We bring together marine and terrestrial high-profile scientists, postdoctoral scientists, PhD-students as well as technical and administrative staff. Our scientists work within the fields of macroecology, historical biogeography, oceanography, evolutionary biology, ecology, population biology, climate change research, conservation biology and environmental economics.
The aim of CMEC's research is to elucidate biology’s “laws of nature” by focusing on the main processes influencing life on Earth. In this way, our research helps society address two of the most pressing challenges of our time: How to combat the ongoing global mass extinction of species and predict the effect of global climate change on biological diversity.
Research and Center Director
Professor Carsten Rahbek is the director of Center for Macroecology Evolution and Climate (CMEC) and has an active interest in all CMEC research activities.
His personal research interests are patterns of species distribution, species range sizes, assemblages and richness and what determines such patterns (contemporary and historical factors or perhaps also just a bit of chance).
A recent focus has been the issue of climate change, 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 in the past, present and future.
The natural "other side" of his research relates to how evolutionary and ecographical principles can be used to identify robust priorities for conservation of biodiversity.