People

Here, you find a list of researchers, staff and students currently working or studying at CMEC. Find descriptions and contact informations in the menu below. Here, you also find a list of the center's collaborators and alumni.

Faculty and Senior Members

Carsten Rahbek
Katherine Richardson
Kasper Thorup
David Nogués-Bravo
Neil David Burgess
Jon Fjeldså
Jette Bredahl Jacobsen
Niels Strange
Bo Jellesmark Thorsen
Mette Termansen
Michael Krabbe Borregaard
Rute da Fonseca
Jacob Heilmann-Clausen
Thomas Lundhede
Damien Fordham

Assistant Professors

Peter Andrew Hosner
Naia Morueta-Holme
Jonas Geldmann

Postdoctoral Researchers

Mariska Brady
Jesper Sonne
Hannah Owens
Julia Heinen
Julie Koch Sheard
Ryan Ross Germain
Harith Omar Morgadinho Farooq

PhD Students

Julia Aaron Pilowsky
Nicholas Freymueller
Rafael Schouten
Axelle Justine Roxane Cordier
Katherine Pulido Chadid
Yueyao Hu

Technical and Administrative Staff

Kamilla Krause Kristensen
Anne Stevnsbo Marott
Michelle Peled
Tim Ammitzbøll Gudkov
Karsten Elmose Vad
Emma Emilie Andersen
Anders Højgård Petersen
Lars Dinesen
Louise Imer Nabe-Nielsen
Louis A. Hansen
Charles Davison
Martin Schier Christiansen
Bjørn Hermansen
Thomas Læssøe
Thomas Kehlet
Marie Tolstrup Andersen
Michella Molin
Eskil Nordahl Fundal
Jakob Fritzbøger Christensen
Emilie Hippe Brun
Simone Dons Weiling
Asbjørn Krarup Grønbæk

Collaborators

Henrik Glenner
Anna-Sofie Stensgaard
Robert Whittaker
Miguel B. Araújo
Robert K. Colwell

 

CARSTEN RAHBEK
Full Professor
Director of CMEC
Leader of Villum Center for Global Mountain Biodiversity
 

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@sund.ku.dk
KATHERINE RICHARDSON
Full Professor
Leader of 
Sustainability Science Centre 
Leader of 
Research Centre on Ocean, Climate, and Society

My training is in biological oceanography but for many years, I have contributed to the development of Earth system science as a scientific domain. I am fascinated by how interactions between the Geosphere, Biosphere, and Anthroposphere establish state conditions of the Earth. My research is largely devoted to understanding how plankton diversity and ecosystem structure contribute to ocean carbon cycling. I also examine the role of the ocean in global carbon cycling and am a core developer of the planetary boundaries framework. I lead the Sustainability Science Centre at UCPH and am a member of the Danish Government’s Climate Council.

Email: kari@sund.ku.dk
KASPER THORUP
Full Professor
Head of Section

My primary research interest is in movement ecology, mainly the migration strategies of smaller long-distance migrants. I have recently focused on how Afro-Palearctic songbird and cuckoo migrants track seasonally changing resources through time and space. I also work more generally within ornithology, conservation and disease ecology. Furthermore, I am involved in exploiting and developing small-animal tracking from space and our “going-wild” approach. Additionally, I serve as Scientific Advisor of Copenhagen Bird Ringing Centre, Natural History Museum of Denmark and am Affiliated Scientist of Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior.

Email: kthorup@sund.ku.dk

DAVID NOGUÉS-BRAVO
Full 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@sund.ku.dk
NEIL DAVID BURGESS
Full Professor (part-time)
Chief Scientist in UNEP-WCMC 

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 engagement, or within international processes such as the programme 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: neil.burgess@sund.ku.dk
JON FJELDSÅ
Professor Emeritus

I am Professor Emeritus, based at the Natural History Museum of Denmark since 1971, where I was curator of the bird collections with long experience from collecting expeditions in many parts of the world. Over the years my research has covered many fields of ornithology, conservation biology and evolutionary biology. I now use my accumulated intuitive insights to analyze what governs speciation dynamics and global patterns of species diversity as part of the research program of CMEC. My main focus has been the diversification of the 6200 species of passerine (or perching) birds.

Email: jfjeldsaa@snm.ku.dk
JETTE BREDAHL JACOBSEN
Professor

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's program of Forest and Nature Management, Sustainable Forest and Nature Management 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
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 behavior 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@ifro.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@ifro.ku.dk
METTE TERMANSEN
Professor
Email: mt@ifro.ku.dk 
MICHAEL KRABBE BORREGAARD
Associate Professor

My research aims to unravel how Earth dynamics drive ecology and evolution. My main focus is on islands over large time scales, but also extends to the world’s mountain regions. I am increasingly focusing on understanding what drives anthropogenic extinction of species on islands – undeniably the global hotspot of the global extinction crisis. I also work actively with methods development and produce research software in Julia and R. In addition to my research I am deputy head of department for teaching at Globe Institute, course responsible for three courses, representative for the area of Earth, Life and Data Science in the faculty Academic Council, and delegate on the Health Faculty’s sustainability steering group.

Email: mkborregaard@sund.ku.dk
RUTE DA FONSECA
Associate Professor

My group uses information extracted from genomic data to understand processes in ecology and evolution. One of our main interests is to characterize gene evolution across various time scales and its impact on phenotypes, ranging from recent domestication events to differences between vertebrates and invertebrates. We are also assessing how genetic diversity can optimally be used in biodiversity monitoring and conservation. Our projects apply methods from computational biology and bioinformatics to projects in population genomics and phylogenomics.

Email: rfonseca@sund.ku.dk
JACOB HEILMANN-CLAUSEN
Associate Professor

With a background in mycology and forest ecology, I work on basal and applied research projects on fungal biodiversity and management of natural areas, especially in Denmark. My research spans from citizen science based mapping and monitoring of biodiversity, over ecological restoration to exploration of the basal drivers shaping fungal biogeography and trait evolution. As project leader in the Danish Fungal Atlas I also work on biodiversity discovery, taxonomy, and computer vision.

Email: jheilmann-clausen@sund.ku.dk
THOMAS 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@ifro.ku.dk
DAMIEN FORDHAM
Associate Professor
Email: damien.fordham@adelaide.edu.au 

 

 

PETER ANDREW HOSNER
Assistant Professor

My research seeks to understand how geographical, environmental, and ecological factors shape species distributions over time and influence diversification. In addition to my work at CMEC, I curate the bird collection at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, and I have interests broadly in avian research. My field work is global in scope, but I prefer to focus on poorly surveyed, mega-diverse tropical areas. I am also keen on the use of biological collections as a historical archives to document global change, and on the creative use of biological specimens in the sciences.

Email: peter.hosner@snm.ku.dk
NAIA MORUETA-HOLME
Assistant Professor

My research focuses broadly on the determinants of species distributions and richness and the development of predictive models of biodiversity assembly across spatial scales. I am particularly interested in the role of humans as drivers of biodiversity change, and in how we can use e.g. citizen science and socio-econometric proxies of land use change to integrate multiple environmental change drivers in biodiversity assessments. Ultimately, I seek to find ways in which macroecology can help solve global conservation challenges.

Email: morueta-holme@sund.ku.dk
JONAS GELDMANN
Assistant Professor 

My research focuses on how human actions impacts the state of biodiversity. I am involved in the citizen science project ‘Biodiversitet Nu’ which is a collaboration with the Danish Society for Nature Conservation (Danmarks Natufredningsforening) to track changes in the state of nature in Denmark using observations collected by more than 40,000 volunteers. I am also interested in understanding the impact of protected areas. I chair the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas’s Management Effectiveness Specialist Group and I am a visiting research fellow in the Conservation Science Group, University of Cambridge.

Email: jgeldmann@sund.ku.dk 

 

 

 

 

MARISKA BRADY
Postdoctoral Researcher

I am a molecular ecologist exploring genetic variation and population differentiation in marine and freshwater phytoplankton. I am particularly interested in how the geographic structure and population genetics of different microalgal species can inform us about their ability to adapt to rapid environmental change. Using a single-cell approach, my doctoral work focused on comparative population genomics, characterizing the population structure, demographics, and genetic diversity of predominate planktonic diatoms in some of the world’s largest lakes. My postdoctoral research explores the differentiation of phytoplankton communities and populations across small-scale oceanographic fronts. We aim to uncover the role such small-scale ocean features play in maintaining community and genetic diversity in marine primary producers.

Email: mariska.brady@sund.ku.dk
HANNAH OWENS
Postdoctoral Researcher

I am driven to discover what patterns emerge from large datasets, and how to best infer the evolutionary processes underlying these patterns. I split my research between tropical mountain birds and oceanic fishes. I also maintain several R packages and collaborate to improve ecological niche modeling (ENM) theory and practice, as well as integrating ENM with comparative phylogenetics. While fishes are my primary interest, I have worked with insects, plants, frogs, and a diversity of endo- and ectoparasites. In addition to the Mountain Center, I am appointed as a courtesy Curator of Informatics at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Email: hannah.owens@sund.ku.dk
JULIA H. HEINEN
Postdoctoral Researcher 

I am fascinated by islands and how extinctions of species have influenced the interactions within their communities. For instance, the dispersal of seeds by animals that eat fruit is important for many plants. But the loss of many large fruit-eaters has left large-seeded plants without dispersers, consequently increasing their chances to go extinct as well. During my PhD in Island Macroecology I combined the investigation of large scale patterns on islands across the world with community-level patterns, in the Mascarenes. Mauritius is famous for extinct species such as the Dodo and giant tortoises, but at the community level the consequences of those extinctions are not clear yet. Hopefully, better insight into community assembly and loss of species on islands can help prevent extinctions in the future.

Email: jheinen@science.ku.dk 
JULIE KOCH SHEARD
Postdoctoral Researcher
Email: julie.sheard@sund.ku.dk 
JESPER SONNE
Postdoctoral Researcher 

Field of interest is centered around Neotropical birds and the underlying mechanisms responsible for the associated variation in species richness and coexistence across space. The main focus of my research is to investigate how mutualistic and antagonistic interactions among hummingbirds and plants add to the prediction of their coexistence when accounting for contemporary climate, dispersal and cost-distance. To do so, I will construct a regional network for the hummingbird-plant visitation frequencies from a national park in Southern Ecuador. This will be used to compute Markov chain Monte Carlo derived probabilities for the realization of hummingbird-plant assemblages while integrating interaction contemporary climate, dispersal and cost-distance.

Email: jsonne@sund.ku.dk 
RYAN ROSS GERMAIN
Postdoctoral Researcher 
Email: ryan.germain@bio.ku.dk 
HARITH OMAR M. FAROOQ
Postdoctoral Researcher

I am a herpetologist and postdoc working with biodiversity threats and attempting to map priorities for conservation and socioeconomic predictors of threat. My main interests are conservation, macroecology, and biodiversity. I am fascinated by global and local patterns of biodiversity and how we can generate research that can guide action and/or policy making. I am based at CMEC under the supervision of Dr. Jonas Geldmann.

Email: harith.farooq@sund.ku.dk 

 

 

JULIA AARON PILOWSKY
PhD Student

I am an ecological modeller interested in global change biology and conservation. We have more data and computing power available to us as scientists than ever before, and I want to leverage these to understand how ecosystems have changed and will change in the ongoing mass extinction event. In my current research I am building a mechanistic model to learn how the species distributions of North American grazers, like bison and mammoth, changed from the last Ice Age. By looking to the past, we can better understand the present, and maybe even the future.

Email: julia.p@science.ku.dk
NICHOLAS FREYMUELLER
PhD Student

My research interests generally lie at the intersection of paleoecology and biogeography. I am interested in how animals, particularly charismatic megafauna, have responded to changes in Earth's climate on both ecological and geological time-scales. For my PhD dissertation (joint with the University of Adelaide), I am investigating the resilience of Arctic marine mammals, particularly bowhead whales, to future climate change by integrating bio-molecular paleo-archives (such as aDNA and stable isotopes) into process-explicit ecological models. Also, I'm @Smilodontology on Twitter.

Email: nicholas.freymueller@adelaide.edu.au
RAFAEL G. SCHOUTEN
PhD Student
Email: rafael.schouten@sund.ku.dk 
AXELLE JUSTINE ROXANE CORDIER
PhD Student

My main research motivation is to understand the interaction between planktonic production up to fishes, and how this relationship can be impacted in the short and long term under climate change. I am more particularly interested in how hydrographic processes influence food-webs structure, and how it cascades on the biogeography of oceanic fishes. In my PhD project, I am evaluating the effect of climate-ocean variability on exploited fish population dynamics - mainly blue whiting, mackerel and sprat - in the Northeast Atlantic using a surplus production model in order to develop Management Strategy Evaluations (MSEs).

Email: axelle.cordier@sund.ku.dk 
KATHERINE PULIDO CHADID
PhD Student

I am an environmental engineer with an MSc in sustainable development. My research interests are biodiversity conservation, macroecology, and global change. In my PhD, I'm focusing on the effectiveness of protected areas regarding threat abatement and species conservation. Specifically in terms of conducting systematic reviews to understand how threats have been considered in conservation planning, and how protected areas are contributing to the reduction of threats to biodiversity. In addition, I will be looking at global and regional analyses to assess the effectiveness of PAs in terms of biodiversity conservation and threat coverage considering the socio-economic and ecological features of the studied regions.

Email: katherine.pulido@sund.ku.dk 
YUEYAO HU
Visiting PhD Student

I’m guest PhD student from China, University of Chinese Academy of Science, with a main interest in macroecology and biogeography. My PhD project is to explore the drivers of Amphipoda biodiversity patterns all over the world. The Amphipoda, as a cold-adapted taxa, exhibits high species richness in middle to high latitude. We try to explore the underlying processes shaping this remarkable distribution, and the correlation of species richness, phylogenetic diversity, and genetic diversity.

Email: huyueyao@ioz.ac.cn 

 

 

 

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KAMILLA KRAUSE KRISTENSEN
Center Administrator
PA to Professor Carsten Rahbek
Email: kkrause@sund.ku.dk 

ANNE STEVNSBO MAROTT

Administrative Officer

I am the Administrative Officer primarily at CMEC and the Villum Center for Global Mountain Biodiversity, but also with the section in general. My position centers around different administrative tasks, including managing travel expenses, invoices, and HR related questions. I also coordinate keys and guest cards, assist with onboarding of new PhD students and help coordinate and organize meeting, events, etc. I will also happily assist with any odd jobs that might pop up. I have a background in retail, and personnel administration at the Danish National Police.

Email: anne.stevnsbo.marott@sund.ku.dk 

TIM AMMITZBØLL GUDKOV

Communications Officer

I play an active part in all communication activities at CMEC, including digital communication and social media, press and news, and overall communication assistance and counseling. I am also involved in the communication activities at Sustainability Science Centre and IPBES Denmark hosted by CMEC. I hold a Master's degree in Rhetoric from UCPH with a special interest in critical analysis, representation, and strategic communication, and I have previously been engaged in counseling and public relations, copywriting, and editorial work in both the private and public sector.

Email: tim.gudkov@sund.ku.dk 
LARS DINESEN
Special Consultant

I am the coordinator of the IPBES Denmark office. The IPBES Denmark office is supported by Danish Universities and the Danish Agency of Environment in order to strengthen the bridge between science and policy on information related to biodiversity and natures contribution to people. I am responsible for daily activities of the office including liaison with scientists and decision-makers as well as the dissemination and communication of results including IPBES Assessments. I joined the office hosted by CMEC in March 2018 from a position in the Danish Ministry of Environment. I hold a Master degree in Biology on biodiversity patterns in the tropics and I have in many years worked with international environmental agreements (Natura 2000, CBD, Ramsar, IPBES), species oriented conservation projects as well as more recently peatlands and climate change.

Email: lars.dinesen@sund.ku.dk
LOUIS A. HANSEN
Research Consultant

I am an ornithologist, graduated from the Zoological Museum, Denmark. At CMEC, I work on various projects for Professor Carsten Rahbek. A huge project with mapping the distribution of all birds in the world ended in 2020. Other largescale projects have involved mapping distribution of mammals, snakes and amphibians on the African continent. Since 2020 employed at the Villum Mountain Project (South America), compiling and organizing data sets. Privately funded fieldwork often carries me away to East Africa and India. Here, my main interests are various aspects about the montane bird species including my passion for sound recording of birds.

Email: lahansen@sund.ku.dk
ANDERS HØJGÅRD PETERSEN
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@sund.ku.dk

THOMAS LÆSSØE

Senior Adviser
Email: thomas.laessoe@sund.ku.dk 
KARSTEN ELMOSE VAD
Special Consultant

I am the project manager of the school programs at CMEC. I develop science education materials in close collaboration with researchers and experts. My main objective is to bring the research-based knowledge of CMEC into the classrooms all over Denmark by designing high-quality learning activities. I have a background in environmental planning and as a science teacher. My work experience includes digital learning, podcasts, books and magazines, fundraising, citizen science, IBSE and environmental education on a variety of topics e.g. biodiversity, climate, evolution, wicked problems, natural history and environmental philosophy ("natursyn"). My ultimate goal is to engage a broader diversity of people in understanding, enjoying and discussing science and nature.

Email: kevad@sund.ku.dk
EMMA EMILIE ANDERSEN
Academic Officer 

I have a Master’s degree in biology and have been engaged in science communication and education since my time as a student. My experience covers communication of sustainability, environmental science, ecotoxicology, synthetic biology and biodiversity, using a broad range of formats including workshops, digital platforms, e-books and video production. At CMEC, I work on the project “Biodiversity in high schools”, focusing on implementing research-based knowledge of biodiversity patterns into the curriculum of Danish high schools. I develop online teaching materials for students as well as written learning materials, courses and workshops for high school teachers.

Email: emma.andersen@sund.ku.dk
LOUISE IMER NABE-NIELSEN
Special Consultant
Email: louise.nabe-nielsen@sund.ku.dk 
MICHELLE PELED
Special Consultant
Executive Assistant to Professor Katherine Richardson
Email: michelle.peled@sund.ku.dk 
MARTIN SCHIER CHRISTIANSEN
Research Assistant

I am a mycologist working with Associate Professor Jacob Heilmann-Clausen, assisting in different scientific projects, monitoring programs, and science communication. My work mainly revolves around fieldwork, data analyses and writing in relation to Danish nature and conservation. I did my Master's degree on wood-inhabiting fungi and fungal ecology, which are my main research interests. At the moment, I work on teaching materials and courses, which will be used to educate forest managers and workers on actions benefiting biodiversity in managed forests.

Email: martin.schier@sund.ku.dk
CHARLES DAVISON
Research Assistant
Email: cdavison@science.ku.dk

JAKOB FRITZBØGER CHRISTENSEN

Project Coordinator

I’m a project coordinator at Sustainability Science Centre. In other words, I help Professor Katherine Richardson lead a number of initiatives with a focus on outreach, communication and engagement of young voices in the transition towards a more sustainable society. I’ve worked at SSC since 2017 and my academic background comes from the Department of Political Science and Department of Geosciences.

Email: jchristensen@sund.ku.dk 
MARIA TOLSTRUP ANDERSEN
Laboratory Assistant
Email: maria.andersen@sund.ku.dk 

THOMAS KEHLET

Attendant 
Email: thomas.kehlet@sund.ku.dk 

ESKIL NORDAHL FUNDAL 

Student Assistant
Email: eskil.fundal@sund.ku.dk 

MICHELLA MOLIN

Student Assistant
Email: mmo@plen.ku.dk 

EMILIE HIPPE BRUN

Student Assistant
Email: emilie.brun@sund.ku.dk

SIMONE DONS WEILING

Student Assistant 
Email: simone.weiling@sund.ku.dk 

ASBJØRN KRARUP GRØNBÆK

Student Assistant
Email: asbjoern.groenbaek@sund.ku.dk 

 

 

 

 

ANNA-SOFIE STENSGAARD
Associate Professor

I am a disease ecologist, with a special passion for parasites and the critters that transmit them between humans and other animals. At a broad scale, I am interested in what drives global patterns infectious diseases, and how to quantify the role of climate change in future disease trends. I also occasional zoom in and look at how specific species of parasites interact with their hosts, vectors or intermediate host in more local settings. Current favorite is the common liver fluke, and its distribution in snails and wildlife in Denmark. I head the newly established Research Platform for Disease Ecology, Health and Climate that aim to promote cross-disciplinary collaboration to address and communicate knowledge about the relationship between snail-borne parasites, climate and biodiversity.

Email: asstensgaard@sund.ku.dk
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@sund.ku.dk 
ROBERT WHITTAKER
Professor 

My research interests span several broadly interrelated themes within biogeography and macroecology. I have a long-standing obsession with island biogeography, having worked extensively on the successional dynamics of the Krakatau system and the much longer-scale dynamics of islands in Macaronesia. Together with my collaborators I have been working to develop island biogeographical theory to encompass multiple scales of process from ecological processes in individual trees and habitat islands up to evolutionary time scales on oceanic islands. Our work has also focused on classic macroecological patterns of species abundance distributions, island species–area relationships, island assembly and disassembly. I am also interested in the development of the disciplinary area of conservation biogeography. I hold the position of Professor of Biogeography at the University of Oxford and am an official Fellow of St Edmund Hall, also in the University of Oxford.

Email:  

MIGUEL B. ARAÚJO 

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: maraujo@mncn.csic.es 

ROBERT K. COLWELL

Professor

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. My work with biogeographical theory and spatial models has stimulated controversy and new directions in the field. Fruitful collaborations with colleagues at CMEC and at the Universidade Federal de Goiás, Brazil, continue to yield new insights into evolutionary biogeography and macroecology. In collaboration with Anne Chao, I have been active in developing new statistical methods and software tools for biodiversity statistics. In addition to my affiliation with CMEC, I am Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Connecticut; Museum Curator Adjoint at the Museum of Natural History, University of Colorado; and Professor e Pesquisador Visitante Especial, Universidade Federal de Goiás, Brazil.

Email: robertkcolwell@gmail.com 

GARY GRAVES

Research Scientist

I am unapologetically curious about natural history and the pathways by which natural history observations catalyze significant discoveries in evolutionary ecology.  Fieldwork has always played an integral role in my research program on the ecology, biogeography, and evolution of birds.  Current investigations focus on the microbiome of New World vultures, biogeography of the Ozark Mountains, conservation biology of rare and declining species, and the determinants of geographic ranges. I am also deeply involved in international efforts to elucidate the complexities of the avian phylogeny through whole-genome analysis. I am Curator of Birds and Research Scientist at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.

Email: gravesg@si.edu