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The aim of CMEC is to elucidate biology’s “laws of nature” by focusing on the four main processes influencing life: the ori­gin and birth of species (speciation), the dispersal of species (movement), the persistence of species through interaction with other species (maintenance) and the disappearance of species (extinction).

This research can help society address two of the most pressing challenges of our time:

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