially interested in the identification of beetles, and how the beetle fauna is associated with other organism and ecosystems. In my BSc project, I investigate the specialized insect fauna associated with the fruit bodies of wood-living fungi, in relation to a contrast in forestry intensity between different beech stands in Gribskov. The aim is to identify how the species richness and species composition of the insect fauna in species of Trametes and similar fungi vary and how it depends on the phenology, species identity and size of the fruiting bodies.

Email: kimmiemoenbo@gmail.com


Technical and Administrative Staff

Lisbeth Andreassen
Center Administrator

Responsible for administration at CMEC, including budgets, accounting and reporting, funding management, recruitment, enrolment of new staff members, general managing support staff, facilitating visitors at CMEC and liaison with DNRF and University administration. I have a master’s degree in Humanities.

Email: Landreassen@snm.ku.dk


Daniel Palm Eskildsen
Student Assistant

My research interests lie mostly within the behavior and ecology of migratory birds. Eurasian-African migrant passerines are declining in numbers and the reason for the decline is not yet fully understood. To increase our knowledge about what drives this phenomena. Basic knowledge about the drivers of distributions is required. Using the wood warbler (phylloscopus sibilatrix) as a study organism I will try to increase our knowledge of those drivers. During the spring and summer of 2014 I radio tracked wood warblers in Gribskov of northern Zealand to unveil their home ranges in different forest types of their breeding areas. I hope to also be able to compare the home ranges of individuals in the European breeding sites with the home ranges of individuals in the African wintering sites. At the center I have been working as a scientific student assistant and since May 2013 I have worked in the center administration, covering many different tasks such as travel-booking and other logistical issues.

Email: dpeskildsen@snm.ku.dk


Simon Friis-Wandall
Student Assistant

My main interests so far consist of a big blend of conservation, management and biodiversity. I am especially interested in management of the Danish nature to prevent a decline of biodiversity. At CMEC I work with Jacob Heilman-Clausen as a field assistant.

Email: nqt189@alumni.ku.dk


Line Lund Hansen
MA in Translation and Interpretation, secretary/PA

I joined the administrative team at CMEC in January 2014 and provide administrative support to Lisbeth Andreassen, Center Administrator. My main duties include budget follow-up as well as handling various administrative procedures related to the recruitment and enrolment of new staff members. Additionally, I am Professor Rahbek’s PA. I have a master’s degree in translation and interpretation (English) from Copenhagen Business School.

Email: lihansen@snm.ku.dk


Louis A. Hansen
Database manager

I am an ornithologist, graduated from the Zoological Museum, where my present office can be found. At the Center, I work on various projects for Professor Carsten Rahbek (and Jon Fjeldså at the Zoological Museum), where my part is mapping the species distribution of various groups of vertebrates (though mainly birds) species on three continents. Privatly funded fieldwork often carries me away to East Africa. Here my main interests are various aspects on the montane bird species.

Email: lahansen@snm.ku.dk


Bjørn Hermansen
GIS manager

Being GIS-manager in Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate my main concern is to establish a well functioning GIS-laboratory to support and enhance the research at the center and to save valuable geodata created at the center. I have a special interest in data quality and spatial analysis on environmental, biological and geological geodata. Moreover I am interested in dissemination of environmental related issues within geography, geology and biology. For 25 years I worked at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland - and that way in the Danish Ministry of Environment and Energy - as GIS-coordinator and leader of projects concerning hydrology, geology and environmental issues.

Email: bhermansen@snm.ku.dk


Anders Illum
Research Assistant

in my thesis I work with the myrmecophile spider Mastigusa arietina. M. arietina is a spider that lives in ant nests, remarkably undetected by its host. In my thesis I'll try to find a placement for Mastigusa based on phylogenetic analysis of morphological and molecular data, the distribution of this rarely encountered spider Northen part of Zealand, Denmark. But also a analysis of the hydrocarbon of Mastigusa spiders provided insight on how they can live undetected among their ant hosts.

Email: aaillum@snm.ku.dk


Camilla Kleis
Biologist, Project Administrator

My main interests are nature management and conservation biology with a focus on Danish habitats and the national actions and efforts done to preserve nature. My job is to administrate and assist the Aage V. Jensen Foundation group here at CMEC, which includes budgets, project planning, fieldwork assistance, coordinating student assignments, organizing and enriching the student environment and developing the interaction with external collaborators.

Email: camilla.kleis@snm.ku.dk


Jan Bolding Kristensen
Assistant Curator

I am from the Vertebrate Section of the Natural History Museum, where I work with the ornithological collections. Preparation of new material (skins, skeletons etc.) and handling of loans, digitizing data from the collections. Administration of the Tissue Collection and handling all loans of subsamples from this for genetic studies. Participating in collecting expeditions and have so far been to Tanzania, Bolivia, Solomon Islands – especially working with forest birds. Also ringing and sampling blood from Geese in high arctic (Svalbard and Greenland). Field Ornithology as a big life-time interest!

Email: jtbkristensen@snm.ku.dk


Sen Li
Bioinformatician

I finished my PhD specialized Evolutionary Genetics in December 2012 at Uppsala University. My research was about evaluating the performance of the Approximate Bayesian Computation approach to infer demographic parameters from large amounts of population-genetic data and investigating genomic parameters under various demographic and evolutionary scenarios. My position at CMEC is to manage and maintain the computing cluster and setup a global-wide phylogenetic/genetic database over plenty of species, and also to provide bioinformatics support in the research.

Email: sen.li@snm.ku.dk


Jan Pedersen
Assistant curator

I work on the entomological collection at the Natural History Museum with Nikolaj Scharff. Specially focusing on spiders, flies and millipedes (Aracnida, Diptera, Diplopoda). My work mainly consist of expanding and maintaining the museums large insect collection and participating in field work and collecting expeditions. I have contributed to many Danish and international atlas projects on insects and spiders.

Email: japedersen @ snm.ku.dk


Anders Højgård Petersen
Biologist, Special Consultant

My current main interest is quantitative analysis of biodiversity data in an applied context. My main focus is on Danish nature conservation issues in general and on combining biological data with socioeconomic and other data in multi disciplinary studies, including cost efficiency analyses and priority analyses. Most recently I have been heavily involved in a study designed to investigate and prioritize the effort needed to conserve the Danish terrestrial biodiversity and to estimate the associated social costs. During my 20 years as a biologist, researcher and consultant I have gained extended experience in a multitude of disciplines within e.g. terrestrial biodiversity, marine biology, environmental monitoring and impact assessment, environmental management, nature conservation and data analysis.

Email: anders.h.petersen@snm.ku.dk


Ditte Truelsen
Student Assistant

I am a M.Sc. Student in Biology with a main interest in Evolution and Population Genetics. At CMEC I work with Center Administrator Lisbeth Andreassen as her assistant especially on the annual report to Danish National Research Foundation and on other administrative assignments.

Email: dmtruelsen@snm.ku.dk


Elisabeth Wulffeld
Communications Officer

I am a biologist with expertise in communications, working in the intersection between science, the media and the public. In particular I am specialized in the topics of biodiversity, conservation and sustainability. My work is focused on increasing public awareness and understanding of biodiversity, mediating research results from the centre and maintaining the internal communication at the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate.

Email: elisabethw@snm.ku.dk


Collaborators

Robert Colwell
Full Professor (University of Connecticut)

As an evolutionary ecologist, my interests center on the biology and geography of biodiversity. In the tropics, I have worked with the ecology and evolution of species interactions, and managed and developed database tools for a major biodiversity inventory. Recent work with biogeographical theory and spatial models, focusing on the role of geometric constraints, has stimulated controversy, new directions in the field, and links with conservation biology. In collaboration with colleagues in statistics, I have been active in developing new statistical methods and software tools for biodiversity statistics. Professor Colwell is currently a sabbatical visitor at CMEC holding a permanent position at the Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, USA.

Email: colwell@uconn.edu


Catherine Graham
Associated Professor (Stony Brook University)

My research interests include investigating the effect of spatial and temporal arrangement of habitats on ecological and evolutionary patterns and processes and the use of this information to inform conservation and management policy.

Email: cgraham@life.bio.sunysb.edu


Robert E. Ricklefs
Professor (University of Missouri at St. Louis)

I am currently working on the biogeography and community relationships of birds and their malaria parasites. Much of my work has focussed on the West Indies, although I am also interested in the influence of large-scale processes on patterns of distribution and abundance of birds within large continental regions. Department of Biology, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Email: ricklefs@umsl.edu


Martin Wikelski
Full Professor (University Konstanz, Director of Max Planck Institute of Ornithology in Radolfzell )

We aim to understand how animals migrate and how they survive. To do this, we equip individuals with state-of-the-art biologgers. Data from these transmitters are collected in an international online database that is accessible to the public. Between 2014 and 2020, the ICARUS-Initiative plans to establish a novel system capable of tracking even very small animals. This research will provide new insights into how organisms cope with the effects of climate change, disease, and man-made alterations to their environment.

Email: wikelski@orn.mpg.de


John (Jack) W. Williams
Full Professor (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

I’m interested in the temporal and spatial responses of plant species and communities to past and future climate change, with particular interests in the last deglaciation as a model system for understanding the ecological responses and feedbacks to 21st-century climate change. Questions include: What abiotic and biotic factors produced the past reshuffling of species into associations with no modern analog, and what new species associations will emerge this century? What were the joint effects of deglacial climate change, human arrival, and megafaunal extinctions upon terrestrial plant species and communities? How well do empirical and mechanistic ecological models predict past dynamics, and how we improve their ability to project future changes?

Email: jww@geography.wisc.edu


Guojie Zhang
Principle Investigator (BGI-Shenzhen)

My major interests lie in the evolutionary significance of the genomics of speciation, the mode and tempo of genomic evolution, and the evolution of gene functions. Most of my work involves applying new generation sequencing technologies to genetic research, and using genomic tools to illustrate the genomic diversity in nature, to interpret biodiversity within the framework of evolutionary genomics, and to understand the molecular basis of animal behaviours and their advantages in species adaptation.

Email: zhanggj@genomics.org.cn