About CMEC – University of Copenhagen

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About CMEC

Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate is a long-term funded Center of Excellence that started 1 January 2010. The Center is a part of the Natural History Museum of Denmark and Department of Food and Resource Economics at the University of Copenhagen.  

We bring together marine and terrestrial high-profile scientists, postdoctoral scientists, PhD-students as well as technical and administrative staff.

CMEC juxtapose scientists from the fields of macroecology, historical biogeography, oceanography, evolutionary biology, ecology, population biology, climate change research, conservation biology and environmental economics.

Research focus

The aim of CMEC is to elucidate biology’s “laws of nature” by focusing on the four main processes influencing life, the:

  1. ori­gin and birth of species - speciation
  2. dispersal of species - movement
  3. persistence of species through interaction with other species - maintainance
  4. disappearance of species - extinction

This research can help society address two of the most pressing challenges of our time, namely how to:

  1. combat the ongoing global mass extinction of species
  2. predict the effect of global climate change on biological diversity