About the center

The Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate (CMEC) is a research center dedicated to the scientific fields of macroecology and biodiversity. CMEC is anchored at the Globe Institute, University of Copenhagen. 

The aim of CMEC's research is to elucidate biology’s “laws of nature” by focusing on the main processes influencing life on Earth. Our research helps society address two of the most pressing challenges of our time: 

  • How do we counter the ongoing global mass extinction of species?
  • How do we predict the effects of global land-use and climate change on biological diversity?

The center is home to high-profile terrestrial and marine researchers, postdoctoral researchers, PhD fellows as well as technical and administrative staff. Our scientific staff work within the fields of macroecology and biodiversity, historical biogeography, oceanography, evolutionary biology, ecology, population biology, climate change research, conservation biology, and environmental economics.

Center Director
Professor Carsten Rahbek

Center Administrator
Kamilla Krause Kristensen

CMEC includes Villum Center for Global Mountain Biodiversity and Queen Margrethe's and Vigdís Finnbogadóttir's Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Ocean, Climate, and Society (ROCS).

In addition, CMEC hosts University of Copenhagen's Sustainability Science Centre (SSC), and IPBES in Denmark