People


Here, you find a list of of CMEC's researchers, technical and administrative staff, students, and collaborators. Find introductions and contact information in the UCPH Phone Book or in the menu below. 

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
Peter Andrew Hosner
Naia Morueta-Holme
Thomas Lundhede
Damien Fordham

Assistant Professors

Jonas Geldmann
Hannah Owens

Postdoctoral Researchers

Jesper Sonne
Harith Omar Morgadinho Farooq
Rikke Luther
Anna Brüniche-Olsen
Helena Alves-Pinto
Antonella Gorosábel

PhD Fellows

Nicholas Freymueller
Rafael Schouten
Axelle Justine Roxane Cordier
Katherine Pulido Chadid
Tiem van der Deure
Maj Sofie P. D. Christensen
Yueyao Hu 

Technical and Administrative Staff

Kamilla Krause Kristensen
Louise Klinge Wejlemand
Michelle Peled
Tim Ammitzbøll Gudkov
Karsten Elmose Vad
Emma Emilie Andersen
Katrine Minddal
Lars Green Dall
Anders Højgård Petersen
Lars Dinesen
Louise Imer Nabe-Nielsen
Louis A. Hansen
Oskar Faye
Thomas Læssøe
Bjørn Hermansen

Affiliates and Collaborators

Anna-Sofie Stensgaard
Henrik Glenner
Robert Whittaker
Miguel B. Araújo
Robert K. Colwell
Gary Graves
Ryan Ross Germain

 

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 program 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
Full Professor

I am professor in environmental and resource economics at IFRO. 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, climate change mitigation, with adaptation strategies to climate change and broader with decision making under uncertainty. I teach two MSC courses in ‘applied economics of forest and nature’ and ‘applied arctic resource economics and management’, and also a Ph.D. course in environmental valuation. I am vice chair of the European Scientific Advisory Board for Climate Change.

Email: jbj@ifro.ku.dk
NIELS STRANGE
Full Professor

My research interest is on the socio-economics of forest and nature planning and management. I have been involved in projects on spatial prioritization of conservation interventions and environmental economic valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Currently I am involved in projects on these topics but also other projects concerning biodiversity finance, biodiversity and business, payments for environmental services, landowner behavior, multi-criteria analysis, and decision-making under risk. I direct the European Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Course in Sustainable Forest and Nature Management. In addition, I am a member of the Danish Biodiversity Council.

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 at IFRO. 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
Full Professor

I am an Environmental and Natural Resource Economist at IFRO primarily working on spatially explicit economic analysis of land use decision-making, ecosystem service provision and valuation. The range of environmental themes includes biodiversity, climate adaptation and mitigation, water quality and recreation. Currently, I am particularly interested in spatial analysis of alternative designs of voluntary environmental policy schemes.

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
PETER ANDREW HOSNER
Associate 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
Associate Professor

My research focuses on the drivers of species distributions and diversity in the Anthropocene, especially of plants and birds. I am particularly interested in quantifying the effect of human-induced climate and land use change on biodiversity across spatial and temporal scales. My team integrates field resurveys of historical data, citizen science, museum genomics, remote sensing, spatial analysis, and computer vision to understand and better predict future pathways of biodiversity. Driving my research is a strong motivation to promote science-based biodiversity conservation.

Email: morueta-holme@sund.ku.dk
THOMAS LUNDHEDE
Associate Professor

At the Danish Centre for Forest and Landscape at IFRO 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

I am an Associate Professor in Global Change Ecology working at the University of Adelaide's Environment Institute and Department for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. My research interests are diverse, and include macroecology, global change biology, biogeography, climate science, quantitative ecology and conservation biology. I lead the Biodiversity and Climate theme at the Environment Institute and I am an Associate Dean International in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Email: damien.fordham@adelaide.edu.au 

 

 

JONAS GELDMANN
Assistant Professor 

My research focuses on understanding and mapping threats to biodiversity, and assessing the impact of conservation interventions. In particular how resources, management, governance, and socio-economic context influences the effectiveness and performance of protected areas. I primarily address this through a global lens, utilizing large global dataset from conservation organizations, research institutions as well as from remote-sensing sources to develop correlative models of what predicts conservation success (when possible) through the use of quasi-experimental methods and experimental designs. My position is funded through an Independent Research Fund Denmark Sapere Aude grant.

Email: jgeldmann@sund.ku.dk 
HANNAH OWENS
Assistant Professor

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

 

 

 

 

JESPER SONNE
Postdoctoral Researcher 

I study geographical patterns of biodiversity from the scale of valleys in the Andean mountains to entire continents. The central question is why specific regions of the world, notably within tropical mountains, are disproportionally rich in species compared to others. Within these so-called biodiversity hotspots, I also study the network of biotic interactions to understand the mechanisms behind the species’ partitioning of food resources. My main interests are within the fields of ornithology, especially concerning the ecology and conservation of mountain birds. These interests got me involved in several data-collection trips to the High Andes and the Atlantic rainforest.

Email: jesper.sonne@sund.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 socio-economic 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 
RIKKE LUTHER
Postdoctoral Researcher

I am a fine artist working on large-scale maps and a film. My postdoctoral project "The Ocean-Lands: Mud Within the Earth System" explores the new "mudscapes" in Iceland, Svalbard, Gotland, Greenland, and Denmark, focusing on the social, political, and bio- chemical effects of their motion. The project explores "The Social-Organisational Effects of Ocean-Land Muds in Motion" and "The Bio-Communicative Effects of the Ocean-Land Muds in Transition" as part of the attempt to build on a new ethical and aesthetic public language capable of communicating the crisis within the Earth System. I am based at CMEC and Research Centre on Ocean, Climate and Society (ROCS) under Prof. Katherine Richardson.

Email: rikke.luther@sund.ku.dk 
ANNA BRÜNICHE-OLSEN
Postdoctoral Researcher

I am an evolutionary biologist applying genomics to answer questions about species conservation. My research focuses on understanding how species respond to environmental change and explore how genomic variation varies across taxonomic groups. The aim is to understand which factors contribute to population demographics and identify parameters that can be used to inform conservation of species. I am based at CMEC under the supervision of Professor Carsten Rahbek.

 Email: anna.bruniche-olsen@sund.ku.dk
HELENA ALVES-PINTO
Postdoctoral Researcher

I am an ecologist working in the field of tropical conservation and ecological restoration with an interdisciplinary approach. I am very interested in understanding the drivers of conservation success and restoration permanence from a political, biocultural, and relational values perspectives. My current research focuses on evaluating the role of Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures (OECMs) which complement Protected Areas in conserving biocultural diversity in tropical forests. I am based at CMEC under the supervision of Dr. Jonas Geldmann.

Email: helena.alvespinto@sund.ku.dk 
ANTONELLA GOROSÁBEL
Postdoctoral Researcher

I am a biologist and I have always been interested in understanding human-wildlife interactions. For my postdoc, I am studying and mapping the potential impacts of renewable energies on biodiversity, and assessing the interaction with other human-induced threats. I address this through large datasets, remote-sensing sources, GIS, and ecological modeling. My main interests are ecology and biodiversity conservation, and generating research that could help gain an early detection of adverse effects on biodiversity and propose mitigation and conservation measures. I am based at CMEC under the supervision of Dr. Jonas Geldmann.

Email: gorosabel@sund.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 
TIEM VAN DER DEURE
PhD Student 

Climate change will directly impact the lives of millions through increased risk of vector-borne diseases. The spread of vector species and warmer temperatures will mean that more people are exposed to vector-borne diseases for longer periods. I want to improve our understanding of how climate drives vector-borne disease transmission and what the implications of climate change for vector-borne disease risk will be. In my PhD project, I will develop and apply state-of-the-art models of vector-borne disease transmission to predict the effect of a warming climate on the distribution of vector-borne diseases, focusing on snail- and tick-borne diseases. My research is part of the PREPARE4VBD project.

Email: tvd@sund.ku.dk 
MAJ SOFIE P. D. CHRISTENSEN
PhD Student

I am fascinated by the complex processes and species interactions that shape arctic ecosystems. My key interest is to understand how climate change may alter plant communities in the future and what implications these changes might have on ecosystem functioning. In my PhD project, I will use datasets from historical Danish botanists to perform field resurveys and reconstruct vegetation change over the past century. The project will include fieldwork in remote areas of western Greenland.

Email: maj.christensen@sund.ku.dk 
YUEYAO HU
Visiting PhD Student

I’m a 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 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KAMILLA KRAUSE KRISTENSEN

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

LOUISE KLINGE WEJLEMAND

Administrative Officer
Email: louise.wejlemand@sund.ku.dk 

MICHELLE PELED 

Special Consultant
Center Administrator
Executive Assistant to Katherine Richardson

Michelle Peled is currently on leave

I am the Executive Assistant to Professor Katherine Richardson, and the Center Administrator at both SSC and ROCS. My main responsibilities center around administrative, organizational, financial, and HR related tasks in order to support and maintain the key objectives, workflows and activities involving both centers. I have an educational background in the technical sciences working as an engineer for 15 years before venturing down a new path at Globe Institute.

TIM AMMITZBØLL GUDKOV

Communications Officer

I play an active part in most 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. 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 advisor in the IPBES in Denmark office financed by six Danish Universities with the Danish Ministry of Environment on its board. IPBES is a global science-policy platform on biodiversity. My responsibilities include coordination of activities and administration of economy with main tasks comprising 1) liaison with scientists and decision-makers, 2) dissemination and communication of results, 3) supporting Danish research institutions and the Ministry of Environment with IPBES and 4) raising funds for biodiversity research. I hold a Master's degree in Biology on biodiversity patterns in the tropics. For many years I have worked with international policy level environmental agreements, research, and nature management.

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 main interests are within biodiversity and nature conservation particular in a Danish context. My main ambition is to contribute in making Danish nature management more efficient, data-driven, and science-based. I do spatial analyses of biodiversity including spatial conservation prioritization; often in interdisciplinary contexts, also including socio-economic aspects and ecosystem services. I have played key roles in several high-profile national analyses of the efforts needed to preserve Danish biodiversity. My broad experience from more than 30 years as a biologist, consultant and researcher also includes marine biology, environmental impact assessment and monitoring, nature-based solutions, and data analysis in general.

Email: anders.h.petersen@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 "natursyn" (environmental philosophy). 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
KATRINE MINDDAL
Academic Officer

My main interests are science education and science engagement activities in schools. At CMEC, I work on the project "A Greener Climate" ("Et grønnere klima") where I will develop interdisciplinary teaching materials and activities to be used in the Danish elementary schools within the topic of nature-based solutions. The project is a collaboration between science researchers and science communication professionals from both UCPH and University of Southern Denmark alongside science teacher associations, teachers, and students. My educational background is in teaching, conservation-restoration, and philosophy with years of experience in didactics and development of educational activities and materials.

Email: katrine.minddal@sund.ku.dk
LARS GREEN DALL
Special Consultant

I will for a two-year period (2023-25) be involved in a book project together with Professor Carsten Rahbek. My primary role in the project is coordinating, researching and editing. The focus of the book will be biodiversity and the research at CMEC. I hold a Master’s degree in Danish Literature (Major) and Biology (BA). I am an experienced teacher in biology (high school), and I have been highly involved in both exhibition developments at Stevns Klint Experience, outreach activities at Natural History Museum of Denmark , writing books on science & literature, and editing children’s books on nature and science.

Email: lars.green.dall@sund.ku.dk 
LOUISE IMER NABE-NIELSEN
Special Consultant
Email: louise.nabe-nielsen@sund.ku.dk 

OSKAR FAYE

Student Assistant

I’m currently doing my Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Geoinformatics focusing on human geography and nature conservation. My primary interests are the relations between human ecology and the biodiversity crisis. At CMEC, I help out with practical and administrative tasks, including maintaining the list of publications.

Email: oskar.faye@sund.ku.dk 
THOMAS LÆSSØE
Senior Adviser
Email: thomas.laessoee@sund.ku.dk
BJØRN HERMANSEN
Emeritus
Email: bhermansen@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 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 diverse data, including DNA, fossils, and morphological and geographical sources. 

Email: hglenner@sund.ku.dk 
ROBERT J. 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 

 RYAN ROSS GERMAIN

Assistant Professor

Part of my research focuses on understanding how changing climate conditions affect the life-history dynamics and genetic diversity of wild bird populations. This work integrates observations from field studies and museum specimens with diverse, state-of-the-art analytical techniques to determine the sources of variation in demography within and among wild populations, and predict responses to selection given global environmental change. I am Tenure Track Researcher at Aarhus University. 

Email: rgermain@ecos.au.dk